"The Pimple on the Back of Phoenix"
I had the misfortune of living in this area for about four months. Let's just say I didn't stick around for my lease to end; the money I had to pay to get out of it was well worth it. I had already lost money anyway, since my car got broken into TWICE in two different spots while I lived in the New Village neighborhood/"Urban Village" of Phoenix. There isn't much to like here. If you happen to find a cool store or restaurant, chances are it will be closed down the following week or they will change their hours on you and be closed during weird times. This area of Phoenix is just WEIRD, I don't know what other word to say. I would say "scary" but it isn't really. This isn't gangland and it sure is safer than, say, Inglewood in Los Angeles. That being said, the worst thing about New Village that I definitely noticed (it's impossible not to) when I lived there was the enormous drug problem. The city of Phoenix should have named this neighborhood "Crystal Meth Land" instead of New Village. That's why there's so much property theft in the area and home break-ins. I lived there for four months and had my car broken into two times. The second time it happened, my car was parked right in front of my apartment. That should tell you something. There's tweakers EVERYWHERE in New Village. At first I was blown away by how many meth heads were stumbling around scratching their skin, but then it just gets really sad. And I got sick of replacing my car window. I recommend this area for no one at all. It's just a trash hole.