To me, you can be about anywhere and encounter problems with danger/safety. I am from the north and south east side and have experience with urban, suburban, and rural areas in and around Ft. Wayne. I have lived the longest here in the southeast corner of rural Allen County adjacent to New Haven and Ft. Wayne. My specific tips are about alcohol and general driving safety (although you have to watch out for all the other types of crime too). When you get the chance, educate other people about these tips because I really don't think some of them know better. Their habits are formed from what they have been taught and learned is some how acceptable or tolerable or forgivable or whatever. ..but when it comes to things like driving (and other types of safety), unless you desire to have problems (who wants a problem they can't prevent in the first place?), you just want to be as perfect as you can. If you have one drink (one beer/glass of wine/or shot of whisky), you should drink it slowly and/or wait one hour for every such drink before you get behind the wheel. When you are driving, have as few distractions as possible and keep your mind on your driving. Be ready to take defensive/evasive action if someone else is driving erratically for whatever reason. Know that every time you drive, you are taking a significant risk. It is not the safest occupation, but most people I know really need to drive or know someone who does so they can do all the things they need to do for their lifestyle, and you may as well try to do it as safely as possible. Make sure your drivers license and driving record are current and your points are kept to a minimum...otherwise take a class, which can also shave points off your license. Country living on this southeast side can be very pleasant for the most part, speaking for myself and my family/town of Monroeville. However, we have as many bars just about as we have churches...some people don't frequent either...but it's the reality. We also have a library, police station, auto repair, restaurants, gas/convenience, schools, park and residential areas. It's old and small but it's ours and Oh, we also have fire dept., EMS, and funeral home, so pretty wide range service wise, and that's the way I look at our community. We may have our problems, but there are a fair share of people trying to minimize and solve them. :)
The area around Eden Green Housing Project and Chapel Oaks apartments southeast of downtown can be a little rough at night. I remember getting screamed at by a group of ten guys in the area, and a man with bloodshot eyes came out of his apartment and asked if I was "selling something."
I still go down by there sometimes, and many of the people are decent, working-class citizens. Personally, I hope the city will invest in the area and make it better. But I just thought I'd at least mention it, since it is the area where the most crime takes place.
Fort Wayne's Repressive
If you smoke, don't come to Fort Wayne, the City Council and the Mayor see you as an unwanted and unwelcome health hazard to their city, except for your tourist dollars, of course.
Why would you want to bring a convention into a city that sticks its nose way too far into the affairs of private citizens? How can your smoking members feel comfortable and relaxed in a city that sees them as but disgusting people? Go somewhere else.
Human behavior experiments:
Fort Wayne is a world test market and has been so for many decades. But the test products now include social experiments, such as the current smoking ban, to condition people to give up their civil rights at the government's discretion.
Fort Wayne's new smoking ordinance bans smoking in bars, restaurants and most private businesses.
This is Fort Wayne people, we have less murders in a year than most in a month, We are relatively safe. Just as you would in any other city avoid going down dark alleys alone screaming I am a tourist and have lots of money in my pocket!! More often than not the same thing of you don't bother them then they won't bother you. I have lived in fort Wayne my whole life and on the South side to boot and have had no run ins with gangs or nasty people. I thank you for visiting and as with any place you are unfamiliar with do most of your driving and finding places during the day, not because of danger but because the roads do tend to get confusing being even for a local like me it is confusing. But we do have the poorer side of town being the south but even poor folk like us are pleasant. We are trying to get by like everyone else thanking the lord we have a roof over our head and food in our bellies. Thanks Again for visiting Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, like any city it's size has it's bad along with it's good. Most of the entertainment and shopping in Fort Wayne is in good areas but be careful to know where you are going. The area just north of downtown (Spy Run, Wells, Harrison and Sherman up to State Street) and anything south of downtown and east of Lafayette are bad. Most of the crime in the city happens in these two areas. Alot of gangs and drugs. Just avoid these areas if you can.
Fort Wayne in general is pretty safe. I would however, avoid certain areas if your not from there. The southeast section is the roughest part of town and have some rough projects. Stay away especially after dark. North central is ok for the most part but some neighborhoods would be best avoided at night if possible. Downtown is pretty safe if your careful. North side and southwest are fine at anytime.
Christmastime presents a very big traffic problem in Fort Wayne, especially the north side around Glenbrook Mall. If at all possible avoid this area! Since it is the largest mall in Indiana, it gets a ton of people. The huge parking lot overflows with cars and there are true stories of people searching for over an hour to find a place to park! Especially avoid Coliseum Blvd if you aren't planning to go to the mall. Find another way around. If you are planning to go to the mall, all I can say is good luck!! On the same note, Jefferson Pointe is notorious for traffic and parking problems all year long and Christmas only makes things worse. If you are planning to visit Jefferson Pointe during the Christmas season, expect some delays and long walks. On weekends don't expect any wait at any restaurant around the Pointe to be less than an hour and a half. I kid you not.
Traffic, traffic, traffic! Due to the three rivers that flow through Fort Wayne many side streets, and sometimes major roads, end without warning. The few streets that do cross the rivers have since become extremely congested. Roads widen and narrow without warning and Fort Wayne drivers will cut across four lanes of traffic to make their turn! And allow plenty of time to get where you want to go. One small accident that blocks one lane of the road can cause traffic backups for miles! I've experienced this first hand. Traffic lights stay red for a very long time even if you're on the busiest of the two streets. And several streets change names when they cross an intersection. Example, Washington Center Rd. becomes St. Joe Center Rd. when it crosses Clinton St. Clinton St. in turn becomes Leo Rd on the north side of Washington Center Rd. Lima Rd. turns into Northrop St. south of Coliseum. Crescent Ave. becomes Stellhorn Rd. east of St. Joe Rd. Thus the local radio commercial that says "You're a person who likes adventure! Why else would you live in a city where the streets change names about as often as they flood!"
Well, not exactly no names, just multiple names. Since Fort Wayne was built around three rivers, street names often change when you cross a bridge into a different part of the city. This is very confusing for almost everyone, even natives when they are trying to give directions, so be patient.
In case you have been beating your head against the desk trying to find a passenger train heading to Fort Wayne, forget it! There is no passenger train service to Fort Wayne!! Indianapolis and South Bend are probably the closest train stations and it's a couple hours drive to both of those cities. And as I've been informed Amtrak does still stop in Waterloo, about 20-30 miles north of Fort Wayne.