ahenson7 wrote: jabberwock12 wrote:
ahenson7 wrote:Pre-leased my apartment today!! Yay!
Awesome! Where at if you don't mind me asking
Cascades Classic City Townhomes... just a mile or two past North Campus. I looked around Athens all day and it was definitely the best value I could find!
Oh god. Do NOT leave anything in your car you'd like to keep. That part of town is sketchvilllllle.
Guys, check the crime blotter before you sign a lease. The red and black (UGA newspaper) posts a map every week that shows all the stuff in the area near campus. This is the one for last week. http://redandblack.com/2012/04/17/athen ... pril-8-15/
The most comprehensive blotter is --LinkRemoved-- but I can't remember if they have maps.
I'm not picking on you specifically, but just advice for everyone.
For example, the Park on West Broad has cops on foot patrol because that is where a TON of drug deals/other crazy things go down. They won't tell you that, though.
Here is a rough map of No places (red), I wouldn't (orange), don't walk by yourself at night but otherwise totally fine (yellow), and generally desirable (green). It doesn't include everything, but it should be helpful for people who have no idea. Athens is a real shithole and break-ins are out of control. If you can get a gated place or a place with a garage, that is what you want. There are some places that are nice enough to justify being a little sketch (madison heights area, parts of boulevard, etc.). However, just be thoughtful. Even in the North Deck (where you park for law school), someone ruined my driver door by attempting to jimmy my lock open. Someone tried to rip a spoiler off another law student's car. In the real bad parts of town, people are cutting catalytic converters off cars for the platinum and ripping out people's air conditioning units. Someone even just stole the air conditioning from Barberitos (burrito place) downtown off their roof.
tl;dr: check the crime blotter/a few of the maps and just know what you are getting into before you sign a lease.