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Old 04-25-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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I'm not sure if this is already a thread or not so I apologize for any redundancy.

My wife has to be in the Harrisburg next weekend for a conference and I've decided to tag along. I've been there one other time and thought it was a nice small city. It also seemed quite safe to me as well.

My wife was looking to get a hotel in the city, but locals in the area have been advising her not to be because of crime. As someone who lives in a city, as well as many other cities in my life, I attributed it to suburbanites seeing a bit of mischief in the local 'burg' and assuming all was unsafe. Then, I came onto city-data to check the crime statistics and I was surprised at the high murder rate in the Harrisburg. I was very surprised because the last time I was there for my wife's business, it seemed pretty safe (although it was Gay Pride weekend...and really, how much crime happens during gay pride events?)

So my question is: Is Harrisburg really as unsafe as some of her local contacts say? We could stay out in Mechanicsburg, but I was hoping to get a hotel near some pubs in the city so we can walk wherever we want to go.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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I agree the statistics look really really bad. Certain neighborhoods (Allison Hill, Uptown) account for most of the violent crime. I moved here recently, so I'm not too familiar with the local culture, but in my experience reading the board and talking with commuting coworkers, the suburban and rural folks in this area really hate the city. I've lived here for 2 years with no problems whatsoever. My neighbors are nice, I walk around a lot and people wave to me, I go on jogs and bike rides along the river, it's a pretty nice place to live. Myself and all of my friends in the city have never had issues with crime, but we're not looking for it, and actually most of us take preventive measures to avoid it. That being said, if you're from a city and have some street knowledge, you should be fine drinking some pints downtown while you're visiting.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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I agree the statistics look really really bad. Certain neighborhoods (Allison Hill, Uptown) account for most of the violent crime. I moved here recently, so I'm not too familiar with the local culture, but in my experience reading the board and talking with commuting coworkers, the suburban and rural folks in this area really hate the city. I've lived here for 2 years with no problems whatsoever. My neighbors are nice, I walk around a lot and people wave to me, I go on jogs and bike rides along the river, it's a pretty nice place to live. Myself and all of my friends in the city have never had issues with crime, but we're not looking for it, and actually most of us take preventive measures to avoid it. That being said, if you're from a city and have some street knowledge, you should be fine drinking some pints downtown while you're visiting.
Thanks for the help. As with anyplace I go, I'm usually not too worried about myself. I just don't want my wife to feel threatened.

On a sad note, it looks like the local minor league team will be out of town the weekend we're there. That means I won't be able to torture my wife with her least favorite game

Last edited by bolehboleh; 04-25-2012 at 03:21 PM.. Reason: My grammar sucked
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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If you want to want to stay in Harrisburg, you can choose the Crown Plaza or Hilton Hotels. They are about 2 blocks from each other and right smack dab in the middle of downtown Harrisburg. Alot of folks visiting from other states go to stay at those hotels. The crime issue is not downtown Harrisburg, but in other areas. If you use your street smarts you should be fine.
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