It's a touchy issue. I have a friend who lives near there who says it is decent if you mind your own business and don't hang with the wrong people. At the same time I have an acquaintance in the area who hates it and wants out. Also, there were three or four shootings in that area recently, several of which involved innocent bystanders being injured or killed. My friend with a kid near there is afraid to let her walk up the street with her friends because of the drive bys and what not that have become a more frequent occurrence. I spend a lot of time on Main not far from there and Minnesota doesn't LOOK that bad, but I definitely don't like the upward trend of gang crime in the area. There are some other streets not far north of there that are better and have less problems. I also see a lot of "racial" issues in that area - i.e. if you aren't the color of whoever you are living next to they may dislike/distrust you, solely based on that, from both ends of the color spectrum. Especially if you have kids, I would say avoid it.