Good Morning Erica,
I have lived in Baltimore most of my life and know the City well. Baltimore is a city that exists today because of it's strong cultural and ethnic neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are very diverse and some have not evolved as far as others. I do beleive that the Mayor and City Council members are diligently working to make each neighborhood safe.
As far as choosing the right neighborhood, I tell my ALL my clients when looking at a house to drive by and visit the local shops stores and retsaurants and talk to the neighborsat different times of the day. I feel this is the best way to get your answers.
If you need assistance please feel free to contact me at 410-340-2201.