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Old 08-16-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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as i stated in a proir post i was about to move to the tampa area about a month ago from Connecticut. I was looking for a decent area that's close to shopping and entertainment,walkable, multicultural, close to things, and not to expensive. So i moved to the first place that seemed nice. Later i was told by people in the area, including the police that i had moved into the worst part of the city. That's what shocked me, what confuses me is how this can be the worst. I'm right between University Mall and Nebraska Ave, between Fowler & Fletcher. If this is the worst tampa has to offer than this really is paradise. I have a huge 500sf apartment(huge by inner-city CT standards), a massive perfectly manicured back yard, 2 pools, more parking than i could ever possibly need, allows pets, right next to the mall and highway, all for 450/month. I have been here for almost a month and have seen no worse than arguments and a lot of police patroling. I have seen no graffitti, no shootings, no carjackings, 1(ONE) boarded up building, for pete's sake there's not even a spec of trash in the street. Let alone pissy mattresses and smolderng piles of filth one would expect from the worst of the worst. I came here for the weather and thankfully didn't get a chance to hear peoples warnings of Suitcase City untill after i got here. If this is tampas worst, then i can't wait to explore the rest. I think i'll go walk to the mall -a happy new Suitcase City citizen
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Hi CtDude and welcome to Tampa! Crime has been decreasing steadily in Tampa for the past decade. It sounds like the police are doing their job up in that area, because it has always had a bad reputation.

Your post made me chuckle a bit, I liked your description of " there's not even a spec of trash in the street. Let alone pissy mattresses and smolderng piles of filth one would expect from the worst of the worst." That "smoldering piles of filth" conjures up some interesting images.

Anyway, hope you continue to enjoy it here.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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ctdude99, that area is indeed one of the worst areas (for crime, etc.). So it's great to hear that things are much better there now.

You mention an interesting point about grafiti (or the lack of it). I also see way less grafiti around here than I did in the bad neighborhoods in other parts of the country. Perhaps it's too hot here for gang members to sweat it out in the heat while posting the grafiti!
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:35 PM
 
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Suitcase City isn't a Tampa neighborhood as Fowler Avenue is the city line until you hit Bruce B. Downs. That being said, it is a very high-crime neighborhood, though I guess it's on a block-by-block thing. Since it's not in Tampa, Tampa Police do not patrol it and it is not reflected in Tampa's crime statistics, which have fallen heavily over the past decade.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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It is a very high crime area, but I lived there for several years as a student and never had any problems.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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$450 a month is interesting...
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:26 PM
 
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That is not the worst neighborhood in the bay area...it's not even the worst in Tampa itself...but it's not great.

That said, one thing about the bay area in general is, even the worst areas are FAR better than the worst areas of many other big cities. Of the four large population centers in Florida (Tampa Bay, Orlando, South Florida, Jax), I think TB is the least "dangerous" as far as crime/bad neighborhoods, urban decay, etc.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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That is not the worst neighborhood in the bay area...it's not even the worst in Tampa itself...but it's not great.

That said, one thing about the bay area in general is, even the worst areas are FAR better than the worst areas of many other big cities. Of the four large population centers in Florida (Tampa Bay, Orlando, South Florida, Jax), I think TB is the least "dangerous" as far as crime/bad neighborhoods, urban decay, etc.
I totally agree with you. Even the worst is way better than the "best" ghetto in other areas. BTW, I too once lived in suitcase city with no real issues back when I used to work at USF. That was a long time ago, though.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Agree with your assessment. Compared to several big cities, Tampa is way better!



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That is not the worst neighborhood in the bay area...it's not even the worst in Tampa itself...but it's not great.

That said, one thing about the bay area in general is, even the worst areas are FAR better than the worst areas of many other big cities. Of the four large population centers in Florida (Tampa Bay, Orlando, South Florida, Jax), I think TB is the least "dangerous" as far as crime/bad neighborhoods, urban decay, etc.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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wonder what ever happened to this guy, lol I bet his car got jacked
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