Kristin Neubauer has few complaints about her nook of the southeast.

On tree-shaded streets east of South Academy Boulevard, some properties stand out from neglect or disrepair, and neighbors occasionally warn of prowlers, though unlocked cars seem to be the target of choice.

“I don’t feel unsafe,” said Neubauer, 39, who lives near Hancock Expressway and Harrier Ridge Drive. “I let my daughter walk to and from school by herself, which I never would have let her do in our old neighborhood,” near the Citadel Mall, which Neubauer calls “the ‘hood.”

In southeast Colorado Springs, short distances invite jarring shifts in perspective, as attested by 30-year resident Kathy Silva.