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Old 04-17-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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My wife and I have been in Highland Park for 3 years and we are both in college. We have had our cars broken into 3 times and have witnessed alot of theft and vandalism. The most recent happened 5 feet from our bedroom window, in our driveway, infront of our garage door. This neighborhood is definately going downhill fast. Some nights we question whether it is even safe to walk outside. The deceiving part of this neighborhood is, it looks nice and it is clear where all the riff raff is coming from. Mainly apartments up and down St.Paul avenue. The St.Paul police department has made reference to a troubling Somalia population..... If you are thinking of moving into this neighborhood "Beware"!!!!!!!
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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That is such a shame. I lived there for 5 years until 2005 and only experienced two crime incidents and those weren't even directed against me. Perhaps it would be better if they moved the police station from an obscure corner of the Park into the "downtown"?
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:59 PM
 
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I have to disagree. I have lived in HP my whole life and I have hardly noticed any crime. Don't fall for these cynical posts. Its a fine neighborhood, just don't live near W. 7th or Saint Paul ave and you will have nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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My wife and I have been in Highland Park for 3 years and we are both in college. We have had our cars broken into 3 times and have witnessed alot of theft and vandalism. The most recent happened 5 feet from our bedroom window, in our driveway, infront of our garage door. This neighborhood is definately going downhill fast. Some nights we question whether it is even safe to walk outside. The deceiving part of this neighborhood is, it looks nice and it is clear where all the riff raff is coming from. Mainly apartments up and down St.Paul avenue. The St.Paul police department has made reference to a troubling Somalia population..... If you are thinking of moving into this neighborhood "Beware"!!!!!!!
I've heard about this. What I'm wondering is, what is attractive to Somalis about St. Paul, Minnesota?
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Your neighborhood is not as dangerous as you think it is.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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I've heard about this. What I'm wondering is, what is attractive to Somalis about St. Paul, Minnesota?
I don't think they get a choice where to live. If I heard right, the INS (or whatever they're called now) chooses locations for them to settle and sends them there. Which I think is how the Twin Cities ended up with a large Hmong population. Let's face it, if you were from Laos would you choose Minnesota?
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Mankato and Hopkins
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I don't think they get a choice where to live. If I heard right, the INS (or whatever they're called now) chooses locations for them to settle and sends them there. Which I think is how the Twin Cities ended up with a large Hmong population. Let's face it, if you were from Laos would you choose Minnesota?
Hahaha! Sad what ignorance does to people. The Somalis and Hmongs are left to strike on their own once they come to America. They are free to move to ANY place they want. There are NO laws stopping them from moving to any location of their will. They have as much rights as any-one of us.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:47 PM
 
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I don't think they get a choice where to live. If I heard right, the INS (or whatever they're called now) chooses locations for them to settle and sends them there. Which I think is how the Twin Cities ended up with a large Hmong population. Let's face it, if you were from Laos would you choose Minnesota?

Whoa - that's a scary thought! No - the govm't can not dictate the distribution of immigrants (well sure there are ways to incent and discourage... but that's a different ball of wax)

Communities spring up for the same reason that you would choose a place abroad - you would probably look for somewhere that you are familiar with through family or friends, that other people from your community have been successful in moving to and where there will be people/community that will be supportive and familiar. A lead on a job, a place to stay until you get on your feet...
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Hahaha! Sad what ignorance does to people. The Somalis and Hmongs are left to strike on their own once they come to America. They are free to move to ANY place they want. There are NO laws stopping them from moving to any location of their will. They have as much rights as any-one of us.
There's no need to be rude. That's what I was told by people who'd worked with those communities and the immigration officials. If I was misinformed, it's not my ignorance that's at fault, it's someone else passing on bad information.
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