I've written up some descriptions of neighbourhoods in Nanaimo, for renters and real estate investors, etc.
I know that some of my information is uninformed, biased, and anecdotal. That's why I'm hoping people will use this thread to help me improve the pages.
I'm looking for:
- other opinions
- helpful, relevant info
- photos I can use on the pages (sorry, I can't pay)
- advertisers - I still can't believe that Nanaimo businesses haven't clued in on how many locals and visitors see our site's pages
Last edited by riverrat; 05-07-2007 at 10:33 AM.
What would you call the area between Comox/Albert/Pine and the highway? (I drew a sort of trapezoid shape there... It doesn't seem to have a 'neighborhood' name that I'm aware of? Older homes, many well maintained (Machleary Street anyone?)
*edit: Also, WOW - fantastic job on these writings.. right on the money. You show some really good knowledge of the areas.
Last edited by fitz; 05-08-2007 at 07:17 AM.
What's the criteria for 'A Bad part of town?'
I would have to disagree with the "Bad part of town" for the college area, as there is a fair amount of crime in that area. There was a stabbing at the Harewood 7-11 about two weeks ago.
Also with the Hospital Area, I think should read some parts, some times for the "Bad part of town". I know the area around St.George Manor, ain't so great.
Just my two cents!!
"Bad part of town" is SO open for interpretation... although it's probably what prospective buyers/relocators are looking for on the web - it's likely going to spawn a lot of "discussion".
I am not aware of a stabbing at Sevvie in Harewood two weeks ago but one 13 year old girl stabbed another thirteen year old girl in broad daylight at Fairview school.
Harewood is a very large area and I feel much safer here than I ever did in the Southend living on a block that boasts two of Nanaimo's murders.
I believe the first area you are referring to is the old city.
The only real bad part of town is the red zone and now the south end around the water park on Haliburton.
What about Old City Quarter as a neighbourhood? I know it's in the South End but it is definitely it's own unique neighbourhood.
Thanks Riverrat for your very informative description of the neighbourhoods. That is just what I am looking for. Maybe you could also mention the schools that each area would 'feed' and how they rate in your opinion.
Great site. Thanks again.
Thanks for the feedback.
Raen, I agree about the Old City Quarter - I'll definitely add a page for that.
Firechef, I added a little dirt to the Hospital area's description and the College area one. You're right about both.
Does anyone know which area Pleasant Valley is?
Oh, and Maddy - I'm sorry, but I don't know anything about schools in Nanaimo. I know that they're usually attended by kids from the neighbourhoods proximal to the schools, and that the schools can sometimes be described in terms of the socio-economical features of their neighbourhoods. But I don't know whether this is relevant to which schools are better for your child. Schools attended by rich brats aren't necessarily better than schools for lower-class brats.
Last edited by riverrat; 06-12-2007 at 09:46 PM.
School catchment areas are shown on CityMap on the city's website. www.nanaimo.ca
Originally Posted by maddy
You will need IE 6.0 or better. Just click 'citymap' on the main page. It will ask you to download the 'mapguide' pluugin. once there, zoom in on your area until you see the street names. On the right side of the screen you will see (about 6 down) 'School Catchment Area'. Check mark this box and it will show all of the schools and the areas they cover.
City map is a wealth of information about almost all aspects of Nanaimo and worth checking out.
Last edited by riverrat; 06-13-2007 at 08:44 AM.
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