Of course crime happens everywhere, but how can you argue with the fact that violent crimes are much more prevalent in big cities like Philadelphia vs a quiet suburban neighborhood. I am not trying to get into this argument about Philadelphia vs suburbs. I see the advantages and disadvantages in both and am just assessing what is better for me and my family. As a matter of fact, I lived in Washington township, Gloucester county for five years before me and my husband decided to move to Philadelphia. In the entire time I lived there never once did I feel unsafe or heard of any violent crimes in my development. We didn't have small children at the time and didn't plan on having any therefore we saw the advantages for us to move into the city. Now that we have two small kids our frame of mind has changed. Not only am I constantly worried about the safety of my kids in my own backyard, I also have a schooling dilemma for them. Those things alone are really making us reconsider our current situation of where we live.
I always find it interesting when people worry about stranger danger and being caught in the crossfire when most kids are hurt by a family member or family friend and toddlers are unlikely to be hanging out on a drug corner. There's a reason stories like that get a lot of press - they're unusual even in Philly.
Honestly, the sorts of crimes that happen in Philadelphia, particularly the homicides that everyone worries so much about, don't generally happen in some strange vacuum nor are we all subject to them. Most have known causes and reasons as to why they occur and most of us just aren't in the middle of the prime areas they occur in nor do we live lifestyles that subject us to harm's way. What happened to the young girl in Clayton is frankly more frightening to me, and probably to others.
I am not the Jackass Whisperer.
A police chase through one's front yard will likely set a person to wondering what's going on - even a committed urbanophile - and if that person has small children and some means of reducing the risk that they will get caught in the middle of some random bit of mayhem, then it's likely that person will take action to reduce that risk.
We all know that we tend to dismiss risks that are more likely to happen, such as getting hit by a car on a busy thoroughfare, because we either perceive ourselves as having some control over the circumstances (we DO look both ways before crossing the street, don't we?) or downplay the risk because the activity happens so often (again, crossing the street happens far more often than shootings). The danger in suburbia may be hidden, but it's precisely because it is hidden that most people faced with a choice such as the one Brenda faces here usually choose the place that looks safer.
Sandy Smith, Wanderer in Germantown, Philadelphia
Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia Real Estate Blog - but all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
""Jazz and blogging are both intimate, improvisational, and individual -- but also inherently collective. And the audience talks over both." --Andrew Sullivan, "Why I Blog," The Atlantic, November 2008
What Sandy says is right. Random danger and other things out of our control are much scarier than what we perceive we have sway over.
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Last edited by AsYouWere; 10-23-2012 at 06:49 PM.
I guess we'll need to let this thread die for a few days before we'll get more details about Gio's move. She can't help but bump her own threads long after their expiry (sort of like govtstatistic...hmmmm). Mayan calendar is almost up, Gio. Are you prepared? A bunch of us are going to go to the roof of the Comcast Center and do DMT on the big day.
Gio = Donna DiGiacomo? Hmmm....
If you believe people should work till they die to pay for a government worker to retire at 50, you're a Democrat. Otherwise, you're a Republican. All other differences between the parties are trivial.
"FKD, you ignorant copy 'n paste slut".
If you travel, work and spend time in the city, you're using city services.
I live in a very low crime area and I don't worry about stranger danger except in rare circumstances. However, I've been in 2 car accidents in the last 8 months, and four in the last 5 years. There's all kinds of danger.
The streets and sidewalks, for one.
"I seen a tortoise attack a peacock once. That sh*t was epic." --Philadelphia Zoo employee
FKD floats around by hovercraft but if his hovercraft is stolen or catches fire he has sworn an oath not to do anything about it.
The quote in your signature is really ironic.