A lot is being said about a website that advises tea partiers to stay away from various DC neighborhoods. I'm not going to wade into the various accusations of racism that are being slung about, other than to note that DC does in fact have a high crime rate, and it's not crazy to tell people who don't know their way around to try to stick to places where there tend to be a lot of tourists.
However, I'll note that I'm currently staying at the home my 65 year old mother rents next to the "off limits" Potomac Avenue metro stop, we're buying a house near the "off limits" New York Avenue metro stop . . . in fact, I have never lived anywhere in DC that was on the approved list. Either I have nerves of steel, or the warnings are just a tad overwrought.