Since: Nov 09

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#42 Dec 14, 2009
1949plh wrote:
Funny how the people calling labeling Lancaster a ghetto are leaving sensational and incendiary comments while the self identified Lancaster residents are polite in their responses. Now which group is acting more ghetto?
What else is funny, and a bit sad, is that some of the people who are calling all of the schools bad aren't even able to write a grammatically correct sentence. If you are going to insult the schools and students of Lancaster, your comments shouldn't be filled with spelling, punctuation, and other errors. Look at yourself before passing judgment on others.
FedUpRes

United States

#43 Dec 17, 2009
bad_medic wrote:
I now live in red oak, and the change of a few miles was like night and day.
Sure is a difference, I grew tired of ghetto-acting white teenagers (ghetto/thuggish behavior isn't limited to one race) hanging around my Red Oak neighborhood committing thefts, vandalizing property, and compromising my family's safety, so I moved to a nicer neighborhood in Lancaster and haven't had any of the problems I experienced in Red Oak. There's no way in hell I would ever move back there or tell anyone I care about to do so either. My new neighborhood is diverse and cohesive. We all look out for one another. Its great.

Since: Oct 09

Lancaster, Tex.

#44 Dec 17, 2009
I know exactly what you mean, FedUpRes. I experienced something similar in Red Oak and got out as fast as I could! The folks living there should get their city in order first before trying to critique and judge other communities.
Ex Lancaster Res

Mckinney, TX

#45 Mar 17, 2010
I used to live in Lancaster, but it has been some time. I remember the square being a great place to go, even with the whole family. I remember the schools being decent for a semi-rural area. I remember small businesses and small town feel being the norm.
It is not that town any longer. While it may not be "Ghetto", it is a far cry from what it once was. Perhaps prejudice plays a part in how some have been treated in that area, and that may define my opinion as it is. Regardless, Lancaster is no longer a place I want to live in or visit for that matter.

Since: Sep 09

Lancaster, Texas

#46 Mar 18, 2010
Ex Lancaster Res wrote:
I used to live in Lancaster, but it has been some time. I remember the square being a great place to go, even with the whole family. I remember the schools being decent for a semi-rural area. I remember small businesses and small town feel being the norm.
It is not that town any longer. While it may not be "Ghetto", it is a far cry from what it once was. Perhaps prejudice plays a part in how some have been treated in that area, and that may define my opinion as it is. Regardless, Lancaster is no longer a place I want to live in or visit for that matter.
DFW is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and has been for many years. That means that no place in the area is the same as it once was. Cities are continuously changing. You may not choose to live in Lancaster and I don't choose to live where you are, everyone has a right to decide that. Having lived here for years, however, this city is nowhere as bad as some have tried to portray it here. I would also like to point out that a majority of posts from Lancaster residents on this thread have talked about the positives of living here. No place is perfect. I suggest you come and visit the community. The Town Square is still as charming as it has ever been, the historic homes in downtown are well-preserved, the newly-constructed subdivisions are visual evidence of the fact that Lancaster is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Dallas County, and there are plenty of friendly, hardworking residents who love this city and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Happy in Lancaster

United States

#47 Mar 18, 2010
I was going to respond, but Chris N's comment pretty much summed up what I was going to say. Yes, I live in Lancaster and I am very happy. My child attends a recognized elementary school with great teachers and lots of parental support. My neighborhood is quiet, clean, and safe. The people calling this city a ghetto need to get out more. I've traveled all over the country and have seen places that are dangerous, impoverished and neglected areas with a permanent underclass that epitomize the word ghetto. None of that describes Lancaster regardless of how you may feel about the city. Thanks again, Chris N for the well thought out comment.
Ex Lancaster Res

Mckinney, TX

#48 Mar 18, 2010
Chris N wrote:
<quoted text>That means that no place in the area is the same as it once was. Cities are continuously changing. You may not choose to live in Lancaster and I don't choose to live where you are, everyone has a right to decide that.
Exactly. And Lancaster will not be considered on my list.

Since: Sep 09

Lancaster, Texas

#49 Mar 18, 2010
Ex Lancaster Res wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. And Lancaster will not be considered on my list.
Understood. No city is a 100 percent perfect match for everyone. As long as you are happy where you are now is all that matters. I'm one of the 36,000 people who choose to live in Lancaster because it is still a nice community with decent people. I do respect your opinion and appreciate the fact that you didn't resort to the broad generalizations and crude stereotypes like some people have previously done.
Happy In Lancaster

United States

#50 Mar 20, 2010
Just read through this entire topic and some of the comments from the first page are rubbish. Personally I'm glad that the people posting those useless, hateful rants are gone from Lancaster. We don't need that type of mentality in our city. We also don't need people living outside of the city acting as if they know how better than actual residents how life in Lancaster is today.
Herman

Dallas, TX

#51 Apr 19, 2010
To bad most of these people never been to Lancaster, Tx there are no Truck stops in Lancaster not one and I20 the part that in the city is off Houston School Rd. And if you see a ghetto you are not in Lancaster,Desoto. you are a lie. go to these cities for yourself to many of these people don't know (S) about Lancaster or south dallas is in the city of dallas,home in south dallas are 54,000 and in Lancaster 112,000-165,000 new and still Building in the city 2010
SUZIE Q

Dallas, TX

#52 May 9, 2010
NOW IF YOU BELIEVE THIS CROCK OF MESS, YOU ARE CRAZY ...
Cracka say what wrote:
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.
Lancaster since 1997

United States

#53 Jun 8, 2010
I have lived in Lancaster since 1997 and within the last 3 yrs the crime rate has more than doubled.Crime is higher than the surrounding cites of Desoto and Red Oak. I urge anyone that has school age children ,rethink moving to Lancaster because the school system leaves much to be desired. It's not fair that the children that are forced to attend Lancaster ISD have no other options available for an education. Think about it long and hard before making a move.

Since: Sep 09

Lancaster, Texas

#54 Jun 8, 2010
The statement about the crime rate just isn't true. According to the official crime statistics published by the FBI each year (the latest data available is for 2008), Lancaster's overall crime rate declined 13.2 percent from 2007 to 2008. The violent crime rate fell 35.5 percent and property crimes declined by 10.8 percent. The city's per capita violent crime rate is at a 17-year low, the per capita property crime rate is at a 9-year low and the same is true for the overall crime rate. Lancaster's violent crime rate is notably lower than the metropolitan area average. All of these numbers can easily be verified by visiting the FBI's website. I have lived in Lancaster for several years and have not experienced any problems with crime. I also have a brother who just graduated from Lancaster High School and he had wonderful teachers who cared about the educating their students. Six of the seven elementary schools are rated “Recognized” and test scores have steadily risen. The district just appointed a new superintendent and every member currently serving on the school board won by defeating an incumbent or running unopposed because the incumbent decided not to run again. The school district isn't perfect, none are, but to ignore the positive things that have taken place in the district by suggesting everyone avoid it is ignoring the fact that progress has been made. If a child is a highly motivated student with supportive parents, he/she will be successful in Lancaster ISD or anywhere else. Lancaster is a nice, middle-class community and was one of the fastest growing communities in Dallas County over the past decade. I live in a quiet neighborhood and don't regret moving here. Most of the negative things that are said about the city are coming from people who don't live here. When looking at the posts on this thread from self-identified current Lancaster residents, the overwhelming sentiments expressed are positive.
passerby

United States

#55 Jun 8, 2010
Thanks Chris N. for citing verifiable facts and not letting hearsay be falsely interpreted as truth!
jredd

Denver, CO

#56 Apr 12, 2012
Been in Lancaster since 1978 and I love it
Hoss

Hermitage, TN

#57 May 2, 2012
Lancaster since 1997 wrote:
I have lived in Lancaster since 1997 and within the last 3 yrs the crime rate has more than doubled.Crime is higher than the surrounding cites of Desoto and Red Oak. I urge anyone that has school age children ,rethink moving to Lancaster because the school system leaves much to be desired. It's not fair that the children that are forced to attend Lancaster ISD have no other options available for an education. Think about it long and hard before making a move.
You should stay away from Lancaster, Desoto, Glenn Heights and Red Oak.
These towns had gone down hill the last 30 years, no place to rasie a family there. To many blacks with their drugs now.I left 10 years ago and visit family twice a year there. I'm so sorry for the familys in these areas.
speterson

Irving, TX

#58 May 4, 2012
Hoss wrote:
<quoted text>
You should stay away from Lancaster, Desoto, Glenn Heights and Red Oak.
These towns had gone down hill the last 30 years, no place to rasie a family there. To many blacks with their drugs now.I left 10 years ago and visit family twice a year there. I'm so sorry for the familys in these areas.
I've lived in Lancaster since 1980 and love it here. I raised a family here and my children have all been successful. My neighborhood hasn't gone "down hill" in that time and the homes are still well taken care of. My neighbors are all hard-working people and don't fit your ignorant stereotype at all. You shouldn't feel sorry for us because we like our community. What we don't need is people like you who complain, make blanket generalizations, and don't take pride in where they live. Based on your post, we should be the one's feeling sorry for you.
Lancaster Resident

Euless, TX

#59 Apr 20, 2014
I've lived in Lancaster since 2010 and i attend school here and I'll say there's nothing wrong about Lancaster and it's rude for people to stereotype Lancaster as ghetto especially considering probably more then half of the people saying that have never lived here. Lancaster is a very family friendly community and I'm not saying it's the perfect place but neither is any other city in the U.S also the movie theatre is a very safe place to have fun for someone of any race and yes I'm black but I have gone with a lot of my Hispanic and Caucasian friends. Can everyone just please not stereotype if they've never lived there because ur ruining someone else's experience at a new and better home with your opinions. Thank You
Lancaster Resident

Euless, TX

#60 Apr 20, 2014
Hoss wrote:
<quoted text>
You should stay away from Lancaster, Desoto, Glenn Heights and Red Oak.
These towns had gone down hill the last 30 years, no place to rasie a family there. To many blacks with their drugs now.I left 10 years ago and visit family twice a year there. I'm so sorry for the familys in these areas.
Excuse my language but shut the fuck up your being an immature racist just because its a predominantly African american community doesn't mean there's drugs involved how would u like it I said don't go to white areas cause there boosie and think there better then every one else
Lancaster Resident

Mesquite, TX

#61 Aug 11, 2014
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 have been in Lancaster Texas since 1985, and I am still there had four children to go through the LISD, and yes it has gone down a lot, as well as the area it self. I moved there from Oak Cliff, yet everywhere goes thru changes, and then settles, I pray the same for Lancaster...in Jesus name. Amen! Yet it has gone down, a lot.

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