Ignorance may be bliss but when you’re trying to find a place to call home, knowledge is all you’ve got. Getting as many facts as possible may seem daunting in this modern era, but still, others opinions are all we have. While recently on a BrownStoner.com forum (1) it occurred to me that all many people have when looking towards changing their whole life is what others say.
A prospective resident put it to the board about whether or not he should move and the answers were mixed.
“gs3,” responded to the question “up-and-coming or ongoing no-man’s-land?” by saying “I could name a dozen neighborhoods in Brooklyn that were no-man’s-land 10 years ago. They are all thriving areas now, go for it!”
“gemini10” agreed saying “You are still very close either by bike/walk/drive to the park.” gemini10 continued saying “many streets are quiet and filled with longtime residents as well as new ones and are safe.”
Still others had different opinions with “wine lover” saying, “Yuck, try another area first!”
“Minard Lafever” brought up a sobering point when asking “How far would you be from the Superfund site? That would be more important than how far you are from Bar Tano.”
In the end there are great pockets of even the most dingy neighborhoods and gaping sores in even the nicest districts. Keep alert to warnings from your individual building and street.