The Design District has the feel of being unsafe, even though it really isn't. BUT, what's unsettling is that there is occasional, random violence and burglaries. I had an office in the Design District from 1998-2003. When I first got there, our office door was locked, with a buzzer and people advised me to keep it locked. Within a month, I kept the door unlocked and eventually would even keep the door propped open until 'til the wee hours (1 or 2 am). No trouble. Of course, by then, I adopted a street dog who would warn me of any noises outside. Nor did I have any trouble when I took her out walking late at night.