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Why Not Downtown???
Just the other day, I invited one of my cousins to attend the ArtHop event happening downtown. When the word downtown entered the conversation, her response was, “I am not going to downtown at night!” I then asked, “Why?” She replied, “Because I am afraid of getting robbed.” I responded with, “When was the last time you visited downtown Fresno?” She said, “Like 15 years ago”. Every person I invited to check out the events happening downtown, or a special place that recently opened, made the same perception. Sadly, these folks have not been to downtown for at least the past 5 years and have not experienced the various changes.
In fact, downtown Fresno’s crime rate is much lower. Honestly, I personally had the same perception as anyone else complaining about the whole robbery situation. After attending ArtHop, visiting various locations and events downtown, I found it the safest and friendliest place to be in Fresno, California. I mean I walked alone at 9:00 at night from the Fresno Brewing Company located on the Fulton Mall to my car that was parked on Tulare and Van Ness without a problem. I did not witness any violence or suspicious activities. Everyone that I came across was very friendly, which made me feel welcomed.
I do not see any reason why people would not come to downtown Fresno. I think people should stop having negative perceptions until they actually make a visit and explore what beauty downtown Fresno has brought compared to 20-30 years ago. If you are afraid, then take a few friends out with you for a drink at Bricks, the Fresno Brewing Co., Haufbrau, or dine in the various local restaurants such as Sushi Hana, Tokyo Garden, Mediterranean Grill & Café, or Club One Casino and get a feel of the downtown atmosphere. Do not just sit around at home and make assumptions until you experience it!