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Old 07-19-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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We have been looking into a possible move to Hazelwood, Glen Hazel area. Actually the house is on Langhorn Street and the zip is 15207. Is this a safe area? Currently we are living in the Shaler area and it is very peaceful and very nice here! Not to sure of that area though. I have heard horror stories about Hazelwood. I don't want to live in a neighborhood where I have to worry about my car getting stolen, or drive-by shotting. Thanks for the help
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Not sure about Glen Hazel but I consider it a definite downgrade to move from Shaler to Hazelwood. If you are trying to find a nice place in the city limits there are much better neighborhoods to choose from.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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I expected it to be a downgrade but I guess I wasn't sure how much of a downgrade. The crime stats in that area are a little scary. Maybe staying in the Shaler area is a better idea. Thanks for the input
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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It's a pretty bad area, and IMHO not heading anywhere good.

Shaler might not be the flashiest place in the world but it generally seems safe and family friendly.

I would not make the transition, especially if you have kids.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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Have you looked at Greenfield? Right around the corner and a bit safer .
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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i drive through hazelwood every day and the neighborhood id a dump. crackhouses, empty lots, borded up buildings. now the city tore a bunch of stuff down but they could prob level the whole 2nd ave corridor. and glen hazel is under water every time it rains.
stay in the suburbs
taxes are 3 times cheaper and way more nicer.
and ley us not forget the fine job the city does on pothole patching and snow removal.
greenfield is nice but still in the city
and slowly crumbling with hazelwood right next door.
of course sq hill and pt breese are nice but again still in the city and right next door to homewood and e. liberty
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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Hazelwood is basically waiting around for the LTV site to be redeveloped--and who knows when that will actually happen.

Greenfield, on the other hand, is starting to attract young families who want proximity to Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and/or Downtown, with Squirrel Hill schools, but at a lower price point than Squirrel Hill itself.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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i drive through hazelwood every day and the neighborhood id a dump. crackhouses, empty lots, borded up buildings. now the city tore a bunch of stuff down but they could prob level the whole 2nd ave corridor. and glen hazel is under water every time it rains.
stay in the suburbs
taxes are 3 times cheaper and way more nicer.
and ley us not forget the fine job the city does on pothole patching and snow removal.
greenfield is nice but still in the city
and slowly crumbling with hazelwood right next door.
of course sq hill and pt breese are nice but again still in the city and right next door to homewood and e. liberty
Somehow part of that sentence is wrong, while the other makes no grammatical sense.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Which taxes are "3 times cheaper"? And what does that even mean. Perhaps it would be easier to just list the specific tax and the rate that applies.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Yeah, my simple suggestion is to drive around Hazelwood to see what you're getting into. I of course am not one to quickly label ANY area as a ghetto, but I can say with certainty that Hazelwood's best days are behind it. It would appear that it will remain stagnant until the much-advertised LTV site redevelopment that Brian was talking about gets done, but again that could be another decade+ in the pipeline.

I remain convinced that anyone coming from "suburbia" would not be happy in Hazelwood. That doesn't mean however, that Hazelwood is unlivable. I just think it's certainly not for everyone.

Similarly, I would suggest looking in Greenfield, Squirrel Hill South, Regent Square, and Edgewood/Swissvale for much more reasonable city neighborhoods that aren't necessarily expensive.
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