There is a large amount of crime and drugs and cops that don't do a thing about it.
Neighbors have been reported for gang activity and selling drugs three blocks away from the police station in olde town and cops have refused to do a thing about it.
All neighborhoods are full of Section 8 housing. Tax rates are the highest in the area, and two of the schools were on "probation" and about to lose accreditation
Homeless dominate the Olde Towne streets and benches during the days and warm nights
Portsmouth also has the highest use of food stamps and Welfare in the area.
Down by the shipyard is near Craddock where all the gang activity takes place. The cops claim to be watching it, but that is all they do is "watch " it. Never any arrests.
City council is a joke also, they back the police not doing anything.
The gates of the shipyard and naval barracks are lined with strip clubs.
Virginia Beach or Norfolk are the way to go!!