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breezyy

United States

#63 Apr 26, 2012
I have lived in lakeland for 15 years. I used to live on tenth street but now live in south lakeland, george jenkins are. I can honestly say lakeland is not a bad place to live. There are places such as midtown which includes 1st through 12th street. Here you can find prostitutes and just about any street drug. A lot of racial hatrid has developed over the years and whites may sometimes be messed with. I have seen drive bys too huge drug bust in my time in lakeland. But as far as a hardcore place lakeland is deffinitly not. The roughest is midtown.
dat bih

Sevierville, TN

#64 Aug 15, 2012
Im from lakeland born and raised ima tell u if u aint from round there dont walk anywhere by your self them lil goons are not playin i love lakeland but i had to move it got to crazy i had to leave bcuz the cops wouldnt stay off my bk but the streets is a hard life and dats no joke ull beta you tube it lakeland aint no joke but i love my city
AnnieA

Polk City, FL

#65 Feb 15, 2013
Native Floridian. Lakeland isn't bad compared to some cities I have seen. I am more familiar with Winter Haven and for years, that was a quiet, sleepy little town. But, I am very aware of where I am and pay attention to my surroundings. I have occasion to visit Florence Villa in WH and I always act very respectful, take care of my business and leave. The same way I would in any town.
John

United States

#66 Feb 16, 2013
Stay away frm north lakeland, memorial area is one of the worst place on earth.
Trinichick

Harrisburg, PA

#67 Feb 21, 2013
Former Polk Countian wrote:
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Midtown is the area just north of downtown all the way up to I-4.
Generally, Reynolds Road is pretty safe. Some growth and development is poised to hit that area in a few years so it's bound to get even better (starting with the 4-laning of R.R.). Eaton Park isn't bad but again, it varies within the different sections of Eaton Park.
What about the area surrounding Yates Road, not too far off S. Florida Ave, Old Rd. 37, Ewell, Rd, etc?
guyfrmlakeland

Auburndale, FL

#68 Apr 4, 2013
Trinichick wrote:
<quoted text>What about the area surrounding Yates Road, not too far off S. Florida Ave, Old Rd. 37, Ewell, Rd, etc?
South Florida ave is good. Stay away from memorial blvd. area and north lakeland area. That area is filled with lazy black people that do drugs and get gov assistance. And us working people are paying for all these lazy people. I would say south lakeland is the best.
single mom

Roswell, GA

#69 Jul 10, 2013
Lkld wrote:
Well i'm from Lakeland and some parts seem like a vacation spot but other parts can get real violent. I not too long ago got away from the street life and the things that were done that no one knew about but me and my homeboys would make you all opinions change big time. Neither one of you know about the beef between Lakeland and other cities in polk county because you probably never lived the life of a thug. The craziest thing about the city is, its the younger kids keeping the violence up. True statement if your not from around the (L) Lakeland you might want to stay to yourself. It gets real in Lakeland Florida. Don't get me wrong we're not no Miami or West Palm Beach but its pretty crazy in the L. I'm 20 years old so I'm not too young or old to know about my city.
So where should I as a single mom stay away from? Give me the 411 on the real lakeland.
moving soon

Chattanooga, TN

#71 Jul 18, 2014
thinking of renting a townhouse just south of polk parkway, in the Eaton Park area? Thoughts? I also have young children so I would like any insight on Oscar J Pope elementary as that would be the school they would be zoned for...
marg

United States

#73 Dec 1, 2014
Tim wrote:
Highway 92, once you cross it going north on Combee Road the "culture" changes.
Eaton Park past the Post Office. Don't take walks around there at night.
Colonel Avenue going West towards Lake Bonny, stay off the streets or you will get run over.
Meadow Lane Subdivision north and south via Main Street to Combee Road is a traffic short cut for speeders and bleed off traffic. Boom music seems to radiate all around the area.
Crystal Groves near N/S Crystal Lake Drive seems to get routine police visits.
All in all maybe you should consider Georgia or just stay out of Polk County?
Regards.
I am interested in moving there. I just want to know if it's a place you can live after retirement?
Walter

Bainbridge, GA

#74 Dec 2, 2014
Whatever street or business Natalie lives or works. Indicted for RICO charges and grand theft at bainbridge college. Heard they hired her at publix supermarket. Never shop there.
Theodore

Mitchell, SD

#76 Apr 17, 2015
Abbie wrote:
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Your kidding, right!? I bet you voted for that socialist bastard in the Whitehouse!?
Abbie, keep your azz in texass, where it belongs. What a shame that you live in the Dallas area, where people are normal. Too bad you don't live in the southern part of the state where you'd fit right in with the other ignorant haters.
a lakelander

United States

#77 May 30, 2015
Lakeland is a pretty tame place as a few people above me have said. It all depends on who or where you get involved with. If you decide to hang out with "druggies and thugs" you'll get into trouble, if you decide to get involved with nerds or actually functional people you will be fine. There are a couple of places I would suggest avoiding.

Wabash Ave. And Crystal lake area are where you can find all of the prostitutes.

Crystal Grove drive(what is our infatuation with crystals?) is a large area for drugs, prostitutes, and gangs. I don't suggest driving through there even during the day.

Lakeland high school has gone downhill even in the past year and the drug rate there is annoyingly high.(Hehe get my joke... High?)

Lake bonny park is where all the teens go to have sex and get drugs after school so I'd suggest waiting to take your kids until after 4 pm or before 2pm. Even then, just don't go to the new skate park unless you are older than 13 and have the ability to say no.

Away from the negatives now.

Common ground park area is a safe place for younger kids.

I also do not suggest moving anywhere before you've at least driven through there at night.

No matter where you are, keep an eye on your children and make sure they know your families morals. If they know they difference between right and wrong and can say no, they should be fine.

I hope this helped! Have a great day.:)
Experiencetheabu se

Bradenton, FL

#78 Dec 27, 2015
Abby wrote:
Where people don't want to get involved. Residents who are cowards, liberals, pacifists and conformists. That's where and how it starts. Where loud car music is heard all day, traffic flying and down your street, people who do what ever the hell they want and give the finger to their neighbor. In Polk County... take your pick.
Merry Christmas
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Why wouldn't your ELITE police force be able to solve or cure such mundane problems? Let's face it Polk County and in particular Lakeland is a SMALL town where no crime should exist EXCEPT for
for the direct participation of the local police departments. Lakeland cops would rather play Wii then deal with a crime scene, and their most recent crime is their NEED to have sex ON DUTY rather then police their designated areas. I predict this LOW level police force under the jurisdiction of a SHADY Sheriff will soon be demolished...if not YOU live there at your own peril!
Sharon

Lakeland, FL

#80 Mar 22, 2016
[I have lived in Lakeland for going on 30 years now so I feel I know the areas pretty good. Combee area has gone down hill in those years and there are a lot of half way houses there. If you are looking for a black area you go near 10th street but I will say the violence there was years ago on and near that area you really don't hear much anymore. Kathleen area are pretty much good ole boys- what you might call rednecks. There will probably be a gun in most every house there and lots of drugs in some of the areas of Kathleen. Years ago the north side was the place to be but in the last ten years it is now the south side, since they put in a lot of stores etc now in that area. Our sheriff is Grady Judd and if you do the crime believe me you WILL do the time. He makes this county much safer and we are glad he is in office. He is never opposed because he does such a great job. I would stay away from Kathleen area because of all the meth labs and drugs but you can find that most anywhere now in any city.

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