"Richmond, CA - Stay Away!" Richmond by Karnubawax
Richmond Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 27 photos
Every city has its bad neighborhoods. If you consider the "East Bay" to be one gigantic city, then Oakland is its downtown, Berkeley is its university, Walnut Creek and Concord its boring suburbs, and Richmond is its ghetto.
Richmond has always been a rough and tumble city with more than its share of crime, but the situation has dramatically worsened over the last few years, giving Richmond a well-deserved reputation as a scummy, ultra-violent ghetto. This is not to be confused with Point Richmond, a detached area on the water to the west of the city which is a rich enclave, but which also has no reason to visit.
If there is a reason to visit Richmond, I certainly can't think of what it might be. In addition, I would strongly recommend that if, for some reason, you do find yourself driving through Richmond that you DO NOT STOP for any reason! Not to get gas and definitely not to stop at one of the hundreds of liquor stores where all sorts of unsavory types hang out. This is especially true on Cutting Blvd., but even San Pablo Ave - a major north/south street - is pretty sketchy once you get in Richmond.
I used to work in Richmond as a motel desk clerk in the 80's, and, as scummy and gross as it was then, it was downright safe compared to what it's like now. DO NOT GO TO RICHMOND!
UPDATE: Okay, so I've gotten to know some people who actually live in Richmond, who have told me that parts of Richmond are not all that bad. Some of the other pages show some nice parks for dog-running and boat access.
That being said.... the parts of Richmond you're likely to encounter are, unfortunately, the bad ones... particularly Cutting Blvd and the other main streets. And there's still no reason to go here in my book.
ANOTHER UPDATE: I hereby retract my previous statement! Last night (11/29/06) Richmond was the scene of 5 shootings -with at least 2 fatalities (including a young mother who was murdered in her car while her child watched)- in just 90 minutes! STAY FAR AWAY FROM RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA!
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Here we are at the end of 2007, and Richmond gets worse and worse. The city topped 50 murders this year, including a period during August where there were 12 shootings in 24 hours! (In comparison, San Francisco has 7 times the population and 100 murders - which is considered REALLY bad!) Just last week, two sikh brothers who started an Indian restaurant were shot to death in their business for no apparent reason. This was not deep in the 'hood - this was on San Pablo Ave, which is the main drag.
If you want a good laugh amidst all this savagery, read the Wikipedia page for Richmond, CA; whoever wrote it deserves an award for "looking on the bright side."
I can not repeat this enough, people... STAY OUT OF RICHMOND, CA!
Please note that you'll see some very pretty pictures on this page, with some tips on some interesting things to do.... more travel advice
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