(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...)
A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like.
The Chinese student of a friend of mine has asked her, and she asked me, so now I'm asking you--I've just moved to DC, and unfortunately don't have actual knowledge yet that might help. Thus I throw myself on the mercy of the DC-Mefi subset (and you can bet I'll be asking my own DC questions later)!
This delegation of Chinese businessmen (older than typical college students) is coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging for them to live in the 100 block of Michigan Ave. NE. Their English is not excellent (that's part of what they'll be studying). And like many of her other international students, they're extremely worried about crime and 'bad neighborhoods'. What can I tell them about this area?
I got some crime stats for the address via this handy tool
from an earlier question about DC neighborhoods. But while I have the crime score for the specific building/its immediate area, I don't know how to judge it very well. It scored 8 violent crime, 34 property crime, for a total of 42, on the rise from last year. I did compare it to an address said to be very sketchy (also from a previous question here), which scored a 25 violent/72 property/97 total. How else can I contextualize the score?
And really, any impressions of the 100 block of Michigan Ave. NE would be helpful. I'd love to be able to reassure them that it's not such a wretched hive of scum and villainy (or warn them off it, if it is).