I'm not an agent or even in RE but I do own a home here in Midtown/VA HI and can tell you that it is UBER family friendly! We have tons of kids on our block and have had a better experience here than other neighborhoods. In fact, my taxes are outrageous and we stay because of the community and bonds we have with the neighbors. That said, I think the prices are lower because it's not Morningside, which commands a certain aire about it. I think the fact that Midtown sprawls into a very commercial, new condo type area makes it seem less neighborhood friendly but that's far from the case.
Good luck and hope you decide to move this way or did. It's a great place to live and work.