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Old 03-15-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: chicago, Illinois
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Default Clark park area

Hey there guys! I am moving to Philly in a couple months. Im going to be living in university city about a block away from Clark park. Now, I have visited the area, I really liked, but It was only for about 2 days. I also did some research about the crime in the area, and from what I saw it is relatively safe. But since I am not a local (I'm from the Chicago suburbs), I would love to hear what all of you think about the area. Is it on the rise? Is it trendy? Is it safe!? Anything fun to do? What should I see and what should I avoid? Any information would be great...especially about the safety issue. Thanks everybody!
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I love the Clark Park area. It is very safe and is mostly families living in the area (most of them UPenn/Drexel professors or in the medical field working for UPenn or CHOP). Clark Park was already gentrified... most of the areas around it are currently on the rise as gentrification pushes outward. There are trolleys that run through the area and you are in walking distance to a lot of great things in UCity and you are close to Center City. I would love to live in the area and I'm sure you'll really enjoy it. I would avoid going South passed the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the SEPTA Regional Rail tracks. Squirrel Hill is a nice area but past there and you get to some real seedy areas. I would also avoid going west passed the Cedar Park and Walnut Hill neighborhoods (all these neighborhoods will be listed on Google Maps and all border Clark Park to the South, Southwest and West). You will have no reason to go passed these neighborhoods however. Hope you enjoy your new Philly home and hope this helped I'm jealous of you, I wish I could move to Clark Park
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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also visit www.westphillylocal.com to keep up on news of the area.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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LOL! here we go again!

"IS IT SAFE"
! LOLOL!

Terrified americans! There should be a sticky in every forum titles "IZ IT SAFE? EYEZ SKUURD.."

Christ people!
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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LOL! here we go again!

"IS IT SAFE"
! LOLOL!

Terrified americans! There should be a sticky in every forum titles "IZ IT SAFE? EYEZ SKUURD.."

Christ people!
It's understandable especially for people who are looking to raise a family in the area.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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It's understandable especially for people who are looking to raise a family in the area.
Then MOVE TO SUBURBIA if you want 'safe'...


Philly is PHILLY - at any given point you are surrounded by section-8 people and their subsequent habbits -- this becomes CLEARER later on when you enter your child into the local Philly school-district.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Then MOVE TO SUBURBIA if you want 'safe'...


Philly is PHILLY - at any given point you are surrounded by section-8 people and their subsequent habbits -- this becomes CLEARER later on when you enter your child into the local Philly school-district.
Why should people have to move to suburbia to raise their child? What if they don't want to? What if they want to stay in the city? Saying Philly is Philly is not the answer. Philly is improving every year and as the city improves more the school district will improve. There are good schooling options in the city and as far as higher education goes the only city that might be better is Boston. Instead of discrediting a city and saying how horrible it is how about you work to improve it's problems. Saying Philly's school district can never be fixed is laughable.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Default Aw shucks ...

Wow a thread about me!

You are most welcome!

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Philly is PHILLY - at any given point you are surrounded by section-8 people and their subsequent habbits -- this becomes CLEARER later on when you enter your child into the local Philly school-district.
Umm, well there is no section-8 housing on my block, nor on the block north of me, the block south of me, nor the blocks east or west of me.

Anyway I've met some "section-8 people" who were nicer than some affluent folks on the Main Line ... and that's the truth!
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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And now something for the adults on this thread. I live at 17th and Lombard. I'm moving to 45th and Baltimore in early June. My partner's family owns a house there and we are taking it over. I LOVE Center City. Will I love the Clark Park area?
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