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Old 06-02-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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My Husband and I are moving to Pittsburgh in the fall and have narrowed down a few areas to look for rentals when we visit in a few weeks. On that list is the South Side. However, I noticed that it is divided into the flats and slopes. Can someone tell me what the difference is? Is one area better than the other? Safer etc..

Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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One is steeper.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Brookline
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Here is the main difference....

Slopes:

http://www.rtpittsburgh.org/wp-conte...opes-photo.jpg

Flats:

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Safety wise....not sure...I used to live in the flats and the only crime I experienced was a hit and run on my car 3 times. Dense housing, limited on street parking and more bars than you can imagine...a perfect storm.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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The flats are generally deemed the nicer part & likewise pricier part. That's all relative on personal preferences of course.

Flats are mixed commercial & residential, Slopes are residential & as the name suggests on an elevated plane whereas the flats are, well geographically flat.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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If you can afford it, go with the flats. I'm biased because I live there, but IMO it's better than the slopes in pretty much every way. It's walkable and has plenty of great shops and restaurants. The slopes are harder to navigate and it takes longer to get anywhere on account of the slopes. Both are pretty safe areas, but there are some dicey spots in the slopes. The flats get some crime as a result of being the nightlife capitol of the city, but it's not as bad as the media portrays it.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Awkward Manor
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You are not going to find a house with a garage; you will be lucky to find off-street parking.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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The Slopes really don't have much but a view honestly, and it's priced appropriately. There may be 1-2 hole-in-the-wall bars up there, but otherwise it's (mostly ugly) houses and little else. It's a fairly long walk from most of it to the commercial district on East Carson Street as well, and in the winter the steep slopes and infrequent salting will make getting down (with a car or on foot) problematic.

Except for some areas right around Arlington Avenue, the area is safe, however. Beware craigslist scammers who will put things in Arlington and Allentown, as Arlington is a more than a bit gritty, and Allentown is distinctly unsafe.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Brookline, PGH
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I vote for Friendship...


... wait, wrong thread.

I actually really like the slopes, partially for nostalgic purposes, partially for the fantabulous views, and largely for the best daggum mural in town.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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It's fun sliding...errr...driving down Eleanor Street in the Slopes during a snow storm.
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