Hi, I lived in 20009 for 10 years, some of it when it was still really rough, before 14th street turned around. My husband and I raised our daughter to the age of 17. I'd do it over again, and after gentrification I sold for a very nice profit. It was a great place to raise a kid. But, you've got to be street smart, and not the type to get despondent when you run into folks on the street who rightfully should be hospitalized or receiving mental health care. You have to absolutely be willing to take a cab when it is late. This sounds so simple, but when it is late and if you're short on funds, you might take short cuts. Don't put yourself in situations to get mugged. Also, spend the money for better security on your home. I had an ADT system with screens on the house which would also set off the alarm if they were cut or removed. It saved me from two attempted robberies -- this is particularly true if you have hidden entrances such as fire escapes near windows or skylights. Despite that, we had one forced entry when we were out, and one item taken from our yard. You can't be afraid of taking proper security measures, but you have to do it. If you don't like thinking like this, then don't live in an emerging urban area. However, if you love the city like I did, then the positives will vastly outweigh these precautions. Finally, after 10 years in Dupont Circle (east), and 18 years in Government contracting, I said enough and moved out to the rural eastern shore!