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Old 03-13-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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What's good there? I've eaten at The Avenue deli (Awesome food) and the Empire Diner (Awesome selection, the bakery looks good too). Whats the best pizza delivery? Is the community pool any good? How do you like living in the area? Is it loud? Are the school kids a pain? Are your neighbors sketchy? I'm just on the other side of the creek now renting in Aldan/Upper Darby and I like it, just wish the houses had bigger yards, maybe some historic character, and more community engagement and local shops to check out. Lansdowne seems to offer a lot towards this; unique, bikable, and transit rich.

House prices are down from the bubble, but up over the last decade. The schools aren't a concern for me other than being a tax sink- I feel like if the state corrected funding issues, the place would take off. Whay do y'all think of the area? Have you lived there long? Are taxes and home values hurting/helping your situation? What would you change if you could? What would you like to see stay the same?

For my money right now, the homes are affordable, the people are nice, it's on the R3 and the commute to Suburban Station is 15-20minutes. Seems like a quiet, low hassle suburb.

Any advice on home buying/living in/moving to the area?

Thanks in advance for your insights.


Edit: Just saw this post on section 8:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/phila...w-relates.html

Is that a real concern for you?
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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Lansdowne is nice...I like that it's dry...meaning no bars. generally safe.

It's just, you know, the kids from Penn Wood and Upper Darby High School....probably 5% really live in West Philly.

I'm from South Philly, so I'm a snob when it comes to Pizza and Cheesesteaks.

but Acropolis Pizza makes pretty good pizza, honestly. their cheesesteaks are crap, but their pizza is very good.

it's generally safe. I walk my dog at like 2am.


I moved here back in 2007, and the one thing that I noticed is that the phenomenon known as White Flight is REAL. I don't know where they're going. Maybe I should follow them. LOLZ

would be nice if the people moving in would maybe buy a bag of weed killer and spread it on their lawns maybe once a year...
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:01 PM
 
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Asking around, I've also heard Colonial Pizza, Pica in UD, and Marathon are good spots nearby. Would you take Acropolis over these for pizza or stromboli?

If it helps, we're white so maybe you'll net zero on new neighbors demographically. Renting in Aldan/Upper Darby we've had school officials contact us twice to confirm whether someone's children lived here (they don't). Was strange at first until we realized it's a dodge. The house was vacant for a bit before we moved in and the kids were apparently checking the mail periodically for address confirmations from the school district. Had no idea that this was a thing.

Do a lot of people walk their dogs at 2am then?


edit: I saw some threads linked at the bottom of the page from 2006 where they respond that Lansdowne is going downhill. You've been there 9 years, what do you think, downhill?
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:02 AM
 
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Lansdowne is one of those places that's an absolute steal if you aren't concerned about the school district. Much of it is a pretty nice place to live with some very interesting houses.


I agree that one way or another the funding issue with the school district will be corrected- if the state assembly doesn't willingly address the problem they will likely be forced to by the new democratic majority in the state supreme court. There's a lawsuit pending on behalf of six school districts including WPSD, with Philadelphia school district filing a "friend of court" brief in support.

City files 'friend of court' brief in school funding lawsuit




City parents sneaking their kids into WPSD, UDSD, and SEDSC with fake addresses is a known thing, but not something to worry about. It's a financial drain on the district, but that's about it.

Like the rest of the inner ring delco burbs, the section 8 thing is an issue- but there's already a gigantic thread on that, no need to beat that horse any more than it has been.

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Old 03-16-2016, 09:48 AM
 
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I used to live in East Lansdowne. right off Baltimore Ave. Long lane pizza is good. Love their cheesesteaks. also best quality pizza right off Wycombe. I plan on moving back to the area but i might be done with delaware county. Hopefully i can move to Montgomery
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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I used to live in East Lansdowne. right off Baltimore Ave. Long lane pizza is good. Love their cheesesteaks. also best quality pizza right off Wycombe. I plan on moving back to the area but i might be done with delaware county. Hopefully i can move to Montgomery
Why would you want to live in Montgomery over Delaware County?

There's a Best Quality Pizza on Springfield that makes a decent pan pizza. Didn't realize they had a chain.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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I agree that one way or another the funding issue with the school district will be corrected- if the state assembly doesn't willingly address the problem they will likely be forced to by the new democratic majority in the state supreme court. There's a lawsuit pending on behalf of six school districts including WPSD, with Philadelphia school district filing a "friend of court" brief in support.
I'm going to be optimistic and hope that this one gains traction. Thanks for the link.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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Why would you want to live in Montgomery over Delaware County?

There's a Best Quality Pizza on Springfield that makes a decent pan pizza. Didn't realize they had a chain.
one of those been there done that type of deal. Lansdowne, upper darby, Clifton Heights are pretty much all the safe. Better school districts in MOntgomery as well. Not interested in living in Media or springfield
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Old 03-16-2016, 09:55 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Not quite in Lansdowne ... a little east on Baltimore Pike in Yeadon is Mr. Wings, which in my opinion has the BEST chicken wings in the area.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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Not quite in Lansdowne ... a little east on Baltimore Pike in Yeadon is Mr. Wing which in my opinion has the BEST chicken wings in the area.
There's also a Peruvian chicken spot in in Upper Darby called Inka Wall that I hear is THE BEST in the area.

What's a good grocery store? Does everyone just shop the Giant on Baltimore?
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