Originally Posted by JAM3S
I have always wanted to move to Texas and may soon. As an outsider who has never been I hear the Katrina refugees have made downtown Houston a high crime area. Any truth to that?
I realize any major city will have its problem areas but is it widespread or easy to avoid?
I live downtown, before, during, and after Katrina hit.
Crime began to spike; but the then Chief of Police and the D.A. made sure criminals heard that HPD wouldn't stand for it. The arrest rate went up quickly as well. It was a problem for about a year, but eventually law enforcement got a handle on it. I think crime is less than, or comparable, to what it was when I moved here in 2003.
Besides, downtown is just one area to reside; there are many from which to choose.