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Visiting Philadelphia: traffic, downtown, single family homes for sale, taxes, great schools.

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Old 04-29-2008, 10:25 PM
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Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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As an aside, Tone, are you seriously implying that you think Gov. Ed Rendell, a former MAYOR of Philadelphia, is snubbing the City of Brotherly Love now that he's in Harrisburg? I can tell you up here in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area where our bridges are crumbling and a myriad of downtown mixed-use projects are going unfunded that we feel as if Philadelphia has an unfair advantage in terms of securing state funding. Naturally 1/3 of the state population lives in Greater Philadelphia, but 2/3 do not. Think about it.
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rainrock View Post
Delaware County sounds like the best bet imo taking into consideration green space,quality schools, feasible commute.

Excellent school districts. Not quite Mainline quality but these 2 Delaware County School Districts are very very good.

Towns of Nether Providence,Swarthmore,(Wallingford-Swarthmore school district)

Media,Upper Providence,Middletown(Rose Tree-Media school district)

Check out the area just to the N of Media (Ridley Creek State Park + Springton Lake - which are considered Upper Providence.

Good luck
Thanks...That is sort of what we determined. Delco seems to fit many of our needs. I think it's coming down to a question of school districts against commute and green space. Not sure what direction we will go. Both kids are knowledge hounds and require a district that pushes kids, not plays it safe. Of course great districts have bad apples(teachers), but in general there is more creative and critical thinking within certain districts than others.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:30 AM
Location: South Philly
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Originally Posted by vizanje View Post
Philly doesn't really have a public transport system that covers the city. We were spoiled by NYC. You could live in Queens or Brooklyn and commute to the city for $4 a day, with minimal problems. Get to the city quickly, and most areas are reachable by one of the train lines. It was sweet. We also lived most years in Manhattan, so walking or biking to work was common.

Thanks for the advice....
Most of the places in Philly that one needs to get to from the suburbs are easily served by transit. To get to the Naval Yard you take the Broad St. Subway from Suburban Station/City Hall down to the last stop - Pattison Station. It takes 12 minutes. When you get there the Naval Yard has a shuttle bus that will take you the last 1/2 mile or so. The shuttle bus is only until they figure out if they're going to extend the subway to the Naval Yard or if they're going to run lightrail down there.

If you have a monthly or weekly pass for the regional rail you can transfer to all buses and subways for free.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:14 PM
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If you're looking for that post on the various suburbs, do a thread search for Silverspringer - she wrote it and hasn't posted too much since.

Wallingford-Swarthmore schools are excellent...the scores may not quite be Main Line but I think kids may come out a tad more well rounded and ready for the world.

Media's schools are also very good. Further south is Chadds Ford which IS Main Line quality without the Main Line prices or snobs, but there isn't good public transportation.

Garnet Valley Schools are geographically in between Media and Chadds Ford and that area is cookie cutterville full of "Keep up with the Joneses" types...not my cup o' tea...
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