Donald Trump did it again – lumped Charlotte in again with “Urban Inner Cities” with out of control crime. Let’s compare Baltimore and Charlotte. Baltimore City is a little smaller than Charlotte. (heat maps from Trulia)
So what is “up” with the crime in Uptown? A different app gives more detail. See if you can spot any concentration area in uptown (month worth of data). This is distorted a bit because of the “riots”
Notice the red bubble with 20+? It is the 200-300 block of East Trade Street. The main stop on the Light Rail is there, along with all of the bus lines. Public Transportation is not called the “mugger mover” for nothing. The smattering of crimes around uptown are mostly breaking into cars and larceny.
If anything in that picture looks remotely dangerous to you, stay inside and triple bolt your doors. Now it is true, the rest of the State does view Charlotte as the dangerous place (compared to Mayberry). Unfortunately most of that perception is based in racial hatred, pure and simple.
There are a few truly dangerous places in Charlotte. The motels along the interstate highways are very dangerous due to the drug gangs carrying Heroin North up I-85. The University Area where the police shot Mr Scott is also becoming a problem for the same reason. There is an area along South Boulevard that is filling up with Mexicans who recently are terrorizing the black people in the area, exchanging gun fire at night, probably with local black drug dealers. The only area of town I would stay away from even during the day is up by the Amtrak station. There are always groups of listless black men just loitering around on the corners. It’s probably less dangerous than it seems, but I have the sense I would be targeted if they saw my diamond crusted Rolex watch.