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Young couple seeking to relocate to Pittsburgh or Portland Oregon, seeking advice on public transportation, walkable neighborhoods, best city to meet new people

 
 
Unread 06-16-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is truly a centralized city if you like to travel, especially for weekend trips. Here is a rundown of places you can be in a less than 8 hours starting from the furthest. I don't make stops and tend to make good time, so these are rough estimates. If you follow the speed limits diligently, you make make a bit worse time, if you have a foot made of iron, you may make better time. But these are my own personal times.

Boston, MA: 10.5 hours
Montreal, QC: 10.5 hours
Chicago, IL: 7.5 hours
Charlotte, NC: 7 hours
New York City: 6.5 hours
Indianapolis, IN: 6 hours
Detroit, MI: 5 hours
Philadelphia, PA: 5 hours
Cincinnati, OH: 5 hours
Toronto, ON: 4.5 hours (Don't forget this one! Pittsburgh is just about the closest major American city to this Canadian metropolis which happens to be one of my all-time favorite cities!)
Baltimore, MD: 4.5 hours
Washington DC: 4.5 hours (my dad does it in 4)
Buffalo, NY: 3.5 hours
Columbus, OH: 3 hours
Cleveland, OH: 2.5 hours

From a purely statistical standpoint, I imagine you would be hard pressed to live in a city that is more centrally located (in terms of mileage and elapsed time) than Pittsburgh is to as many other large cities, including our country's capital and two out of the only three alpha- world cities in the United States, New York City and Chicago. That's not even mentioning being 4.5 hours from Canada's premiere city (although Toronto is not an alpha- city, no Canadian city is). I will confess, I have not been to 3 of those cities so I had to call my ex who does major traveling.

Yes! One of the many great things about Pittsburgh is its proximity to almost anywhere worth going. I go back home to Richmond, VA pretty regularly and it's an even 6 hours, so I usually get to DC in 4, and I don't really speed. I still haven't taken advantage of the location much, except for a trip to Cleveland (to see Crispin Glover, so it was worth it) and Erie (they've got a nice lake there) and Morgantown (one hour and 15 minutes to one of the USA's best college towns) and Wheeling (it's sad when cities die). Can't wait to go to Toronto, and Niagara Falls, and Montreal. When I lived on the West Coast, everything (except Vancouver and Portland) was hours and hours away. They need more states and cities out there.
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Unread 06-17-2008, 07:24 AM
 
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Pittsburgh is truly a centralized city if you like to travel, especially for weekend trips. Here is a rundown of places you can be in a less than 8 hours starting from the furthest. I don't make stops and tend to make good time, so these are rough estimates. If you follow the speed limits diligently, you make make a bit worse time, if you have a foot made of iron, you may make better time. But these are my own personal times.

Boston, MA: 10.5 hours
Montreal, QC: 10.5 hours
Chicago, IL: 7.5 hours
Charlotte, NC: 7 hours
New York City: 6.5 hours
Indianapolis, IN: 6 hours
Detroit, MI: 5 hours
Philadelphia, PA: 5 hours
Cincinnati, OH: 5 hours
Toronto, ON: 4.5 hours (Don't forget this one! Pittsburgh is just about the closest major American city to this Canadian metropolis which happens to be one of my all-time favorite cities!)
Baltimore, MD: 4.5 hours
Washington DC: 4.5 hours (my dad does it in 4)
Buffalo, NY: 3.5 hours
Columbus, OH: 3 hours
Cleveland, OH: 2.5 hours

From a purely statistical standpoint, I imagine you would be hard pressed to live in a city that is more centrally located (in terms of mileage and elapsed time) than Pittsburgh is to as many other large cities, including our country's capital and two out of the only three alpha- world cities in the United States, New York City and Chicago. That's not even mentioning being 4.5 hours from Canada's premiere city (although Toronto is not an alpha- city, no Canadian city is). I will confess, I have not been to 3 of those cities so I had to call my ex who does major traveling.
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is what makes it very very appealing. We aren't looking to be in the most hip city in the US. Just a city with nice people where we can have a good time. That said we do like to travel... and several of the worlds best cities are within distance for a weekend get away.

As far as the job industry... i'm in the IT business, she is a banker. We are both in school however. She is in it for quite some time as she is going for a doctorate in psychology, and myself I will be going to medical school wherever we end up moving.


Anyone else have any specific neighborhoods we should research? Thank you all for the replies, it has been very helpful.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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is what makes it very very appealing. We aren't looking to be in the most hip city in the US. Just a city with nice people where we can have a good time. That said we do like to travel... and several of the worlds best cities are within distance for a weekend get away.

As far as the job industry... i'm in the IT business, she is a banker. We are both in school however. She is in it for quite some time as she is going for a doctorate in psychology, and myself I will be going to medical school wherever we end up moving.


Anyone else have any specific neighborhoods we should research? Thank you all for the replies, it has been very helpful.
then you have chose the best city to go to school since Pittsburgh is the leader in medical advancements and education My son is going to the Pittsburgh University Titusville campus for nursing this fall and hopes to get his masters at the main campus ,the schools are tough to get into but the education is priceless and you have some of the best hospitals are located there . I don't know what you are going to school for, but consider that alot of nurses did go to become doctors including I believe the surgeon general.so that maybe something to consider if you haven't already may take a lil longer yes but you won't be so far in debt either and some courses you can challenge and that helps too. Now you may want for different neighbourhoods I would definitely make the trip to visit and try to look around and talk to the locals they will know where the best places to live and the other eccentricies of certain areas too, like when the traffic for the regatta is the worse or the best place to view it and what time to get there that sort of thing .
Some local places to travel to check out is Presque Isle right on Lake Erie ,thats a great place to go and enjoy the fresh water beach and you can't see the other side of the lake ,and in the fall there is the autumn leaf festival up in Clarion ,PA that is about an hour and 20 minutes drive north and depending on the day it is ,decides what is going on since it is all week they have a car show right on the main street and it is easily several blocks long with the cars in three rows all the way down the street and have everything from antiques to classics to customs and hotrods all years all makes. Then their Parade you never know who will be the master of ceremonies one year it Kris Kirpatrick(he is a native of the area) from N'sync and another was Kurt Angle(before he was a pro wrestler and he went to the University there),so you never know.
And nice thing about Niagara Falls is you can just decide to go up last minute and have yourself a nice weekend (just get yourself a Passport card it is only 45 bucks and saves you from carrying too much personal info with you and get thru the border a lil quicker)me and the wife went last minute one year for New Years Eve and we got to see Smashmouth for free(Disney does the New Years Eve show there).
Oh and there is a Vanity Fair Grove City outlets that everybody from Erie and Pittsburgh head to ,always busy but get out of the cities for awhile and always a bus trip going there .
The Butler farm show used to be a neat place to goto to check out ,yeah there is alot to do and see just have to be willing to go look for them ,like the graveyard they filmed the famous opening scenes of the night of the living dead is in Hermitage I believe,there has been several well known movies filmed in and around Pittsburgh ,like flashdance, some of the scenes of The sixth sense ,Robocop ,Inspector Gadget and numerous others either to film it as Pittsburgh or use it to represent someplace else.
So there is always something going on and you never know who might see or meet.
Good luck
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Unread 06-27-2008, 02:38 PM
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Like some others have said, I think you'd have the best chance of finding what you want somewhere in the East End, specifically Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and Regent Square. Within a 4-block radius of my apartment in Squirrel Hill, I have a drugstore, grocery, multiple delis and bakeries, movie theater (that shows a lot of indie and foreign films), post office, record store, vintage clothing store, bike shop, toy store, multiple ice-cream shops, and a large number of restaurants ranging from Thai to French to barbeque to Mexican to Filipino...I could go on. The transit is also excellent...where I live, there are 3 bus stops within 2 blocks, and buses run very frequently. Basically, it's perfect!

That said, I'm not sure how much luck you'd have finding a small single-family home in the area...it tends to be either large older houses, large older houses broken up into apartments, or small apartment buildings. This is part of the beauty of Squirrel Hill (as well as Shadyside and Regent Square), however...rather than tearing down historical architecture and building high-rises, a great emphasis is placed on conversion, preservation and renovation. A lot of the houses/buildings have decent yards, and you have Schenley Park on one side and Frick Park on the other (both lovely, though I'm partial to Schenley).

As for the stereotype of Pittsburgh as an "older city," it's quite accurate for some parts of the city, but the East End seems predominantly populated by twenty- and thirtysomethings and young families. My boyfriend and I are in our mid-twenties, and we fit right in!

Your industries sound well-suited to Pittsburgh as well...the general wisdom is that it's difficult to find a job unless you're in health care, technology or education, so it sounds like you're covered! As one of the other posters said, the health care system here is one of the best in the country, and there are a number of colleges and universities nearby (Pitt, CMU, Carlow, Chatham, etc.). Pittsburgh is also unusually culturally rich for a city of its size--we have a world-class museum system, symphony orchestra, ballet company, opera company, numerous theater companies, etc.

I researched moving to Portland after college, but Pittsburgh's extremely low cost of living kept me here, and I'm glad.
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Unread 06-29-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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Hi skrazzle,

Being an Edgewood borough resident, I highly recommend it. We have many tree-lined streets, a wide range of housing options, Frick Park and its amenities, a little business district along South Braddock Avenue, the Edgewood Towne Centre (with a Giant Eagle grocery store), easy access to the Parkway East (route 376), and bus routes into Oakland and downtown Pgh. I love the fact that I can walk and run through the nearby park, walk to a convenience store and grocery store, walk to a movie theater, and am in general so close to everything. Edgewood is great! Give it a try!
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Unread 07-16-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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We currently live in Forest Hills, which is a quiet, little neighborhood next to churchill. From my experience, Forest Hills is a great place to live. The neighborhood is full of young couples, middle aged, and older folks that have been there for years. It is a very active, yet quiet community. Unfortunately we are moving to virginia for my husbands job, otherwise we would stay here forever. We are in the process of selling our house and the market here is really moving. If you are looking for a quiet, but very friendly safe place to live - check out forest hills! Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat more!
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Unread 09-23-2008, 01:46 AM
 
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Hello all-

My girlfriend and I have been trying to decide for awhile now where to relocate. We currently live in Kansas City. We do like it here, the city has done a lot and the midwest hospitality is very nice. We are very urban.

That said, we want to be able to get around more by transit (sick of the gas prices) and having more walkable neighborhoods, and we just want to try something new.


So we are considering Portland, OR.. and recently decided to check out Pittsburgh also.

We would definitely head out to anyplace before we moved, but wanted to check with some residents and see if they think Pittsburgh is right for us.

We want to find a neighborhood with a bit of character, in a good walkable area, close to transit. Normally we would just get an apartment downtown, but we have 2 dogs and would like a house with at least a small yard for them. Are there any areas like this in Pittsburgh? Just a cozy house with a yard close to transit.

And how is the rail transit there? Does it cover a good portion? I like the history that Pittsburgh has also.

What are the fun areas? We are a young couple, she is actually turning 21 just next week.

From pictures, the city looks beautiful. Also we like it's placing around other cities, we like to take road trips and it seems Chicago, DC, New York are all under 8 hour drives.

No offense to some here, but one of the things some people seem to say is Pittsburgh is a lot of older people. We are a young fairly liberal couple and hope it wouldn't be hard to meet new people.


Thanks in advance!
As a former (and maybe, once again someday) resident of Pittsburgh, I must say I recommend it. Pittsburgh can be pricey, but there are some good deals out there. Check out Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Bloomfield, or the Mexican War Streets on Pittsburgh's North Side. If you're into nightlife, Station Square and the South Side are second to none.

I will caution you to NOT rent in: Homewood, the Hill District, Braddock, or New Kensington. Crime in those areas are VERY high.

You mentioned about renting a house, as opposed to an apartment. I once again recommend Lawrenceville, as many inexpensive homes are for rent there, and the neighborhood is very safe at all hours. I lived there for 16 months, and NEVER had a problem. Sure, there's incidents there, but it IS Pittsburgh, after all. Overall, I felt safe day or night walking in Lawrenceville.

I would also recommend Cincinnati, as it is very similar to Pittsburgh in history, look, feel, and cost-of-living. However, crime is much lower in Pittsburgh than in Cincinnati.

Hope you enjoy the Steel City! :-)

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Unread 09-23-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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I would also recommend Cincinnati, as it is very similar to Pittsburgh in history, look, feel, and cost-of-living. However, crime is much lower in Pittsburgh than in Cincinnati.
One thing I'd point out about Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh. In my opinion, Cincinnati residents and it's setting has a bit of a different feel than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh feels like a mix between Northeast and Midwest while Cincinnati feels, to me, like Southern and a little bit Midwest. Obviously since it has such close proximity to Kentucky it would feel like that. Just depends what you're looking for in terms of people's lifestyle.
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Unread 09-23-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Cool moving there too

My husband and I are in our mid twenties and have recently visited Pittsburgh for the first time. We live in Williamsport PA right now and for whatever reason have always overlooked PB when we traveled. We have been trying to decide which city to move to- Brooklyn NY, Boston, Portland OR, and Toronto were all ones we thought about. After visiting PB we very quickly made our decision. It is the perfect combination of beautiful mountain scenery and rivers with the skyscrapers and lights of big cities. People were very friendly. It is also far more affordable to live there(based on my research and they few days we spent there) than everyother city we have gone to and considered moving to. I think it is the perfect size too- the big city feel without being completely overwhelmed. The huge plus is it's location- we love to travel and will be able to hit all of the places we love within hours. You should definetly check it out. It is an east place to fall in love with!

Portland oregon sounds wonderful, we have not been there yet, but the cost of living is outrageous! That is what really turned us off!
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Unread 09-23-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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Pittsburghs a great place. I am 21 myself, and theres a LOT of things to do. Theres a bunch of nice neighborhoods, its very affordable, some will say we dont have many good jobs...but i left for a year and came back and our job market is much better than a lot of places, As for things to do there are a lot of fun bars, places to go, best sports town in america, kennywood is fun, sandcastle has something during the summer i think its like a beach type bar, also there is a new casino going up by the stadiums...that will be fun, and provide some jobs. There are also things to do for every season that are unique to Pittsburgh. You will never get bored.

Also if you decide to stay its a good place to raise a family...safe, good schools, and a nice city.
There is a ton of history here (i noticed that you mentioned that) and a lot of places to learn about it, Its a mostly democratic city, and a lot of young people do like it here. We also have a really good mayor whos the youngest of any american city...i think he has done a lot to make the city appeal more to a younger crowd.

I live about 25 miles from the city, and im orig. from the North hills. NH is really nice, its not part of the city but really close to it. Its a good area to live in. I dont really know a whole lot about the city neighborhoods...
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