I would NOT say to live near Johns Hopkins, as these areas are filled with LEAD including in the yards--particularly if there has been renovation. The houses in Washington Village tend to be narrow but they are very close to Harborplace, University of Maryland, and downtown. The safety depends on the particular block, as one block can be very unsafe and another street pretty darn safe. However, I always lock doors, am hypervigilant, etc. in ANY city area--or anywhere nowadays...I would NOT be looking at the WIRE, which is a show that capitalized on crime.