if that is sketchy, wow...! lol
I love walking down Locust, Spruce, and Pine and find all three streets pretty darn safe and on many blocks quite charming too. On 10th and Spruce, you've got Kanella and Varga Bar and both are fine places that attract a steady clientele. The homes are well kept, IMO. Certainly, it feels more homey to me compared to west of Broad...which feels stuffy and overly expensive. Although I love west of Broad too...
As far as amenities, I don't think you're making a huge move to begin with. Walnut St shopping (you shop for clothes in those boutiques that often?) really isn't far from where you would be. And look at it this way... you will be that much closer to Italian Market! And of course Reading Terminal Market, and places like Essene.
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