Grambling Alumni

Newberry, FL

#103 Jan 5, 2009
Im black and I dont like the thugs and former convicts running the streets there. Last time I was in Pine Bluff I seen a thug jump the counter in a KFC because he said he gave the lady a 20 and she gave him change for a ten.. The manager was going to count the register and the thug just came across and started trying to take the money. The majority of employment in area is with the department of corrections and thugs just dont workout too well or for very long on that side of the bars.
Pine Bluff in luck

Wentzville, MO

#104 Jan 5, 2009
Pine Bluff you all got to be the luckiest town in Arkansas. You all are getting new law enforcement!!!! Yup you guessed it EX-Sheriff Ronnie Cole from Clay County. He is coming to clean you all up and make your town a respectable place to live. But mind ya he is a white man so ya know what that means, us black folks don't have a prayer in site. But for a little wad of cash or a flask of vodka he can be had!!!!!
guest5

El Dorado Springs, MO

#105 Jan 9, 2009
Well if one of ya all happen to do him in come on here and let the rest of us folks know about it so we can start cookin again.
jammer

Greenbrier, AR

#106 Jan 15, 2009
i was born and lived in pine bluff for 29 years ,the got out and only go back because my parents live there.it is a dying city and has no future the crime is terrible the mayor is a black racist and what industry is left will be gone in th next 10 years.if you have to work there move south to cleveland co. or maybe whitehall but it is getting worse and you have to go to pine bluff to even go to a walmart and it is the most terrible walmart in the world the cashiers are ignorant and racist!!!
ssshhh

El Dorado Springs, MO

#107 Jan 17, 2009
Be quiet people, no one is supose to know that Ronnie Cole is down there acting like law enforcement. He is really down there just wanting a cut of the money from the drug dealers.
dont do it

Rison, AR

#108 Jan 22, 2009
i have lived here for 33 years and i am trying hard to get out, there are no jobs and this town is going to hell in a hand basket...DONT DO IT!! It is not that people here are racists, it is just that dangerous that you can't really go out at night. White Hall is where I live and it is okay but nothing to scream about
be stupid

Little Rock, AR

#109 Jan 22, 2009
okay dumb yankee, just go ahead & trot down to PB & visit a convenience store and/or a fast food stop.

prove us wrong
been there

AOL

#110 Jan 24, 2009
pine Bluff was once a very nice place to live and has since changed a lot. I have good memories of the town. I have been gone since 1987. When I go back to visit I am sad to see the once beautiful go down. It is up to the city leaders to make a change and bring the city back and lock up the thugs who are taking over the city. It can be done one good citizen at a time.
yomammabamma

Greenbrier, AR

#111 Jan 25, 2009
the mayor is a thug along with his homeboy fire chief ,he can't wait to get rid of the police chief and control the whole city with his racist agenda.no decent industry will locate to pine bluff!Gary indiana and east st. louis are better locations than crime bluff.
Dave

United States

#112 Feb 1, 2009
Pine Bluff seems Ok to me
PBisadiscouragem ent

Pine Bluff, AR

#113 Feb 3, 2009
I came to school in PB, and even after I graduated, I stayed around. It's currently been 10 years, and my first car was broken into 4 times within the first 7 years of me being here.
Forget racism! Most of my time here has seemed to be a major inconvenience. There was never a 24 hour restaurant for me to eat in after studying or after band practice, and if it's after 1am, you might as well starve! There wasn't a Walmart Supercenter here until 2003 so there weren't any grocery stores open 24 hours either.
I also hated the fact of the lack of resources here. There would be times where Little Rock had to be my scapegoat for particular supplies, GOOD customer service, car repair, good restaurants outside of fast food (and even some fast food), and even some of the regular amenities that SHOULD be in the city but can't be found in any store. For example, as a non-cable watcher, I bought I digital converter box, and to this day there is no store (not even the Walmart here) that sells a smart antenna! One store told me to check another store to another store, and that's just frustrating.
While I was in school here, my reports had to be done with the city's public library or from an online book order because of the lack of books. To look back at it all sometimes make it seem just unfair to experience all that has happened to me here.
Now mind you, I'm a very open minded person that's not the pessimistic type. When I first came here for school, I saw the potential, and I loved the people. I also embraced the history of the city from the universities view. Being that it's one of the oldest HBCUs on the western side of the Mississippi River and that many African-American greats like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others walked the grounds of Pine Bluff made me respect it greatly. Not only just African American greats, but American greats overall has passed through this city in a positive way (or well, at least back then).
PBisadiscouragem entpartII

Pine Bluff, AR

#114 Feb 3, 2009
Compared to where I'm from, people in Pine Bluff seemed to be more forgiving to the degree of someone making common mistakes, and most would accept you for who you were with the intent of understanding what type of person you were. See for me, I'm not a thug or anything like that, so to maybe have a mishap happen on my behalf wasn't all that bad because to rebound here seemed to be easier. Within the true structured families in Pine Bluff, there is closeness and a big support for family there. I've also experienced some of the best cooking here too.(Great cooks are everywhere, but I just in my lifetime had some great meals that are memorable).
But the longer I've been here, I've really seen a drastic difference. When I came here for school, the city was suppose to be like over 70,000 in population, but now has shrunk to if not less than 55,000. The mall is like a ghost town like the rest of the east side; downtown is survived by only the bank. There are a lot of abandoned and torn down buildings throughout the city, and even simple businesses are leaving the city. I read about the arsenal finishing up it's contract in like a couple to five years, and for the arsenal to be one of the "major organs" of the city has me concerned for the place as a whole. There are rumors about the university becoming a 2 year college because the lack of resources and the degree values are low coming from it. The only development I've seen in the past ten years are 4 buildings and the stadium on the university campus, Walmart supercenter....a couple of Chinese and fast food restaurants (which are always the same ones btw and there are enough of those anyway!), and a couple of apartment complexes that have already been abused by ignorant tenants. Taxes are too high here too....and gas.
I also don't like the feel of the city. Because my social environment has changed and I work more, it's even harder to personally enjoy where and how I would like to live. It sucks being here because there is nothing to do but be at home because you don't want to run into any trouble. I remember from leaving work like at 3 in the morning one time and some thugs in two different cars tried to sandwich me in and hit me from the side. If I didn't speed off, I probably wouldn't be typing this comment! Now that's coming also from the crime subject which I've read so much about!
I personally didn't experience racism in Pine Bluff, but I've experienced ignorance. I believe that if your approach and respect is right, you won't have any problems unless you do run into some very stupid people that purposely want to do you wrong.
There is a lot of prejudice in the city though. People think after looking at you they can see that you're up to no good, or your someone that they can take advantage of, or your some kid that doesn't know what he or she is talking about as if a young person can't hold wisdom. I believe its beyond race. I believe it's just the standard of thinking in most people around here. I'm also a neutral type of person, so I've experienced life here in both worlds. For example, the older black people that has "money" or some type of stake in the city or major community looks down at most younger blacks because it's almost like every dime a dozen aren't trustworthy to be in their presence, so instead of encouraging and preaching to them, they preach about them and let most of them waste off. Now that's not saying that some haven't tried either, but I bet you that after trying a few times, they are caring now with a long handle spoon! That's just a point in one area, but this point alone is still not a good one.
PBisadiscouragem entpart3

Pine Bluff, AR

#115 Feb 3, 2009
Overall, I'm looking forward to leaving....this year! I had such a respect for the city, but in return, it's like the city doesn't respect me. It's almost like I've drained all my resources here and is leaving tapped out. I was an active person at the university and in the city, and in return, I've spent more time trying to stay afloat here and recover continually from someone elses mistakes and messes. I can't waste my life any longer! Now that's coming from a 28 year old that has been here for 10 years!
PBisadiscouragem entpart1

Pine Bluff, AR

#116 Feb 3, 2009
I came to school in PB, and even after I graduated, I stayed around. It's currently been 10 years, and my first car was broken into 4 times within the first 7 years of me being here.
Forget racism! Most of my time here has seemed to be a major inconvenience. There was never a 24 hour restaurant for me to eat in after studying or after band practice, and if it's after 1am, you might as well starve! There wasn't a Walmart Supercenter here until 2003 so there weren't any grocery stores open 24 hours either.
I also hated the fact of the lack of resources here. There would be times where Little Rock had to be my scapegoat for particular supplies, GOOD customer service, car repair, good restaurants outside of fast food (and even some fast food), and even some of the regular amenities that SHOULD be in the city but can't be found in any store. For example, as a non-cable watcher, I bought I digital converter box, and to this day there is no store (not even the Walmart here) that sells a smart antenna! One store told me to check another store to another store, and that's just frustrating.
While I was in school here, my reports had to be done with the city's public library or from an online book order because of the lack of books. To look back at it all sometimes make it seem just unfair to experience all that has happened to me here.
PBisadiscouragem entpart2

Pine Bluff, AR

#117 Feb 3, 2009
Now mind you, I'm a very open minded person that's not the pessimistic type. When I first came here for school, I saw the potential, and I loved the people. I also embraced the history of the city from the universities view. Being that it's one of the oldest HBCUs on the western side of the Mississippi River and that many African-American greats like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others walked the grounds of Pine Bluff made me respect it greatly. Not only just African American greats, but American greats overall has passed through this city in a positive way (or well, at least back then).
Compared to where I'm from, people in Pine Bluff seemed to be more forgiving to the degree of someone making common mistakes, and most would accept you for who you were with the intent of understanding what type of person you were. See for me, I'm not a thug or anything like that, so to maybe have a mishap happen on my behalf wasn't all that bad because to rebound here seemed to be easier. Within the true structured families in Pine Bluff, there is closeness and a big support for family there. I've also experienced some of the best cooking here too.(Great cooks are everywhere, but I just in my lifetime had some great meals that are memorable).
But the longer I've been here, I've really seen a drastic difference. When I came here for school, the city was suppose to be like over 70,000 in population, but now has shrunk to if not less than 55,000. The mall is like a ghost town like the rest of the east side; downtown is survived by only the bank. There are a lot of abandoned and torn down buildings throughout the city, and even simple businesses are leaving the city. I read about the arsenal finishing up it's contract in like a couple to five years, and for the arsenal to be one of the "major organs" of the city has me concerned for the place as a whole. There are rumors about the university becoming a 2 year college because the lack of resources and the degree values are low coming from it. The only development I've seen in the past ten years are 4 buildings and the stadium on the university campus, Walmart supercenter....a couple of Chinese and fast food restaurants (which are always the same ones btw and there are enough of those anyway!), and a couple of apartment complexes that have already been abused by ignorant tenants. Taxes are too high here too....and gas.
I also don't like the feel of the city. Because my social environment has changed and I work more, it's even harder to personally enjoy where and how I would like to live. It sucks being here because there is nothing to do but be at home because you don't want to run into any trouble. I remember from leaving work like at 3 in the morning one time and some thugs in two different cars tried to sandwich me in and hit me from the side. If I didn't speed off, I probably wouldn't be typing this comment! Now that's coming also from the crime subject which I've read so much about!
I personally didn't experience racism in Pine Bluff, but I've experienced ignorance. I believe that if your approach and respect is right, you won't have any problems unless you do run into some very stupid people that purposely want to do you wrong.
PBisadiscouragem entpart3

United States

#118 Feb 4, 2009
There is a lot of prejudice in the city though. People think after looking at you they can see that you're up to no good, or your someone that they can take advantage of, or your some kid that doesn't know what he or she is talking about as if a young person can't hold wisdom. I believe its beyond race. I believe it's just the standard of thinking in most people around here. I'm also a neutral type of person, so I've experienced life here in both worlds. For example, the older black people that has "money" or some type of stake in the city or major community looks down at most younger blacks because it's almost like every dime a dozen aren't trustworthy to be in their presence, so instead of encouraging and preaching to them, they preach about them and let most of them waste off. Now that's not saying that some haven't tried either, but I bet you that after trying a few times, they are caring now with a long handle spoon! That's just a point in one area, but this point alone is still not a good one.
Overall, I'm looking forward to leaving....this year! I had such a respect for the city, but in return, it's like the city doesn't respect me. It's almost like I've drained all my resources here and is leaving tapped out. I was an active person at the university and in the city, and in return, I've spent more time trying to stay afloat here and recover continually from someone elses mistakes and messes. I can't waste my life any longer! Now that's coming from a 28 year old that has been here for 10 years!
Omega_Greenfever

United States

#119 Jun 13, 2009
Hello, Stumbled on this and felt i should comment. I was born and raised in Pine Bluff. I am 27. I am White. I shop at gas stations after dark. I wish i could say that I dont understand why so many people seem to be afraid but, alas ignorance knows no bounds. Yes, Pine Bluff is a racially mixed community. Yes, crimes do take place here. And Yes, old white rednecks are deathly afraid of black people. I believe we get crap like this because Pine Bluff is surrounded by very rural, barely there towns. So, when aunt Alma and Uncle Jed take the youngn's to the Mall they saw a few more than average afro's and thusly, they start pissing their pants. Im not saying that Pine Bluff is some kind of mystical utopia by no means. Pine Bluff is just a little less redneck than most of its neighbors would like. And although I didn't make my comment into a rambling thesis of disdain like many of you have I believe that will suit me just fine. Thanks :)
Michael Van Veckhoven

Pine Bluff, AR

#120 Jun 26, 2009
I do live in Watson Chapel. Pine Bluff is not as bad as yall describe it to be. I am 16. I lived here all my life. but the worst thing about Pine Bluff is the racism. Black and white. I hate that.
Readit4yourself

Hazel Crest, IL

#121 Jul 22, 2009
" Pinebluffcommercial.com " You can read all about Pine Dump and no why NOT to move there!!
Readit4yourself

Hazel Crest, IL

#122 Jul 22, 2009
Also while reading, check out the arrests. You can see the majority of who gets arrested. Rasism, wonder why. Save yourself before it is too late.

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