Crime & Safety
Saginaw is where I attended my first university. It's known for some issues such as gang activity, drugs, and violence. I can honestly say that personally, I never felt unsafe. Given, I lived in a safe neighborhood closer to the university side of town. My one complaint is that there isn't much public transportation throughout the city. There's a bus line that travels about every 30 minutes. Uber is also available, but often there aren't any drivers in the area, so not as readily available as in other cities. There are also many chain restaurants giving the sense that Saginaw is a very commercialized city until you hit downtown area. There they have a few fun bars and cute restaurants! The beer selection is pretty great as well, I recommend Woody's (for those over 21)! In the summertime there are fun events around the city, although the winter does not have as much going on. Overall I had a good experience in Saginaw. I wouldn't change the 6 years that a spent there a bit!
I personally have a lot of love for my hometown, Saginaw, MI. That being said, there is a lot we could change to make it a better place. They are currently getting rid of schools, which makes it so much harder for kids to get an education. A lot of the city is poor, and there is a lot of violence here, one of the worst places in the US, in fact. This is really disappointing because as a person who loves Saginaw and wants to see it thrive, the violence sends people the other way. A lot of people are moving away and it's becoming more torn down. But there are also a lot of people who love it here, which is why downtown Saginaw is currently thriving, there are a lot of new shops opening up here because we are trying to make Saginaw thrive again and hopefully we will succeed!
Saginaw is an interesting place to live.... A melting pot of sorts, there is every imaginable type of personality here. Country boys to gang bangers roam the streets, self proclaimed thugs and the average Joe... The roads are in poor shape to say the least, empty lot after empty lot of forgotten houses that have been either burned or tore down. City taxes are high for what you get, parking tickets and hungry police ready to smack you with a fine at their first opportunity. Police force who patrol the "good side" of town for what ever reason, regardless of what goes on on the other side of the bridge. Have I mentioned the cut backs to every government agency and the multiple school closings? Not much to say other than it was a decent place to live but now it is just a place to live....