ive also drove around Elizabeth to see what all the fuss was about. I also feel its no worse on the outset than a large council estate in the uk , i was also brought up in a council house. But personally i still wouldnt want to live there. My husband has regular contact with the police through his job and he asked a few of them which was the worst area. They unanimously said Elizabeth and largely for the socio-economic problems that were mentioned earlier, drugs, alchohol, car theft, burgulary etc. We came here to hopefully escape those problems, its also no-where near the coast.
If your applying for on arrival accomodation then wait until you get here to decide on an area. People on here can only advise based on their own opinion, lifestyle etc. 12 weeks is a good time to have a base and look into what you want. I would never make any decisions based on anything but my own opinion:)