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Old 06-16-2014, 09:34 PM
 
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yeah i know the tunnels get crazy which is why i liked the idea of living on top of one haha
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:44 PM
 
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:45 PM
 
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she's currently working for planned parenthood in harrisburg and is hoping to transfer to the pittsburgh office - although that is temporary so i guess it's a pretty big unknown unfortunately


Planned parenthood has Moon offices as well.


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Old 06-16-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Do yourself a favor and stay as close to the city as possible. While I generally think I_Like_Spam offers some solid advice, you and your girlfriend will not particularly enjoy living out in a place like Robinson Township in some sort of "gated townhouse community" and driving to IKEA or Best Buy every other week for "fun". I lived this sort of lifestyle in my early-20's when I was fresh out of college and living in the deep suburbs a half-hour outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia. To say it was stifling was an understatement. All of the "young" people around me were in their early-to-mid-30s while I was just fresh out of college. All of the 20-somethings were in DC (or adjacent areas like Arlington or Alexandria in Virginia). I grew up not far north of you (near Wilkes-Barre, PA), and the experience I have now of living IN the city and being able to walk to almost everything within a half-hour is awesome! I'm pushing my late-20's now (hiding wrinkles!), and I wish I had been able to live in the heart of a major city when I was 23! Besides, renting in Robinson or Moon in what will likely be a newer and more updated apartment unit will probably run you roughly the same each month as renting in an older and less updated apartment unit in a city neighborhood like Mt. Washington, which SHOULD be "trendy" but, well, isn't, for some reason.

Mt. Washington is a neighborhood I've always been very fond of. The neighborhood looks aesthetically worse the further "back" you get from the cliff along Grandview Avenue (with the famed skyline views), but the neighborhood overall is extremely safe, even the back portions closer to Boggs Avenue that look seedier. I'd look to live somewhere within walking distance to Virginia Avenue and Shiloh Street, both of which offer enough businesses to meet many basic needs---grocery store, banks, post office, liquor store, a few bars, a couple of pizzeria/restaurants, ice cream parlor, laundromat, coffee shop, etc. You can easily take the Monongahela Incline down the side of the mountain to Station Square, where you can enjoy some of that chain suburban-styled fun (i.e. Hard Rock Cafe, Buca di Beppo, The Melting Pot, etc.). Also from Station Square you can either walk across the Smithfield Street Bridge (a beauty in and of itself) to enjoy Downtown and all of its offerings, or you can board the "T" (light rail) and take that over to the North Shore to enjoy the casino, stadiums, nightlife, Andy Warhol Museum, National Aviary (my personal favorite), etc.

From a commuting standpoint Mt. Washington is the ideal midpoint for you and your girlfriend. She'd probably have a 25-minute door-to-door commute, assuming she walks from your apartment to the incline, takes that down the hillside, and then walks across the Smithfield Street Bridge to Downtown. You'd have about a 25-minute door-to-door commute via car---perhaps closer to 35 minutes in heavy traffic (which is almost unavoidable these days considering how many people now "reverse-commute" to employers near the airport, Southpointe, and in Robinson).

Some streets to consider would be Southern Avenue; Natchez Street; Prospect Street; Belonda Street; Norton Street; Dilworth Street; Boggs Avenue (above, say, Eutaw Street to keep the walk to the incline within about 15 minutes); and surrounding side streets. These streets are "away from the view", which means they'll be within your $800/month budget (assuming for a 1-BR), are safe, and would put you both within a decent commuting range.

P.S. Don't only utilize CraigsList. A lot of local landlords are "old school" technophobes (known colloquially as "yinzers" around here) and just post a black-and-red "FOR RENT" sign in a window with a phone number. If I have some down time over the next few days I'd be more than happy to walk around these areas and see if there are any rental units visible for you.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:15 PM
 
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I used to commute past the airport from mt washington and if you leave before 730 am its less than a 30 min ride. but after 8am can get pretty congested. Getting back into the city between 4pm-6pm can be about an hour and even worse during sporting event days. there are some back ways but it doesnt save much time, just keeps you moving.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Planned parenthood has Moon offices as well.


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Moon doesn't even have a "town center" type of development, does it? At least the suburb I lived within near DC had one of those "live/work/play" developments that made it not quite so sterile or blase for an early-20-something. I don't know why you keep trying to steer them towards Moon. If anything I'd prefer them to be steered somewhere more CENTRALIZED (like Mt. Washington) because if they do want to change careers chances are they may end up working somewhere that's not west of the city, and it would be easier for them to commute to the East End, Cranberry, West Mifflin, etc. from a place like Mt. Washington rather than a place like Moon.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I used to commute past the airport from mt washington and if you leave before 730 am its less than a 30 min ride. but after 8am can get pretty congested. Getting back into the city between 4pm-6pm can be about an hour and even worse during sporting event days. there are some back ways but it doesnt save much time, just keeps you moving.
I just scratch my head when I read about major employers like U.S. Steel contemplating moving all of their workers from Downtown out near the airport. If we're going to be adding thousands of more vehicles onto the Parkway West in the coming years with new jobs moving out that way, and if we're NOT going to spend the money to either widen I-376 OR build a new "T" line, then what will happen to traffic on the Parkway West by, say, 2020?

Last week on my day off I took a spontaneous road trip to check out Weirton, WV. I left during the morning rush. I took Bigelow Boulevard out of Polish Hill, went across the Liberty Bridge, went up P.J. McArdle, went down Merrimac to Woodruff and took 51 a short distance to hop onto I-376 westbound. It was an absolute parking lot all the way to the I-79 split and was slow-moving again near the Campbells Run Road exit in Robinson. Overall traffic only delayed me by about 15 minutes, but will that delay only grow in the coming years?
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:53 PM
 
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Bridgeville is a nice area. There is a small nightlife on the main strip. Public works keeps the roads clean, easy commute to airport, there is a planned parenthood in bridgeville. Also not a bad commute into town.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:36 AM
 
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wow everyone, thanks so much for your input! I should have made this thread earlier...

i think i've made my decision that mt washington is the place for us! i'll pm you steelcity when i hit 10 posts -- i really appreciate your willingness to help.

i'm working on making a color-coded map of the area based on the good and bad areas and key points of interest (yes, i'm an engineer lol...) for when we visit. so excited to explore the area!
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:38 AM
 
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I used to commute past the airport from mt washington and if you leave before 730 am its less than a 30 min ride. but after 8am can get pretty congested. Getting back into the city between 4pm-6pm can be about an hour and even worse during sporting event days. there are some back ways but it doesnt save much time, just keeps you moving.
wow that's a pretty rough return commute. i'm not sure what my exact hours will be yet, but i was thinking of going to the gym (hopefully i can find a decent one) out by work so that would push my commute home back to probably like 630. do you think that would help significantly?
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