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Old 12-13-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I'm interviewing for jobs in Philadelphia. I'm female, single, and about to turn 30. I love city living (if you can call Columbus and Tampa city living) and love to run. I'm looking for a place in the city that is affordable and near areas conducive to running (so a safer area). I also value good restaurants, coffee shops, and bars so I'd like to be near those as well. Affordable for me is $700-900 a month for a small, one bedroom. Am I asking for too much? You insights and opinions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:52 PM
 
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I think you would be happy in the Art Museum, East Falls, or Manayunk Areas. They are all located near Kelly Drive which boasts Fairmount Park, a place that sees many runners, bicyclers, and rollerbladers. It is a great place to exercise while being right next to the river where many Crew Races take place. There are many 1 bedroom apts available in your price range that will be walking distance to nice bars and coffee shops.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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your price range will work.

I'd concentrate on the area around Eastern State Penitentiary (it's a museum). You can use 22nd & Fairmount as a starting point if that's easier. That stretch of Fairmount has a growing number of restaurants/bars/cafes/etc. As you go south and west from there the rents get higher.

If you're coming from Columbus or Tampa you probably have a car. If you want to live in Fairmount you might want to reconsider that attachment. If you're working in Center City or University City you won't be using it to get to work. You'll quickly realize that it's not convenient to use it for many in-town trips either. There's no place to park when you get there and when you get home you'll be spending 20-30 minutes looking for a place to park.

A monthly transit pass, a subscription to a carsharing service, learning how to spot an empty taxi and memorizing these two bus routes will get you a lot further -

http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/048.pdf

http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/033.pdf
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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Wow are u in for a shock.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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I'm interviewing for jobs in Philadelphia. I'm female, single, and about to turn 30. I love city living (if you can call Columbus and Tampa city living) and love to run. I'm looking for a place in the city that is affordable and near areas conducive to running (so a safer area). I also value good restaurants, coffee shops, and bars so I'd like to be near those as well. Affordable for me is $700-900 a month for a small, one bedroom. Am I asking for too much? You insights and opinions are greatly appreciated!


I would recommend Chestnut Hill or East Falls. East Falls is near the bottom of the Forbidden Drive trail and Chestnut Hill is at the top of the trail. Chestnut Hill is not the Art Museum area but the trail ends up at the Art Museum.
Chestnut Hill has plenty of restaurants and shopping.

Forbidden drive is a 10 mile trail and you will love it. It connects up with the Schuylkill river trail which is a 40 mile paved trail that runs next to the river.

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Chestnut Hill is cute. It's like a quaint, small town within the city limits. It's great for families and older folks.

For someone who is 30 and single it is yawn-inducing.

If you're looking for city living stick with Fairmount.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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Chestnut Hill is cute. It's like a quaint, small town within the city limits. It's great for families and older folks.

For someone who is 30 and single it is yawn-inducing.

If you're looking for city living stick with Fairmount.
Chestnut Hill is better than Fairmount any day of the week. If you compare crime, garbage, litter, graffiti, parking, and schools Chestnut Hill wins hands down.

It is easy to travel from a yawn inducing good neighborhood for a night out. On the other hand a person living just south of N. Philly with crime, litter, graffiti, no parking and bad schools is stuck with it.

PS. I really liked the way you described the prison as a museum. Chestnut Hill has a museum that is a museum.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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Wow are u in for a shock.
I told myself I wasn't going to run Boston again until I had adequate hills to train on. Philly has just what I need.

Bring it on!
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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Chestnut Hill is better than Fairmount any day of the week.
That's your opinion. But you're probably old, apparently bitter and not too fond of black people . . . so Chestnut Hill is the logical choice.

Do you even live in Philadelphia?

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If you compare crime, garbage, litter, graffiti, parking, and schools Chestnut Hill wins hands down.
stuff like this makes me think that you don't. Maybe you lived here 25 years ago but things have changed a bit since then.

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It is easy to travel from a yawn inducing good neighborhood for a night out.
things like this really make me think that you don't. A cab ride home from Center City to Chestnut Hill costs as much as a ride to the airport.

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no parking and bad schools is stuck with it.
Renting means never being "stuck" with anything.

Questions - What do people without kids care about the quality of the neighborhood school? What do people without cars care about the parking situation?
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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I told myself I wasn't going to run Boston again until I had adequate hills to train on. Philly has just what I need.

Bring it on!
FYI - the Broad St. Run is in May. It's ~10 miles. They say it's 10 miles but by the time you cross the start and get through the chute at the end it's really 11.

The Philly Distance Run and Philadelphia Marathon are both in the fall.

Good luck.
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