I'm guessing Springfield Missouri. In midtown the houses are very cool, but crunchy and walkable are two words that just don't go with Springfield. There are crunchy people but I'm not sure you'll find a concentration of crunchyness
I am not sure how safe it is around there, someone with more experience would have to tell you. Central HS, I think...if your child would be in the IB program, it's pretty great, if not...not so much. But again, I'm not an expert on the schools. I know Glendale and Kickapoo are the best HS, but not much more than that. I love the Phelps Grove area too as well as the area to the SW of MSU for older houses with loads of character. Springfield is overall a pretty family friendly place.