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Old 10-26-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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Any good neighborhood with luxury houses and good schools ?


Any rich people live in reading ?
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Old 10-26-2019, 07:21 PM
 
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Both Reading and Allentown are crapholes. Wyomissing still has some nice neighborhoods but demographic spillover from Reading has driven the crime up and the quality of the schools down. I would not send my child to a public school in either Reading or Wyomissing.
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Old 10-26-2019, 09:20 PM
 
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Crime as bad as Philadelphia?
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:55 AM
 
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Both Reading and Allentown are crapholes. Wyomissing still has some nice neighborhoods but demographic spillover from Reading has driven the crime up and the quality of the schools down. I would not send my child to a public school in either Reading or Wyomissing.
Allentown is NOT a bad place. It's a city in the midst of revitalization. There's a huge arena in the center of town where the Flyers farm team plays and concerts are hosted. There's a brand new market within walking distance of that, there's an opera house, restaurants, a brew pub and coffee shops. It's also the county seat of Lehigh County. True, the schools are not that great but that's partly due to the state funding and every city in the state has similar problems.
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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I wouldn't live there.
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Old 10-28-2019, 04:19 PM
 
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there are many great places to raise kids, and enjoy a nice quality of life in many small towns and townships surrounding the city of Reading. In many ways it's no different that a lot of old, post industrial cities in the northeast. Reading is a rough place, with a huge minority population, and lots of poverty. The county it's in is far from poverty stricken, with a strong business community, and lots of decent housing. Comparing it to Allentown is absurd.

For a bit of background. Both sides of my family were living in Reading, in the first half of the the last century. By the mid-50s, they had pretty much started heading for the burbs, and by the 80s and 90s there were a few elderly holdouts in crap neighborhoods in the city. I now have dozens and dozens of relatives in the area surrounding the city, most of whom are happy, safe and successful. Doubt that any of them would actually move back into Reading though. Really no different than most of the legacy cities of the industrial past in this country.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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Compare to Allentown


Any good neighborhood with luxury houses and good schools ?


Any rich people live in reading ?
I waited for a little bit to see what kind of response this post got - not too much - so here's my take:

I'm not too familiar with Allentown, but in the City of Reading there are good neighborhoods with luxury houses - some homes in Hampden Heights above Albright College and the historical Centre Park District come to mind. https://www.centreparkhistoricdistrict.org/

City of Reading public schools, however, are a work in progress. Slowly getting better. (sigh)

Yes, there are rich people who live in Reading.

If you are looking to relocate to a place with luxury houses AND good schools, any place beyond the Reading Schools would be good to terrific. Wyomissing comes immediately to mind... Best schools in Berks by a recent survey and luxurious housing aplenty and many rich people.

One advisory: Many home addresses are: Reading, PA - But they are not in the city of Reading. They could be Reading, PA 19605 (Muhlenberg Schools), Reading, PA 19606 (Mt. Penn or Exeter schools), Reading, PA 19607 (Shillington or Cumru Township) Reading, PA 19608 (Sinking Spring) or Reading, PA 19609 (Wilson School district), etc.

I lived in East Reading for a few years when I was first married and it was a wonderful, warm neighborhood. Stay away from lowlifes and avoid bad habits, as any city dweller should know, and most of the city is good.
Good Luck finding your home.
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