I've got to say this is my first post, although I've been subscribed for a few years, and yes I read your posts often. I have to say I think some of the ideas here can absolutely be considered classist at the very least, if not (and I apologize if you didn't intend anything to be), a little racist.
You should absolutely be sick of wino-s drug deals and shady characters. To be fair, the people who don't have the option to afford another move or neighborhood, people who may know or even love those committing these acts, are most likely much more sick of it (and more often the victim) than you. You can leave or wait for gentrification, but to suggest that you can't wait for gentrification means to say (I must assume this was unintentional on your part) that you can't wait for a large majority of very good and decent people to have to move when the rent goes up, just to also remove the very small minority of those making a dishonest living. It goes to suggest a lack of consideration for the true value of social change, where everyone can live in peace and not just those who can afford to. It is aggravating to live among crime and poverty (and you undeniably do), but it would be even more aggravating if I were to be a part of that community for fifty years, living within rather than among crime and poverty, working hard and struggling to bring peace, education, and a functioning economy to those you love, and then happily discover the internet...then this blog...and then hear what (and I'm sorry) appears to be petty and wealthy frustration to a very real problem that goes deeper than neighborhood lines. It would make me very frustrated to see that you might want to claim you're on my side but are really not, longing more for Italian cuisine around your doorstep and less for a kinder community ready to greet you and ask how your day was.
I hope you'll seek to understand why I was at first intensely angered, then saddened, to find a post I would consider so very selfish, inconsiderate, and almost intentionally or systematically distant from what it should mean to have culture and character.