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Old 06-12-2012, 05:13 AM
 
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Moving to LA in September. I'll be living to the Westwood area and hope to frequent Venice beach. I'm from an inner city urban area in MI. I know Lansing MI is no LA CA but is Venice beach really that ghetto? I was told as a "white boy" I'll really stick out! I'm assuming the person who said that doesn't know what they're talking about. Hopefully Venice beach is as nice as it's advertised.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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Moving to LA in September. I'll be living to the Westwood area and hope to frequent Venice beach. I'm from an inner city urban area in MI. I know Lansing MI is no LA CA but is Venice beach really that ghetto? I was told as a "white boy" I'll really stick out! I'm assuming the person who said that doesn't know what they're talking about. Hopefully Venice beach is as nice as it's advertised.
I went to Venice Beach last month. There were all kinds of people there, White, Black, Hispanic, Asian. Just keep your wits about you, and that is if you go anywhere.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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Venice, the beach itself, has some characters - specifically homeless/transients, especially at night. It's very well patrolled during the day so there is very little to worry about.

As far as beaches go, there are much nicer beaches, and easier to access ones to Westwood. No real reason to frequent VB.


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Old 06-12-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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venice ghetto? maybe a hipster ghetto. it certainly isn't the cleanest part of town, but it's also very expensive.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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Venice isn't dangerous... just very tourist-trappy.

Sort of like a theme park among beaches.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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A white male will not stick out in Venice Beach at all.

Venice is a little more seedy than Santa Monica but just make sure to avoid the boardwalk when it's not light out.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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Moving to LA in September. I'll be living to the Westwood area and hope to frequent Venice beach. I'm from an inner city urban area in MI. I know Lansing MI is no LA CA but is Venice beach really that ghetto? I was told as a "white boy" I'll really stick out! I'm assuming the person who said that doesn't know what they're talking about. Hopefully Venice beach is as nice as it's advertised.
I lived in Venice Beach and used to walk around all the time during the day. However, I went on a walk one night and will never do it again...

Lots of homeless around. Many of them were staggering around intoxicated at night, yelling at eachother or themselves. I tried to keep as quiet as possible as I walked bye so I wouldn't catch their attention. Have you ever seen the movie "Zombieland"?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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Default mixed bag

Venice is such a huge mixed bag of everything from homeless, to wealthy, a high school principal might live next door to a widow on one side and an actor on the other.

Being careful after dark is a smart idea. The canals are pretty cool, patterned after Venice, Italy of course! You'll see the beach front properties again and again on film and TV.

The street performers are really there, they are NOT put there to make Venice look more interesting for media.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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K thanks! I knew he didn't know what he was talking about! I mean of course its gonna have its characters but he made it sound like it was full of bloods. He's from San Diego and went to Venice a few times. He said the area was full of "shady" looking mostly minority Pitbull owning gangsters. I know LA is rough in areas but its not like everyone is out to get u cause youre white. Im pretty used to diversity and the southern la culture is kind of what attracted me to the area. I was almost considering moving to New Orleans which I know isnt all peachy. So there are other beaches closer to the Westwood area? What're the names of them? All I have to go by is google maps all I see on there in Venice beach. Thanks!

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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Santa Monica beach is west of westwood (see, venice is actually southwest) and is much safer and nicer. However, santa monica is overcrowded. There's also Malibu to the northwest which is the best bet, very clean and safe.

The rule for venice - stay in at night. That's all.
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