I lived there for a short while back in 1995. Back then, you couldn't walk through a certain park downtown - Pioneer Park - without a strong possibility of getting shanked/mugged/robbed/killed. I'm walking out of my hotel this morning, and I realize that I'm looking right at Pioneer Park, and there's a Saturday Market going on. There was a live band there last night. I didn't recognize it at all until I saw a sign that said "Pioneer Park".
Things change. Sometimes for the better. Just thought I'd mention that.