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Survey: Atlanta neighborhood one of 'America's most dangerous'

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An Atlanta neighborhood home to a major concert venue is one of America's most dangerous, according to one recent survey.

The report from Neighborhood Scout used FBI data to rank neighborhoods based on the predicted number of violent crimes per 1,000 neighborhood residents. Violent crime is defined as murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

The neighborhood around Hopkins Street SE and Adair Avenue SE ranked ninth in the report. Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood, one of the biggest concert venues in town, is in the area.

Geanie Watson's 18-year-old son, Joshua, was shot and killed near Lakewood while walking home from the bus stop after work on Christmas Eve. No one has been arrested in Joshua's death.

"It's heartbreaking, terrifying to know someone is out there and hasn't been caught," said Watson.

According to the survey, one in 12 people in the area will become a crime victim this year.

Alexus Williams moved her three children back to the home where she grew up because she thought it would be a good place to raise a family.

"I want them to be completely safe and I would figure that this, being the neighborhood that I grew up in, it would be safe for them at all," Williams said.

Josh Whitlock says he hasn't had any problems since making the move to Adair Avenue.

"I lived right off of 10th Street in Midtown and my car was gone through several times the year I lived there and here, I've had no problems with it," Whitlock said.

Geanie Watson urges her neighbors to be careful.

"We live in fear now that this thing happened to my son," she said.

The neighborhood is the only one in Atlanta on this year's list. The last time Neighborhood Scout released a list, four Atlanta neighborhoods were listed among their 25 most dangerous.

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