I am sorry to hear you did not feel safe in our neighbourhood, and wish you had spoken to us about it so we could help settle some fears. Safety really is a feeling that often has little to do with actual danger or risk. Yes our neighbourhood has homeless people (most downtown neighbourhoods do), but poverty does not necessarily mean danger. I (Sarah) walk around all the time by myself, at night and in the day, and have never had any problems. I feel extremely safe here, particularly because there are so many people around and the Parkdale community looks out for each other.
Most likely the 'homeless people' at the bus stop were not actually homeless, but were residents of one of the rooming houses nearby that serve people struggling with addictions or mental health issues. On occasion, I too have witnessed people yelling at 'nothing' - but they are not out to harm people in the neighbourhood. If you exercise the same common sense as in any urban landscape, all will be fine.
Parkdale is well known for it's diversity. You will see people of all walks of life, of all ages, and all socioeconomic statuses here. You will see Tibetian monks, young families, and people with obvious addictions walking on the same street. That is the beauty of our neighbourhood.