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(Washington Post)   The list of American cities that foreign governments warn their citizens to avoid. Yes, Washington DC is on there. "Don't go to Anacostia, day or night"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 231
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2013-11-15 08:18:50 AM
Remember, DC tourists: If you ever find yourself on a Metro rail car and you look up and realize that you're on the Green Line, just close your eyes and mouth a silent prayer because you're already dead.
 
2013-11-15 08:31:23 AM
Pittsburgh: The French   to avoid Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.

Yeah.  That's about right.  I'd add Clairton and Homestead.
 
2013-11-15 08:51:43 AM
France warns tourists to take care in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Long Beach, and to avoid Watts, Inglewood and Florence.

Inglewood has gained a fair reputation for being up to no good.
 
2013-11-15 08:55:23 AM
Chicago
Stay away from the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street


So avoid gay people and some of the best fried chicken you'll ever eat, and before anyone says anything yes that chicken is worth dodging a couple of stray bullets.
 
2013-11-15 09:05:30 AM
Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-11-15 09:10:05 AM

Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.


Red states aren't civilized enough to have many major cities.  Besides, I think there is a blanket warning for the third world that would cover them.
 
2013-11-15 09:16:15 AM
I'm surprised not to see any mention of cities in Tennessee on there.
 
2013-11-15 09:16:22 AM

vpb: Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.

Red states aren't civilized enough to have many major cities.  Besides, I think there is a blanket warning for the third world that would cover them.


You libtards are all about excuses.  Facts don't lie - tourists die.
 
2013-11-15 09:18:05 AM
vpb:
Red states aren't civilized enough to have many major cities.  Besides, I think there is a blanket warning for the third world that would cover them.

If I were a foreign tourist, ESPECIALLY non-white, there's no way in hell I'd consider visiting the deep south.  Imagine the Texas police stop "You boys ain't from around here, are ya?"
 
2013-11-15 09:18:07 AM

doyner: I'm surprised not to see any mention of cities in Tennessee on there.


I wonder who Orlando and Vegas paid off to avoid the list.  A good chunk of those local economies are based on preying on tourists.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-11-15 09:27:51 AM

Diogenes: You libtards are all about excuses.  Facts don't lie - tourists die.


Well, they should be safe from the red states then.  Who would want to go on vacation there?
 
2013-11-15 09:29:47 AM
"Be wary in Times Square and at the Statue of Liberty, and don't go to Harlem, the Bronx or Central Park at night."

Sound advice from 1993, though being wary in Times Square and by Statute of Liberty is still good advise for tourists. A lot of peddlers/shopkeepers charging way more than you would be charged if you walk a few blocks away.

Central Park is fine in the more touristy areas as their people around, being wary in the dark isolated areas up in the northern parts of the park especially is just common sense. Harlem is pretty lively these days. Aside from Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo and scattered restaurants there isn't much in the Bronx for tourists at night anyway -- a lot of it is simply residential.
 
2013-11-15 09:31:01 AM
touristy areas as their people around

their = there are.
 
2013-11-15 09:33:24 AM
Houston: "Be vigilant if traveling through Downtown, south and east Houston at night. "

You need to be more specific - it takes goddamn near an hour to drive from one end of the city to the other on the freeway with no traffic.  If they mean immediately East of downtown, you don't really need to be told...but that area is being gentrified to hell and back right now.
 
2013-11-15 09:49:40 AM
Its gotten better over the years. The only time I ever went anywhere near that area was to go to RFK stadium or the Armory.
 
2013-11-15 10:09:39 AM
All the areas that are warned against are predominantly black neighborhoods.  That's racist.
 
2013-11-15 10:10:57 AM
As a lifelong resident of the Washington DC area that advice about Anacostia is dead on. Avoid SE, SW, NE, and Hell, even some parts of NW are dangerous.
 
2013-11-15 10:12:17 AM
Atlanta
The French are nervous about the southern part of the city, and downtown after dark.


To be fair, the people who live in the southern part of the city are nervous about the southern part of the city.
 
2013-11-15 10:13:14 AM
Went to a camera store in Anacostia once to buy some film (probably 10 years ago right as film was dying) and the guy who owned the store said they closed at sunset.

When I asked why, he said with a completely straight face: "Black people."

A black customer inside the store said "He's not kidding."
 
2013-11-15 10:13:56 AM
I'm surprised.  Nowhere in this article do they mention that foreigners should watch out for the ghouls and occasional supermutant that inhabit the subways of DC.
 
2013-11-15 10:14:09 AM
Detroit: "The center is not recommended after the close of business."

But the neighborhoods are just fine to be wandering around at midnight, apparently...

Unless they mean the geographic center, as opposed to the downtown area, which is not really any worse than any other city after dark.  Even then, the geographic center (midtown) is much better than, say, the east side.
 
2013-11-15 10:14:51 AM
Detroit: "The center is not recommended after the close of business."The entire city is not recommended at any time.

/fixed that for them
 
2013-11-15 10:15:56 AM

Walker: As a lifelong resident of the Washington DC area that advice about Anacostia is dead on. Avoid SE, SW, NE, and Hell, even some parts of NW are dangerous.


Indeed. Once went with a buddy of mine who bought an old car for cash from a guy in southeast. My buddy is black and I am white. Nothing happened but holy hell was that uncomfortable.
 
2013-11-15 10:16:40 AM
FTFA: Cleveland: Avoid Cleveland Heights, Lakewood and Euclid. That warning got Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelly upset. "The French government is foolish and doesn't know what they're talking about," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


They forgot:  Don't slow down in East Cleveland or you'll die.
 
2013-11-15 10:16:47 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Chicago
Stay away from the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street

So avoid gay people and some of the best fried chicken you'll ever eat, and before anyone says anything yes that chicken is worth dodging a couple of stray bullets.


Actually, it's kind of sad that foreigners have a better sense of American cities, which can have good and bad sides, than the Real Americans(tm) who claim that "YOU'LL DIE IN CHICAGO WITHOUT YER GUNS TO SHOOT BACK!!"
 
2013-11-15 10:17:03 AM

Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.


"When in Cheyenne, avoid the area around the Safeway after dark. You run the risk of being accosted by the city's entire homeless population.

His name is Larry."
 
2013-11-15 10:17:22 AM
This just in: Cities have good sections and bad sections.
 
2013-11-15 10:18:38 AM
"Although the laws in individual states categorizing nudity as 'indecent exposure', are rarely asserted and punished,..."

Yes, because nobody ever gets arrested and institutionalized for running naked down Main Street.
 
2013-11-15 10:18:49 AM
Pretty good advice, and it applies to most of SouthEast DC.  The good news is that there aren't many reasons for tourists to go there in the first damned place unless they are looking for heroin, and I assume you can get it delivered.
 
2013-11-15 10:18:56 AM
I'm surprised they don't say anything about Las Vegas
 
2013-11-15 10:19:52 AM

wxboy: Yes, because nobody ever gets arrested and institutionalized for running naked down Main Street.


ONON
 
2013-11-15 10:20:24 AM

Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.


Florida is pretty much the only red state European tourists are interested in visiting.  But mostly they want to see DC/Philly/NYC/Boston, Chicago and LA/SF, which is pretty much all blue state territory (PA not being on the whole as blue as I'd like).
 
2013-11-15 10:21:03 AM
Half the residents of Massachusetts can't even FIND Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury.  If a foreign tourist ends up there, they done f'ed up and took about 8 wrong turns.
/OK, maybe only 2 or 3, but they kept driving about 10 miles too far
 
2013-11-15 10:21:51 AM

Pocket Ninja: Remember, DC tourists: If you ever find yourself on a Metro rail car and you look up and realize that you're on the Green Line, just close your eyes and mouth a silent prayer because you're already dead.


I'm of the firm belief that any tourist on any metro line can redeem himself by standing on the right and walking on the left on the escalator.
 
2013-11-15 10:22:00 AM
Speaking of the danger of cities, here are my two favorite things suburbanites say about cities:

1.  The riveting story of "one time we were going to stadium/museum/mall and we got off the highway in THE GHETTO!!!"

2.  The "my neighbor/cousin/coworker's friend is a cop and he says that if you're in X neighborhood at night to run every stop light" cautionary advice.
 
2013-11-15 10:23:23 AM
Pittsburgh: The French   to avoid Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.

Yeah, the locals are still upset about that whole Fort Duquesne thing.
 
2013-11-15 10:23:30 AM
(translated to English) Girls, you're never going to believe this!  My husband is taking us all to El Paso!  We'll finally be able to see Cuidad Juarez!  Who's jealous?!!!
 
2013-11-15 10:23:30 AM
Here's what other countries, mostly France, say about American cities

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/recycled from an old article
//never thought I'd get to use it
 
2013-11-15 10:24:29 AM
Washington: Northeast and Southeast should be avoided, and Union Station is dangerous at night.
horrorflickreviews.files.wordpress.com

This guy move on?
 
2013-11-15 10:25:01 AM

nekom: Pittsburgh: The French   to avoid Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.

Yeah.  That's about right.  I'd add Clairton and Homestead.


Braddock. C'mon. Mckeesport, McKees Rocks.. And Bridgeville, while you are at it.
 
2013-11-15 10:25:15 AM
fta:
New Orleans: Northwest of Dauphine Street, northeast of Ursulines Avenue, north of St. Charles Avenue and south of Magazine Street are areas of concern.

wow... that's s silly restriction.  cuts off frenchman and the marigny.  that's a safe area even for normal city standards.
 
2013-11-15 10:25:37 AM
North east DC isn't that bad.  I've got no business in Anacostia, but I'd venture to say that it isn't all that bad either.  You just have to follow "Whiteboy's rule for living in the Chocolate city": Don't be a dick.  Be in places where you have reasonable business and don't be a dick.  It's really that simple.  At least in North east, you have a lot of black families. Not black people - families, communities.  And like communities everywhere, people are generally nice IF YOU AREN'T A DICK!

Now I can see how this is a problem for the French...
 
2013-11-15 10:26:14 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.

Florida is pretty much the only red state European tourists are interested in visiting.  But mostly they want to see DC/Philly/NYC/Boston, Chicago and LA/SF, which is pretty much all blue state territory (PA not being on the whole as blue as I'd like).


Florida is not really red anymore with all the liberals from the Northeast states moving down there and an increasing Hispanic population. Florida went blue the last two Presidential elections.
 
2013-11-15 10:26:25 AM

Diogenes: vpb: Diogenes: Mostly in Blue States.  Nice work, libs.

Red states aren't civilized enough to have many major cities.  Besides, I think there is a blanket warning for the third world that would cover them.

You libtards are all about excuses.  Facts don't lie - tourists die.


I'm assuming you're just a troll, but if not, check out the UK Top Gear episode where they drive through the south. There's a 5-10min clip where they have painted some 'fabulous' words on their cars, are accosted and followed down the road by a bunch of 'local boys', get off the road as fast as they can, and scrub the paint of their cars in genuine fear of their safety.

Way to represent.

As an aside, I've never really felt unsafe in the Anacostia area, and I worked overnight so I was driving around at 10-11pm. And I'm super white!
 
2013-11-15 10:26:26 AM
Ah... German tourist and their casual nudity in Florida. Why I remember with glee being 13 on a dive boat out of Key Largo when a German woman changed into her bright yellow bikini not 3 feet away from me. So much bush, so much bush.
 
2013-11-15 10:26:38 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Chicago
Stay away from the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street

So avoid gay people and some of the best fried chicken you'll ever eat, and before anyone says anything yes that chicken is worth dodging a couple of stray bullets.


I thought they were kind of generous with 59th street.

I treat anything south of I-55 as no man's land.
 
2013-11-15 10:26:53 AM
Germany doesn't warn its citizens about any specific cities, but it does caution against letting it all hang out: "Although the laws in individual states categorizing nudity as 'indecent exposure', are rarely asserted and punished, those laws should absolutely be followed. Nude bathing and changing clothes at the beach stirs up public agitation and can lead to unpleasantnesses."

Damn, no naked German chicks.
 
2013-11-15 10:27:44 AM
Good. Stay the fark out. We got enough foreigners here already
 
2013-11-15 10:28:09 AM

Nana's Vibrator: Half the residents of Massachusetts can't even FIND Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury.  If a foreign tourist ends up there, they done f'ed up and took about 8 wrong turns.
/OK, maybe only 2 or 3, but they kept driving about 10 miles too far



I can't think of a reason tourists would get on the orange line, either.
 
2013-11-15 10:28:45 AM
CSB time:

I used to play Ultimate Frisbee in Anacostia years ago and got pulled over after a game basically for being white.  The cop said, "You're either looking for drugs or you're lost...which is it?"  I told her I was just heading home after a game and she told me to leave the area as soon as possible as it wasn't safe for "people like me".  I continued playing in that park every Sunday for several more years and never had any trouble from the locals outside of dirty looks.
 
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