Hugh Freaking Dillon wrote: catefrances wrote:
you people amuse me. how the fuck does one become scared of a city??? be honest people... youre not scared of the city.... youre scared of the people that inhabit it. i have never been anywhere where ive been concerned for my welfare. everywhere i go i feel i belong. perhaps this is naivety... perhaps its cause ive lived in cities all my life.. but whatever it is i refuse to allow anything to make me think i do not belong. i walk the streets at whatever hour in whatever city im in. i walk as if i belong... and hey! fuck you if you think you can intimidate me cause you are sorely mistaken. if you want to fuck with me its you
who doesnt belong... not me.
come on, cate, you know as well as I do that when someone says they are scared of a city or an area they are talking about the people, not the buildings.
I'm guessing the "dodgy" places you may go on your travels aren't what is actually considered dodgy by the locals. it's probably just considered untouristy.
there are areas in even Winnipeg you would fear to tread (murder capital of Canada! YAY!). you just wouldn't ever know it because usually the places that are the least safe are usually the most out of the way, so unless you are looking for it, you probably won't find it.
I think one of your earlier statements on this issue is the most telling, that you didn't care for your own welfare. Would you take any of your kids to any of these places you speak of?
Just come to Vancouver to guarantee a trip to the dodgiest part of the city. It's right downtown - the DTES or downtown east side. One block you're enjoying beautiful historic Gastown, with the giftshops and boutiques and sidewalk patios, and then BAM, you walk directly into the most disgusting, stinking neighborhood you've ever seen in your entire life, with at least one dealer, crack addict, AND drugged out prostitute on every corner. Apparently, it's the most concentrated slum in the western world. Four blocks of pure misery right smack in the middle of the main city centre. If you want to shoot up in broad daylight on the street, do it there, because no one will even take a second glance. The cops don't seem to care, even though they have a giant downtown station right there in the middle of it. It's totally bizarre, and a REAL TREAT for all the tourists who inevitably end up there! ... Of course, if you want to have bullets buzzing by your head, it's all up to luck, since that happens in any given pleasant upper middle class neighborhood or any random upscale downtown restaurant or shitty Chinese joint, or wherever some crazy person or gang banger feels like making a hit. The entire city and all surrounding areas is their oyster as far as I can tell. The DTES is actually way too horrible and disgusting and sad for bangers to go to, no joke. The danger there is with schizophrenic wigged out drug addicts who will rob you for their next fix or simply attack because the voices in their heads are telling them to.
I guess my point is that I'm kind of jealous of all these cities where apparently you have to go out of your way to witness the worst that the city has to offer. I have to go through it every time I go downtown.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata