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Old 09-07-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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I am originally from Detroit, so I don't scare easy. And I found the perfect, spacious apartment on Rhode Island Ave. NE -- a short bus ride or moderate walk to the metro.

However, I'm still a young, 20-something woman who works into the evenings. Will I be safe here? Unbiased folks who ACTUALLY have been to NE/SE (not just Eastern Market, Capitol Hill) please. I work in NW/Dupont Circle, near Georgetown, but places like that are out of my budget, and I must find somewhere to live this month.

Thank you kindly for your advice
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Honestly, Rhode Island gets a little rough close to the metro but I know a few women who do make it. I haven't spent enough time there during the come and go times to make a fair assessment about overall safety though.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Brookland
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Well, I've lived in the RI NE area for almost 3 years, and in NE DC for almost 5. Currently, I own a house in Brookland. The area around the RI Ave metro is certainly not the worst area, but not the best either. The area is on the upswing though. New luxury apartments/shops are being built at the metro, and a condo developer just bought an old abandoned building at 3rd and RI NE and is rehabbing as luxury condos. Also, EYA is building new luxury townhomes nearby near Trinity College.

I have spent a lot of time at the Home Depot at the RI Ave metro, and the Giant there is my regular grocery store. I shop in the Foreman Mills shopping center too sometimes, I was just there last night. I've never had a problem in anywhere in the area, I think it is relatively safe, as long as you practice general big city safety skills, ie mind your own business and be aware of your surroundings/people around you, etc. Don't walk around with a lot of bling on display or look like a target. If you act like you belong and carry yourself as such, that goes a long way. Compared to Detroit? You should have no problem here.

FWIW, I am a white, 33 year old male.

What apartment? There are a number of complexes on RI Ave that have a bad reputation. Brookland Manor at RI and 13th is notoriously bad. Edgewood Terrace behind Foreman Mills is very bad too. There are some smaller buildings around there that are ok.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Offtopic but I love Brookland. I have spent a lot of time in that area. It is one of the few true middle class neighborhoods left in DC.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Brookland
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Offtopic but I love Brookland. I have spent a lot of time in that area. It is one of the few true middle class neighborhoods left in DC.
Thanks for the compliment on my neighborhood. I like it here too.

Other neighborhoods of NE are nice too, Woodridge, Michigan Park, even around Ft Totten, they're all pretty nice middle class neighborhoods. The parts of NE that have a bad reputation lie in between RI Ave and FL Ave (Brentwood, Carver Terrace, Ivy City, the whole NY Ave/Bladensburg NE corridor) and east of the Anacostia (Deanwood, the whole Benning/Minnesota Ave area).
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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What apartment? There are a number of complexes on RI Ave that have a bad reputation. Brookland Manor at RI and 13th is notoriously bad. Edgewood Terrace behind Foreman Mills is very bad too. There are some smaller buildings around there that are ok.
It's the Edwards apartment building.

And you offered a lot of great, sensible advice. Thanks .
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Brookland
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It's the Edwards apartment building.

And you offered a lot of great, sensible advice. Thanks .
Not sure about that exact building, I would just make sure you look at it good before you sign a lease. It looks nice enough on the outside. That building is further down RI, that area is not that bad, once you get off RI Ave, especially to the north, the neighborhood gets quite nice (Brookland is the area north of RI Ave). RI Ave can look a little rough, but I think it's relatively safe.

The main thing is to keep an eye on the groups of kids you may see at the metro.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Not sure about that exact building, I would just make sure you look at it good before you sign a lease. It looks nice enough on the outside. That building is further down RI, that area is not that bad, once you get off RI Ave, especially to the north, the neighborhood gets quite nice (Brookland is the area north of RI Ave). RI Ave can look a little rough, but I think it's relatively safe.

The main thing is to keep an eye on the groups of kids you may see at the metro.
Thanks again! I feel a lot better about living in the apartment now (btw, it's been very well-maintained; all hardwood floors ... I'd never find this at a good price in MD, where I am now).
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks again! I feel a lot better about living in the apartment now (btw, it's been very well-maintained; all hardwood floors ... I'd never find this at a good price in MD, where I am now).
I know this post is like 3 yrs old and I'm not sure if you actually moved in but I wanted to know how the neighborhood actually was since being there 3 yrs ago. I was thinking about moving into the Edward building in Dec.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I know this post is like 3 yrs old and I'm not sure if you actually moved in but I wanted to know how the neighborhood actually was since being there 3 yrs ago. I was thinking about moving into the Edward building in Dec.
What's the address? I know the area fairly well.
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