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Old 10.06.2020, 20:28
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I always think the area around Voltaplatz is a bit dodgy looking, went for a walk round there one evening when I lived in Kleinbasel and wasn't keen on it.
To be fair, there aren't really any genuinely dodgy areas in Basel, at least not from a London or Paris or Moscow or any large US city perspective. But the Voltaplatz area is soulless and largely desolate at night—most of it is very new with concrete apartment blocks built in the last ten years and very few shops, bars or restaurants. It's not unsafe, though.
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Old 10.06.2020, 20:56
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To be fair, there aren't really any genuinely dodgy areas in Basel, at least not from a London or Paris or Moscow or any large US city perspective.
Or indeed compared with any large town in the UK, not just the big cities, especially on a Saturday night.

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But the Voltaplatz area is soulless and largely desolate at night—most of it is very new with concrete apartment blocks built in the last ten years and very few shops, bars or restaurants. It's not unsafe, though.
It was a lot worse before they started the long long process of ripping up the whole area and relaying roads and tram tracks from scratch. Not quite sure wht it took quite so many years to complete it. Then again, not being a Novartis person I rarely needed to go up that way anyway.
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Old 10.06.2020, 21:06
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Oh I don't know, we lived opposite the corner of Webergasse which was OK at first but then became very dodgy about a year after we moved there. By 10pm we used to count up to 16 drug dealers on the opposite side of the street to our flat (the problem being Star Grill's opening hours as they were dealing to people going in an out of there during the night). Lots of muggings near the barracks and around Klingentelgraben etc. Then to appease us we had all the Baschi Durr PR stunt with women against lamposts being painted on the pavements with a broken line to keep them coralled in (they got bold to it and ventured out onto the main street, seen a few shocked guys being grabbed by the crotch )

Our caretaker lived next door and resorted to filming what was going on at 6am and sending it to Basler Zeitung. The dealers used to hang about outside a dodgy club at Claraplatz that closed down, hence they moved round to pitches at Rebgasse / Untere Rebgasse. Got to the stage we couldn't sleep for dealers fighting and hookers screaming at each other so we decided to move on. The neighbours at the rear of our building said it was no better for them as the hookers used to take punters into the park at Claramattweg after dark. A shame as we had a lovely flat and nice neighbours, but the flat we found was a new build in Breite. Only a few stops into city and a nice district with St Alban, Gellert and Birsfelden on our doorstep.
With Covid-19 at least my old neighbours are getting peace because Webergasse is dead at the moment.
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Well I hatched from the metal box to push through saloon doors and emerge onto the dusty plains. Majestic buffalo grazing around a fine array of pool tables, including a couple of full-sized snooker tables. After a passing nod to a noble savage it was clear that this was indeed a cheerful male dominated universe where the beer really did work.

It also became apparent that this is just like golf except the course has only 6 holes so you have to go around 3 times and the bat has a pointy bit instead of a lumpy bit at the end. Well at least this was how I was playing after a few beers and who’s to say I wasn’t following prairie rules?

Fortunately, I’d dressed appropriately and found that my chaps provided good support when leaning for that tricky pot, whilst my trusty Stetson proved an ice-breaker both with those on the nearest table and in carving a pathway to the bar - useful tip and certainly a place to visit again.

Thanks again for the suggestion and I can't wait to try Voltaplatz. It all sounds very post-apocalyptic so maybe time to dust-off the mad max gear and studded cue?
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