Dangerous neighborhoods in Vegas?

Dec 6th, 2004, 07:59 AM
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Dangerous neighborhoods in Vegas?

I will be arriving in Vegas a day earlier than my friends, and I thought I might rent a car and drive around the city. I know Vegas is one of the fasting-growing cities, and I thought it might be interesting to peruse some of the neighborhoods, see what there is to see.

My question is: Do I have to worry about getting lost in a bad neighborhood? My past experiences in Vegas have all been on the strip or near Freemont Street. If I go exploring Vegas at large, is there any chance I might drive into the wrong area?

(Note I'll be doing this during the daytime, but still).

Thanks.

Matt
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Dec 6th, 2004, 08:17 AM
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Whenever I am in a city, my car invariably directs itself toward these neighborhoods. Last happened in New Orleans.

That said, you will recognize that you are going someplace that you do not want to be, just leave. It's not really that big of deal. I seriously doubt that Vegas has the hoods of LA, NY, Chicago, Detroit, etc.

Especially in the daytime, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 08:21 AM
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Can't tell you but here are some tell tale signs I've noticed from years of business travel.

You see multiple check-cashing stores and pawn shops.

You notice private residences with bars on the windows at ground level.

Locals treat red lights as stop signs and this is perfectly accpetable with
the police.

If in the Northeast, you see a "C-Town" supermarket.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 08:55 AM
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If you want to explore neighborhoods try the Nortwest (Summerlin) part of town or Green Valley.

My suggestion would be to drive to Red Rock Canyon and stop off in Summerlin on the way back and grab lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, the Melting Pot, or Kona Grill (all enjoyable chain restaurants with websites for menus) and explore local living in the neighborhood. If you drive along Rampart road on your way from Red Rock Canyon you will see some of the multi-million dollar homes of Las Vegas. There is also good shopping nearby. If this sounds good you can email me for specific directions.

Alternatively, you can expore the East side of town and drive past Wayne Newton's home and other local spots. And then there's Lake Las Vegas about 40 mins from the strip.

The only area to avoid would be the Norteast part of town, traveling East of the Texas and Fiesta Casino.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 09:14 AM
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Placeu2, unfortunately there are gangs and gang violence in Las Vegas. The city's population is around 1.7m and a large amount of relocation is from Los Angeles. There are more than 300 gangs here. Just like any other big city. Unfortunate, but true.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 10:29 AM
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I also suggest a drive to and walk/hike in Red Rock Canyon! Much more interesting the the neighborhoods of Las Vegas!
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Dec 6th, 2004, 10:43 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I've actually already been to Red Rock Canyon, though it sounds like another trip back in that direction will take me by some interesting areas.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 10:47 AM
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How about Mount Charleston, sort of in the same direction? Then you can stop by the same area on the way back.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 10:52 AM
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Another interesting alternative is a drive out the Boulder Hwy to see the dam, then come back a few miles to State Hwy 166. Turn right and follow the shoreline of Lake Mead to State Hwy 167. Turn right on it along Lake Mead and through desert landscapes to State Hwy 169. Turn left on it to explore Valley of Fire State Park. You can then continue on to I-15 and south back to LV.

If you do that route in the reverse order I've listed, there is a little city park just off the Hwy west of the junction with Hwy 167/Boulder Hwy but before you get into the town of Boulder. In the afternoons, a herd of mountain sheep come down from the hills and graze on the park grass. The times I've been there, there have been at least 30 of them, sometimes more.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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The other posters had many positive suggestions for drives through the city. I guess I'll tell you the neighborhoods/streets I avoid...

1. Washington Street - there always seems to be trouble on Washington and D (or B, C, A) street. Those are just northwest of downtown Vegas. That neighboorhood tends to be pretty rough, but not bad if you're just passing through on Washington during the day.

2. East side - Of course there are exceptions, but the east side is the older part of town and can go from good to bad in 2 blocks.

3. Area between Stratosphere and downtown - again, this is a generalization. The stores along LV Blvd and in the downtown area are okay during the day, but the area gets a little weird at night.

Like Ryan said, just look for the signs of a bad neighboorhood. If you feel like it's not so good, keep your windows up and your doors locked, then drive on through. Vegas is relatively safe during the day, no matter where you are, but it's always good to be prepared.

I've gotten lost in Vegas enough times to understand your worry, so the best advice I can give is to learn the major roads. Vegas is rather square and has 5-6 major roads both north-south and east-west. If you get lost and see one of those, you can get on it and go! Have a great vacation!
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Dec 7th, 2004, 06:09 AM
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I believe you wifey, I was refering to neighbor..hoods. Not hoodlums.

I live in the suburbs of Chicago and am familiar with how the vermin spread.

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Dec 7th, 2004, 07:26 AM
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Thanks again for the advice. Looks like I have a lot of potential areas to explore (and now I know the areas to avoid).

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Dec 7th, 2004, 07:37 AM
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Thanx, place for the slam on Detroit. Have you ever been to this town? Or are you just going by what you heard reported by Brokaw, Jennings and Rather. BTW, none of those three have ever visited Motown either.
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Dec 7th, 2004, 09:24 AM
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Here's my thoughts:

The most dangerous neighborhood is the one that runs on a street commonly referred to as "The Strip". I've lost money all along this street!
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Dec 7th, 2004, 09:25 AM
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Here's my thoughts:

The most dangerous neighborhood in Vegas is the one that runs on a street commonly referred to as "The Strip". I've lost money all along this street!
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Dec 7th, 2004, 09:25 AM
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The most dangerous neighborhood in Vegas is the one that runs on a street commonly referred to as "The Strip". I've lost money all along this street!

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Dec 7th, 2004, 10:48 AM
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Thank you for stopping by this post jimmyk. If it offends you, I respectfully withdraw my Detroit comment....sheeesh. Try and take it more personal.

Your input will surely be helpful to mattydale.
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