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Old 06-14-2014, 07:48 PM
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I'm in the process of moving to Harrisburg and looking for a place to live there. I've found some potential places, but since I'm not super familiar with the city, I would like some opinions. They are:

- N 6th St and Kelker St
- Derry St and 14th St
- Howard St

I'm a recent college grad. I want something in or near downtown, since my job is in downtown anyway (but my entry level job salary can only get me those options). I'm also a big city person, so moving to Harrisburg itself will already need a lot of getting used to. I don't need a quiet area, it just needs to be safe. A safe neighborhood where I don't feel like I'm living in a ghost town would be ideal.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:47 PM
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14th and Derry and Howard Street locations are not good. The general area's called Allison Hill and it is an impoverished neighborhood with crime and gangs.

I haven't been near the other location, so I can't really speak to that, but I think I've read on here that South of Maclay in Midtown/Uptown is OK, so it may be OK. Maybe someone can chime in on that specific location.

If you can't afford to live by yourself in a decent location maybe consider a roommate?
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:03 AM
Location: Central Texas. Wait, I mean South Texas. Actually, both Central and South Texas
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These locations are not safe or quiet:

- Derry St and 14th St
- Howard St

Like the previous poster stated, those locations are in Allison Hill, the most crime ridden part of Harrisburg. This area produces a signifcant amount of crime, both violent and non-violent. It's even hard just to drive through this part of town in the summer because their are so many people just standing in the streets that will not move.

N 6th St and Kelker St is in Mid-town and I think would be a better option. The crime in Mid-town is less than Allison Hill (although crime is still a real issue there) and you are closer to the nightlife spots on 2nd and 3rd streets dowtown. I would also recommend looking just on the otherside of the river in Lemoyne or Wormleysburg. Wormlesburg/Lemoyne is within walking distance of downtown and that area is significantly safer and less-depressing than Mid-town.
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