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Old 09-23-2018, 09:01 PM
 
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Born and raised there but have been away for the last 45 years due to gov't job. Now retired and thinking about returning with my wife as empty nesters. Of course, I have very fond childhood memories of the area and would appreciate any opinions on living in Kanawha City these days. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:18 AM
 
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I was partially raised in KC. Still have family there. There are some nice areas but crime is on the rise. More houses for sale there now than I have ever seen. I know a lot of people who live there that want to leave. You should be able to get a deal but be picky about the location and scope out the neighborhood. I would not advise living on the railroad track side unless you go up one of the hollows.
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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I was partially raised in KC. Still have family there. There are some nice areas but crime is on the rise. More houses for sale there now than I have ever seen. I know a lot of people who live there that want to leave. You should be able to get a deal but be picky about the location and scope out the neighborhood. I would not advise living on the railroad track side unless you go up one of the hollows.

I concur. A house between MacCorkle and the River is probably ok, but between MacCorkle and the tracks, I would not assume it was ok, regardless of where. You might do ok, further up one of the canyons, but even those are getting the creeping crud. Overall, I would not buy in KC, anywhere. It is following Edgewood's death spiral. Once, decades ago, Edgewood was a wonderful neighborhood, but the area wilted when the West Side slid into the abyss. KC was the last bastion, but its days have come. I see more crime reports from KC than I do from the West Side and East End combined, but it seems to be downplayed in the news.

Of course it does not help that Marmeth is right next door. Marmet is nothing but a meth den these days.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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I agree with the above. Maybe it was just me but Kanawha City was looking a little 'tired' when I was in town over the summer. I noticed a large number of homes for sale/ rent and a lot of them, especially towards the railroad tracks seemed to be poorly maintained. Blocks close to the river didn't quite have this feeling, at least between the hospital and 50th Street but wouldn't be surprised if you continue to see a slow downward decline along the lines of the West Side Hill. Mt. Alpha and the other neighborhoods in the hills above Kanawha City should continue to be fine. The areas past Kroger towards Marmet seemed to have really gone downhill.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. Lived on both sides of MacCorkle and even across the tracks on Chesterfield Ave. back in the day. Moving back is just a whim based on fond childhood memories. But Thomas Wolfe is probably correct about going home again. Thanks for the inputs and I sort of expected the results. Thanks again.
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