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Old 04-06-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Wilkinsburg is not far for PITT students -- the express bus way runs right through Wilkinsburg and you can get to Oakland in about 7 minutes on a bus.

In addition, Wilkinsburg is perfectly SAFE...for ANYBODY. I've lived here for 5 years and have NEVER had a problem. The problems DO lie in the drugging and the kids, but if you don't associate with them, you're unlikely to have a problem.

Wilkinsburg is a neighborhood, unlike Oakland, where people come together and look out for one another, and in that sense it is much safer than Oakland.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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As another Park Place resident, I agree with what people like Brian and Squarian are saying. In the end it's up to what you and your daughter and her friends and friends' parents are comfortable with. It's a very diverse area, both in terms of class and race, and some people are not used to that and have a difficult time handling it. But safety-wise, the normal common-sense rules apply. I'm not going to say that they would be immune to any and all crimes while living there, but in 20 years of living in this area, I've had one bike stolen and one car broken into (and it was a 15-year-old car that was clearly on its last legs, more often the target for low-level car thieves than nicer, newer vehicles). Not bad odds.

I will say that the biggest problem with this location is not the safety of it, but the relative remoteness of it. It's a 10-15 minute walk to Forbes and Braddock or the Hamnett St. Busway stop, plus the Regent Square business district is a hike from there. GetGo and the Wood St. businesses would do in a pinch for essentials, they're not really places to hang out. As Barneyg mentioned, affordable rentals can usually be found in the Regent Square area of Wilkinsburg, within minutes of the Braddock Ave. businesses and 61B bus to Oakland, plus the proximity to Frick Park. In short, I would sacrifice living in an actual house for the better location, but that's just me.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:30 PM
 
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According to that map the area in question is on the border between Greater Park Place ("good") and Peebles Square ("in transition"), and that is a fair enough description.
What do you mean by "in transition"? Are those parts transitioning from "good" to "in decline" or the other way around?

I was looking into the areas of Kelly West and Peebles Square. Are those in decline?
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:44 PM
 
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What do you mean by "in transition"? Are those parts transitioning from "good" to "in decline" or the other way around?

I was looking into the areas of Kelly West and Peebles Square. Are those in decline?

They are considered to be transitioning form "in decline" to "good". Both areas are mostly poor and working class minorities. There is some crime, but it's mostly property crime.

If the place on Lamar you mentioned in another thread, is near the Hay Recreation Area, than that would be a much nicer area.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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They are considered to be transitioning form "in decline" to "good". Both areas are mostly poor and working class minorities. There is some crime, but it's mostly property crime.

If the place on Lamar you mentioned in another thread, is near the Hay Recreation Area, than that would be a much nicer area.
Yes, I am inquiring about that area in the other post. But according to maps that other people (see link below) have been posting in CD, that block of Lamar (4th block) is either in Kelly West or Peebles Square. But you said that in those areas live poor people and that there is property crime. Are you sure it's a nice area?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/17641643-post7.html

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Old 06-05-2011, 12:40 AM
 
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Yes, I am inquiring about that area in the other post. But according to maps that other people (see link below) have been posting in CD, that block of Lamar (4th block) is either in Kelly West or Peebles Square. But you said that in those areas live poor people and that there is property crime. Are you sure it's a nice area?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/17641643-post7.html
Wilkinsburg is an area that's more of place to discover yourself and draw your own opinions. The urban pioneer types on here will say it's fine and the old time Pittsburghers will say it's a bad area (and they'll both say the other side doesn't know what they're talking about). My advice would be to spend some time in the area itself and see how you like it personally.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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Wilkinsburg is an area that's more of place to discover yourself and draw your own opinions. The urban pioneer types on here will say it's fine and the old time Pittsburghers will say it's a bad area (and they'll both say the other side doesn't know what they're talking about). My advice would be to spend some time in the area itself and see how you like it personally.
I know that a big part of Wilkinsburg is full of crime. The part I am inquiring about is very close to Regent Square (RS). It's advertised as RS, but I am sure it's not. I am not looking for an overall assessment of Wilkinsburg, just of the neighborhoods that I read are not in decline and that are close to RS.

Hope that helps to clarify what I am asking about (which does not seem to be what you are replying to)
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:08 AM
 
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Yes, I am inquiring about that area in the other post. But according to maps that other people (see link below) have been posting in CD, that block of Lamar (4th block) is either in Kelly West or Peebles Square. But you said that in those areas live poor people and that there is property crime. Are you sure it's a nice area?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/17641643-post7.html
It is a little hard to see in that map, but the border between Whitney Park and Kelly West in that map is Biddle, so Lamar is in Whitney Park.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:11 AM
 
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The urban pioneer types on here will say it's fine and the old time Pittsburghers will say it's a bad area (and they'll both say the other side doesn't know what they're talking about).
Actually, the people who in fact live there will tell you that Wilkinsburg has a lot of different parts and so can't be described in any one way.

You don't need to be an urban pioneer type to live in the Regent Square part of Wilkinsburg. And that is also true of Whitney Park.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:13 AM
 
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I know that a big part of Wilkinsburg is full of crime. The part I am inquiring about is very close to Regent Square (RS). It's advertised as RS, but I am sure it's not. I am not looking for an overall assessment of Wilkinsburg, just of the neighborhoods that I read are not in decline and that are close to RS. Hope that helps to clarify what I am asking about (which does not seem to be what you are replying to)
You are approaching this in the right way--overall impressions of Wilkinsburg aren't going to help you (or anyone else for that matter). But give those of us who live in the area a specific block, and we can likely tell you something helpful.
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