This is in reference to 2014, so a fair amount could have changed.Not all suburbs are alike in America. The suburbs of cities that are located in the more Red leaning / gun friendly states of America still have plenty of gun owners in the burbs ready to fire back at hostile intruders. The suburbs of cities in stricter / Blue states would definitely be more screwed if the mobs invade.
Yet in visiting a number of American cities in 2014, it was interesting to see what a perception or news focus of a place was, in comparison to being on the streets.
L.A. is promoted as being glitzy & glamourous, while Hollywood blvd. & Venice Beach were so damn dodgy in reality.
Vegas. Yeah the strip is over the top. Yet to see how much of Vegas is just basic urban / residential sprawl, I did not quite expect.
Didn't quite know that Baltimore was such a violent town before going there. Yet once I researched further & realized that it was the distinctly black neighbourhoods that had most of the shootings; I figured I'd be fine by sticking to the central city / harbour area.
Even walking back to the hotel after a Joe Rogan comedy show at night, via a black convenience store, did not at the time present any trouble.
Then there was central Cleveland, Ohio. That place just had the vibe / feeling of a dying town...
Having said all that.
La Jolla in San Diego was nice, as was Hermosa Beach in L.A.