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Old 07-26-2020, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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Yeah I totally agree with what y’all have said. I’ve rented in Arlington for a while now. Now it’s time for me to purchase a home and was holding out for a few good neighborhoods in Arlington, but saw on the Arlington Crime Facebook that crime has entered those neighborhoods and so there for I’m out.
That Facebook page has been an eye-opener. They've been the ones pointing out that Arlington PD has been padding the crime numbers by labeling many violent crime reports as "Investigations."
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Old 07-26-2020, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Arlington
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Been a while since we've had a good old-fashioned "dump on Arlington" party. Glad that tradition is still with us.
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Old 07-26-2020, 05:47 PM
 
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Been a while since we've had a good old-fashioned "dump on Arlington" party. Glad that tradition is still with us.
It seems that ultra diverse areas in DFW are often labeled this way on this forum.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:15 PM
 
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It seems that ultra diverse areas in DFW are often labeled this way on this forum.
We are talking about crime in this thread. Seems like you’re implying that diversity has something to do with crime.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:52 PM
 
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We are talking about crime in this thread. Seems like you’re implying that diversity has something to do with crime.
I’m implying that if your going to live in a major city or metro your going to deal with some crime. It’s nothing about Arlington that is remotely dangerous. This thread was nothing more than exaggeration and unnecessary fear mongering. When people start saying they’re scared to go to certain areas to shop and so on it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out what the real issue is. You don’t feel safe because your uncomfortable with diversity and the demographic shift in Arlington. Your issue isn’t about crime in Arlington. Let’s be real.
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Old 07-26-2020, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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I’m implying that if your going to live in a major city or metro your going to deal with some crime. It’s nothing about Arlington that is remotely dangerous. This thread was nothing more than exaggeration and unnecessary fear mongering. When people start saying they’re scared to go to certain areas to shop and so on it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out what the real issue is. You don’t feel safe because your uncomfortable with diversity and the demographic shift in Arlington. Your issue isn’t about crime in Arlington. Let’s be real.
Compare the crime rate of Arlington to other DFW burbs. Arlington beats out cities that are constantly looked down on here like Garland, Mesquite and Grand Prairie. There's actually more violent crime in Arlington than in Fort Worth.

Plano, Richardson and Garland are all diverse cities and don't have the major violent crime problems Arlington does.

If Arlington can quell that crime rate, bulldoze many of the slummy apartments and continue to work on development downtown/by the university and in the entertainment district then it can be an amazing city. There's tons of good restaurants and entertainment in Arlington. The college area and downtown have massive potential. The location between Dallas and Fort Worth is a major selling point for people wanting access to both sides of the metro.
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Old 07-26-2020, 07:29 PM
 
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That Facebook page has been an eye-opener. They've been the ones pointing out that Arlington PD has been padding the crime numbers by labeling many violent crime reports as "Investigations."
Yeah that Arlington Crime Facebook page has been a real eye opener for me too.
https://m.facebook.com/Arlington-Tex...2315878861957/
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Old 07-26-2020, 08:12 PM
 
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Compare the crime rate of Arlington to other DFW burbs. Arlington beats out cities that are constantly looked down on here like Garland, Mesquite and Grand Prairie. There's actually more violent crime in Arlington than in Fort Worth.

Plano, Richardson and Garland are all diverse cities and don't have the major violent crime problems Arlington does.

If Arlington can quell that crime rate, bulldoze many of the slummy apartments and continue to work on development downtown/by the university and in the entertainment district then it can be an amazing city. There's tons of good restaurants and entertainment in Arlington. The college area and downtown have massive potential. The location between Dallas and Fort Worth is a major selling point for people wanting access to both sides of the metro.
Ever so often cities will see a spike in violent crime. Arlington is experiencing that spike at the moment. 2018 Arlington had only 7 murders. The year before that they had 18 murders. 2019 they had 16. This year in particular seems to be an anamoly with 20 murders already. The stressors of COVID-19 could likely be contributing to the rise. Arlington, TX is a city of 400,000 and serves people of all socioeconomic status. I’m not the bit concerned about the rise in violent crime. If I see a pattern develop on a year to year basis than I would be more alarmed. Arlington is by know means in a doomed situation. You highlighted the towns strengths that I 100% agree with. And I think the town would be wise to start going vertical with development. The communties directly around the stadiums are likely on borrowed time anyway.

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Old 07-27-2020, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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Ever so often cities will see a spike in violent crime. Arlington is experiencing that spike at the moment. 2018 Arlington had only 7 murders. The year before that they had 18 murders. 2019 they had 16. This year in particular seems to be an anamoly with 20 murders already. The stressors of COVID-19 could likely be contributing to the rise. Arlington, TX is a city of 400,000 and serves people of all socioeconomic status. I’m not the bit concerned about the rise in violent crime. If I see a pattern develop on a year to year basis than I would be more alarmed. Arlington is by know means in a doomed situation. You highlighted the towns strengths that I 100% agree with. And I think the town would be wise to start going vertical with development. The communties directly around the stadiums are likely on borrowed time anyway.
Personally, I'm moving back to Plano due to reasons unrelated to the violent crime increase. That being said, I've never been a victim of crime here in Arlington (except for a hit and run accident if you count that ) However, it is a bit unnerving when you're following crime in the city and you're seeing multiple shootings in a single day and the murder total already passing 2019's. Most of the murders seemed to be gang/drug/domestic related.

I think as development pushes into these neighborhoods around the stadium the crime will decrease over time. The city also needs to do something about that cluster of apartments by Washington & Lincoln. There's a nice new complex up in that area on Lamar (Arlington Commons) and another one in progress of being built. Hopefully that can spur enough interest in redeveloping that area. That'll also drive the violent crime rate down as that area seems to be a magnet for criminal activity.

Mixed-use development around UT Arlington (maybe on the East side of Cooper?) similar to Northside by UT Dallas would be spectacular for that area and downtown by proxy. I know it can't happen with Arlington's current sales tax structure but joining the Trinity Metro or DART in the future would be nice in the future as it would encourage less automobile traffic and more pedestrian traffic in those corridors.
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Old 07-28-2020, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Arlington is a big city (not a suburb built with numerous master planned subdivisions) and, like any big city, has good and bad areas. One shouldn't generalize. We've lived in SW Arlington for 27 years in one of the better neighborhoods where homes seldom go on the market and sell quickly if they do. We're in the Martin HS attendance zone and all of our kids graduated from there and, like all of their friends, attended and graduated from college. Do they return after graduating college? Some do but many don't - and I get it.

Have we seen changes over the years? Yes. Are they for the better? No. Are we frightened to go anywhere? No, but we don't go to bad parts of town just like we wouldn't if we lived in any other big city. I'll also admit to seeing changes in the school district over the years our kids were in school and upcoming kids were of a different demographic with different values and there were issues with which to deal. Again, issues similar to those in most big cities with diverse populations. Our experience is that good kids keep company with other good kids. There are also good private schools for those who want them.

The Arlington PD patrolman who cruises through our neighborhood, who sometimes stops to talk when we're out in our yards, reports that nothing goes on where we live, thank goodness. But in other parts of town, some of which are 5 minutes away, things unfortunately do occur.

Do we shop in Arlington? Seldom. That's part of the beauty of living where we do. We can be at NorthPark (Dallas) in around 35-40 minutes or Clearfork (Fort Worth) in 20 if we want choices plus we know where the good stores in Arlington are located (not mall or shopping center chains). We have every sort of chain restaurant that we avoid. There are too many good restaurants 20 minutes in either direction, although we have locally owned favorites where we typically see people we know. We're 5 minutes from The Parks Mall and never go there. We're 10 from Arlington Highlands and, except for Container Store, seldom go there.

I agree that the new stadium wasn't needed and think there are more pressing issues needing attention more that a shiny new ballpark that looks like a big storage shed can solve. We also didn't want the new Cowboy stadium, either, and voted against it. Yet there they both stand. Go figure. Sadly, anyone traveling from Dallas or Fort Worth to the stadium area sees the WORST part of town and thinks that what they see represents the city as a whole. They're very wrong.

With all that being said, we're encouraged by all of the new mixed use developments and overall updates to the downtown and UT Arlington district. Lots of good things happening there.
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