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Old 05-17-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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west of front st south of berks and really norris sq is cleaning up nicely. perhaps the relative health of tioga is more a reflection of just how bad the rest of the el stops are. i use that stop irregularly and havent had a problem. im on foot. other passengers look like they have jobs or with families.still this is that slumlord from port richmlnds territory, robert coyle. i used the somerset stop once and that was enough...and i go just about anywhere
Yep, modern low income housing IS an improvement for Norris Square.

Only three reasons to get off @Somerset: You live there. Dope. Hookers.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Yep, modern low income housing IS an improvement for Norris Square.

Only three reasons to get off @Somerset: You live there. Dope. Hookers.
south kensington is seeing investment even if Pat Dicarlo is fighting it
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:27 AM
 
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south kensington is seeing investment even if Pat Dicarlo is fighting it
Who's Pat DiCarlo?
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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Pat DiCarlo is head of the Norris Square Civic Association.

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Last edited by FindingZen; 05-18-2014 at 02:42 PM.. Reason: Competing site.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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I wouldn't live there if I didn't have to. The gentrified parts are more costly than the "affordable" areas.

However, if you could handle Detroit, you might make out OK, although, like the OP alluded, there are differences between Mexican and Dominican, etc.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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Sorry moderator Tone509. I meant to post this article from Philly.com which was on the competing site thread.

Love the term "gentry" being used........HAHA

Neighbors Can't Abide Gentry Norris Square Launches Drive To Keep Yuppies, Speculators Out - Philly.com
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:46 PM
 
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Sorry moderator Tone509. I meant to post this article from Philly.com which was on the competing site thread.

Love the term "gentry" being used........HAHA

Neighbors Can't Abide Gentry Norris Square Launches Drive To Keep Yuppies, Speculators Out - Philly.com
25 years ago?!
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/05/05...-teachers.html
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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It's really a block by block kind of thing in the "bad" areas of Kensington. You might get lucky and find a block where neighbors all hold steady employment and really look out for each other (assuming they accept you and you're friendly to them).

But more likely, your neighbors will be heroin users, or worse, drug dealers. Even the "up and coming" areas like Fishtown see a lot of burglaries and muggings. There is a high probability that your place will be burglarized at least once within a few years, probably by (mostly harmless) drug addicts who need money. There's also a decent chance of you being held up too. Maybe not though. But you have to be prepared for this reality.

I know people who stayed in DC and Brooklyn during the cracked out '80's. They withstood burglaries and muggings. Their friends thought they were crazy. Now their homes are worth over a million dollars. I think Kensington's position by the El could eventually drive prices up, just don't expect it to be the next Park Slope or Williamsburg.

Personally, I would never live there. But like I said, if you know what you're getting yourself into, you might get lucky. I mean, thirty years ago, who ever thought Harlem would gentrify?
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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Live in East Kensington here (east of Front, West of Frankford, south of Lehigh Ave)- it is perfectly fine and safe on this side of Front Street. I've been here for three years and hubs for 7 with no problems. There's a great mix of families, young professionals, and long-time residents. New construction is going for nearly $400K- we have come a long way since the 90s.

I am willing to bet none of the other posters actually live there, nor have they set foot in Kensington in at least 10 years. There's some parts that are really bad, but East and South are very nice.
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