Also, take some time to walk the streets. i always advise my clients to spend time in the neighborhood they are interested in. Check out their website for local events, block parties, the church events, etc. Also be sure to walk the blocks you are interested in mornong noon and night to get a real feel for the community. Also this way you can be aware of if someone has a noisy dog etc.
Hi Casey, I don't live in the city, but here might be a good place to start --> http://www.poweltonvillage.org. I also suggest to my clients, to call the local police department to obtain a crime report.