Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

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tnl

Dallas, TX

#1 May 13, 2009
We were thinking of moving to the area for a job and many people are saying it's bad. Why? We aren't from the area so we don't know much about it.

Since: May 09

Paragould, AR

#2 May 20, 2009
We lived in Lancaster and had no trouble, it really depends on the area you live in. We moved to DeSoto a few years ago and we do like it better, but we are in Lancaster quite a bit. If you can, move to Red Oak or a surrounding area, avoid apartment complexes in DeSoto.

Since: May 09

Paragould, AR

#3 May 20, 2009
Wait, I meant avoid apartments in Lancaster!!!
Robert

United States

#4 May 25, 2009
Lancaster has a reputation for bad schools, they always underperform, school administrators have been indicted for embezzlement, the population is high minority and it feeds off of South Dallas which is low income, high crime. I-20 is a haven for truckers and prostitutes as highlighted on TV several times. There is no industry or business in Lancaster. It used to be sleep white and now its ghetto. That's why. Lots of section 8 housing.

Since: May 09

middlesboro, ky

#5 Jun 18, 2009
i do agree about the horrible schools.....my family moved here to lancaster 3 months ago and i hate that my children now attend these schools. we too are not from here and were clueless about moving to the area. our realtor of course had nothing but good things to say about lancaster! but as far as our neighborhood.....its very quiet and the neighbors are fairly friendly and we couldnt be happier with our house!!!! we do have a home owners association though, so they do enforce rules! lol lancaster is small but i'm glad to be in a quieter area
Cracka say what

Granbury, TX

#6 Jun 27, 2009
I graduated from lancaster in 96. My 7th grade teacher was sleeping with one of the students, dunno what ever happened with that. one of the best tennis couches was let go because a kid lied and said he hit him. I watched a guy grab a girl by the head and push her right threw a glass door at school. she left on a gurny. another girl that was in track was shot in the parking lot after school. one guy named Jeff S. was beat on school ground because he was white. He had his jaw broken and had to have his jaw wired shut. I saw ak47's,9mm ,knives ,brass knuckles drugs and beer in school. I was held down with a shotgun put to my head on one accasion. another time I walked out of class and was ganged up by 6 black guys who were calling me racist. yes I'm white. hmm whats a good defence. I was beat down. I woke up bloody with my ribs and nose broke. I saw a white teacher that was to scared to get out of his chair to stop a fight when 2 black boys were beating a white student that couldnt get out of his chair. I stepped in to help the guy and then 2 black guys jumped me from behind. so the teacher finally gets up just to get hit in his jaw. he left the classroom and and quit got transfered or something. he never returned. I saw white girls who were held down while the black guys fondled them. I stepped in on one time. that was the day I was stabbed threw my hand. One of the black teachers would send me out in the hall every day. i was the only white person in class. He would always talk about OPP anyways. that naughty by nature song. I guess you had to be there to understand what he was saying. The teacher ended up taking my science book when I asked about being singled out. They charged me for it at the end of the year. I cant tell you how many times ive heard gun shots at football games or saw kids with guns at them. I was a quite kid that didnt talk to my parents. I had no one to talk to about the problems at school. I watched to much bull crap go on and teachers do nothing. If you are lucky and your kid is in elementry he will go to west main. The teachers really care. but after that it gets pretty corrupt. this is just my perspective. Now about the town. dont forget the willaims chicken. the red light is where alot of car jackings have happened. Be sure and lock your doors. Do not roll your window down to talk to anyone after dark. My friend worked at the walmart and would tell me about all the people that shop and run out with there groceries. Then there are the people that are to lazy and just wait in the parking lot knock them over the head and take thier car and groceries. Like when the PS2 came out. they were being beat down by mobs outside the store. Hey look at this nice mob coming towards me AARGGG they tooks my ps2. My memory isnt the best. but after high school I moved to Grapevine and I couldnt believe how much differnt life was out here. I was able to let go of alot of the fear I had accumalated from living in lancaster. Now the hospital in lancaster shut its doors and so have the dairy queen and braums. The town is going down the drain. I also remember being givin the tas test. The teachers took all the students into the lunch room. They read every question and told us what answers to put down. that why they could still get there funding. There is more but I dont want to write a book. I just let peeps know I would chose red oak ten fold over lancaster. sorry if I send this thread in different direction. I just have a friend that lives in red oak and is scared his property is going to be taken from him by the city. he lives across the highway from the whataburger.

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Since: Mar 09

Richardson, TX

#7 Jun 29, 2009
the above post is true, I lived in lancaster all my life right up until my son started school and we moved away,the school system is poor & broke,I know several teachers personally who taught there... my last few years of HS 90-92 was over run with Blacks from wilmer /hutchinson and there was trouble everyday,police are now in the school. Firearms & Drugs was everyday issue as was black on white fights for no reason as well. Teachers would not help because they were scared of retailation . Lancaster was a excellent community until the 90's . and it has gone down hill every day since ,I am ashamed I grew up in the town of lancaster ,tx for what it is now. You could not give me a house in lancaster no matter the value ..my families life are far worth more. Watch the local news, lancaster is always on there. I say move to a town South or West of lancaster and save your family Grief and your childrens education

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Since: Jun 08

Red Oak, TX

#8 Jun 29, 2009
All this is true; too true. I was class of '94, and the racism was rampant, teachers were full of apathy and simply tried to get thorough the day, the assistant principle had a glock in his desk drawer, fights were almost a daily occurance.

I now live in red oak, and the change of a few miles was like night and day. My wife grew up here and can't believe the stories of my childhood in lancaster. Although I see the beginnings here like what it used to be there, and I'm afraid I'll have to move again.

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Anon

United States

#9 Jul 3, 2009
Lowkey drug dealers.
TenGallon Ass

AOL

#10 Jul 4, 2009
I wish all you Texans could move to Massachusetts so I could get some decent ribs. These New Englanders cook like sh!t.
what the hell

United States

#11 Aug 2, 2009
what the hell is going on here..lancaster is not what people are saying it is..i have lived here for the last 7 years..i moved here to buy a house from irving..i actually like it..my neighborhood is quiet and i have not had any problems with crime..i can admit the school system could be better but every school system has its problems; whether financial or otherwise..hell plano is one of the biggest school districts with a high volume of drugs..does that make plano a bad city to live in NO! people need to learn to let go out of the past and live now..by the way i am african american...i do not have a chip on my shoulder.
Why would you do that

United States

#12 Aug 2, 2009
Why would you have a chimp on your shoulder?
what the hell

United States

#13 Aug 9, 2009
Why would you do that wrote:
Why would you have a chimp on your shoulder?
If I didn't know any better, I would think you were trying to be funny..guess what your not..I moved to texas from New Mexico and I really had a bad impression of texas altogether but since I have lived here for the last 11 years I have come to like texas..I thought everyone here were just a bunch of Hicks and Cowboys..I mean come on now..y would someone ask me if they put out the fires in Mexico..I don't even look hispanic..learn your geography and know that New Mexico is a state not a country..and i love the city I live in.
Kim

Dallas, TX

#14 Aug 16, 2009
Lancaster, Wilmer and DeSoto are very ghetto now and has been for at least 10 years. I grew up in DeSoto and it's very sad the way it is now...
Albert

Carrollton, TX

#15 Sep 8, 2009
As a Lancaster resident, it sickens me to read all of these negative comments (and lies) about the city. No, it is not perfect, but neither is it unsafe. It is not all section 8, in fact the city and its families are mostly middle-class. There are beautiful new neighborhoods with nice homes throughout the city, and while there are some areas that are better than others, it is not a ghetto. I don't live in a ghetto and wouldn't live in one. We are nothing like "South Dallas" or "Oak Cliff" and don't deserve to be compared with those inner-city areas. Many of the stereotypical generalizations made about Lancaster are false and unfounded. I have lived in this area for over twenty years and have never experienced some of the things that people say go on here. If Lancaster were as unsafe as some of these posts from people who have never lived here or are former residents who left, what explains the fact that it is one of the fastest growing cities in Dallas County? What explains the rise in the number of college-educated residents and households? What explains the increase in median family and household incomes? It is not luck, its the fact that Lancaster has many desirable areas in which to live. This is a community with hardworking residents just living their lives day-to-day like everywhere else in the DFW area. There are plenty of areas in our vast metropolitan area that have greater issues than Lancaster or any of the southern suburban communities. Take note that I did not bash other communities the way Lancaster has been bashed in this thread. I welcome anyone to come visit our community and meet some of the residents. We are no different than anyone else.

If you want to see photos of the REAL Lancaster and its many wonderful neighborhoods, check this link out: http://www.city-data.com/forum/dallas/664279-...
Albert

Carrollton, TX

#16 Sep 8, 2009
Kim wrote:
Lancaster, Wilmer and DeSoto are very ghetto now and has been for at least 10 years. I grew up in DeSoto and it's very sad the way it is now...
This is untrue and a perfect example of the type of stereotyping and generalization that goes on by people that don't live in Lancaster or the surrounding area at the present. It ignorance at its best.
Albert

Carrollton, TX

#17 Sep 8, 2009
what the hell wrote:
what the hell is going on here..lancaster is not what people are saying it is..i have lived here for the last 7 years..i moved here to buy a house from irving..i actually like it..my neighborhood is quiet and i have not had any problems with crime..i can admit the school system could be better but every school system has its problems; whether financial or otherwise..hell plano is one of the biggest school districts with a high volume of drugs..does that make plano a bad city to live in NO! people need to learn to let go out of the past and live now..by the way i am african american...i do not have a chip on my shoulder.
I just want to say thank you for posting this comment. I live in Lancaster as well (even though I cant get my location changed from "Fort Worth" to Lancaster on this forum. I'm new.). A lot of these comments are outrageous and make Lancaster out to be this drug-infested, murder-every-day, poor, ghetto, when that is far from reality. The overwhelming majority of people living here like the community and could have chosen to live somewhere else. I wish this ignorance about the city of Lancaster would cease.
Albert

Carrollton, TX

#18 Sep 8, 2009
Anon wrote:
Lowkey drug dealers.
Maybe this is prevalent in your Houston neighborhood, but it isn't in my Lancaster neighborhood.
Albert

Carrollton, TX

#19 Sep 8, 2009
Robert wrote:
Lancaster has a reputation for bad schools, they always underperform, school administrators have been indicted for embezzlement, the population is high minority and it feeds off of South Dallas which is low income, high crime. I-20 is a haven for truckers and prostitutes as highlighted on TV several times. There is no industry or business in Lancaster. It used to be sleep white and now its ghetto. That's why. Lots of section 8 housing.
I don't live in a ghetto and neither do most Lancaster residents. Lancaster is not high crime and there are plenty of communities in the DFW area with neighborhoods that a much worse than anything in Lancaster. Lancaster wasn't the suburb who, in March 2009, had two unrelated murders back to back over a two day span - it was PLANO. Does that make your community a ghetto? No. It is still a nice place to live, the same as in Lancaster. Plano makes the news quite often for crimes and so do other suburban communities north, west, and east of Dallas.

The comment about no businesses and industry in Lancaster is a flat out lie made by someone with poor knowledge of the city. A huge logistics development is underway with a number of warehouses and related businesses building here. The I-35 corridor is filling with the same retail and restaurants that are found in other suburban communities. Sales tax figures have risen in the city as others have experienced significant declines in revenue.

If you knew anything about the city, you would know that the area of I-20 that you are referring to is in the city of Dallas. In fact, trucks aren't allowed in most areas of Lancaster. It is this type of false information that has given people a false perception about Lancaster and it needs to stop.
jenny

Dallas, TX

#20 Sep 15, 2009
All that I can say is, I live in a home here and I am happy to live in a quiet area and work with hardworking people in Lancaster. Of course they call it ghetto, it is a city of mostly minorities (who own homes by the way). Yes, move to Desoto or Red Oak but in 10 years it will be too "dark" there too. Ignorant people keep moving to the ends of the Earth to get away from minorities. I lived in Keller one of the whitest cities in Texas right next to Southlake...people are now sayng that it is ghetto there because a few housing recipients have gotten vouchers to live there. Anyway now people are bashing Keller saying move to Joshua (where there are less minorities). Come visit Lancaster you might be surprised that it's just another suburb.

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