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Old 07-24-2009, 06:03 PM
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Hello I am thinking of applying to this university as a graduate.
Can someone fill me in on a couple of things.
Is the neighborhood of the University fairly safe (I have a child)
Also does one need a car to get around there?
Please list any other pros or cons you have about the neighborhood or the city.
Greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:43 PM
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Fairly safe for a section of the city bordering some bad areas, yes. As a single woman with a child, I would look to move to places like Springfield, Havertown, Wallingford, Media. Somewhere along the R3 train line far enough out to get decent schools for your child. Upper Darby's are not so good, Lansdowne's are awful. Philly's are generally bad unless you are in the right "catchment" in University City, but it's still not a terribly safe or great place to live IMO.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:53 PM
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If you do decide to live in UC be sure you are in the Alexander School catchment (that's assuming your child is in grade school). You will not need a car. There's lots of public transportation available. Another idea would be Queen Village - south of Society Hill - the eastern end of center city - easy access to public transportation there as well (in the Meredith school catchment)

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Old 07-24-2009, 08:54 PM
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University City can be nice, depending on how close you are to West Philly. Also, the scum often makes its way into the Univ City and there are a lot of freaks on campus, even amongst the school population. In the past several years a professor was arrested for raping several students, a woman set herself on fire to protest the war, and I can't tell you how many people get assaulted and how many weirdos just freak me out. I'm waiting for the live abortion...you know, that's art afterall. You will find that UPenn students are either rich snobs that spend their nights having wine and cheese parties while snorting cocaine, or the lowest of the low...the hippies. These kids come from wealthy families, but for whatever God awful reason they decide to no longer bathe or act human. They walk around in their stupid rastafari hats (white kids, mind you) che t-shirts and vandalize everything in sight. I can't tell you how many signs and stickers I've seen that say "Free Mumia" or "Vote Obama." Of course, the classic ones are "This is West Philly...University City is just a marketing ploy" or something like that. Very classy. After you see these everywhere it quickly turns a nice area into pure garbage. The whole damn place is like a horrific episode of Felicity...if she were on heroine and worked nights as a call girl.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:25 PM
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Well, as someone that went to Penn I can say that Love2Golf's assessment pretty much reeks of someone that likely went to a school that doesn't share Penn's academic standing. I was not snorting cocaine and I'm certainly not a hippie...and I didn't know loads of people who fell into either of those camps.

Anyway, the suggestion of moving out to a place on the R3 is a great suggestion. Just look at stops past Lansdowne and you should be fine.

If you have any questions regarding the school itself let me know.
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