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Old 10-13-2006, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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15 years ago I had an occasion to drive pass Stroudsburg PA on a coast to coast trip. The tranquility of the town left a very deep impression.

I'm now blessed with the prospect of being able to choose any place to live. Primarily I'd like to live within 1 1/2 hour drive of a big city, and Stroudsburg PA comes to mind.

Can anyone describe the life in Stroudsburg?
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Smile Cheap Housing, Great Location, TOO Crowded

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15 years ago I had an occasion to drive pass Stroudsburg PA on a coast to coast trip. The tranquility of the town left a very deep impression.

I'm now blessed with the prospect of being able to choose any place to live. Primarily I'd like to live within 1 1/2 hour drive of a big city, and Stroudsburg PA comes to mind.

Can anyone describe the life in Stroudsburg?


Downtown Stroudsburg remains a very cute, charming, appealing area with a lot of small cafes, specialty shops, unique architecture, etc. "Big-box" development is available just outside of town with a Home Depot, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Target, the Stroud Mall, and a new Kohl's has just opened with a new Lowe's Home Improvement on the way. Stroudsburg is just 20 minutes or so from 100+ outlet stores at the The Crossings Premium Outlets @ Tannersville, including GAP, Timberland, Reebok, Bose, Banana Republic, and many others. You're also only about an hour-and-a-half to NYC and about two hours to Philly.

Unfortunately this close proximity to the major metros has brought its downsides with it. Population growth (even since 1985) has been astronomical, causing our country two-lane roads to become congested, overwhelming the Pocono police departments, and overcrowding our schools. As people from NY/NJ continue to flood into Monroe County in search of cheap real estate and "easy commutes" (as if being behind the wheel three or more hours per day is really fair to your families) , I expect the congestion issues to only worsen. If you can handle traffic, school overcrowding, drug problems, and stumbling over tourists, then Monroe County is actually a better place to live than most (even myself) give it credit for.

As far as employment is concerned, "Wall Street West" is on its way. Basically, firms from Manhattan will be locating satellite campuses anywhere between Stroudsburg and Scranton, which is expected to eventually create up to 18,000 white-collar opportunities for locals (Then again, we've heard this "pie-in-the-sky" rhetoric from politicians right before Election Day many times before, only to have these empty promises never come to fruition!) There are also two casino projects planned for Monroe County, which may be a boon or a burden, depending on your perspective. We'll have more entertainment options, but the tourist impact will spread further away into more "rural" parts of the county, possibly promoting sprawl in even MORE areas.

As far as crime is concerned, Monroe County has become a true hotbed for gang/drug activity from NYC/NJ/Philly, but it's basically just scumbags murdering other scumbags; the average person shouldn't have to cower in fear. Housing prices here are less expensive than NYC/NJ/Philly, but much more expensive than nearby Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Actually, if your job relocation will be in the Stroudsburg area, I'd highly-recommend that you scope out the Moscow/North Pocono area of Lackawanna County. You'd still be about two hours from NYC, but you're a half-hour away from Stroudsburg with its associated congestion/crime issues. You'd also be 20-25 minutes from malls and "big-box" conveniences in Scranton, as well as 15-20 minutes from "The Crossings Outlets."

Fair warning though; the weather here SUCKS! Just look at my photo threads to see that our forecast is often "cloudy with a chance of cloudier!" LOL! This morning's lows were in the 20s, and Buffalo, just five hours away, is digging out from two feet of snow! That will be heading our way in a few weeks I'm sure; I still remember trick-or-treating with snow boots on growing up! LOL!

Best of luck!!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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I hate to bring up an old thread, but i'll do it anyway. The last post was made in October 2006, and since then, I haven't seen too many white-collar jobs open up. The Poconos is a landfill of hardass-wannabe thugs that eternally live with their parents and brag that they got their G.E.D. The weather sucks half the year, and there's many late-night losers that make the weekends dangerous, unless you're a settled-down family person that stays inside after 9.

There really IS a lot of influx of gang activity. Recently, my friend's vehicle was vandalized by some little **** that called himself "Swoop," and then wrote BX (meaning Bronx). It's depressing, and I'm really trying to consider a better ideal area to work in.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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Stroudsburg is not @ all what it used to be..sorry to say....
Gangs, home invasions, drugs....I'd look elsewhere...just read the Pocono Record..you'll see..it has gone from light to DARK....
I lived there for the last 10 years and we just moved to the midwest....you may want to consider the same....
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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I agree with some of the above, and I'd recommend a town "south" of there like Sciota, Saylorsburg, Brodheadsville, Kunkletown, or such..........and you'd still have the areas you need to head to.
I must say, in retrospect, that today I traveled through the downtown of Stroudsburg.
It is the "first" time I saw this amazing improvement going on.
Some of the storefronts have new "faces"........lots of brick, and the cuteist lights coming out from the center.
There was a lot of active improvement going on, but as usual...........we traveled through the town all to fast.
Not that fast that I didn't see a Starbucks in right, dead center!!!
I really think they are working on a more classy environment......I was so pleasantly surprised.
However, there has to be big time control of the city crew who immigrated to the area.
Hubby was reading me something about the Guardian Angels in training in Stroudsburg........Hurray.......If it gets known as a safe place to be, it can become that.
I believe
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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I believe, too, Summering. It takes active involvement in our communities to make them clean, safe, and worth living in.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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Gangs are getting worse around the Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg area. I know people who got jumped at the myplace bar /mullers diner. The dj from mirage entertainment, bouncer and others jumped a small group of people. It turned into a gang bar fight and sixteen fighting a few people isn't exactly fair. These gangs are into organized crime and have organized businesses to continue their crime. Sorry to burst the bubble.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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This is a really old thread. Not sure why it was bumped up.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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This is a really old thread. Not sure why it was bumped up.
This Albert999 guy responded with the same post to a couple of ancient threads. Seems to have a problem with a fight at a bar...
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:21 AM
 
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Hi,

My family have a plan to move to East Stroudsburg, PA city. Is this city safe and good for 2 small kids (5 and 6)? How about the education system? Is it good in this city? Unfortunately, I did not find any good information about the crime rate, house renting price and demographic or nation information. Does anybody know this information? If so, could you please give me this information.

Thanks,
Istvan
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