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Miranda Flaig Nov 14th, 2002 10:42 AM

Safety in Savannah, Charleston and Richmond
 
I'll be heading to these cities shortly and am concerned because I have read some worrying info about safety. I will be staying in the "downtown, historic areas" of these cities and was wondering if it is safe to walk around at night and if there are any particular parts to avoid. Thanks for your help.

xxx Nov 14th, 2002 10:44 AM

Use common sense and you will be fine. Charleston, of the three, is the most safe.

Bing Nov 14th, 2002 10:55 AM

Beware the ghosts in Savannah and Charleston. The ones in Richmond are much nicer.

OO Nov 14th, 2002 12:17 PM

In Savannah if you are staying around Bay St/River St area you are OK. You are also fine walking around within the City Market area. I would be careful around the squares. Don't just wander in areas less traveled, admiring the beauty at night and I sure wouldn't carry a purse! Day or night, don't go south of Park on foot.<BR><BR>We lived there and lived downtown. Though 9 times out of 10 you are fine, there were enough after dark &quot;incidents&quot; that both my husband and I were always uneasy walking in the evening.

Va Nov 14th, 2002 01:02 PM

Where are you staying in downtown Richmond? It might make a difference.

Miranda Flaig Nov 14th, 2002 02:12 PM

I am staying at the Marriott hotel in Richmond at 500 East Broad Street. In Savannah, the Radisson Historic District at 441 West Bay Street and in Charleston at the Hampton Inn at 345 Meeting Street. Thanks.

RVA Nov 15th, 2002 04:33 AM

I don't think there's much reason at all to walk around downtown Richmond during the day, let alone at night. I would probably not recommend walking at night.

Susan Nov 15th, 2002 07:26 AM

The Marriott is not in a very safe area but then I don't think the nicer hotel, The Jefferson is in one either.You could stay in one of the hotels out on Broad St. in the West End but there is nothing to walk around to out there.

VA Nov 15th, 2002 09:18 AM

Isn't the Marriott near the Convention Center? If so, I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around there at night. It's not inherently unsafe but the area is just big and deserted after business hours. The Shockoe Slip/Bottom area is a few blocks away (on Cary Street) and has some restaurant and shopping activity which might be even more interesting as the holidays approach. Take a cab from the hotel.

xxx Nov 15th, 2002 09:34 AM

That is a shitty Marriott.


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