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Okay, I just got back from Philly last night. I looked at 6 places in various areas. All were on the periphery of Center City (except one in Manayunk). I suppose after looking that I'm partial to the city. For those that haven't been, places that seem out of the way on a map are still closer than you think. And you can find things for a decent price if you move away from the actual center of the city. For example, I found a 4 bedroom for $1200 in the Italian Market area. It was 6 blocks from an Orange line station, newly remodeled and it was in a pretty cool neighborhood. Also, Northern Liberties is nice and more affordable than, say, old city/society hill. Lots of students and young professionals in Northern Liberties and Art Museum, lots of personality in the Italian Market, and everyone I met kept telling me University City is a great place for students because its affordable and near transportation.

One thing that I've been hearing on LSD is how some of the places I've just mentioned are sketchy. For the most part I didn't find this to be true. I took 3 days to see 6 places and I walked around all the neighborhoods. I wanted to really feel them out. South Philly is pretty cool. Lots of families and shops, plus you get that Brooklyn feel with the rowhouses (although its definitely more a Philly feel). Italian Market had alot of personality and seemed like a neighborhood. The actual market that Genos and Pats is on is cool, although that's, I guess, called Bella Vista. Still cool though and a good mix of demographics with mainly Asians, Hispanics, and Caucasians. Northern Liberties was a boat load  of art galleries and funky cafe/bar/restaurants. Also lots of students and young professionals. Art museum seemed yuppieish and was pretty with tree lined rows and lots of dog walkers.

In all these places there were areas that you didn't really want to walk through with $50 bills hanging out of your pockets. But, for the most part they seemed safe and surprisingly friendly (people were talking to me about the neighborhood and striking up conversations everywhere I went). My opinion is that, sure these places are not as 100% secure as Rittenhouse or the suburbs, but the bad looking spots are pretty recognizable so if you avoid them, you'll find that these places are actually really cool areas.

One thing I'm not sure about however, is parking on the street in these areas. Being physically safe is one thing. But, I didn't have a car with me so I never parked anywhere. I guess I hear tell of peoples' cars getting broken into in Northern Liberties and Italian Market and South Philly. Maybe somebody can confirm this.

Another thing is that alot of these places are deceptive. Northern Liberties, especially up near Girard, looks scary. But, once you walk around and realize its all college students who live there, and start to notice that the neighborhood has lots of people out walking dogs and perusing art galleries, and see BMWs parked outside at night, it starts to seem less sketchy. Other places can look okay but seem sketchier with bums crawling out of the woodwork and berating you if you don't give them money. But all in all, this deceptiveness seems to be on the edges of these neighborhoods and away from main roads. 

Anyhow, I know I sound like a real estate agent. But, I thought I'd let you all know that there is affordable stuff in Center City.

Have a good one.

Temple / Re: Anyone want to get a place?
« on: June 07, 2007, 03:51:39 PM »
Hey savage_fred.

I'm interested in sharing a place with 1 or 2 other guys (or gals, but  I agree it might be easier if its guys). I sent you an email with my contact info.

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 30, 2007, 08:09:50 PM »
Hey guys, I'm going to try and condense this into 1 post...I'm currently on the waitlist at Temple for the full time program, however; just received an offer into the evening program.  I've been admitted to Seton Hall and Rutgers Camden but am currently leaning towards Temple.  Any advice would be appreciated.  About me: 24, from the area (west chester), graduated from Pitt in 01 and have been working at SEI the past year and a half.  If anyone is in a similar situation it would be good to hear what you're thinking.     

When are your second seat deposits due at SHU and Rutgers vs. when did Temple estimate that they'd let you know about the waitlist? Also, when is the final seat deposit for the night program due. I suppose the best thing to do is keep those dates in mind while you wait Temple out.

Also, have you sent Temple a letter of continued interest in the day program? I hear it helps.

Temple / Re: Temple Law aesthetics or lack thereof
« on: April 26, 2007, 05:06:40 PM »
I like the Chiefs, but i'm certainly no die-hard fan. My dad used to have season tickets so I went to every game in the 90's. They've let me down so many times it's hard to take them serious anymore. I'm a bigger Royals fan because I know they are going to suck every year so they never let me down.

I know quite a few people from BVNW, but most of the folks I know graduated between 1998-2000 and only a couple of them still live in the area. Some things you need to do before you move from the KC area (assuming you haven't already done them):

1. Oklahoma Joes BBQ (the original location on Mission)
2. Arthur Bryants BBQ (the original location on Brooklyn Ave.)
3. Gates BBQ (preferably the Main location)
4. Great Lenexa BBQ Battle (June 22-24 & be sure to go on Friday when they give out samples)

That's about it. If you're going to Temple we can hang out in Philly and I'll smoke up a few slabs of ribs. Man...I miss barbecue.

Yeah, the Royals are like clockwork.

I go to all the places you listed (Arthur Bryants is money and my company gets OK Joes once or twice a month) but haven't been to the BBQ battle.

Most of the people I know here graduated 98. Do you know Mike Glaser or Joel Grecian?

Hells yeah, we'll have to have a cookout and show these Northeasterners how to cook a hunk o' pork.

Temple / Re: Temple Law aesthetics or lack thereof
« on: April 26, 2007, 03:39:30 PM »

Born and raised in the KC area (Lenexa) and went to undergraduate at KU. Lived in Oregon for a few years after that and now I'm in New Mexico. What are you doing in KS? 

Right now... slacking at work ;)  No, I'm working as a web developer at a small telecom firm in OP. The company actually just moved to their current location from Lenexa.

Are you as die hard about the Chiefs as everyone else here? I mean holy cow! I came here from Denver and wore a Broncos shirt to a Chiefs game. It was a bad mistake.

I've been here for about 3 years now and met some people. Did you know anybody from Blue Valley Northwest HS?

Temple / Re: Temple Law aesthetics or lack thereof
« on: April 26, 2007, 01:54:00 PM »
Has anyone noticed that the Temple law school website and viewbooks are not nearly as impressive as some from much less respected schools (i.e. "third tier")? And, it's not just the appearance -- it's also relatively hard to find information on the Temple website; and the viewbooks are pretty thin and lacking in detail.

It can be hard to overlook these weaknesses and seek out the hard facts that really matter. Do you think these "marketing" issues help explain why Temple's "conversion" rate is relatively low? (The percentage of admitted students who actually enroll is lower than most schools I've considered.)

As far as the aesthetics of the website and viewbooks... Do you think there's any relationship to the very, very plain appearance of the facilities? Is this a Philadelphia thing? Is style just less important in Philly?

Of course, since I like Temple and plan to attend, I like to think these factors are weeding out people who are too easily influenced by those things, thereby resulting in a better, smarter student body.

You should see Seton Hall's correspondence. They don't even have brochures (I haven't received any yet anyway) and the only thing they've sent me other than a letter or payment form has been an extremely basic Excel printout of the 1l calendar.

Here, look at their website. (

Anyway, I'll most likely be attending TU as well. I'm WL at American and, since my interest is int'l, I'll go there if I finally get accepted. However, if I don't I'm still fired up about TU.

Anybody, in here from CO or KS or GA? I'm from GA went to college in CO and currently reside in KS.

A steak. Pobre mi :'(

Bust a move.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Best temperature for pizza?
« on: August 08, 2007, 04:41:10 PM »
45 degrees outside. 72 degrees inside. 500 degrees in the oven.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Add a word
« on: August 08, 2007, 04:36:48 PM »

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