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View Poll Results: South LA or South BX/Harlem?
South LA 16 44.44%
South BX/Harlem 20 55.56%
Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-26-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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I'm curious what you guys have to say.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:42 AM
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South Bronx/Harlem any day of the week. I've spent some extended time in Harlem and definitely wouldn't mind it. Harlem these days actually isn't bad. And at least you have the subway and a bunch of other amenities. Where as in South LA, there is almost nothing there. It's not built up.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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Harlem and the South Bronx don't really have much to do with one another. They're close to one another but look/feel totally different and have totally different populations.

Harlem, BTW, is expensive, safe and gentrified these days. It can't be compared to South Central or the South Bronx.

If you're trying to compare "bad areas" in NYC and LA, I would compare Brownsville/East NY to South Central. Historically black areas that are (or were) known as undesirable.

Harlem, no way. South Bronx doesn't really fit either, it's poor but historically a Hispanic neighborhood and poor basically because it's half projects. The market rate housing isn't cheap.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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South Bronx/Harlem easily for me.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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Harlem/South Bronx, because there are really, really nice parts.

Saying Harlem is safe and gentrified these days is way overstating things though. The only gentrified part of Harlem is on the western portions and East Harlem doesn't have great crime rates.

There are nice parts in South LA, but they're still not great and a bit disconnected from other interesting parts of the city.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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South LA without a doubt. I'd still be in proximity to all the things I love doing.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Saying Harlem is safe and gentrified these days is way overstating things though. The only gentrified part of Harlem is on the western portions and East Harlem doesn't have great crime rates.
You can't argue with stats. Harlem has a fairly low crime rate, so is indeed safe.

Gentrification can be argued, as there's really no metric for gentrification. But I don't see how "the only gentrified part of Harlem is on the western portions". If anything, there has been more gentrification on the eastern half, as the western half tends to have less room for new development.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:22 PM
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South LA without a doubt. I'd still be in proximity to all the things I love doing.
Same goes for Harlem. This is more a case of you vastly preferring LA over NYC.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:47 PM
 
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South LA only if I wanted to have a house. There are a few neighborhoods I would consider living in, and it is surprisingly patchy with some blocks randomly being quite nice due to neighborhood activism.

It's tough to compare because South LA is one of the less traditionally urban areas in LA. It's very dense, but the built environment mostly consists of tightly packed SFHs and duplexes with the commercial boulevards generously spaced apart. Meanwhile Harlem and South Bronx are some of the most urban parts of NYC, are highly walkable, and are insanely dense.

I guess it all comes down to what kind of low-income neighborhood you prefer - streetcar suburban or high density urban.
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