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Old 01-24-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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I grew up in Mt. Lebanon and may be able to help with comparisons...where in Pgh do you live?
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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I live in Upper St. Clair! I've lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life, so I know pretty much all the parts, but am most familiar with the South Hills. How long have you lived in MN?
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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A looooooooooong time . We moved here after undergrad (I went to California University of PA, which always gets a comment) and we both went to graduate school at the University of MN. We (both my husband and I graduated from Mt. Lebanon) moved here in 1994. It sounds like you are looking for something similar to Upper St. Clair? How long is your husbands commute now, and does he want to shorten that? I am a big believer in having as short a commute as possible . I find Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Wayzata to be really far away from downtown Mpls. Lots of posters on here would disagree with me, but I don't think there is any reason to live that far out.

Do you want sidewalks? I find those to be sorely lacking in many areas.

My husband and I have always said that the closest suburb match to Mt. Lebanon is Edina. Upper St. Clair is farther out than Mt. Lebanon and is a bit more spread out, so you might be more comfortable with the farther out, more spread out suburbs. Keep in mind that the communities in Pittsburgh are much older than the western suburbs of Mpls, and those western suburbs are built on flat, open plains. Lots and lots of driving involved when you live out there. Very little character. Edina is an older and more established community.

Do you want your kids to be able to walk to school? That was our priority and we live a half a block from our K-8 Catholic school. Your kids can walk to school in many parts of Edina. You could live south of the Edina Country Club and walk to both elementary (French Immersion or regular) and middle school, and only have to bus to high school.

Edina schools are the best in the state (like Upper St. Clair), and the high school is half the size of the massive schools in Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Maple Grove. The size of the high school would be a big factor for me - I would not want my kids in a high school as big as Minnetonka or Wayzata.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and hopefully I can help!
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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One more thing...you will have an unmatched opportunity to live on or by a lake if you want to. When we moved here we moved near Lake Calhoun because we figured if we were moving to the land of 10,000 Lakes we'd better live by one . So consider that, as well.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:53 PM
 
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Family of five, THANK YOU for all of the great information. The comparisons you've made have been very helpful. A lot to discuss with my husband as we consider our options for this move!
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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A couple PA town/MN town comparisons:

Greenville reminds me a LOT of Duluth--but without the big lake. Duluth is bigger but Greenville seems bigger than it is.

Carlyle is very much like Stillwater, only bigger.

Gettysburg reminds me of Stillwater, maybe Red Wing even

I would say Pittsburgh is more like Minneapolis where Philly is more like St. Paul but more of just a "feeling' in the towns.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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I have to say I have a different opinion than Golfgal regarding which city feels more like Pittsburgh - we lived in Mpls for a few years and it felt nothing like Pittsburgh to us, and then we moved to St. Paul and immediately felt at home. St. Paul feels a lot like Pittsburgh, which is why we like it so much .
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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I have to say I have a different opinion than Golfgal regarding which city feels more like Pittsburgh - we lived in Mpls for a few years and it felt nothing like Pittsburgh to us, and then we moved to St. Paul and immediately felt at home. St. Paul feels a lot like Pittsburgh, which is why we like it so much .
Agreed. OP...if you could live anywhere in Pittsburgh, where would it be?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:39 PM
 
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I have to say I have a different opinion than Golfgal regarding which city feels more like Pittsburgh - we lived in Mpls for a few years and it felt nothing like Pittsburgh to us, and then we moved to St. Paul and immediately felt at home. St. Paul feels a lot like Pittsburgh, which is why we like it so much .
As a native Pittsburgher, I agree.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:40 PM
 
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Interesting...from a visitors standpoint, I felt the opposite.
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