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Vistor Question: What Areas of Little Rock Should I Avoid?

By May 1, 2008

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I just got an email and I think I could use some of you guy's feedback. A visitor asks:
I am moving to Little Rock from Nashville and I'll be attending UALR. I am looking for places to rent in the area. I've only been to Little Rock once, and we stayed downtown.

Can you give me some advice on places to rent near UALR and places to avoid while I'm in Little Rock?"

While I hate to bash the city, I normally tell my guests that the areas north of I-630 and west of I-30 are generally safe. That's not to say the other areas aren't safe, but that's about as specific as I can get. Even some "bad areas" wouldn't seem so bad to someone from another big city.

The area that UALR is located in is a bit run down. Most of the apartments there are also run down. Most people consider the University and Asher/Colonel Glenn area to be an "area to avoid," but the area is really just suffering from urban sprawl. I have never felt "fear" in the area.

When I was in school at UALR, most people got apartments in the Chenal area and commuted to UALR. That's the great thing about UALR. It's fairly easy to access from almost anywhere in town and even from Bryant and Benton.

If anyone else has any suggestions or wants to get more specific, feel free. I want everyone to be honest, but it's hard to for me to think any area of the city is "bad." If you're smart and don't go wandering around in the middle of the night alone, I think you're safe pretty much any place. However, I will admit that I am a bit biased.

Comments

May 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm
(1) Larry says:

Most people think the Hillcrest area is really expensive, but up to several years ago there were some really good deals to be had on small apartments. It’s also a really easy drive to UALR from there and Alsop Park is a great place to hike and mountain bike.

Larry

March 24, 2009 at 7:32 am
(2) FABIAN WILLIAMS says:

AS LONG AS YOU ARE A SAFE PERSON, YOU WILL BE SAFE. I’VE LIVED HERE FROM 1996 WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERED A MURDEROUS WRECK, BUT AS I’VE GROWN OLDER AND WISER, I FIND IT TO BE VALID TO STATE THAT YOUR SURROUNDINGS IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. PEOLPE ARE LIKE SOME ANIMALS AND CAN SENSE FEAR, BUT IF YOU ARE A POSITIVE PERSON, YOU JUST MAY BE THE TYPE TO SET A DIFFERENT STANDARD ANYWHERE YOU MAY LIVE. I FIND THAT TO BE TRUE BASED ON EXPERIENCE.

September 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(3) Jay says:

Little rock feels pretty sketchy unless you’re in the more developed areas.

Fabian, turn off your caps lock. You look like an idiot.

November 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(4) james says:

why live somewhere where you are worried about all this. UALR is a dump and I can’t wait to leave

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