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Old 03-05-2014, 06:11 PM
 
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Just to be clear, we don't feel as if we need to live in a spot where we're surrounded by like-minded people; we just want to live somewhere where we'll be able to make friends with our neighbors, whether or not we go to church and whether or not we have the same or different political leanings. We're open-minded. =)

JimboPGH: Thanks--that's good to know. As for as neighborhood, we'd love if it were walkable (I work from home, and like to walk to a cafe/coffeeshop on the days I'm not being as productive as I'd like)--doesn't have to be urban, but something that has at least a few things within walking distance would be great, so I guess we're talking borough? And while I do prefer more modern/contemporary architecture (especially mid-century modern), the neighborhood will win out over the house itself.

And kanling - Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to have the right job in the right place. Right now, the right job is the most important piece of the puzzle and that job may very well be in Hershey. Leave the soul-searching up to us...we're really good at it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:20 PM
 
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Some homes in Hershey village area would have MCM touches, but otherwise I think this area must have missed that trend at the time.

This week is a reminder of one networking opportunity for parents of elementary school aged kids in the Derry Twp schools: Home
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:26 PM
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Some homes in Hershey village area would have MCM touches, but otherwise I think this area must have missed that trend at the time.

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There are actually some gorgeous MCM homes in the heights of Lemoyne/Wormleysburg/parts of surrounding Camp Hill, the latter being a not especially religious/conservative enclave with great schools and a charming, walkable downtown. Not necessarily the best commute to Hershey, however.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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That's right that the hill area where Wormleysburg, Camp Hill, and East Pennsboro Twp meet has a number of MCM specimens. There are some isolated ones in less walkable areas of Susquehanna Twp. This place might be more LCM than MCM: A look inside Rite Aid founder's million-dollar Susquehanna Township estate: House of Style | PennLive.com
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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Just to be clear, we don't feel as if we need to live in a spot where we're surrounded by like-minded people; we just want to live somewhere where we'll be able to make friends with our neighbors, whether or not we go to church and whether or not we have the same or different political leanings. We're open-minded. =)
You'll be fine in most of the mid-state. The ultra-conservatives in that area are the older Penn Dutch types, and they tend to mostly keep to themselves. The rest of the population doesn't really care about their neighbor's political or religious views, they just want their neighbors to be good neighbors. Most of the larger boroughs (which is just Pennsylvanian for "town") proximal to Harrisburg would likely suit you fine.

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As for as neighborhood, we'd love if it were walkable (I work from home, and like to walk to a cafe/coffeeshop on the days I'm not being as productive as I'd like)--doesn't have to be urban, but something that has at least a few things within walking distance would be great, so I guess we're talking borough? And while I do prefer more modern/contemporary architecture (especially mid-century modern), the neighborhood will win out over the house itself.
Personally, I think Mechanicsburg is the nicest community in that area and would offer exactly what you're looking for, in terms of having a lot of young families, a strong business district, walkability, good schools (that older kids can walk to), and diverse housing stock that offers plenty of post-WWII architecture, along with classic Mid-Atlantic row-houses.

However, it would be a bit of a commute from Mechanicsburg to Hershey, so you may want to limit your search to the East Shore (east of the Susquehanna.... which is made of lava and no one ever crosses).
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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You'll be fine in most of the mid-state. The ultra-conservatives in that area are the older Penn Dutch types, and they tend to mostly keep to themselves. The rest of the population doesn't really care about their neighbor's political or religious views, they just want their neighbors to be good neighbors. Most of the larger boroughs (which is just Pennsylvanian for "town") proximal to Harrisburg would likely suit you fine.
I think that's a great assessment. I think Central Pennsylvania's reputation for conservatism is somewhat overblown -- not to mention it is changing pretty quickly as the "old guard" dies out.

Is the OP going to find abundant Left Coast-style liberalism? Absolutely not, but some posters make it sounds as though there are raging Tea Partiers on every corner. I believe "conservative" political views of Pennsylvanians tends to be much more moderate than other parts of the country, California included. Honestly, there's an entrenched history of Central PA voting Republican that goes back practically to the Revolutionary Era, so some don't realize that many PA Republicans subscribe much more to the old-school Rockefeller/Eisenhower school of thought, as opposed to Ted Cruz. Overall, Pennsylvania just seems to reject any type of extremism.

Anyway, I know this will come off as elitist, but there definitely is some truth to it. If the OP sticks to areas with higher incomes/education levels as a rule of thumb (e.g., Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Derry Township), I think he/she will be FAR less likely to be exposed to reactionary types and more likely those who are open-minded/accepting.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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I characterize it as small-c conservatism. (Although York County seems to have noticeable numbers of the more tea party-ish type, and its precursors - emblematically, this is one of the county parks: Richard Nixon Park )
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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I characterize it as small-c conservatism. (Although York County seems to have noticeable numbers of the more tea party-ish type, and its precursors - emblematically, this is one of the county parks: Richard Nixon Park )
I think that's spot-on. Small-c conservatism is much more about stability, preservation and strong localized government. It's less overtly political and more philosophical.

Also, to me, that looks like a wonderful park -- as good as any in a "liberal" area. Certainly not the kind of park that would be found in an area infested by Tea Party types. It's amenities like that that reflect well on Central Pennsylvania.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:17 PM
 
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Well if one searches for "list of places named for Richard Nixon" search engines don't seem to understand the question. Wonder if there is any place, besides this park and his Presidential library.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:45 PM
 
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I'm liberal and live in Cumberland County. I would describe this area as fairly conservative (Scott Perry, anyone?) but it's not that terrible--I would take here over Texas. Camp Hill has some liberals, but also some very old school, older conservative types (NOT younger, libertarian or Tea Party type Republicans, however). If you look at voting preferences, Dauphin County (even excluding Harrisburg proper) skews a bit more liberal and I know people in Hershey and Hummelstown who are politically liberal. Do keep in mind that even Democrats in the midstate don't dare criticize the NRA and are rarely strongly pro-choice as these are hot button issues here. Think Bob Casey, although he is not from this part of the state.

As non-Christians we've encountered a couple of minor issues in school (we're in Cumberland Valley) but nothing along the lines of what friends down South have reported. (The issue is more the assumption of cultural Christianity rather than proselytizing.) CV and Derry Twp are both excellent districts, CV being much larger. The commute isn't ideal, though, and most of CV was built post-1960. Camp Hill is good but small.
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