Thoughts on this?
Well, first of all, it was ranked by The Daily Beast. Second, per the article, "The Daily Beast’s list is misleading because it combines statistics, reported by the university to the U.S. Department of Education, of both its Danforth campus and medical campus...." There is also another part of the university situated maybe half a mile north of the Danforth campus called the "North" campus (or M-6, for some reason) that could have been included in the report. It's not in a terrible part of town, but it's also not the best, either.
The medical campus is quite large. The area of town it is in is not bad, but there's a lot of diversity in income there--ranging from ridiculous mansions to run down single-story homes. The Central West End (the med school neighborhood) was in the past a lot worse than it is now, so there is surely a lot of lingering crime from an era where it was considered a neighborhood to avoid, by and large. The CWE sits on the edge of north city and a more central part of the city; Delmar Blvd is widely regarded as a kind of cut-off for the wealthier and more impoverished parts of the city, and both campuses are close to Delmar.
Sorry, wannabe, if this defuses the alarm you wanted to raise in prospective admits. WASH U LAW IS TERRIBLE YOU SHOULD WITHDRAW! does that help?