Hey, so I think the bigger questions might be what are your goals, and what are your expectations? Plenty of people live there now and it works for them, but everyone has their own metric of what “safe” is to them. As you know, Newburgh can be a block by block scenario and it really depends on what you are willing to deal with. If you are from an urban area you probably are able to deal with things people from the suburbs can not. Would you feel safe getting out your car and walking to your door at all hours of the day and night? With that said, City Terrace does not have any anchors (that I am aware of) that are moving it in the direction of Liberty Street or the Heights. Maybe if people can chime in on what it is like living near the park and the hospital??
There is a cycle in Newburgh of people buying houses and then listing them back on the market again. That is because people often become disappointed or give up when they don’t see the improvements they were hoping. So I would say you have to be OK with how the neighborhood is now. If things get better, great. If not, you should be prepared and accepting of that. Overall, I promote homeowner occupancy here, and generally neighborhoods and blocks that have homeowner occupied buildings tend to be more maintained and safer. When you move in you help further that stabilization. I hope that helps! Happy house hunting!