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Old 06-21-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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If you want a nature experience like none other in the region -- the take a short 25 minute drive North on I-29 to DeSoto Bend -- it actually is the place to go for nature walks in the fall when the migratory birds are making a pit-stop there -- but its is VERY remote. IT's a Federal Park -- so it's free to get in -- they also have on exhibit a recovered steam ship that sank in the mid 1800's -- the mud preserved just about everything on it -- and it is a really cool step back in time to go through the permanent museum they have for it in the visitor's center there.
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:49 AM
 
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For anyone travelling to Omaha that is curious about which areas to avoid:

South Omaha is relatively safe. It is home to a large portion of Omaha's hispanic community, and although there are a few crimes there on occasion, it is relatively quiet. Mostly property crime in South O.

Downtown is mostly safe. I wouldn't venture west of about 15th Street on foot after dark. If you stay between the Qwest Center and Leavenworth, you'll likely be okay.

North Omaha is a different story. Don't venture into North O at night, even in a car. During the day, it's safer, but stay on the main roads. We have a serious gang issue in North Omaha. If you have to pass through the area, use the Sorenson Parkway (very few traffic lights, higher speed limit). 60th Street is about the western boundary of the rough areas, north of Cuming/Saddle Creek/NW Radial/Military Rd (the street changes names 3 times as roads merge and split).

Midtown is my favorite part of town; it stretches from about I-480 to Saddle Creek Rd in between Dodge and Leavenworth Streets, with Farnam Street having a decent amount of nightlife (and it's cheaper than downtown). Lots of college kids in this area, so there's a little drunken shenanigans, but not much to worry about. Beware of anyone loitering outside the Colonial Hotel (now a rooming house) at night (38th and Farnam).

Benson and Dundee (the business districts) are pretty safe and feature some of Omaha's finest eating and drinking establishments. Dundee is west of Midtown and east of the University of Omaha, Benson's business district is located around the intersections of 60th and Maple.

Anything west of 72nd Street is pretty much safe.

If you are visiting the area, please note that any locale in Sarpy County (Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista) is very safe.

Omaha's Police are mostly unconcerned with speeders (5-7 over is common), but that does not apply in Sarpy County or the interstates/freeways. OPD may not care, but the Sheriff's Dept and the NSP do care.

Things to see when you're here: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (10th and Bob Gibson Blvd.); the Old Market (10th and Howard area); the Joslyn Art Museum (24th and Dodge); The Durham Museum (10th and Howard-ish, on the viaduct).

Places to eat when you're here: Piccolo's, Anthony's or Gorat's for steak; Lisa's Radial Cafe for a diner-style breakfast (awesome portions and prices); Alvarado's (as someone mentioned) for 24-hour Mexican food (my favorite is the Arizona burrito) at great prices; Don and Millie's (local fast food chain- they sell beer!); and last, but not least, The Lithuanian Bakery in South Omaha. We have two pizza places worth mentioning: Zio's and La Casa.

Places to drink while you're here: There is only one establishment on this list: The Crescent Moon. It is actually 4 bars in one: The Crescent Moon, Huber Haus, Beertopia, and Max and Joe's (Max and Joe's is only open 3 nights a week, but they often rent out the entire place on those nights, so you may not get in there at all). This place has the biggest selection of beer in Omaha, and some of the best pub food I've ever had. It's located at 36th and Farnam in Midtown. If you're in town around Oktoberfest, this is the place to be. You can find lots of great bars Downtown, in Midtown, Dundee and Benson (which also has 2 music venues).
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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I would say if you are going to roam the area of town to the North of the Doubletree/Stadium area stay on the main streets. 16th, 24th, 30th and you should be ok. Once you get west of 60th your in pretty good shape. But don't wander into the neighborhoods back there. Not all of them are bad, but there are some bad pockets there. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable area find a main street and head west that will typically get you out.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Geez, some people make North Omaha sound like it's the Gaza Strip. Contrary to popular belief, that area is not full of roving gangs of thugs looking to rape and pillage. There are, quite literally, a few "hotspots" I'd tell someone to avoid at all costs, but that's about it. Anywhere else in the city you should be perfectly safe if you follow some basic, common sense precautions...like driving with your doors locked and being alert of your surroundings. Those hotspots are also pretty much nothing but very poor and run down neighborhoods, so you wouldn't have any real reason to be there on top of that.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Middleburg
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Sounds like the Omaha Police have some work to do to clean up this city.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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Yeah its called common sense people. I am not saying I would go hang out around Lake or Ames after dark, but I don't avoid the area for fear of my life. There are actually a lot of really great areas in north o that get overlooked b/c of the fear most of the city has.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:50 AM
 
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If you act like you're from North Omaha, it's pretty easy to feel comfortable. Just don't act like you're better, don't point and stare and for sure don't look like you're scared to be there. Turn up the bass, put your seat back and have a good time
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Sounds like the Omaha Police have some work to do to clean up this city.
The problem is that everytime they start to make some headway on the issue, the city council starts to cut into the funding and it goes right back to the way it was.

If the city wants to be safe, it needs to make the commitment to maintaining a police force capable of making it safe.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Middleburg
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The problem is that everytime they start to make some headway on the issue, the city council starts to cut into the funding and it goes right back to the way it was.
That's not the only problem. Officers currently on the payroll only do the minimum required work, there is absolutely no community policing going on, and I think the police are actually scared to go in certain areas.

I'd like to see them hire a bunch of new, motivated officers, so they can show the old dinosaurs the door.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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All police efforts in all cities can stand room for improvement with Omaha no exception. That said, you will be hard pressed to find a central core city of a major metropolitan area with less crime.

The far northeast corner of Omaha does represent the vast majority of the major crime in the city, but is still nothing compared to bad neighborhoods in many metro areas.
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