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4/5
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"Another beautiful green street..."

Yet another in the contenders for 'avoiding paying Manhattan rents while still being close to Manhattan'. Linden and the Royal Oak areas were the two streets that made me consider moving to the island. For one reason: Green.

Sure, the neighbors are friendly, the rents are cheap, the transit's good, the houses are well built and sport impressive paint (or wood panelling) jobs. But all that pales in comparison to the local parks. Linden is right next to Snug Harbor- baseball diamonds and trails galore. There are *horses*. And the houses themselves are adorable- small, but they don't resemble row houses. Almost cottage like.

A really beautiful place to live if you're in the mood to settle down.
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3/5
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"similar to most of the surrounding area..."

Clark is similar to most of the streets in its neighborhood- in its borough even! It walks the line of trying to give a big suburban feel in an area with small lots, small houses. But there are some nice aspects that make it stand out- there's a great little baseball diamond nearby, and usually street parking (hallelujah!). Unfortunately, it also is next to a HUGE shopping center which leads to more noise than you might expect from the neighborhood. You win some, you lose some...
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3/5
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"Nice place for a BBQ"

I've been to BBQs with friends out here a few times. The houses are fairly narrow, on small lots (What else is new?) but the neighbors all seem very friendly, very willing to stop by, have a beer and move on. A couple actually stuck around for the food as well, bringing a few bags of chips from nearby so they didn't come empty handed! Definitely a great community vibe.
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4/5
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"Almost moved here..."

I went through a phase- maybe a lot of NY residents have them- a while back where in desperation I went *everywhere* seeing if there were cheap rents to be found in an area that wouldn't get me killed. Normally I'd just confine the search to Queens/Brooklyn, but on this occasion I checked out some areas of Staten Island as well, and I feel a little in love with Royal Oak- or more specifically, the streets it borders on-- Rice Ave, Potter Ave, Lakeland Ave. First of all, it's GREEN. So very, very green, being right next to Clove Lakes. That was perhaps the biggest temptation- just disappearing into the Park for hours on end-- maybe I wouldn't even need a house, if I could hide there! Kidding. Mostly.

And while it wasn't meant to be, I still point friends-with-babies-in-need-of-more-space to the area, because it really is lovely, and pretty affordable.
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3/5
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"welcome to suburbia!"

All right, so that could describe most of Staten Island. Whatever. Raleigh really is stereotypically suburb-y. Single family homes, cars in the driveway, neighbors who DON'T know when to turn off the sprinklers (but who are otherwise perfectly friendly if they have a moment between shuttling kids off to various schools, after-school activities, post after-school activities, etc), and the occasional swimming pool just add to the charm.

The best thing about this little street is its proximity to the zoo. If you have kids and move here, you will be super mom or dad for sure. It's also pretty quiet, plenty of trees. Altogether a pleasant compromise.
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4/5
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"Great old buildings, near to Silver Lake"

Prices in this area are still fairly low, perhaps relics of West Brighton's higher crime-rate days. If you can find a place on Revere Street, grab it. Beautiful old buildings that with a little work can be very livable in the long term. And better yet- and the main reason to come here-- it's a short walk away from Silver Lake Park. For all the walkers and joggers out there, you can do laps around the reservoir. For everyone else, come out on the nice spring and autumn days and just bask in the first (or last) light of the season. Great for families with kids, who always seem to be out in force on the weekends.
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3/5
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"Relatively nice street for the area"

This is a quiet, relatively peaceful street in Tompkinsville. Though the area in general is sort of mediocre-in decline, it hasn't slid as far as some other areas. Lots of old single-family homes- young couples, retirees.

It also has some great pluses: It's pretty diverse-- the area hasn't been completely gentrified as yet. It's cheap compared to what you would get in Manhattan or Brooklyn. It's fairly near to the ferry and the railway. Worth a look at least.
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1/5
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"Don't waste your time-- or health"

Continuing the example of 'you get what you pay for', there are many 'cheap' apartments in the Bank St/Jersey St area. Close to the ferry, they boast! Near to St. George's! Well, yes. They are. But the area is also very high in crime. I didn't feel particularly safe getting out of the car after dark- I can't imagine living there. So if you're being lured by the low, low rent, take my advice: use the same cash and find a better neighborhood elsewhere in the borough, or in Queens. Works better all around.
5/5
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"Goregous street through one of the best parts of Staten Island"

Most of Staten Island has a very suburban, generic feel. You time your day to the ferry and escape into the city for the day before retreating 'home' to sleep in the evening. But there are a few neighborhoods on the North Side that are just incredible, including St George's.

I love Fort Hill Park in all of its guises- yes, it's a street, but it's also the street leading through the park as well-- a beautiful 'wild' area that has been preserved. Lots of trees, lots of shade. Worth a visit.
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3/5
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"Safe, but too close to busy areas"

There's no doubt that this area is fairly safe. I had friends living here for years who never hesitated going out alone after a 'certain hour', who were fairly comfortable just hanging out in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, as Victory Blvd has become more and more congested, the noise level has raised tremendously. There are just too many people near to a street not meant to handle the traffic. Try a little more remote if you really have come to Staten Island to get away from that 'city' feeling.
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4/5
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"A little bit of Little Italy"

All right, so let's face it, the 'real' Little Italy isn't in Manhattan unless you're reading an out-of-date guidebook. However there are a great number of Italian and Mexican owned business in this area (usually to the West of Belmont) that beg attention from anyone who has the time to spend exploring.

This street is mostly residential-- the buildings vaguely look like they could belong to the UES out toward the East River, but are mostly occupied by everyday sort of businesses- manicurists, corner stores, the like. There are some wonderful surprises though-- Roberto's has to be one of the best Italian places in the entire city-- totally worthy of a special dinner with a special someone. The neighborhood feels fairly safe, even after dark if you're used to wandering the city alone.
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4/5
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"Typical of the area with some great perks"

I will schlep up and over from Queens to get to W. 238th St. No joke. At first glance, it seems something special- just your typical Bronx street, with its assortment of bodegas and corner stores. But look again-- and then again. Concealed in its depths- a little hole in the wall- is perhaps the best cheesecake New York- or anywhere- has to offer: S&S Cheesecake.

In a way, that's typical of the area in general. It looks like just another street, but there's a real community feel here- infrequently visited by tourists, you get the sense this is a place the locals know and love, but don't broadcast. Definitely worth a trip.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A Good Bet For Anyone"

Sometimes I think of Sunnyside as 'the one that got away'- my first NYC neighbourhood. Only ten-fifteen minutes from Manhattan (depending how touchy the 7 felt like being) the rents were reasonable and the atmosphere fantastic. One of my favourite neighbourhoods-- and I lived in many while I was in the NYC area. It used to be a heavily Irish area, but the population has shifted a bit in recent years. Still, it's easy to find signs of the old demographic-- a number of pubs and Irish restaurants line the main drag. Most of them are priced well, and provide good food and the kind of friendly service that isn't always a given in local restaurants. There's also an enormous imports store- The Butcher's Block-- where you can pick up anything from chocolates to just the right kind of tea.

If you're lucky enough to live in Sunnyside Gardens proper, there are huge communal gardens lining the space between houses. We used to have cook-outs in the summer-- everyone came over to eat, and football games would inevitably commence on the shared lawn.

The area was quiet at night, really low crime rate, while still being convenient to the city and everything it had to offer.

Just a great place to live, and a neighbourhood I'd highly recommend to anyone looking to start out in the city.
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4/5
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"another great residential alternative"

Another adorable street in the neighborhood close to second. Small town feel- lots of young couples with children. The only bad thing is there can occasionally be a bit of an unfortunate smell. Other than that, though, the area is great! Beautiful little houses, none too large, that make you feel like you've stepped sixty years in time with their vintage paint jobs and overflowing gardens. Fantastic space.
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4/5
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"LOVELY little area"

I adore this section of Long Beach! Love love love. A quiet, residential area close to the great shops and eateries of 2nd street, this place is always a treat. Parking can be a little bit of a problem at times as people tend to take the spots in front of houses as their own personal parking lots so they can go to the aforementioned nearby shops- Fingerprints, for example, or any of the local coffee houses. But other than that, it's a nice place to stay.
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3/5
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"Try a different approach for the best views"

East Shoreline runs into the same problem as East Seaside- nice for cutting across the city, but the name is more inspiring than the scenery. If you want a nice view, or to see some of the magnificent harbor, check out West Shoreline (which East Shoreline turns into). A truly nice way to get a look at the water.
3/5
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"a commercial spot in a busy part of town"

Another little cache of stores close to the Convention Center, this place feels fairly commercial. There's some nice architecture- a bridge masquerading as a roller coaster, for one, but mostly you're just going to run into a lot of chain stores. Be sure to check out the nice Borders for a caffeine fix, though, and there are some nice places to get a quick bite.
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4/5
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"small city feel"

Okay, to be fair, this entire section of Long Beach is kind of adorable. Home to one of the few proper indie record stores left (yes, record stores- they do sell LPs), East Second features plenty of little coffee houses and restaurants to keep you going if you need a boost in between errands. Nice vibe- lots of families, pretty young. Good for people watching.
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4/5
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"Great for a night on the town"

Pine is conveniently close to Long Beach Blvd, without succumbing to the extra traffic and sheer mass of people that sometimes descend on that street. A great section of town for restaurants and pubs. Avoid the Dueling Piano Bar and try out the Auld Dubliner. A great place to wander with friends when you're looking for a good evening.
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2/5
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"there are better views"

With a name like that, you'd expect some great scenery, but in the middle of town, what you'll get is a lot of uninspiring office buildings leading to parking lots. A little sketchy after dark, make sure you're with friends, or at least a crowd of strangers letting out from Long Beach arena. Also, make sure you pay attention to parking. Often the streets are closed because of events and you'll have difficulty explaining your way out of that kind of ticket.
3/5
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"big and busy"

Atlantic is big. Atlantic is busy. Atlantic is fairly noisy and always in motion. While I quite like the array of choices offered- you have every kind of restaurant you could want, as well as a decent array of nightlife options, I can't help but feeling that Long Beach itself is better represented in the smaller, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Try some of the smaller streets if you want a real feel for the city. If you're new to the area though, and just need a place where you're guaranteed to be able to find what you need, Atlantic will be able to offer whatever you're looking for.
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4/5
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"A great alternative"

If you want to get around the city fairly quickly, but aren't much for braving traffic, Orange is a great alternative. It manages to keep the essence of Long Beach- the things that make the city really enjoyable- without getting clogged with tourists wanting to see the beach. Nice vibe throughout, very homey and quite like a small city despite the size of Long Beach itself (not to mention its huge neighbors!)
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3/5
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"in the middle of it all"

All right, if you're coming to Long Beach, and you don't live here, there's a pretty good chance you'll hit the Boulevard at some point or another. Not beause it's necessarily the most attractive piece of real estate, but at the end of the day, it features the Convention Center, which is where a lot of out of towners are headed. Not a bad thoroughfare by any means, but it is a little indistinct compared to the main streets of other cities. Still, traffic's usually pretty good, and you can grab a bite to eat nearby. A decent place to spend the day if you have to.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Small city feel within a big city's reach"

Oak Ridge is, by all accounts, a good place to raise kids. It's scenic, with beautiful mountains surrounding the city, it has great schools, homes aren't expensive and thanks to the laboratory there are plenty of jobs. Despite this, however, the town is aging, and you won't find the young families that existed in its heyday, when the population exceeded 75,000. Now at 30,000 or less, it's no longer the vibrant community it once was. Which isn't to say it is without attractions. It's close to Knoxville (Knoxvegas) which offers still more jobs, night life, restaurants, culture and the like, but is decidedly cheaper than moving there. And there are plenty of events to keep people of all ages interested in city life- from the Mayfest to various local orchestras to travelling bands and author signings. If you're looking for a nice little place to settle down, but don't want to give up access to the bigger cities, this might be the place for you.
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1/5
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"A place you never want to be"

This place is a disaster area, ecologically speaking. Familiar probably only to those who have to use the Belt Parkway, and that's a plus, because you don't want to be exposed to this landfill any other way. Supposedly there are talks to rehabilitate the area into a natural preserve of some sort, but so far it's just been talk. Stay clear of this place.
3/5
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"Traditions linger despite recent changes"

Even with the hipsters taking over Williamsburg and Greenpoint, you're still just as likely to find Polish restaurants and businesses mixed in with the more boutiques and cafes on Manhattan Avenue. It manages to feel 'other' even with the increased gentrification of the surrounding area. And it's easy to get to- if Eastern European cooking is your thing, you can take the crosstown train- it runs right under the avenue.
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4/5
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"Great shopping spot without overwhelming gentrification"

With most of Brooklyn, you feel like you're fighting the effects of gentrification every time you try a new neighbourhood. Somehow, despite its length, the area around Kings Highway seems to maintain an 'old world' feel in the midst of the development all around it. If you're lucky enough to live near the west end, you'll find hundreds of shops, most local to the area to pick and choose from. A great way to get your fill of retail therapy without having to venture into Manhattan.
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4/5
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"Good for Coney Island"

Most people still use Stillwell to get to Coney Island, and that's just fine. Though the park hardly retains the spark of its glory years, but it's still great for a day of kitschy fun that's a throwback to times long past. Get a hot dog, take a ride on the roller coaster, and pray that the always promised 'revitalization efforts' actually come through in the next century.
4/5
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"A secret biker treasure"

So, full disclosure, I lived in Queens. But occasionally I'd sneak across borough borders with my bike and head for Bedford Avenue. It's ten miles long, and the best part is, it has a designated bike lane on each side, so you can get a workout while taking in just about every style of architecture Brooklyn has to offer. While there's been a lot of gentrification here, there are still little cafes hiding here and there if you keep your eyes peeled.
4/5
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"Great for a touristy day out"

A lot of Eastern Parkway is pretty utilitarian, acting as a thoroughfare through the Borough, but it also features some of the 'must-sees' if you're a tourist in the area. Hang out at Prospect Park for a few hours, of if you're in the mood for something a little more flower-y, take in the Botanical Gardens. If culture is more your thing the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Public Library are both here as well.
3/5
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"A quiet alternative to Williamsburg"

Kent Avenue has everything most people are looking for when they consider moving to Williamsburg- a nice location (on the water, even!), trendy stores, great restaurants, expensive property... but it's definitely a bit quieter, so if you're someone trying to balance your desire to live in a great, vital neighborhood with the necessity of getting up and going to the dayjob, this is probably a good choice for you.
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3/5
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"'Murder Ave' looking up"

It'll probably never reach it's Navy Yard heyday, but there's no denying that Myrtle Avenue is finally on an upswing. In some parts, it's positively charming, though it doesn't quite match the vitality of its Queens counterpart. The area around the Pratt Institute in particular is a nice place to spend some time, with plenty of boutiques and cafes to pass the day. Still, when getting into less savory parts of the Avenue, exercise caution- it's still not totally up to form yet.
4/5
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"You can't mention Brooklyn without Flatbush"

This is THE thoroughfare for Brooklyn, so if you live in the area it's pretty much impossible to miss. It's an entity unto itself, and if you ever need a jolt of energy, just step out into the bustle. Grab some food from a street vendor, try to ignore the knock off purses and bootleg DVDs all around you- windowshop, hang out with friends. It's all good here. Streets like this are why people come to the City in the first place.
4/5
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"Great avenue- as far as Flatbush anyway"

While the elevated LIRR does tend to kill off a lot of business opportunities once you're past Atlantic Avenue Terminal, the western portion of the avenue is a great place to pass some time, it being mainly populated by churches, botique shops, and plenty of little cafes. And don't miss the far eastern side of the avenue, for some of the best middle eastern food you'll find in the city.
4/5
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"Lovely residential area"

Yeah, it's got its own freeway exit, but Valley Circle is mostly residential, with barely a break for even a gas station. However, it is a *lovely* residential area, quiet and mostly serene, with streets that lead up into the lovely Victory Trail park. A great place for late night and early morning walks before the rest of the world wakes up and starts heading to the schools, which are mere streets away.
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4/5
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"A good link to LA proper"

While most on Canoga Ave will be using it to go North/South within the Valley itself, it offers an attractive option to connect to North Hollywood and Hollywood proper in the form of a newly added Orange Line stop, which joins the station with the Red Line in NoHo. For those who wish to stay around the street itself though, there are several stores around for passing time- a Borders and a few other retailers, as well as a few fast food options for the hungry- not least among these Flooky's, serving cheap diner food in the Valley for far too many years now.
3/5
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"Major transitway for Valley Dwellers"

This part of Victory Boulevard makes up a major roadway for those traveling east/west. As such, it is lined with grocery stores, banks, restaurants, and box stores to appeal to commuters making their way to and from work. Not much in the way of character, but it does offer a quick and easy way to pick up a bite or grab the dog food your forgot to bring home the night before.
3/5
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"A nice enough street that mixes residential and business properties"

Erwin is a decent enough mix of properties. Condominiums line one side of the street and the surrounding area, while other spots are filled with nondescript, but professional looking office buildings. There are a few healthcare facilities quite nearby, making it an attractive option for people for whom this is a necessity. There are a few good restaurants on nearby Ventura Boulevard, and transit is easily accessible via Warner Center Transit Hub.
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2/5
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"Dreary excuse for a street"

Despite being fairly close to a decent stretch of Sherman Way, Keswick manages to maintain an industrial park vibe through out- and not just that of any industrial park- this is a particularly dirty industrial park where you'll be subjected to catcalls just for walking to your car. There are a few office buildings, but even those seem to blend into a grey background. Not recommended.
4/5
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"A smaller alternative to Topanga Canyon shopping"

Fallbrook in West Hills is mostly known for Fallbrook Centre, a nice grouping of shops and restaurants that stretches from Fallbrook to Royer, Victory Blvd to Van Owen. There are some good sit down places- though mostly of the chain variety (think IHOP, Red Lobster) as well as a Subway, various coffee eateries and the like. Trader Joe's makes an appearance, a gem in the otherwise overpriced Woodland Hills/West Hills market. Perhaps the most unique draw is one of the few independent movie theaters in the area- a Laemelle owned cinema that shows movies you won't find down the street at the AMC.
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"Great for shopping in the middle of the Valley"

While Topanga will eventually become the canyon that gives the street its name, here it's a mostly retail area. There are plenty of fast food joints, as well as big box stores- Best Buy, Borders, a movie theater and the like- but the big draw is the Topanga Westfield Mall, one of the largest malls in the state, featuring some stores you might have to venture to Beverley Hills for normally (Tiffany's, etc).
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4/5
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"A street that ranges from lovely to undesireable"

See, here's the thing about Sherman Way. Some bits of it are really great, with palm trees and shops that have been around for thirty or forty years. And other parts are clearly rundown and getting worse. West of Canoga, you'll find great restaurants such as Follow Your Heart- a Valley institution for vegetarian cuisine and other long lasting favourites such as the Green Thumb (nursery) and Caveretta's (Italian take out) as well as an Indian grocer's and many specialty shops. A great place to spend a day.
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3/5
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"Relatively quiet for a 'major' street"

Platt is one of the major avenues that runs through the mostly residential areas of Woodland Hills and the surrounding area. While there are some houses that face the street, it is most useful as route to the freeway, as well as for the businesses it offers- grocery stores, banks, post offices, fast food restaurants- they're all on Platt, and usually the quickest option for those in a rush.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Fairly quiet residential street in a good neighborhood"

Calvert itself is a fairly quiet street, aside from teenagers who occasionally drive a little too fast a little too late at night after they've been let out of school. While there's nothing much to see/do/eat on the street itself, it benefits from being close to enough major streets that finding any of these is not terribly difficult. It is very close to the Westfield Topanga Mall, the largest mall in the Valley, and indeed in Southern California, so there's definitely plenty on offer if shopping is your thing.

Cost of living is fairly high- the supermarkets are inflated to Woodland Hills prices- but a stop at Trader Joe's may save you.
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5/5
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"Off the beaten path, but worth it"

I'm not sure how commong a visit to the Japanese Garden is in a city with so many other artistic and historical landmarks, but if you want a destination slightly off the beaten path, States Drive hosts this wonderful getaway in the middle of the city. Featuring a reconstructed house in the Japanese style, the whole place is serene, and a perfect escape from the normal frantic visiting pace.
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4/5
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"A great historical street"

Chestnut Street benefits from being set back a little from Walnut St. While there are still a few shops and restaurants, its real attraction is not retail- rather, most people come here to take in Independence Hall. The area is well kept up and just lovely to visit. As a bonus, the University of Pennsylvania campus is fairly close (nearer to Walnut, though) and its buildings should be tourist attractions in and of themselves.
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4/5
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"Worth it for the shopping"

If you're in town for shopping, head to Walnut. Just about everything you could ever want to buy is on offer here (though usually at a bit of a cost!) along with plenty of places to relax, eat, drink, and just spend time with friends (or shopping partners). For the historically minded, there's also Rittenhouse Square, a park planned by none other than William Penn himself.
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4/5
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"Busy but worth it"

Broad is one of the busiest streets in Philly, with no small thanks going to the subway that runs beneath it. However, it's also one of the most vibrant streets in the city. Start at Spruce and go up to market, and look at all the little lit 'AA' signs, for Avenue of the Arts. If you're an artist seeking inspiration, or just a visitor wanting to take in a little culture, this is the place to be.
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4/5
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"Nice neighborhood going downhill"

Spruce Street really isn't so bad. It's got a number of really lovely old houses, that if kept up would be really attractive living options. Unfortunately, the neighborhood has gone downhill in the past few years, and this, combined with its distance from the city (especially if you don't drive) has been enough to drive many of the families that used to make living in the area so attractive out in search of better real estate.
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2/5
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"Home to the Gallery, and not much else"

Despite its size (it runs all the way from Market to Fisher) and its location next to several landmarks (the Gallery, Hunting Park) 9th street is a fairly rundown street. A lot of housing for college students who need cheap rents, but not much in the way of ambience. The Gallery, which is probably the reason most people are in the area, is a large, indoor mall- again, despite its size, it doesn't have so much to offer, having become pretty rundown in recent years.
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4/5
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"A good starting spot for history buffs"

This is the history buff's answer to the art student's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. If you're here to explore the role Philadelphia played in the Revolutionary War, this is your best place to start. You can see all sorts of historical landmarks, from the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, to the house where both George Washington and John Adams lived while they were in town. There are a number of metro/SEPTA stops near by, making it pretty easy to access.
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"Crazy but getting cramped"

Oh, South Street. You give us cheesesteaks. You give us great venues like the TLA. But you also give us crazy kids who think cruising is cool. It's an interesting area, but slowly being overwhelmed by people with lowriders and not much else to do on a weekend. Tourists are also catching on, and it seems to be getting more and more crowded lately.
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"Good for the music- not for much else"

Okay, so chances are you're not going to be going to Poplar St. unless you have a reason. Maybe this is because, for being so close to so many attractions, it's strangely difficult to turn onto. Maps will try to tell you to turn on Chang Street... which would be great, if that street was around these days. Anyway, most will be coming for the North Star Bar, a mighty local music institution. It's a bit of a blank space inside, but the acts are usually pretty good, and it's certainly laid back enough to discover new music. If you can find it, a great place to spend a weekend night.
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"Almost makes Philly seem like a big city"

Compared to a lot of the east coast cities, Philadelphia can come up a little short. But this stretch of road totally makes up for it. It's a wide, well-kept street, that almost represents the European parkways many are familiar with. And you will never run out of things to do- the Rodin Museum, the Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Cathedral... it's all right here. If you only had one day to spend in Philadelphia, this would be where you wanted the cab to drop you off.
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