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Old 05-03-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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I have commuted from a-town to philly for a previous job...the problem is 76...you may get there in as little as 70 minutes or it may honestly take as long as 2.5 hours....the problem is it is very inconsistent.....doylestown and conshy are nice but I would maybe look into new hope.
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:40 AM
 
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No way you can live in Philly and commute to Allentown. That would be horrendous.

I'd look at something closer to Philly off the Northeast Extension, like Lansdale. That way, you've got an easy Turnpike commute to work, plus you're close to family and the city, with all it has to offer.

As far as Bethlehem is concerned, where are you moving from? If you are moving from a small rural town, then maybe Bethlehem would be fine. I don't want to denigrate it, because I haven't been there in years. That says something in itself. I do know my 85-year-old uncle loved going to the casino there. As far as I know, it's not known as a hot-spot for 20-somethings. At your age, if you are new to the Philly area, you should move as close as you can to the city so you can really experience it while you're young....without a 60-mile drive.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Actually, since there are two colleges (Lehigh and Moravian) right in Bethlehem gives it quite a youthful vibe, much moreso then Lansdale or Conshohocken. Several of the friends my kids graduated HS with moved to Bethlehem after coming back to the area after college. It's definitely THE place to live in the Lehigh Valley.

Bethlehem is a very nice small city with lot's to do and it's within easy driving range of skiing, an hour and 15 minutes from NYC and an hour from Philadelphia.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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I've seen a lot of 20-somethings walking around Bethlehem, and not just around the colleges. maybe it's not manayunk, but seems like it would be a decent place to live. in any event, i'm not sure the other places are better enough to justify the additional commute. if you live in a town closer to philly, you'd just be doing it to have easier access to philly on weekends. i'd check out all these different places and figure out what's most important to you.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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How about Manayunk? It has the social scene you want, is close to your family and center city.
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It cuts out the worse part of the commute (center city) and you could get to Allentown in about 90 minutes or less depending on traffic.
Most of your commute will be on the Northeast extension of the turnpike, which isn't that bad once you get past lansdale.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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I think it is going to be between Conshohocken and Bethlehem at this point.

I really want to be close to my brothers and the city and, because I do not have to go into an office every day (work from home), I would not be opposed to the commute. It would be more about scheduling efficiently to avoid traffic as best as possible to get to appointments.

Bethlehem is intriguing though, especially being essentially an hour from NYC and Philly. Also, cheaper rent, what appears to be a lively downtown area, colleges, music scene, etc etc all appeal to me.

I will likely be back in PA next week and will have an opportunity to see both Conshohocken and Bethlehem so that will certainly help with the decision.

Thanks all for your input!!
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:26 PM
 
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I think my post was somewhat misinterpreted. I did not mean there are no 20-somethings in the town of Bethlehem. I meant that I haven't heard 20-somethings wanting to move to Bethlehem as a destination in itself -- they flock mostly to Old City (Phila.), Manayunk and Conshohocken. Bethlehem might be a fun place, but it's not close to Philly and don't count on getting there in an hour (it's 60 miles and listed as a hour and 20 mins. on Mapquest). It will be a hassle seeing your family and getting to the city or even the suburbs of the city. My suggestion of Lansdale (or that area) was so that you could avoid the traffic at the Mid-County interchange on your daily commute, but still be close to the city and your fam. Conshy's in a great location, but not particularly if you're commuting to Allentown. It's up to you and your priorities, of course...whether you're a small-town kind of person or want to be closer to a metropolitan area. But I am unabashedly a Philly homer, and want everyone (especially a young person) to experience the spirit and vibrancy of my hometown and the Delaware Valley area. Seeing that awesome skyline come into view from the Schuylkill Expressway gets me every time. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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Originally Posted by philly2sddude View Post
I have commuted from a-town to philly for a previous job...the problem is 76...you may get there in as little as 70 minutes or it may honestly take as long as 2.5 hours....the problem is it is very inconsistent.....doylestown and conshy are nice but I would maybe look into new hope.
IT'S A MIRACLE THE COMMUTE IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! click here Susquehanna Trailways Philadelphia Routes (http://www.susquehannabus.com/philadelphia.html - broken link) a morning bus directly to allentown and an afternoon night one back WHO KNEW?? I really am the bus master
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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Oh, I didn't know a bus made a difference. Bieber bus goes to and from Philly too Bieber Tourways - Search Results, but it's pretty darn expensive. And the times aren't really right for commuting.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Oh, I didn't know a bus made a difference. Bieber bus goes to and from Philly too Bieber Tourways - Search Results, but it's pretty darn expensive. And the times aren't really right for commuting.
Susquehanna Trailways (http://www.susquehannabus.com/philadelphia.html - broken link)has a better schedule for commuting than bieber!!! due to earlier philly departure. And later allentown departure.
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