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Old 01-26-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Ok, so I'm not trying to be a gentrifier here. But we are (currently) lower income white folks looking to buy a home in West Philly. So, our budget has us looking around 52nd st and west...I'm seeing lots of homes under 100K. Is this because they are crappy drug infested neighborhoods? Or just under valued because they are old school african american blocks?

I guess my question is-
Is west philly, west of 52nd, south of market, safe for us?

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Old 01-26-2012, 07:35 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Ok, so I'm not trying to be a gentrifier here. But we are (currently) lower income white folks looking to buy a home in West Philly. So, our budget has us looking around 52nd st and west...I'm seeing lots of homes under 100K. Is this because they are crappy drug infested neighborhoods? Or just under valued because they are old school african american blocks?

I guess my question is-
Is west philly, west of 52nd, south of market, safe for us?

52nd street is the ghetto high crime section of philadelphia. The nicer and low crime areas of west philly are below 45th street.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Ok, so I'm not trying to be a gentrifier here. But we are (currently) lower income white folks looking to buy a home in West Philly. So, our budget has us looking around 52nd st and west...I'm seeing lots of homes under 100K. Is this because they are crappy drug infested neighborhoods? Or just under valued because they are old school african american blocks?

I guess my question is-
Is west philly, west of 52nd, south of market, safe for us?
You are crazy for wanting to move there. Stay east of 46th St.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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^^^Things have changed, and I don't think you need to be east of 45th or 46th street. West of 52nd might be pushing it, but nowadays I think it's gotten nice at least out to 50th St in places, especially moreso South of Spruce St, closer to Baltimore Ave, in Cedar Park.
For example,
The Gold Standard Cafe is at 48th & Baltimore
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and Dock Street Brewhouse and Firehouse bikes are both at 50th and Baltimore.

Not exactly the hood when you see yuppies eating brunch at sidewalk tables.

Things are changing, but it's still spotty, and it really depends on the block around there. You really just have to check it out and get a feel for things.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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If you already have experience interacting with lower-income/working-class black folks on a regular basis, then you might actually be alright. If not, it will be a learning experience for you and your neighbors.

52nd St between Market and Pine Sts. is the "downtown" of West Philly with businesses that cater primarily to the above demographic.

I would say that the area you're looking at can be a block-by-block situation, although the undervaluing may more due to your second scenario than your first.

The blocks surrounding Malcolm X Park and for a couple blocks east feature a lot of stable African-American homeowners. I've never been crazy about the apartments that line the 4800-4900 blocks of Pine Street, however.

As rotodome said Gentrifiers/trailblazers are indeed making their way from University City although they may not have made the jump over 52nd St (save some "starving artists") so not everyone may be happy to see you. Above-average street wisdom and investment in home security may be useful.

In short, you may be taking a risk on at least some level. Life experience with similar neighborhoods and neighbors will help minimize it.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the update TVGuy and Darbarian.
I know for a fact it's okay out to 50th, it's the west end of Malcolm X park I'm questioning. I currently live near 49th and Springfield so I'm familiar with that area, but not an expert.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Thanks for the update TVGuy and Darbarian.
I know for a fact it's okay out to 50th, it's the west end of Malcolm X park I'm questioning. I currently live near 49th and Springfield so I'm familiar with that area, but not an expert.
Ah, well with the information that you already lived not very far from where you're considering, that could have helped answers become more focused. You've probably ventured further south and west of where you are on occasion. If you're comfortable with that experience, then it won't be as much of an adjustment at your prospective location.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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52nd street is the ghetto high crime section of philadelphia. The nicer and low crime areas of west philly are below 45th street.
And how exactly does one get below 45th street? The sewer?
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Try to stay east of 50th Street. The character of the neighborhood starts changing dramatically west of 50th. However if places are too expensive, then I would say the "corridor" between 50th and 52nd is worth considering.

Personally, I would never live west of 52nd. It is rough. It is "the 'hood" ...
Maybe not a terrible war zone like parts of North Philly, Kensington, or Strawberry Mansion ... but an area with urban problems.

I've been telling people about an area I call "West Powelton Village" near Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Predominantly African-American and a bit more 'blue-collar' than University City, but it is a tidy charming little neighborhood that is better maintained than other areas north and west of it.
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Old 02-25-2018, 02:38 AM
 
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Try to stay east of 50th Street. The character of the neighborhood starts changing dramatically west of 50th. However if places are too expensive, then I would say the "corridor" between 50th and 52nd is worth considering.

Personally, I would never live west of 52nd. It is rough. It is "the 'hood" ...
Maybe not a terrible war zone like parts of North Philly, Kensington, or Strawberry Mansion ... but an area with urban problems.

I've been telling people about an area I call "West Powelton Village" near Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Predominantly African-American and a bit more 'blue-collar' than University City, but it is a tidy charming little neighborhood that is better maintained than other areas north and west of it.
West Philly turns from nice to hood pretty quickly between 50th and 52nd. I'd avoid.
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