Gary is a city located in extreme northwestern Indiana. The city is actually a suburb of Chicago, which is just across the state line in neighboring Illinois. Since the 1950s, the city's population has declined drastically and crime has increased significantly, making Gary one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.
Gary was founded in 1908 by the United States Steel Corporation. Numerous steel mills lined the Lake Michigan shore just north of Gary, and they employed a large portion of the city's population. With so many of its inhabitants holding good-paying jobs at the steel mills, Gary prospered. However, with increasing overseas competion, the American steel industry suffered a significant decline in the 1960s, and numerous steel mills across the country closed, including many in Gary. With a high unemployment rate, the city's tax revenues decreased substantially. Like many cities whose economies rely on a single industry, Gary entered into a period of economic distress when that industry declined. And the city has has never recovered. The depressed economy led to an increase in drug and alcohol use which led to an increase in crime. Most middle-class and affluent families fled the city for safer towns in other counties, further decreasing the city's revenues. Since the 1950s, Gary's population has fallen by more than 50 percent.
With such a sharp decline in population, many houses, commercial buildings, and factory buildings were left abandoned. Gary suffers from some of the worst urban decay in the country. Most of the downtown area consists of burned out, dilapidated buildings, many of which are "crack houses" occupied by squatters addicted to "crack" cocaine. A high rate of drug use brings about a high crime rate, and the city suffers from drug-related offenses, assaults, rapes, murders, robberies, and thefts. At times in the past few years, Gary has had the highest murder rate in the United States.
Aside from a few casinos built on the lakefront in a failed attempt to attract tourists and revenue from the gaming industry, there is little to attract visitors to Gary.
Surface water is great fun, think before you leap
Natural lakes and streams offer a variety of recreational opportunties. But they all come with a risk Surface waters like Lake Michigan are the home of many varities of fish. It's a great place (apparently) to go fishing. But it's also the place where the fish leave their body waste, including dead bodies when they die. But the visible stuff is not the real problem. It's the invisible stuff.
Like many places, there are many large and small towns. Each has a complex sanitary system to treat human waste from the homes, business' and factories along the shore. Again. it remains out of the local waters, (lake & streams).
It remains, mostly, out of the lakes until it rains. Town sewer systems often are unable to handle the waste and rain water and there is a 'combined sewage overflow', CSO for short. In this case, the waste is sent out into the nearby stream.
If you're healthy and the water looks okay, swimming is not a big risk. If you have a open wound/cut or have low resistence to disease, you might want to stay away.Related to:
- Water Sports
Trump should be ashamed.....
If you want to spend an evening in a crowded, smoke-filled casino, receive horrible service, and surround yourself with ex-convicts, then you must make a trip to the Trump Casino in Indiana!
Now trust me, I really do like the casino scene. I have been to Vegas a million times, and grew up in Jersey, so have also experienced Atlantic City a trillion times. This casino in Indiana, however, is an absolute joke. There are very few table games, the drink service is basically non-existant, and the clientele is about the same as what you would find down a garbage-ridden side alley in the slums of Detroit. There is very little (if any) air circulation, so the cigarette smoke actually forms an ever-present cloud that prevents you from seeing 20 feet in front of yourself.
Don't even waste your time in this dump. Donald Trump should be ashamed to have his name associated with this casino.
THERE ARE ALOT OF DEER OUT...
THERE ARE ALOT OF DEER OUT HERE. SO YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR THEM WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING. THEY CAN REALLY, REALLY MESS UP YOUR CAR AND YOU.
ALSO THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS YOU ARE BETTER OFF STAYING AWAY FROM. SUCH AS GARY, BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE AREA YOU COULD GET YOURSELF INTO TROUBLE. ALSO CERTAIN PARTS OF MICHIGAN CITY AREN'T TO SAFE. YOUR BEST BET IS CHESTERTON AND VALPARAISO
Watch out for deer on the...
Watch out for deer on the roads.Skunks should be avoided too but they won't demolish your car like a deer will.
Indiana may be the pollen capital of the world.If you suffer from allergies the fall of the year can be miserable.
In the summertime the heat and humidity can become extremely uncomfortable.
While visiting Spring Mill...
While visiting Spring Mill State Park at the mill stand away from the waterwheel when they open the flume to start the wheel. I have seen people knocked down when the water splashes over the side and down onto the tourist below
The interstate surrounding the...
The interstate surrounding the city of Indianapolis is one huge and severe trap. The signage telling you how to get where you need to to get where you want to is very poor and you might find yourself going in one very long circle around this city for hours like I did more than once when I went over there. Sure, I may not have been paying too close attention. it happened several times, so, I do not think this is a viable excuse! Besides, ;-), I am a genius! :-P
What do they have in Indiana,...
What do they have in Indiana, folks? Corns, cows, and a few people... I DON'T think you have anything to worry about! :) Maybe having your car break down on the interstate? Naww... even then there's still plenty of towns between exits! ;)
Watch out for the city busses,...
Watch out for the city busses, they can't seem to see pedestrians. Don't stop in the middle of the street, to see where you are!!! This sounds funny, but I don't know how many times I have almost hit someone switching lanes for no reason, or just coming to a stop at an intersection. If you are lost, pull over and ask someone, this isn't New York, you won't be robbed for asking!
Indiana is a Very Close Second...
Indiana is a Very Close Second to Ohio for Speed Limit
laws being STRICTLY Enforced.Southern and Central
Indiana seems to be very relaxed but not across Northern
Indiana...Stay at the Speed Limit on the Indiana Tollroad.
I also recommend staying as far away as possible from
the Gary Area because of the always High Crime rate.
Watch out for deer. They run...
Watch out for deer. They run wild in front of cars and all over the roads. Also bears. Not many, but some. Crazy people driving. They are really bad on weekends, but where isn't that true?
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