Northern Liberties is coming up, but you can still go from one block to the next and be in somewhere completely safe to somewhere kind of dangerous. I bought my place right off the Broad street line so I could limit the amount of time it is going to take me to get to school. How do you like Manayunk, DividedSky?
very true, n lib is nowhere near as safe as anywhere in center city. i've even read a few articles insinuating that a certain crime element is actually attracted to the area because of its recent gentrification coupled with its proximity to some of philly's worst hoods... i read this about a year ago so i would imagine/hope that the police presence has been increased in the area and that as more development goes on and more money comes in it will only get safer (hey why not), but its no garuntee.
if i had ended up going to temple, i probably would have tried to either rent in old city, or be as close to the orange line as possible. the new packard motor building and the river north building coming up along broad street in the area just north of the vine are good steps for the area. as you can tell, i'm the kind of person who is more attracted to an urban area, which is why i chose to live in Manayunk (instead of closer to Villanova). to answer your question, i love it here so far -- the building i'm in is full of people fresh out of college, either working their first "real job" or off to grad school. just in this complex there are students from penn, temple, and 'nova law, drexel med (fka hahnemann), and PCOM. my roomate is in grad film at temple, and there are others around -- i dont know alot of the people yet, i'm basing my statements mostly on license plate frames in the parking lot, and the fact that everyone i've seen looks to be under the age of 25... i'm 2 blocks from main street, which is great. this place is pretty quiet on the weekdays, but fun on the weekends. seems like a good balance for anyone who still wants to have a social life in law school (but was worried that being in too much of a social area would infringe on their studies during the week). i dont think i'd want to be right on main street, i did the whole living next to a bar thing at tulane and, well, you see what it did to my GPA. so all things considered, i'd have to say this is a great place for anybody who is worried they're going to miss college (i know i will), but also plans to take grad school more seriously. (again, see UGPA)
i can throw out a few building recommendations if anyone needs them, but i think for Temple students, living somewhere more downtown would be much more convenient (even though the R6 does run right from manayunk to temple, according to my roomate). manayunk and roxborough are certainly safer than north philly, but dont have quite the same urban conveniences as center city (though its certainly better than living in suburbia...)