TO LEARN ANY AREA:
1. Walk and drive the area at all times of the day and night. (Weekdays and weekends). Who is out and what are they doing. Take into account the weather.
2. Go to local stores & restaurants. See who is shopping and eating in the area. Are the types of shops, grocery stores and restaurants they type you want in your neighborhood.
3. Evaluate if the area meets YOUR needs.
4. You can't ask anyone to do the basic research for you.
Did you compare your housing options in the area? It sounds like you were assigned this location as no others were available. Is sounds like there are other factors you are subject to making the answer to your question more impossible.