I have no skin in the game as far as knowing the neighborhood because I don't live there but you have to make your own decision.
Yes, there is "Realtor Jive" (I like that and will "steal" it), but you should make your own decision.
Talk to people that live and work in the area. Go visit local stores. Ask the banks in the neighborhood if they are lending to people.
If you decide to live or invest there, then take the step of talking to an agent that you like, can relate to, won't do dual agency and get the stats and go see houses.
Best of luck!