hi. i'm just a longtime resident of hyde park and bronzeville. my dad worked in the 2nd district as a policeman for over 30 years. i think any urban community has its share of crime, but with the great architecture and history of bronzeville, i haven't wanted to live anywhere else. you have to be safe and aware of your surroundings in any part of our great city, even more so in places that you think are "safe" since that aura of safety can lead you to be more risky than you might normally be.
i've raised my daughter here, and walk my lab around the neighborhood at various times without problems. i cannot make claims for its safety, either. but i can say that i have been happy here for over 7 years and i'm eager to buy here as soon as i can afford it.
that said, some of the properties listed on various sites are greatly inflated, in my opinion. some places have been gutted, or need to be, and are still well over $200k. wow! really? and since the area is still in transition (and no, i don't mean that it is crime ridden, but that there are a lot of vacant lots and not a lot of businesses or entertainment options just yet....) i think that the really fancy condos are a bit inflated as well. some cost about $150-$225k for half a floor in a building where the owner paid only about $16k for the unit, then put in granite, maple cabinets, a jacuzzi, and increased the price about tenfold. YIKES!
anyway, i still think bronzeville is a great neighborhood. and if you get a reasonably priced condo or home, consider yourself lucky.