I really don’t. I live in one and while I moved away from the bigger and inner parts I’m still in enough where I’m worried.
For example last night I heard a gun shot at 1AM really close to the apartment and saw a speeding vehicle zooming away. I looked around on the balcony at the street below for any sort of victim but didn’t see anything. If I had I’d be a good EMT and rush down there to start initial triage and CPR as needed. Guess it was drunks shooting into the sky from their car.
Late last night I heard about 7 shots. Small arms fire. Quick pops in succession like someone just firing off in a movie. pop, pop, pop, pop, pop! Kinda worried about that one.
I live in a really nice apartment complex. Down the street is low-income housing, however. I won’t lie to you and I’m not a racist for it but all that area is black. It’s all black kids. I am trying REALLY hard not to make the connection but I just can’t help it.
Around this tie last summer a girl was raped a block away from my apartment and a block away from the low-income housing (so in the middle).
I came from rural PA. We have cornfields, two-lane back roads, no cops, and Amish for Gods sake. We left our doors unlocked and our keys in the car overnight. No one ever bothered us. The crime rate was like 1% a year. Not even.
I’d hate to go backward but I hate the city. I hate the suburbs. I long for rural lands. Soon as I can buy a house I’m moving out to the sticks away from all this nonsense.
In the interim, I hope a gang war isn’t starting around the apartment.
Do you like cities??