Should I buy my first investment property near Benning Road DC?

I have planned to buy my first investment property near Benning Road, NE, DC. Currently, I am thinking of the long term benefits buying that property, but I am still on the fence whether I am making the right decision. I know the location called to be one of the dangerous neighborhoods in the district with poor neighborhood qualities. But I see that recently, there are some slight changes and renovations around the Benning Road neighborhood..
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I don't believe that your question is hard to answer. It depends. From Langston Golf Course all the way to H St NE is probably going to benefit from the gentrification of the H St area. There are several properties owned by the District Government along that section of the road.
I do believe it will improve, but I also think that improvement is at least 4-5 years away. Something will have to be done for the residents of the public housing buildings. The government has been slow to react to the plight of the disadvantaged and I have my doubts that they will act quickly or efficiently.

There are other areas of the city that do not have the same public domain challenges.
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How serious are you about owning a home right now? And what are your reasons for buying? Are you wanting this as your primary residence, investment purposes (there are additional costs and requirements to being a absentee owner/landlord) and how soon do you want to buy? Also, have you considered what you would do should there not be enough development in the area to your liking?
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