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Old 03-05-2010, 09:27 PM
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My fiance' and I are currently looking at buying a home in the Pennsport area of South Philly (Between 3rd and Moyamensing just north of Snyder). We currently rent in Society Hill and love the area but to buy in that area is way out of our price range currently. We have looked all over the city and South Philly seems to have the best affordable housing that isnt in neighborhoods that look totally run down. We are both non philly natives and are concerned about moving into an area we dont know much about. My fiance' will have to take public transportation into Center City for work and we have some concerns about her walking around the neighborhood if it isnt safe or not. How would you guys rate that particular area. I have lived in Suburban areas most of my life and I understand every city will have some elements of crime such as car break ins etc. (Ive had that happen even in Society Hill) But I want to make sure we wont be moving into a dangerous area.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:25 PM
Location: Columbus,Ohio
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Pennsport is a pretty decent area . I lived there for 10 years( 300 block of Dickinson St.) and I never felt unsafe. Just stay east of 4th Street ( west to 8th Street can get pretty sketchy in spots) and you will do fine. The neighborhood is primarily Irish Catholic with some Polish but professionals being priced out of the much more expensive Center City moving in and fixing up homes. The area has some cute cafes and the 2nd Street corridor has several friendly corner bars if you are into that. By the way Pennsport Deli on Moyamensing Ave between Reed and Dickinson Sts. has some really delicious hoagies and sandwiches.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:04 PM
Location: South Philly
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That area is no less safe than Queen Village.

In house hunting we ruled out that neighborhood pretty quickly because there wasn't (still isn't) much going on there and because it would take us forever to get to work. Unless you're working in Society Hill or Old City it means taking the 57 bus (which doesn't run that frequently) and transferring in Old City or taking the 79 or 29 to the Broad St. subway.

Personally, I'd be looking between 9th & Broad in the Passyunk Square, EPX or LoMo or around 15th/16th in Newbold - two blocks on either side of Snyder.

East Passyunk Ave. is where it's at in South Philly - Pennsport is nice and all but, IMO, it's not at all convenient.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:36 AM
Location: South Philadelphia
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I agree with solibs, Passyunk Square, EPX, Newbold are all better than Pennsport due to proximity to East Passyunk Ave. Also, I would wait what will happen with the coming casino.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:29 PM
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Default Damn Safe Place

Pennsport is a very safe neighborhood. I've been a Mummer since I was a little boy, so that means that I have to come here several nights a week during the fall to help get our set built, and then I practically live here the week between Christmas and New Years. I've never been threatened; and I'll see little kids playing deadbox or stickball here late in the evening, reminding me that it's a family-friendly area. The neighborhood really seems to stick together, and if anyone was robbing a house and the neighbors heard, they'd be right there to stomp on the thief. People feel perfectly safe reading newspapers or listening to the Phillies in lawn chairs until late at night in the summer. Also, whenever there's some Mummer-related festivity, nobody seems to worry that anyone will be mugged in a dark alley. The revelers wander happily here.
The biggest problem here are the occasional beer-swigging, pot-smoking teenagers, but you can find them all over South Philly, and all over any American suburb, for that matter.
Pennsport is like a village. You'll love it.
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