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Old 01-23-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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What are some of the worst areas in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Let me explain. Since I'm going to be visiting the area, and hopefully living there within a year, I want to drive through (emphasis on driving through) some of the...well, not so nice areas of Phoenix, and the surrounding areas.

I want to say this upfront, I'm not trying to start a war between people who live in one area over another, I just want to see the not so stellar areas for myself.

It will help me to know a street name, or preferably a business name with the street, and then I could just use my gps and go right to the area. Saying East or West phoenix won't really do any good.

Thanks for your input, and I'll be there soon.
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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There are a lot of parts of Phoenix that all look the same. This isn't like Detroit were there are abandon neighborhoods. Van Buren street is known for being one of the rough streets as well as buckeye. Try taking a stroll on one those near downtown.
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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Try Thomas Road between 35th Ave and 83rd Ave. Or just use Desert Sky Mall in your GPS
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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The Maryvale area is rough and on the news all the time. Someone can tell you the boundaries or you can search on here as it's been talked about before.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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The areas around Phx Sky Harbor airport are kind of scary....north of the airport and south of hwy-202 between the I-10 and hwy-143. Also the areas around the Metro center mall (Just west of I-17 between Dunlap and Peoria) are rather scary as well. There have been several shootings at that mall.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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Computer Guy,

Come to think of it, you should just ask about the areas that are NOT scary or shady.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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If you want scary, cruise down Buckeye Rd, Lower Buckeye, or any of the streets just south of the railroad tracks south of downtown Phoenix.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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If you've spent any time in rough sections of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit etc., there really isn't any part of Phoenix that's all that scary.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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If you want scary, cruise down Buckeye Rd, Lower Buckeye, or any of the streets just south of the railroad tracks south of downtown Phoenix.
Agree that Buckeye SE of downtown gets the bad hood prize and also with the comment on the residential areas north of I-10 from about I-17 west to 99th Avenue. Sure there's others, but these two areas are representative and easy to find. I don't find anyplace here very "scary" though - just poor and rundown. I lived, worked and spent time in the rough parts of Phoenix for years without incident.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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If you want scary, cruise down Buckeye Rd, Lower Buckeye, or any of the streets just south of the railroad tracks south of downtown Phoenix.
Ohhhh yeah I got lost over there one day That's some scary stuff.
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