This is good to know. For people who like to walk around, I feel safer knowing this.
I remember I once walked from 20th and Delancey Sts. to a friend's house near Watts St. in South Philly. I think I walked all the way down 20th St. at first. When I got to my friend's house she told me how dangerous the route was that I took. I should have known because the area became desolate and ever-so-slighty thuggy.
I normally keep my walking between Northern Liberties and Center City, so I should have known.
When I feel like saving gobs of cash, I will still walk to Save-a-Lot on Broad.
I hope the area keeps going up and up!
Now for the $64,000 question: Why can't South Street East have a normal mix of neighborhood shops and restaurants like South Street West (as opposed to condom shops, tattoo parlors, etc.)?
But in the late afternoon and night, it can get insane. Though once I saw a plethora of cops waiting on a corner around 6th and South at 3 p.m. (This was about ten years ago.)
... though I usually stay away from South St. in general.
A few blocks from South St. are those large townhomes with garages. I was thinking that the area couldn't be too dangerous with people who invested so much close by living there ... but we know the stories.
as someone who lived at 15th and Lombard 13 years ago, I can attest to the changes in South St. West. It was frightening to walk west of 15th Street then. Driving down South a few weeks ago, I hardly recognized a lot of the blocks.
But you probably still recognized the crappy Royal Theater.
Kenny. Universal. Ackerman. Greene. Blight. Drugs. Filth. Yucky.
i'm surprised, and slightly disappointed, by the thoughtfulness in this thread thus far. A couple other breaking stories the inquirer is hot on: plastic is catching on, the Beatles are popular, and wall street may be corrupt.
Right?! I'm a single female and never feel scared around here. The people here are my neighbors. This neighborhood is definitely non-ghetto; it's the city, but it's not ghetto.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
I'm not saying there aren't good reasons to live in the city instead of the main line. But one of them needs to be cheaper prices. Especially with the impending AVI which will create property tax equality between the two (if not higher in Philly).
"I am a <banned> liar." -Mr.Brightside