My girlfriend got over her cold feet. Success! However, we were pretty settled on one property (Ingersoll Towers). Recently, I stumbled across an article that made me question that area's safety. (I guess the building next to the apartment used to be a liquor store and there were some gunshots there. The liquor store has now been reformed into a restaurant.)
The address is 3662 Ingersoll Ave. Do any of you know if that neighborhood is safe? The landlord lives on the first floor with her young daughters and said that they haven't had a break-in while she's been there. We liked what we saw, but I want to make absolutely sure before signing the lease.
It's a very commercial area. Right behind it on Grand is a very nice med school, and a lot of med students live in the area. You will see some homeless people and such in the area, and the Dahl's down the street is very ecclective. Which restaurant is it that you are talking about? The Manhattan Deli is freaking AMAZING, just FYI.
You should check out mapping.dmgov.org/crimeview/ It's a mapping tool that will display all of the crimes in the area that the police reported in the last 90 days. I looked at it for that address and it didn't look bad. There were some crimes, but most were the sort of minor things you expect in any semi-urban area like car break-ins and such.
If that's the place I'm thinking it is (and I'm pretty sure it is), I have always thought it was a pretty nice place. The Ingersoll area is pretty decent. We were just down the street from there last night actually!
edit: there's the sex offender registry too. That's a good tool as well.