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Old 01-05-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Looking to move to either DTLA or Each Park.

Interested in renting apartment/loft in Downtown LA or in Echo Park but not always sure which streets are safe/unsafe when looking at ads/CL. Don’t want to end up on skid row!

Can somebody provide “boundaries” per se or streets that are “good” and ones to “avoid?”

I will be taking the 110-S weekdays for work so want to have quick access (so in that regards am more interested in DTLA than Echo Park).

Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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The old Bellevue Arms Apts has been rehabbed- nice old brick building in EP, very close to downtown. You can see it just as you pass over the 4-level on the way to Hollywood.

Good vs bad streets totally subjective- I wouldn't even know where to begin. Off the bat, 5th Street (the Nickel, aka Skid Row) is a must to avoid east of Main. There are many, many posts here that go into great detail about the downtown lofts and their 'hoods. I highly recommend sifting through them. I wouldn't recommend the part of EP that is northwest of Vista Hermosa Park but, like most of Los Angeles, there are some very nice pockets. And of course Angeleno Heights is great, but not alot of apartments I can recommend off the top of my head.

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Looking to move to either DTLA or Each Park.

Interested in renting apartment/loft in Downtown LA or in Echo Park but not always sure which streets are safe/unsafe when looking at ads/CL. Don’t want to end up on skid row!

Can somebody provide “boundaries” per se or streets that are “good” and ones to “avoid?”

I will be taking the 110-S weekdays for work so want to have quick access (so in that regards am more interested in DTLA than Echo Park).

Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Like Nick said, its kinda subjective.

General "safe" boundaries for downtown LA are 10 Fwy to the south,110 to the west, 101 to the north, Main to the East. Also Little Toyko is safe in the boundaries of 3rd to the south, Alameda to the East.

The area between about Grand and the 110 is generally nicer than the area east of that, but you'd really have to check it out yourself. Theres lots to like about the Spring st and Main St areas.

Quickest access to the 110 would be 5th, 8th or Olympic....so anything on Fig, Flower, Hope, Grand, Olive Hill, Broadway, Spring, or Main near those streets should be fine.

If you find a building you like, feel free to post. Also you can find reviews on Yelp for many of the lofts, but take those with a grain of salt as the majority seem to be from broke tennants who are mad because they got evicted.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
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There really aren't any absolutely 'safe' or dangerous sectors of Los Angeles, any more than other large cities. Especially now days. Some folks like to generalize another area as "bad", to feel as theirs is perfect. Except that exists nowhere. Like the weather, check with local P.D. division crime blotters also, for current crime trends.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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There really aren't any absolutely 'safe' or dangerous sectors of Los Angeles, any more than other large cities. Especially now days. Some folks like to generalize another area as "bad", to feel as theirs is perfect. Except that exists nowhere. Like the weather, check with local P.D. division crime blotters also, for current crime trends.
This isn't true at all. Theres most definitely more crime in general, and violent crime in particular, in certain parts of LA than in others.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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As far as crime trends, you can use L.A. Times' Mapping L.A.:
Central L.A. - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times
(pick the neighborhood and then the "crime" tab. you can go back to larger regions to select something around central L.A., too).
^ the only issue I find with this is that I think you have to keep in mind the crime rate is per # of people, not per square mile. So densely populated areas might look more safe (such as downtown; it's arguable, though, because I guess statistically speaking you're less likely to (for instance) get mugged, but more muggings may be happening in that given neighborhood).
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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If you are a single guy, I'd say anywhere in downtown LA outside Skid Row is safe.

Drilling down by district, I'd say the "safest" areas in downtown (in no particular order) are: Little Tokyo, South Park, Financial District, and Historic Core....though the Historic Core is probably the most uneven of all of these choices.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hard to make a generalization about Echo Park but here it goes:

Generally, if you stay north of the 101 Freeway you will be very safe. Yet, Angelino Heigts is south of the 101 Freeway and it is considered very nice and safe as well.
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