As a former resident, I can say this neighborhood is as safe as any in any city. Walk the sidewalks here and see joggers, young couples with infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarden, and elementary school age. A half-block from a Safeway, two blocks from a Metro, three blocks from a Harris Teeter, two blocks from a CVS, and three blocks from Frager's Hardware (the best!). Walk to 7th & 8th Street SE for an array of restaurants, shops, and Eastern Market. Good foot traffic. And the neighborhood is as friendly and outgoing as you are.