90% of the city is comprised of strip malls and fast food joints, the other 10% is a combination of wealthy neighborhoods and extremely poor ones with astronomical crime rates. The locals are rude and have no idea how safely drive a car, its expected to have some jackass riding on your ass at all times while driving within the city limits. Newport News, or bad newz as morons who take pride in what a shithole this place really is call it, is also home to Christopher Newport University, which is home primarily to rich white kids from Northern Virginia who got waitlisted at JMU.
Avoid Newport News, VA at all costs. Seeing that there is pretty much absolutely no reason to go there, that shouldn't be much of a problem.