everything_bagel wrote:cc78 wrote:schmelling wrote:west philly kind of gets a bad rep. what are the borders of the area we should live?
I always thought of anything north of Baltimore, south of Chestnut and east of 45th as being pretty good.
South of Chestnut is credited. Anything along the Baltimore corridor will be pretty good further up than 45th. I'd feel comfortable living south of Baltimore (say, to Chester) at least as far west as 45th, personally--some parts of Squirrel Hill are even fancy--but there's nothing wrong with playing it safe. I hope it goes without saying that you've got to have street smarts wherever you live--not to knock on Philly specifically, but it is a place where desperate people and people who don't know how to put their iPhones away do intersect.
The only problem with West Philly is that Trader Joe's is on the other side of the river
You make great points. The street smarts thing couldn't be more right...I can remember unfortunate folks having incidents on Locust Walk even because they were too careless.
Only other consideration when you push too far west is the walk to campus. If you're going to the law school, it can be a hike depending on where you live. But maybe Penn has some new fancy transport services that aren't SEPTA.