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Old 02-01-2007, 03:03 PM
 
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How safe is this area? Does anyone live there that can tell me about it?
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:24 PM
 
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Depends.

Depends on the time of day, and where you are.

I wouldn't live there (only because I have children), but I would shop there during the day. I wouldn't bring my kids there - except for a quick bite to eat on the Ave, with my husband there.

I think it was last year someone was knifed in broad daylight, right on the Ave.

Compared to bigger cities, the crime rate is nothing - but at the same time, it's not something to be ignored either.

The more residential areas, spreading out from the Ave are fine... but the Ave, especially at night, has a high population of drunks, drug addicts, runaways, homeless people - and the type that are attracted to that sort of thing.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:12 PM
 
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Default I used to live in the U District

I was a grad student and lived there from 1994 - 1998, on 42nd and 12 Ave. NE, just a couple of blocks away from campus. I don't understand why someone would think it's dangerous, unless they were from some small town in the rural Midwest. I loved it there. Granted, I had no children and I lived in a rather expensive small crummy apartment, but I really liked the 24hr liveliness. The drunks, drug addicts, runaways, and homeless are pretty tame by my standards. They don't harrass you, and they are too caught up in their own misery to say much. I never felt afraid to walk down the Ave at night, and I am a 5'4" woman who doesn't in any way look intimidating. I guess it depends on what you're expecting. There are some really nice houses around the U District, some very expensive - it is Seattle after all. If you are looking for a more genteel neighborhood I would suggest trying Wallingford or Ravenna.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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I was a grad student and lived there from 1994 - 1998, on 42nd and 12 Ave. NE, just a couple of blocks away from campus. I don't understand why someone would think it's dangerous, unless they were from some small town in the rural Midwest. I loved it there. Granted, I had no children and I lived in a rather expensive small crummy apartment, but I really liked the 24hr liveliness. The drunks, drug addicts, runaways, and homeless are pretty tame by my standards. They don't harrass you, and they are too caught up in their own misery to say much. I never felt afraid to walk down the Ave at night, and I am a 5'4" woman who doesn't in any way look intimidating. I guess it depends on what you're expecting. There are some really nice houses around the U District, some very expensive - it is Seattle after all. If you are looking for a more genteel neighborhood I would suggest trying Wallingford or Ravenna.

thanks... my son and his girlfriend probably found that same small crummy expensive apt... Kidding..yes small and old but a great view of the water. They love that area and I just wondered if it were safe. I know they can take care of themselves but I am a mom so I get concerned. They are both students and work so they won't be home much. Guess that is why he wants hardly anything in his apt. Just the bare necessities. I asked about a TV and they won't have time to watch, so not even that. Ahhh the life of a student.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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1994 - 1998
A lot has changed since then. Seriously.

I moved to Seattle from DC, eh - not exactly a small town in the midwest.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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I'm sure your son and his girlfriend will be fine there, especially if they are students. I say this because the U District is very student oriented. My husband and I just spent last week in the University Inn, on Broadway NE, and I had a chance to romp around the old neighborhood. It hasn't changed much. We now live in SLC, and and even in January in Seattle it felt like a European vacation. It is reasonably safe there, compared to other urban places I have lived, like downtown Dallas, south side of Milwaukee, Durham NC, to name a few. Ironically, urban Seattlites are very polite, even the bums if you can believe that. I think it comes from the density - I have seen the same type of behavior in San Francisco. Everyone is so close together that they have to get along to be happy. It's really one of the world's great cities. You should go visit if you can.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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She lives on the eastside.

She didn't first state that it was for her son and his girlfriend. She asked generally, and I responded generally with a "Depends".

I wouldn't move children there but young adults would be different. Of course they will likely be fine. However, the U District is a rowdy place.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:46 PM
 
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Ironically, urban Seattlites are very polite, even the bums if you can believe that.
Your post is making me "lol" but - for real...
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:53 PM
 
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I agree that everyone's experience is different, but I had a great time in the U District, and I met some of the most interesting people and made some long lasting friends there, friends I still have. One of the things I really enjoyed was the fact that everything is so close. I didn't have a car, but I could find everything I needed within walking distance, and my student ID also doubled as a bus pass so I could go downtown or wherever if I wanted.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:00 PM
 
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Hey Compltlyme, does your son and his girlfriend live near Eastlake by the Ivar's Seafood house??? if so the view of Lake Union awesome. Yeah I do agree with everyone else the Ave is sketchy but the area is pretty active all times of the day and night. The area as a whole is relatively safe just use common sense.
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