So some guy on here crawled around taking pictures of stick piles in people's yards to post here as a warning to all. I bet he was scared as *** while doing it too. That's a freaking riot, and I hope one day someone catches HIM on film doing it.
Yeah, the Bradley corridor is sort of blighted, but there's not really as much danger as you'd think. Most of the fear comes from small-town imaginations of big-city problems. And for crying out loud, don't change your driving route just to avoid it. If I lived there I'd stand on the corner too just to have a laugh at how freaked out some people get at the intersections.
I live in a duplex off of Randolph between University and Bradley Ave. I'm here for school at U of I. From the perspective of someone who actually lives in this neighborhood, it's not a "very dangerous" place to live as another post stated. It's definitely not as nice and well-kept as the other neighborhoods in the Champaign area. As a female, I don't feel like my life has been threatened. I've seen some open-alcohol consumption, but it's not an area rampant with violent crime or prostitution. My neighbors in this area seem to be blue-collar workers and other grad students at U of I. This neighborhood isn't for the faint of heart, but it isn't dangerous.
I think the physical appearance of the neighborhood is slowly changing. There's a beautiful public park and library nearby (just a block away). I'm also near downtown Champaign. I haven't visited downtown, but I hear there are nice cafes, bars, and restaurants.
I must agree that any area around the bradley/beardsley/state streets is a very dangerous place. it is a cruising route for "donks", which leads to loud music 24/7, I always hear people yelling/fighting, police are always called around the area, drug deals, violence, noise, hookers, slum houses..it's all there. This area needs major help.
That is total BS...pedestrians always get the right of way around here...especially so downtown or on campus. Maybe you are one of those people that are to busy listening to your ipod or texting, then realize that the light is going to turn, so you dart out to try to make it, eventhough you know the light will change when you are in the middle of the intersection...maybe that's why you are hiding your face in your pic
The pedestrians are not given the right of way in the C-U area. Far from it. This is a marked difference from other parts of the country. So, even if a car is a block away, be careful when you step off the curb. They usually make little to no effort to arrest their speed as they get near, and only at the last minute will they brake. Be careful!
Overall, Champaign is relatively safe. However, there are a few areas to avoid. Bradley Avenue is one of those areas. An extremely low-income area, this entire avenue is full of prostitution, drugs, and crime. I've traveled through here numerous times at night and would not recommend it. If you are a female, you will likely be approached by some very sketchy characters. I've been asked to purchase drugs nearly every time I've come through here. Prostitution is rampant and visable, too. There isn't a reason to be walking through this area, but if you're driving, make sure to lock your doors and don't stop (even at a stop sign) if you see people lingering around the intersection. Most other areas of Champaign are relatively safe. I live in the core of downtown and see homeless people daily, but they're usually harmless and just ask for money. I've never had a serious problem. Downtown is the center of nightlife, so there are always a lot of people around to make the area feel safe. If you get approached by someone, don't stop walking!
Also, be careful about the parking situation. There are VERY few streets you can park on that are not reserved or metered. Most streets have reserved spots, but aren't clearly marked as such. Don't park here or you WILL be towed (especially aroudn downtown and on campus)!
There's some judgmental ***wad living in Champaign who posts on here under the name "Mercena." He posted pictures of peoples' houses in a low-income section of Champaign, and then he referred to them as "slums" and "dope houses." He would also like you to believe that if you walk down Bradley St. at night you will get killed or harassed or something. THIS IS NONSENSE!! While this is a lower-income section of Champaign, and while there are things present that are commonly found in low-income areas (i.e. houses in disrepair, open alcohol consumption, etc.), this is still a safe place to be. Remember, no matter where you are in an urban or semi-urban environment, keep your eyes and ears open. But don't cross the line into paranoia and start calling homes, where a lot of good, hard-working people live, "slums" and "dope houses." Mercena needs to go back to his safe suburban home where everyone is white and gets an SUV or a Beamer for their high school graduation. I'm betting he likes to go to places like Soma where all the "real" people hang out--the dudes with frosted hair and bad cologne, trying...trying...trying so hard to rub their dick up against some girl through their white pants. "Oh baby, you're so white. You're the all-American girl baby, with your machine-tan. Ohhhh, can your dad get me a job at his company when I graduate? I'm so glad we're here, where I can't see those slums and dope houses over on Bradley. Here baby, try this pill; it's called a Rufenol. Then we'll get in my SUV *beep beep* and drive off into the safety sunset. Goodbye slums. Goodbye dope houses." On second thought, this guy probably would get ***ed with on Bradley, because his fear and his weakness and his judgment make him a target.
From Neil Street to Prospect in Champaign Illinois is a good area to avoid. This is a very dangerous neighborhood . The pizza places will not even deliver here as they have recently been beaten and robbed. ! This neighborhood is located in Champaign Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. Patrolled by Neighborhood Services but they are very inefficent at their job. This is the slum area of the town, located in the middle of the city of Champaign. The house that is pictured and located on Bradley is the street through town that many students have to travel when they go to Parkland College. Please avoid this area for your own safety. There is open prostitution, drinking on the streets and gunfire along with 2 known "dope houses." Pictured are some of the area's that are in this section of town.