Within the first week of moving to Avondale from San Diego my home was robbed. Most people in the area have had similar experiences. They accept it as normal - I couldn't believe it. I lived near Mexico for a decade and never had crime issues and I am Caucasian. Don't forget anyone can carry a firearm without registration. This makes it so much easier for thieves to get the kind of gear they need.
There are a ton of retail stores for your shopping enjoyment. Neighborhoods change from block to block from blue collar to white collar. Nightlife exists in bars. It appears neighbors do not rely talk with each other. There are a decent number of churches in the area and community bonding occurs through them. The homes and rent are relatively cheap as compared to Southern California. Just remember to purchase a firearm on arrival.