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Old 01-08-2009, 05:56 AM
 
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We are considering PA as our retirement state, and was wondering if there are any walkable Cities,Towns, or Villages that we should consider.

We want to be able to walk to the coffee houses, restaurants, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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You may wish to scope out the following:

Bloomsburg Photo Tour
Hawley Photo Tour
Historic Bethlehem Photo Tour
Northeastern Pennsylvania Photo Tour: PART THREE (Honesdale)
Jim Thorpe Photo Tour
Kingston Photo Tour
Lewisburg Photo Tour
Towanda Photo Tour
Montrose Photo Tour
Northeastern Pennsylvania Photo Tour: PART TWO (Tunkhannock)
Wellsboro Photo Tour
Garden Village Photo Tour (West Pittston)

Other communities to consider that I have yet to photograph include Ligonier, Lititz, Bellefonte, New Hope, Danville, Doylestown, Swarthmore, Gettysburg, Carlisle, and St. Mary's, amongst others.

Hope this helps a bit, and welcome in advance to Pennsylvania!

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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huntingdon is a nice, small town with a walkable downtown area
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Even for "larger" places you may like Bethlehem, Scranton, State College, or even parts of Pittsburgh like Shadyside or Squirrel Hill. State College is your typical big college town with ethnic restaurants out the wazoo, independent theaters, a pleasant, walkable downtown area, etc., but traffic can be IMMENSE during home game weekends with PSU. Scranton has been on a steady rebound since around 2000, and with the continued expansion of the University of Scranton, opening of a new medical college next year, and a slew of mixed-use projects occurring downtown it should be one of PA's best-kept secrets by the mid-2010s. Bethlehem has done a very successful job revitalizing itself with a touristy North Side with gift shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques, etc. and a more "trendy" South Side with bars, lofts, and a casino. The eastern reaches of Pittsburgh offer two beautiful (yet expensive) neighborhoods known as Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, with Shadyside being a bit costlier. Pittsburgh is an amazing city though and feels honestly like a large network of neighborhoods more so than just a large city unit.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Try looking up areas on Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address

Some areas I'm familiar with:

Newtown - 94 out of 100: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

New Hope - 100 out of 100: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

Hatboro - 83 out of 100: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

Willow Grove - 83 out of 100: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

West Chester - 91 out of 100: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

West Chester can be a bit of a student area though, due to the University, and I'm not sure that's what a retired couple is looking for. Someone else mentioned State College, which would also be very walkable but due to Penn State, it is a very big student area.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:07 AM
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Location: Lancaster County, PA
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We are considering PA as our retirement state, and was wondering if there are any walkable Cities,Towns, or Villages that we should consider.

We want to be able to walk to the coffee houses, restaurants, etc.

Thanks!
Although I don't care for the people here, Lititz is a great walkable town. There's a variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and shops to visit. Lititz Spring Park is a wonderful place to spend a day. Lititz is very safe and clean. Welcome to Pennsylvania!
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:08 PM
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Location: Selinsgrove, PA
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And I'll chime in, as usual, for Selinsgrove. There's also Lewisburg. Both have lovely downtowns with coffee shops, restaurants, specialty stores. Lewisburg has a theater and Selinsgrove has a library.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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In the Harrisburg area you have (in order of nicest, most amenities) Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Carlisle, Hummelstown, Hershey, Middletown Lemoyne and Palmyra. Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill and Carlisle are all pretty hot spots for retirement.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Yeah
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You may wish to scope out the following:

Bloomsburg Photo Tour
Hawley Photo Tour
Historic Bethlehem Photo Tour
Northeastern Pennsylvania Photo Tour: PART THREE (Honesdale)
Jim Thorpe Photo Tour
Kingston Photo Tour
Lewisburg Photo Tour
Towanda Photo Tour
Montrose Photo Tour
Northeastern Pennsylvania Photo Tour: PART TWO (Tunkhannock)
Wellsboro Photo Tour
Garden Village Photo Tour (West Pittston)

Other communities to consider that I have yet to photograph include Ligonier, Lititz, Bellefonte, New Hope, Danville, Doylestown, Swarthmore, Gettysburg, Carlisle, and St. Mary's, amongst others.

Hope this helps a bit, and welcome in advance to Pennsylvania!
I can attest to Jim Thorpe and Wellsboro, and I although I love Wellsboro with all my heart, Jim Thorpe would win hands down. There is just much more to do, closer to a lot more where as Wellsboro is more secluded.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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In the Harrisburg area you have (in order of nicest, most amenities) Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Carlisle, Hummelstown, Hershey, Middletown Lemoyne and Palmyra. Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill and Carlisle are all pretty hot spots for retirement.
What about Harrisburg? Is Harrisburg not walkable? What about all those real estate listings for new construction and rehabs that are trying to sell the properties to 'downsizers' and 'empty nesters', as well as yuppies looking for starter homes? Is there some kind of age segregation thing going on in town?

I can understand that if people have to get up early for work or school they wouldn't appreciate some financially independent boomer blaring Smoke on the Water (or in my case the Ring Cycle) out the window at 4AM. So, what's the story?
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