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Old 09-06-2010, 08:23 PM
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If you started at The Point Water Fountain, and drew four triangles...one going northwest, one going southeast, one going southwest, and one going northeast, and you had to claim the average looks/income/crime/city/suburbs/rural scenery/etc, of each triangle all the way until they hit the border of Allegheny County...

...how would you rank greater Pittsburgh's 4 quadrants?

(Example: northwest quadrant would contain sewickely, wexford, but also
contain avalon, aliquippa)....(southwest quadrant would contain bridgeville, but also contain mckees rocks, etc)

Rank them 1 to 4...1 being overall the nicest quadrant, 4 being overall, the nastiest quadrant.

I think this will be a helpful thread for all those people who are moving to pittsburgh and basing where to live on more of a general radius of possibilities in their area rather than a specific suburb (for example, murrysville is a pretty nice suburb, but traffic to the city is a nightmare, it's no man's land any further east, etc).

Have at it.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:38 PM
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I'm going to argue this question doesn't really make much sense in Pittsburgh and attempts at answer won't actually be of much help to people. To the extent we have regions, they are defined by things like winding river valleys and the spaces between them, and they don't line up with quadrants as defined (I mean you have two quadrants bisecting the East End--that just doesn't make sense). And each major region is a hodge-podge with tons of local variation anyway, so taking an "average" has nothing in particular to do with what you would experience on a local level.

Of course it would be nice for newcomers, at least in some respects, if the Pittsburgh region was easier to paint in such broad brush strokes. But for good or ill it isn't, and you are just going to be deceiving people by pretending otherwise.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:10 AM
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1. Northeast quad
2. Southwest quad
3. Northwest quad
4. Southeast quad
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:24 AM
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Murrysville and Alliquippa aren't in Allegheny County...
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:47 PM
Location: S.W.PA
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Each piece of pie would be layered with nice and nasty portions. That said some of my favorite parts are in the NW quad and the NE quad.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh
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I would rank them like this.

1. Northeast quad
2. Southeast quad
3. Northwest quad
4. Southwest quad

The top two contain Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods plus the South Side. I am big on the city despite living in the burbs. The western quads would be predominatly suburban, which may appeal to some. The northeast quad is going to include Fox Chapel, Ross, McCandless, Shaler, O"Hara, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, and others.

Where will Oakand, Squirrel Hill, The Hill District, East Liberty be, northeast or southeast? Anyway, I like the eastern quads for sure. They also contain, Kennywood, Sandcastle and the Waterfront.

All quads have crime and desirable and undesirable neighborhoods.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:38 AM
Location: Hempfield Twp
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I agree with sr1234's list, as far as "niceness."

If I wanted open space and property of my own and didn't care how close I was to the city or a mall (as close to the edge of the CO line as possible), it would be:
1. Northwest
2. Southeast
3. Northeast
4. Southwest
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