PumpkinGirl

Jacksonville, FL

#172 Feb 19, 2013
Ive lived in jax my entire life (duval) and its pretty bad. If you are not street wise aka keep your gaurd up at all times. Its NOT safe here anymore. When my parents bought our home in the early 90s it was great and slowly I have watched all my goox neighbors die off or move away. Only for their houses to be snatched up by land lords who rent the homes to drug dealers and crack heads. If you have money living somewhere ln st johns county wpuld be preferable . But i would never suggest anyone move here. Even near the beaches.where it looks "nice" its hood.

“Just Add Obama ”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville Florida

#173 Feb 20, 2013
PumpkinGirl wrote:
Ive lived in jax my entire life (duval) and its pretty bad. If you are not street wise aka keep your gaurd up at all times. Its NOT safe here anymore. When my parents bought our home in the early 90s it was great and slowly I have watched all my goox neighbors die off or move away. Only for their houses to be snatched up by land lords who rent the homes to drug dealers and crack heads. If you have money living somewhere ln st johns county wpuld be preferable . But i would never suggest anyone move here. Even near the beaches.where it looks "nice" its hood.
PumpkinGirl, you need to crawl back into the pumpkin patch. Stop listening to the local news and do some research about Jacksonville. For example and shooting and murder at Myrtle and 8th Street should not be reported as a homicide on the Westside. Or a drive by in Talleyrand is not the Eastside. Most of the violent crime in Jacksonville is isolated into small areas of town usually in or near HUD housing. Use the following maps to figure out where the majority of a community tolerates or even approves of violent criminal behavior and where that behavior is not tolerated.
http://www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-offic...
http://jacksonville.fl.crimeviewcommunity.com...
Ole Al

Jacksonville, FL

#174 Feb 20, 2013
I've lived in Jacksonville since 1980. There's no way you can categorize the quality of life for the whole area. At one time it was the largest land mass of any city in the U.S. So, Jacksonville is very much a city of neighborhoods.
Events in our town cover most of the spectrum - from a city symphony to monster truck rallies. We have an NFL franchise, a Broadway series and an Artist's series. And I understand there's a lively club scene going on.
Public transportation sucks, and you will really need a car to survive here. There are a few fine dining spots and an abundance of fast food outlets. We're on I think the eleventh attempt to make downtown "vital and thriving", but it still isn't and I for one am not too hopeful.
City services work, so traffic moves pretty well, garbage is collected, water comes out of the tap, and the sewers are maintained.
There are pockets of calm sanity across the city. I live in an older neighborhood in North Arlington and enjoy life here. The sheriff's office puts crime statistics online, and you can check out any address for crime activity before you commit to a lease or purchase: http://www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-offic... .
I really believe anyone can have a good life here, if they take charge of where they live and where they work.
Sherman

Jacksonville, FL

#175 Feb 22, 2013
Diamond23 wrote:
I have been here 2yrs moving from GA,Jacksonville is ok,its not a fast city a bit slow here,but it's all about how u live your life,most plp that are posting bad comments are the ones that live in the hood n not tryin to better themselves,everywhere you go there is crime,drugs,crackhead,etc...ju st find a nice part of jax to live in...it's plenty to do here NO jax is not like ATL but it's nice..so PLZ ignore the negative comments,if you move here n don't like it just relocate....
I DO NOT live in the hood. I've lived here over 30 years and this place is awful . Crime is high and corruption is through the roof! They will turn a speeding ticket into attempted murder and could care less if it was your first. They will try and give you at least 10 years for it. They cash in on people here with their prisons. They get paid very well by the government over 45.000 a year per prisoner. Jobs well god luck trying to find one. I'm stuck here for now because of investments. But the first chance I get I will leave this nightmare city behind and forget I ever lived here. I'm white and I'm telling you they are as RACIST as they come here. Save yourself and family don't move to this hell hole.
Jax grandmother

Orange Park, FL

#176 Feb 24, 2013
Downtown is the worst downtown of any major city I've seen. Ugly and don't go down there at night. You'll be sorry !!!

“Just Add Obama ”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville Florida

#177 Feb 25, 2013
Jax grandmother wrote:
Downtown is the worst downtown of any major city I've seen. Ugly and don't go down there at night. You'll be sorry !!!
Not that town down Jax is were i would choose to be at night but how many "major cities" have you been at night to compare it too?
favcax

Pittsburgh, PA

#178 Feb 25, 2013
http://youtube.com/watch...
Been there its nice,,,lookd good but is the Economy good for your Family?
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#179 Feb 25, 2013
Mr Logic in Jax wrote:
<quoted text>
PumpkinGirl, you need to crawl back into the pumpkin patch. Stop listening to the local news and do some research about Jacksonville. For example and shooting and murder at Myrtle and 8th Street should not be reported as a homicide on the Westside. Or a drive by in Talleyrand is not the Eastside. Most of the violent crime in Jacksonville is isolated into small areas of town usually in or near HUD housing. Use the following maps to figure out where the majority of a community tolerates or even approves of violent criminal behavior and where that behavior is not tolerated.
http://www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-offic...
http://jacksonville.fl.crimeviewcommunity.com...
mostly in the ethnic Northwest right?
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#180 Feb 25, 2013
Mr Logic in Jax wrote:
<quoted text>
Not that town down Jax is were i would choose to be at night but how many "major cities" have you been at night to compare it too?
Why live downtown, commute to work then leave. If it is safe for that duration then you'll be fine.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#181 Feb 25, 2013
favcax wrote:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Oy yhmKyYPM
Been there its nice,,,lookd good but is the Economy good for your Family?
5th weakest in the nation, but it depends on your job
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#182 Feb 25, 2013
Sherman wrote:
<quoted text> I DO NOT live in the hood. I've lived here over 30 years and this place is awful . Crime is high and corruption is through the roof! They will turn a speeding ticket into attempted murder and could care less if it was your first. They will try and give you at least 10 years for it. They cash in on people here with their prisons. They get paid very well by the government over 45.000 a year per prisoner. Jobs well god luck trying to find one. I'm stuck here for now because of investments. But the first chance I get I will leave this nightmare city behind and forget I ever lived here. I'm white and I'm telling you they are as RACIST as they come here. Save yourself and family don't move to this hell hole.
Are their a lot of speed traps, here in Iowa we have to deal with the stupid cameras and constant fundraisers
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#183 Feb 25, 2013
I really liked Jacksonville the few times I've been their
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#184 Feb 25, 2013
Midwest Escapee wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all, I agree with you. I don't know what the hell that clown is talking about - not being able to find a "certain kind of paint"? That is a pathetic excuse for an argument. You must not be looking very hard if you can't find what you want. Just like anywhere, some stores don't carry items -- so order them and they will ship to your front door! Secondly.. trains? I have never seen one single train since I moved to Jacksonville over a year ago. If you see a train, you must be living far outside of where the general population resides.
There are a lot of food stamp minorities swarming in the good places to live, but eventually that happens everywhere, unfortunately. I would rather have good-hearted, hard working Christians living around me and throughout my city vs those NE/ Midwest liberals. As my friend here says, they ruin every city. So with that said, if you are liberal, DON'T COME HERE! We don't like you.
The last thing I will say is that Jax is a big little town. You need a vehicle no matter what. Good thing is, you live close to the beach and there are a lot of good restaurants (no I'm not talking about Applebees and Olive Garden). The beaches are very clean and are filled with pretty good bars and pubs. St. Johns town center has good restaurants and bars/lounges. They are more classy than the beach bars.
Bottom line: would I live here the rest of my life?- No. Am I enjoying it much more than living in Michigan, absolutely. Is it better than NYC (minus the liberals)-- No. Would I quit my job so I don't have to move here?-- definitely not. You will find something to do. Pick up a book and go read on the beach. Run and ride your bike on the beach. Pick up new habits. Make the best of what you have.
some people aren't happy no matter where they go
Dawn

Jacksonville, FL

#185 Feb 27, 2013
This is the dirty duval county! Don't bother even bringing your dog here it's disgusting.
James

Cincinnati, OH

#186 Mar 3, 2013
if i move to Jacksonville, Fl wood it be s good pl for me and family to live
Justin

United States

#187 Mar 22, 2013
Look I have lived here all my life(38 years) and yes we have crime,murders,theft,etc...but really who doesn't?I went to San Diego back in 97 for vacation and theres not a huge difference other than the traffic.
Nice areas to live....San Marco,Riverside,Southside,Murr y Hill,And thats just a few.yes we have ghetto's again what city doesn't?
All kinds of things for all ages to do,and alot of free things for the kids.
Hope you the best but as for me I am here to stay!
Misty

Orange Park, FL

#188 Mar 23, 2013
To be honest, there's a large homeless population here and its a problem. Riverside, downtown, the beaches, and Mayport rd. have a lot of riff raff and homeless. You have to always be on guard if you have kids or pets.

The Baymeadows area has really gone downhill in the past 15 years. Notice how none of the pro-jax posters mentioned this area because it has deteriorated so much.

Riverside has several parks that have become 'bum parks'. I wouldn't take my kids there.

We will move when my kids graduate school.If I knew then what I know now, I would not have moved here.
Misty

Orange Park, FL

#189 Mar 23, 2013
The Arlington area has also greatly deteriorated in the past 15 years. The Regency was nice not too long ago. The Regency Square Mall was a decent mall just 10 years ago- you should see it now -very scary.

If you are visiting from out of town, make to stop at Regency Square Mall on a weekend night-you'll get an idea of what Jacksonville is like. Be careful !!
Misty

Orange Park, FL

#190 Mar 23, 2013
Be aware & do your research before moving to Jacksonville. Be careful shopping in Jacksonville:

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Woman-shot-in-Re...

scary shopping experience in Jacksonville:

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Officer-Shot-6-T...
johnny

United States

#191 Mar 29, 2013
Don't move there plzz worst city ever

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