What verbs, phrases and expressions can be used in this sentence to replace "be rife with" and also make the sentence sound less formal than it is now (I'd specifically like to have a verb there):
This part of city is rife with crime.
I need synomyms that exactly do here!
In my thesausus some words are mentioned as synonymous. For example:
OVERFLOWING, bursting, alive, swarming, teeming, seething, lousy; ABOUNDING IN, abundant in, overrun by, full of
But I don't think all those words can be used in my sentence.
'Full of' sounds normal, but I'm looking for something different, specially a verb.
'Abound with' as a verb phrase would be a good choice, but to me the connotation it carries is positive. I'd like to know what native speakers think