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Old 09-28-2018, 06:42 AM
 
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Thought I read in the Inquirer a while back that Meredith and Penn Alexander went to lotteries even for kids that live in the catchment.

Personally, being zoned for a good ES but a lousy MS and HS is unappealing to say the least. I also can't imagine it being a boon for your property value.

My impression is that Philly's whopping income tax used to be offset in the minds of many home buyers by the city's, uh, shall we say flighty and irregular property tax assessment system.

Once they began moving to an updated, rational property tax system, however, I clearly remember a lot of folks were like, "WHAT? You're gonna hit me with 3% income tax AND accurately assess my property tax? Hell with that."

Anyway. Don't get me wrong. When my wife and I get ahold of a babysitter here in our snoozy Lower Merion hood, we make tracks for QV. Great restaurants, great people, lots to see. Best place in the city, IMO.

But there's a reason we don't live there, and it ain't because we can't afford it. Sayin' ...
Maybe like some empty nesters or retired folks you might consider living there or some other city neighborhood eventually so you could, potentially, walk to great restaurants, etc.

For me it's sweet. No more city wage/income tax and PA does not tax any retirement income.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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Because of the reasons I said and supplying other options. Tons of children in Fairmount. Walking distance to some of the city's major culture institutions. When they are worried about what we told them, wrt the pub housing, they have not decided on QV 100%.

The kids? Right now I'm in the OCF Cafe at 21st and Fairmount Ave. It's 8am. There are 3 pre-K kids, with their parents, here. Just minutes before a Mom with her baby was here. Within an hour the place will be awash with young families with their children.

The best thing, imo, for the OP to do is to go to both places and see for themselves.
There are TONS of kids in every CEnter City neighborhood - this is not unique to Fairmount. I live in Fitler Square - Markward and Fitler during the day are booming with families and kids (I have a 3 year old). QV, BV tons of kids. Wash West, Rittenhouse, tons of kids. G-Ho strollers everywhere. Before moving to FS, I lived on a small street in Gho called Webster - probably 10 kids on the block. I have a friend who lives in BV in the Meredith catchment - Fulton St - there are probably 25 kids under the age of 10 on his block. Go to Clark Park playground on a Saturday...hundreds of kids.

Anyways, I agree with another poster, weird to single out Fairmount. All CC neighborhoods are booming with families.

RE Meredith - the lottery system in place thus far has resulted in ZERO kids being denied admittance. Great school.
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:46 AM
 
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There are TONS of kids in every CEnter City neighborhood - this is not unique to Fairmount. I live in Fitler Square - Markward and Fitler during the day are booming with families and kids (I have a 3 year old). QV, BV tons of kids. Wash West, Rittenhouse, tons of kids. G-Ho strollers everywhere. Before moving to FS, I lived on a small street in Gho called Webster - probably 10 kids on the block. I have a friend who lives in BV in the Meredith catchment - Fulton St - there are probably 25 kids under the age of 10 on his block. Go to Clark Park playground on a Saturday...hundreds of kids.

Anyways, I agree with another poster, weird to single out Fairmount. All CC neighborhoods are booming with families.

RE Meredith - the lottery system in place thus far has resulted in ZERO kids being denied admittance. Great school.
I live in what is now basically the combined neighborhoods of Fairmount, Spring Garden and Francisville so it's the "baby boom" neighborhood I'm most familiar with. I love this area and am a huge boaster for it.

And, yes, I know that millennials(mostly) are populating many other great neighborhoods with children.
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