I was born and raised in the Austin area, Ohio and Menard to be exact. It has changed drastically since the 80’s and 90's, you have a looooooooooot of goof ball gangbangers and so many shootings. So many homes have been lost to foreclosures and are still vacant. Our home was broken into twice; in the late 90’s and when we moved away while it was empty (2010). I believe it all depends on the block you live on. There are lots of neighbors whom have been living in the area for quite a while, many will not just sit by idle and let their neighborhood go down without a fight. But some neighbors don’t care; they have that "as-long-as-they-don't-bother-me-I-won’t-bother-them" attitude. As far as the schools, I went to Emmitt and Douglass (back when it was a grammar school -1989), I felt it did not nearly prepare me enough for the high school I went to. As far as Key School, I wouldn't send my dog there. With the way other schools are progressing, they are far behind. My daughter graduated from kindergarten in 2005 and is currently in a Magnet school, the comparison between the two is laughable. So it just depends….just do your research before moving…best way to judge the area, come back on kind of a warm night. If all you see is guys on the corner in white t-shirts…head for the nearest exit because it’s about to go down. I’m looking to move in a cheaper place but not going back and I’m from there, so that should tell you something.