Huntington no longer a good place to raise children

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Aug 18, 2013
 

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I am so appalled by the crap hole huntington has become. It's over run with drugs. WV is the only state in the last 50 years that has actually decreased in population. Yes there are drugs everywhere but in different areas you can at least get away from it. It's in every area here. Children are disrespectful to their teachers and have no consequences at home. I will be moving within the next two years. Disappointed
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Aug 18, 2013
 
What time period are you comparing it to, because it has been like this for the past 20 years.
peter griffin

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Aug 18, 2013
 
I grew up in huntington. It was much different then about 15-20 years ago. I rented aan apartment in barboursville and paid a much higher rent to keep my family out of huntington. When we were finally able to buy a house, we spent a little more thanwe could afford buying a home outside of huntington. No way in hell was I going to send my kids to huntington high school when they got older.
Were not the only ones who notice the decline in huntington. My siblings and cousins who live out of state now are in utter disbelief of what has become of huntington when they come to visit.
Move soon because the local realtors have figured out that people who have jobs and familys are wanting out of huntington. Home prices outside the city our just going to keep going up.
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Charleston, WV

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Aug 18, 2013
 
I for one couldn't agree with you more.One of the biggest problem Is the teenagers that age out of the system that are on happy pills once they age out of the system at age 18.They go looking for a good time and a drug dealer is on just about ever street corner waiting on them.The teens with no education on these drugs end up saleing themselves for drugs or stealing to get money for the drugs.Unless they are lucky and have family to come home to.Even then with no education their lifes are doomed.The teens have been locked up so long they run like a dog that has been chained up all its life and broke free.We as parents need to work on the broken system.Its not the kids fault its the systems fault.We need to work on cleaning up the streets by locking up the drug dealers.Set up new programs to help these teen agers.Make it manatory they get a education.We finally have a good judge in this town working on keeping these kids in school if we all stand behind him it will work.

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Huntington, WV

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Drugs, crime, disrepair, slumlords, and widespread corruption occurs in any town that once flourished but did not change because its key influential ( both political and financial) people resisted positive change for personal gain.
Specific to Huntington, this was a series of bad choices that were made for the benefit of a few in power, over the providence of the residents and businesses, that began with city planners allowing political influence to determine the inane positioning of Interstate 64. From there it was all downhill: The Tri-State Airport, the Mall, and the lack of incentives offered to industries to remain.
A town built to accommodate 100,000 cannot support itself with 48,000 unless its residents magically have double the resources, which of course they dont.
Unemployment is at an all-time high, vacancies ( both commercial and residential) are logically only 50%, landlords are not held accountable, personal wages have plummeted. All of this has led to desperation, those who'd rather feed of government aid than relocate, and invited criminal elements to peck at the ones who remain like vultures. Without leadership; cops, politicians, and old-money influence, are largely held unaccountable.
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Charleston, WV

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Aug 18, 2013
 
Yeah this town is like something out of the grand theft auto video game. I couldn't imagine growing up here. I heard from some older residents that it wasn't so bad at one time. Me personally I think the huntington police force are very timid. Almost like they're scrared of something. That doesn't help matters when you want to keep out thugs.
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Huntington, WV

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#7
Aug 18, 2013
 
Move OUT of the city limits by about ten minutes and I guarantee you'll find a huge decrease in drug crimes & problems in general. I live in the Spring Valley/Rt. 75 area, and I have never had any problems in the 11 years we've lived here.
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Huntington, WV

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Aug 18, 2013
 
mu student wrote:
Yeah this town is like something out of the grand theft auto video game. I couldn't imagine growing up here. I heard from some older residents that it wasn't so bad at one time. Me personally I think the huntington police force are very timid. Almost like they're scrared of something. That doesn't help matters when you want to keep out thugs.
They aren't scared of anything, they have their hands in the Detroit boys pockets. They tip off the thugs when they get hot. It's all smoke and mirrors with the Htown popo
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Huntington, WV

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Then do something about it! I've lived in downtown Huntington for 8 years and have never experienced any problems with drugs or crime. If anything, things have improved immensely!

Since: Jul 13

Charleston, WV

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Aug 18, 2013
 
I've lived here my whole (30 yrs) never had a problem or ended up in a bad situation. Don't put yourself in a bad place around town and you'll be fine. Just like all cities. Outskirts are always nicer and each city had it's good and bad parts. Get over yourselves.
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Huntington, WV

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Aug 18, 2013
 
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Then do something about it! I've lived in downtown Huntington for 8 years and have never experienced any problems with drugs or crime. If anything, things have improved immensely!
Same here.
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Aug 19, 2013
 
People exaggerate crime here. We got problems here that's true, but if you think crime is bad here I would hate to see how you would react to cities with a whole more crime than here.
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Huntington, WV

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Aug 19, 2013
 
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Then do something about it! I've lived in downtown Huntington for 8 years and have never experienced any problems with drugs or crime. If anything, things have improved immensely!
Welll said Bill. Look at the old Anderson Newcombe building on 3rd Ave between 9th and 10th. That 5 story building has been vacant for 20 years at least, and they are doing a complete renovation. Looking great! The Renaissance book store on fourth has just finished with their total renovation and have already sold nearly 50% of the condos. There is a trend of people moving back downtown. In the last five years several other properties have had the same good fortune I can't speak for the populous problem or the economics but the downtown hasn't looked better in 30 years. I going to predict that it's going to be an ongoing trend and not a fluke.
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Looks like a bunch of hippi's took over this forum. Enjoy your wonderful city and go fu** yourselves!.......peter griffin
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Sep 13, 2013
 
This city sucks but its hard to move out when you have children who have family here. That's my problem I don't think it's fair to move away. Im very selfless when it comes to my children. The problem with Huntington is that the crime is spread out and not just centered in places. In cities you can get away from it. us ive had my house on the market twice and had one person look at it. Youcan't sell your house because nobody wants to live in the city. I can't afford two house payments either. It sucks you in and you're stuck.
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Bill wrote:
Then do something about it! I've lived in downtown Huntington for 8 years and have never experienced any problems with drugs or crime. If anything, things have improved immensely!
You're a damn lie too. Drugs are everywhere. Have you heard of Harmony house? Have you heard of the mission? 6 and 1/2 alley. 5th ave apts? You must live in a bubble. Homeless people still stay on the riverfront.
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Sep 13, 2013
 
I live beside a damn HUD house and I own my house for 8 years Who wants to live next to that?
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Sep 13, 2013
 
Parenting in wv has gone terribly wrong the past several years. Now you see what happens when people turn their backs on God and family.

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Huntington, WV

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Sep 15, 2013
 
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Parenting in wv has gone terribly wrong the past several years. Now you see what happens when people turn their backs on God and family.
AMEN!
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Sep 15, 2013
 
Htown better known as little Detroit is a shithole in my eyes. Drugs everywhere. Just yesterday I witnessed drug buys in front on 1st Krogers. People driving up to a white van parked right in front of the store. If I can see this without looking for it why can't the authorities. I would quit my job and move outta state before I let my kids go to Huntington high. I'm not normally a racist person but i am when it comes to most in Huntington. The low income trash are destroying Huntington. It's not just them, but any black part of town is terribly bad. And where do this kids of thugs goto school? Huntington high

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