Storytime: I took a walk with my wife to get the feel of a neighborhood near our apartment. Walked a mile to a park, walked 6 blocks down one street in this neighborhood to the main road, and then back home.
First 2 blocks by the park: 1/3 or 1/2 acre beautifully manicured yards with nice houses -- their property taxes are more than our rent.
Next 2 blocks: 1/4 or .2 acre lots with moderate sized, well taken care of houses. The sidewalks were edged. The prices about double our budget.
Last 2 blocks got sketchy: peeling paint, torn shingles, broken garage doors, barred tiny windows, on small houses on small, unmown lots. Sidewalks were overgrown more than halfway to the middle and we had to step over a dead possum on the sidewalk. I can forgive fresh roadkill but I don't want to live in a neighborhood where a possum lays stinking on the sidewalk getting crusty for a week, and nobody bothers to grab a shovel and toss it in a dumpster.
(We live in DFW)