This used to be a great neighborhood for families; but no longer. The caliber of people moving in have definitely destroyed the atmosphere of the whole area. Yelling, cursing, cars racing through the streets, increased trash. People, I won't call them neighbors, playing loud music all day and night, confrontations on the street, harassment of longtime residents by newcomers. Litttle kids on the street demanding money from you when you walk down the street. Homes in the area are not being kept up as before, kids as well as adults hanging out of house windows and yelling and cursing, House doors left open all day, no screens in windows, these are indications of real trash livng within. No more local parish Catholic school; St. Williams is closed as of June 2012.
As for the business district on Rising Sun Avenue, it is a joke, unless you want to get your nails done or put your kids in daycare. This whole area is going downhill fast. It reminds me of the Logan section of Philadelphia 30 years ago. That used to be a nice place to live also, until the lower class of people moved in there and destroyed that section also. I would never recommend Lawndale at this point in time. It's the people that make or break the neighborhood, and the changing demographics have condemned Lawndale. I don't consider these people my neighbors, half don't speak English, and the ones that do, speak eubonics more than any formal English. I am moving out as soon as I can. No sane person would want to live hers.