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Old 02-25-2011, 09:46 AM
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Hello all

Just wanted to throw a thread out there and get some feedback. I'll be moving upstate probably by the 1st of April. I am familiar with the Colonie, Latham, Loudonville area. Other than that, I'm kind of in the dark. Craigslist seems like the place to go when looking. There seems to be a lot of listings in the Schenectady area. I hear the Stockade district is nice. How are the surrounding areas of Sch'dy? Any suggestions on where to look and where to stay away from? I know downtown Albany, and Troy aren't the best of places. I will be in the Albany area next weekend to do some looking. Most of the work for my job will be in the Albany area. So, I'd like to stick with that area. I do not have any children. So, schooling isn't an issue. Just looking for a nice area that is relatively cheap. (I was paying $735 ht/hw included. Would like to stay below $800 if I could)

Thanks for any insight.

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:20 PM
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Look in the Upper Union area of Schenectady. Troy has some nice areas too.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:39 PM
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Hi, Professor

If you could provide some insight regarding where you live now (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, LI?), that might help folks chime in. There are many transplants here from metro NYC, and they might help you describe the upstate areas based on some common experience.

You may find it rather quiet and boring here at first, and you will miss good food (bagels, Jewish delis, Chinese, Latino food, etc.), but the area can grow on you. You can make it work, if you try. The Amtrak to Penn Station is a bit more than 2 hours.

If you are a fairly sheltered White person who has never lived around low-class poor people (regardless of their race/ethnicity), I would stick with Latham, Loudonville, Colonie (safety city in America for its size), Delmar, or Niskayuna (the affluent suburb of Schenectady). Those are safe, nice suburbs.

Even if you are a badass from some scrappy area, I would avoid downtown Albany. The potential for getting mugged there is quite high (crime is under-reported by the local Times Union newspaper). One of the problems is you can never really predict where a problem might happen. You could be walking down a "nice", quiet, sidestreet in the "nice" part of Albany, and then suddenly a group of teenagers could converge on you and beat the crap out of you, or worse. Downtown Albany is basically a housing project/welfare bastion, but there is a small area downtown (called Lark Street) near the Capital buildings, restaurants, etc. where the UAlbany kids go to get drunk. I would avoid downtown Albany, honestly. It really kinda sucks.

I am not familiar with Schenectady, but I am aware of similar problems there. There is one area where people live (Stockade), but, so I have heard, you can walk one block in the wrong direction and encounter serious problems.

Troy is actually probably the best of the three "cities" (Albany, Schenectady, Troy), and the level of random violence is not as bad as in the other two cities, at least in the last few years. Troy has violent crime, but it is more sporadic. Most of the violent crimes in Troy occur in the housing project areas and/or are drug-related. Troy is not as segregated as the other two cities, which might cut down on crime a bit. Avoid anything too far north of Hoosick Street (also called Route 7), and anything south of Ida Street. Do not live east of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with the exception of an area near "Pinewoods Avenue" near the Emma Willard prep school for girls. You can find a nice place in the $600-800 range in downtown Troy.

Seriously, though, avoid downtown Albany.
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