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Old 10-18-2011, 04:28 PM
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Can I join you here?
I live in VA.. and DH & I visited the center of Philadelphia a week before Christmas (2 day visit). There was a European Christmas market with kiosks outside in a little park, needless to say it was enchanting. We walked around the few blocks nearby for shopping and eating.. what a beautiful, beautiful city, we were truly smitten.
We have thought about the possibility of moving there.. but honestly, there
are many different areas and it is difficult to know the areas that are just plain middle class nice and safe.. when there's a thread here and there about affluent areas we cannot afford and have read on several occasions about "the west" side where its rough, dangerous and to steer clear.
Yes, we were delighted maybe even lulled by Macy's light show, (go ahead and laugh) but honestly the city was clean, strangers on the street looked at you and smiled, and we felt safe. If we looked north and north east of Centertown.. is ALL of that okay.. can someone please tell me where the invisible border is when it starts to get questionable..if even in a private note.
P.S. Is the Mummer's Parade on New Years Day or Eve day?
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:36 PM
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Hello. It seemed like your post warranted its own thread so pardon the, er, relocation.

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Center City is indeed a popular area made up of many neighborhoods...in fact, its success has literally spilled into adjacent sections of town. Where things might begin to get "sketchy" depends partly on one's personal experience and comfort level. Technically speaking, Center City's borders are Spring Garden St. to the north, South St. and between the two rivers - Delaware and Schuykill (SCHOOL-kill, SCHOOL-cull).

University City -home of Penn, Drexel and the University of the Sciences in Philadephia - is a popular area of West Philadelphia and an alternative for affluent households looking for a home but are slightly priced out of Center City. It is perhaps the most socioeconomically diverse part of the city (save perhaps laid-back Mt. Airy in NW Philly). Depending on household expectations, it is either a chance to embrace urban living close to downtown or a less appealing choice than the suburbs. As one heads west, things can become more challenging approaching 50th St, depending on one's experience.

Barring bad weather, the Mummers' Parade is on New Year's Day.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:35 PM
Location: Shaker Hts., OH
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We moved recently to the Washington Square/Society Hill area, and love it. Have been suburbanites all our lives, but are finding city living in our early sixties is a blast. We're currently renting (maybe forever, since our house in Ohio refuses to be sold). We believe that renting is a great way to get to know the city. We love our neighborhood (close enough to walk to the true business heart of Philly, but quieter and more neighborhood-ish). Highly recommend Center City!
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