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Old 10-05-2011, 08:00 PM
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Monterey Park used to be safe years 40 years ago. Alot of Asian and Hispanic gangs. Not a great place to raise your children. Also, alot of robberies and break-ins take place during the day while people are at work. Sorry folks, I used to live here years ago and have seen and heard alot of tragic stories. Not all of the crimes are publicised or in the media because it happens on a frequent basis. When you see steel bars on all the windows of homes in a neighborhood, it might give you clear indication to look elsewhere.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:47 PM
Location: DFW
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Moderately safe, can depend on the neighborhood.. probably comparable to Pasadena or Anaheim overall..

Nearby cities of San Gabriel, Alhambra, and Rosemead can also be considered.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:59 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Will he have a car? If so, Downtown/Eagle Rock/Echo Park/Silver Lake/Miracle Mile. Monterey Park is fine but not the place to make industry connections.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:21 PM
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It's 'asian-town', good and safe area; mostly middle aged folks so it's quiet. I got a lot of friends that live in MPK, they're also in their 30s. But the only warning I give you is to tell your boy that if he plans to drive; please oh please make damn sure to watch out for middle aged asian drivers. Even I'm afraid of their tendencies where they possess not surprising but perilous freaky driving 'skills'.

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Old 01-26-2012, 07:37 AM
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Monterey Park is a nice area. Quiet, mostly middle class, mostly Chinese (famous in China I hear, as an example of Chinese achievement in the U.S).

It's a bit slow, and a bit boring, but area's nearby have plenty of nightlife.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:09 PM
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I've lived here my whole life. If you're not Chinese, you won't get along with the people. They're all Chinese immigrants, most can't mutter a single word in English. This is an extremely boring area with nothing to do. All stores here are in Chinese characters, so who knows what the hell they are. I never shop here. I always drive to other cities to do my shopping. If you ever drive in Chinese Monterey Park, be sure to pray beforehand. Monterey Park has some of the worst drivers ever, and I've driven through most of LA County, parts of Ventura County, San Diego, parts of Utah, parts of Colorado, Seattle, and parts of Mexico. This is not an exaggeration; they are the worst drivers. They're bicycling is not very good either. Watch out for bicyclists, because it's like they have a death-wish. There's Asian gangs, but it's not as bad as the surrounding cities like Rosemead, San Gabriel, and Alhambra. There's a lot of car-breaking's though. My brother-in-law had his car stolen here. Some Chinese guy saw the whole thing, but didn't care to report it or call the police. If you're not Chinese, be prepared to get stared at anywhere you walk around.

Also I forgot to mention one last thing. I'd advice taking careful notice of your kids in public schools in Monterey Park. I had a friend who attended Mark Keppel high school years ago, who had trouble with the math class because the teacher at the time was discussing part of the lecture in Chinese. The parents had to set up a couple of interviews with the teacher, because she never quite learned that this is America and NOT Communist China and students need to be taught in English.

Last edited by someguyhere; 05-29-2013 at 10:15 PM.. Reason: forgot to mention one last thing
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:54 AM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Yes, safe and low key area. I dated a lady that lived there when I lived in Pasadena.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:12 AM
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For some 18 year old kid, it is perfectly safe to live there...plus he can get really cheap Chinese food at all hours of the night. It's a somewhat working class Chinese immigrant town so I can see why people wouldn't want to RAISE their kids there, but this is not the situation here and living there is fine. Worst would happen is someone busting into his car if he left some valuable in the open.
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