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Old 04-20-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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OK, so there's nothing fun about getting divorced! Except I do get to choose where to live based on what would make me happy going forward. It's been a long while since I've lived in the Philly area, and when last I was there, I was at a different stage of life.

Here's what I'm looking for (understanding that some things will have to give):

* At least a chunk of unmarried people in their 30s and 40s, so no family-centric towns OR college kids.
* Fairly liberal, intellectual crowd appreciated.
* Between Philadelphia and Wilmington (or just west of both), since I have close family and friends in both places, plus Chadds Ford.
* Preferably not off I-95 (I hate that entry into Philly past the oil tanks). This is not a deal breaker though.
* Like local bookstores, music spots, cafes.
* Good architecture and walkability a plus.
* Dog-friendly with pretty parkland also a plus.
* Low crime, safe.
* I don't want to live directly in either city.

Could you help? Does this sound like any place you know?
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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I'd look into Media or Lansdowne. They seem to fit your criteria the best, in terms of geography and social aspects, with Lansdowne being the less expensive of the two.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Dude...., I'm right here
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Fishtown or Manayunk. See below for reasons


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2. Any number of presently working/lower middle class (what's left of them now) neighborhoods will become what Fishtown will have long become by 2036 and Manayunk and others before it: places to go out to eat, debate about "amazing" beer selections, and get laid (before of course, moving to Penn Wynne just to get the kids into LM schools) rather than places to live long-term, raise kids, worship, and get involved in real community.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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I'd look into Media or Lansdowne. They seem to fit your criteria the best, in terms of geography and social aspects, with Lansdowne being the less expensive of the two.
Isn't Lansdowne "dry"? Meaning no alcohol among the restaurants there. Don't know about byob places if there are anyway.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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Fishtown or Manayunk. See below for reasons




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The OP doesn't want to live in the city or that's what he/she thinks.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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I'd look into Media or Lansdowne. They seem to fit your criteria the best, in terms of geography and social aspects, with Lansdowne being the less expensive of the two.
Thanks. Media could work.

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The OP doesn't want to live in the city or that's what he/she thinks.
I've lived in the Rittenhouse and Fairmount neighborhoods. Definitely things to like, but I'd prefer a smaller community and easier parking. Philly all the way to Wilmington is a bit far as well (and yes, I used to do the commute).
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:37 PM
 
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OK, so there's nothing fun about getting divorced! Except I do get to choose where to live based on what would make me happy going forward. It's been a long while since I've lived in the Philly area, and when last I was there, I was at a different stage of life.

Here's what I'm looking for (understanding that some things will have to give):

* At least a chunk of unmarried people in their 30s and 40s, so no family-centric towns OR college kids.
* Fairly liberal, intellectual crowd appreciated.
* Between Philadelphia and Wilmington (or just west of both), since I have close family and friends in both places, plus Chadds Ford.
* Preferably not off I-95 (I hate that entry into Philly past the oil tanks). This is not a deal breaker though.
* Like local bookstores, music spots, cafes.
* Good architecture and walkability a plus.
* Dog-friendly with pretty parkland also a plus.
* Low crime, safe.
* I don't want to live directly in either city.

Could you help? Does this sound like any place you know?
Do you honestly think you're going to find a sizable contingent of single Gen-X people in the suburbs? I guess we can trot out the usual suspects: Media(as suggested), maybe Ardmore or Narberth. Lansdowne does not have much wrt amenities. It's a shame because I like some of the houses there.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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Isn't Lansdowne "dry"? Meaning no alcohol among the restaurants there. Don't know about byob places if there are anyway.
I thought this was the case, but apparently that sushi restaurant (I can't remember the name) on Lansdowne avenue has a liquor license.


They've been in that spot next to the Y literally as long as I've been alive (though under a different name at one point) so maybe they were grandfathered in. I'm not aware of any other bars/restaurants with booze licenses within town limits.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:25 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Yeah, the place that immediately came to mind even before I saw the other posts was Media. I also thought of Wayne but that probably IS too "family-ish" for you.

P.S. Sorry about your divorce.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:39 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Swarthmore or Media.
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