That area is hit or miss. Some of the areas over there are great some are not. In fact, if you go north of there a quarter of a mile you get into some really nice homes. Go the opposite direction a quarter of a mile an it can get questionable.
Lived in that area for years and loved it. Don't let a few bad people sway your desicion to live in a beautiful old neighborhood. Great house available in Stueben right now. Great price and well maintained by a young couple. A jewel in a great neighborhood
Newspaper reported a story of gang activity and numerous drug related activities in Wausau's near east side (just east of the downtown district) This area has some of the oldest homes in town with many rental properties and a few forclosures just sitting there in poor condition. The city is looking into condemning them and tearing them down. If you want to read the article it appeared on the front page of the Daily Herald a few weeks back. I believe it was a Sunday paper. Do your homework if you are looking on that near east side of downtown. I personally would not choose that area. Good Luck.