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Old 06-27-2012, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Originally Posted by SHABAZZ310 View Post
Yes, it does seem like a troll thread... Why in the world would you vacation in a motel? And keep your opinion of black people to yourself... Assuming only makes an ass out of you...
Very well said.

Just keep in mind OP - No one has yet reccomended that you should stay in that motel - we are locals who know about such things - that should tell you something.

I will be near Vernon/Avalon this week for a specific reason. I suppose staying at a motel near Central/Vernon is a reason(price) - but not a really good one when better options are available. You say that you aree from London, U.K. I have never been to London. I would take your advice if you told me to stay away from certain London neighborhoods. Take mine and others who know L.A. when they tell you to steer clear of this particular L.A. motel. It is fine - if your study is for the immediate Central Avenue area - and there is lots of history surrounding that intersection. However if you are an average L.A. tourist(Hollywood, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Griffith Park, Exposition Park, ect...} Vernon and Central isn't exactly the best place. Watts Towers and Exposition Park is easily accesible - as is the site of old Wrigley Field(42nd/Avalon - and the old Central Avenue jazz district)- also Leimert Park is a bus ride away) but that is about it.

Good luck - enjoy your time in this great American city - and do pay a bit more for a better neighborhood motel.

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:28 AM
 
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ok we actually came here and stayed and even though the motel is not the best, for the price is fine. Also the area is way better than what has been described here. I think some people like to exaggerate. After Atlanta and Chicago south LA looks like a normal poor neighbourhood. That's all. If you think that's bad then try Atlanta's English avenue area which is a real ghetto! With half of the houses burned, and no life whatsoever except for drug dealers and prostitutes in the streets etc.. So south LA is far from a ghetto unless if I am missing something here!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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ok we actually came here and stayed and even though the motel is not the best, for the price is fine. Also the area is way better than what has been described here. I think some people like to exaggerate. After Atlanta and Chicago south LA looks like a normal poor neighbourhood. That's all. If you think that's bad then try Atlanta's English avenue area which is a real ghetto! With half of the houses burned, and no life whatsoever except for drug dealers and prostitutes in the streets etc.. So south LA is far from a ghetto unless if I am missing something here!!
I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and stayed there safely.

Yes - you are missing something.

L.A.'s ghettos aren't defined by aesthetics but by the social circumstances surrounding them. You came, saw, and spent a few nights - that doesn't eradicate the fact that you were in a very dangerous part of town.

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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So south LA is far from a ghetto unless if I am missing something here!!

Have you checked to see if you still have your wallet? camera?
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and stayed there safely.

Yes - you are missing something.

L.A.'s ghettos aren't defined by aesthetics but by the social circumstances surrounding them. You came, saw, and spent a few nights - that doesn't eradicate the fact that you were in a very dangerous part of town.
Yes.

At the risk of being serious for one moment, which I try desperately to avoid (particularly on the internets), one thing that's always bothered me about growing up in South Central LA (now referred to South LA for political and frankly stupid reasons) is the assumption by outsiders that because it's a dangerous area, that there's sniper fire coming from all angles. No, it's not pretty, and yes it is poor, and yes it does have higher crime rates than, say, Westwood, but it's not like you've been choppered into Nam. Those exaggerated depictions of ghettos have always unnerved me. But also, if you stay there for a vacation, will you die? Uhm, probably not, but to pretend that it was a lovely resort because you didn't get stabbed is also stupid.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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it's not like you've been choppered into Nam.
Wonder how many kids don't get that reference?


Danger in South Central ("South LA" is just lame) reveals itself at night. Not very scary in the daytime.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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Just stay inside the hotel and you'll be find. Don't be going for a nice walk outside
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: ATL by way of Los Angeles
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ok we actually came here and stayed and even though the motel is not the best, for the price is fine. Also the area is way better than what has been described here. I think some people like to exaggerate. After Atlanta and Chicago south LA looks like a normal poor neighbourhood. That's all. If you think that's bad then try Atlanta's English avenue area which is a real ghetto! With half of the houses burned, and no life whatsoever except for drug dealers and prostitutes in the streets etc.. So south LA is far from a ghetto unless if I am missing something here!!
All so-called "ghettos" are not cookie-cutter versions of each other. I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and I currently live in the Atlanta area, so I have experience with both South LA and the English Avenue area. Both are pretty rough, even though some may think that most of South LA looks "better" than English Avenue or the West End. On that note, Bankhead and MLK are just a few blocks over from English Avenue and are equally as rough even though the houses aren't burned. Even still, there are some "ghettos" in cities like Chicago, Detroit, and NYC that even make parts of Atlanta look like a resort.

You can't convince those of us who are either from South LA or have spent a considerable amount of time in South LA that it is not rough. There may be plenty of hard-working people there as well as some success stories, but that doesn't mean that you don't have to watch your back. If anything, assuming that it is not a ghetto and not watching your back is one of the main reasons why tourists like yourself end up becoming victims. Not wishing any harm on you, just giving a heads up so to speak.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: south central
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I already knew this was a troll. They don't even list these super cheap hood motels online.
Damn right.

It surprises me there is even a motel at Central and Vernon. I'm fine going there but many folks wouldn't be. Best to be on good behavior. There are tougher areas but that doesn't make this area not tough in itself. Be weary, but be nice. I love going for walks in the morning tharound the Adams-Central neighborhood. Make sure to get some OJ from one of the street vendors while you're there!
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