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Nightlife

Nightlife

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The neighborhoods of Fairmount and Spring Garden have about 50 nightlife venues between them. The grouped area also considers some that are technically located in Callowhill, Brewerytown, Northern Liberties, and Francisville as well. Philadelphia has plenty of every type of nightlife entertainment, and conveniently, this area is just a condensed version of that, still providing somewhere to go no matter what type of night you’re looking for. Silk City Diner and Lounge is good for dancing (as well as breakfast the next day!). Union Transfer is a nice, relaxed lounge which often has live music. ERA and Krupa’s Tavern are popular dive type bars, and B&W Sports Bar is a great place to enjoy a game and a brew. There are plenty more of each variety in this small part of a big city.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods of north Philadelphia are served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) by rail and bus. Both neighborhoods have transit stations, Fairmount Station and Spring Garden Station, as well as the Broad Street Station that is located in Spring Garden, and serves both on the Broad Street rail line. Both neighborhoods are also served by bus from both stations and at various stops by routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 43, and 48 regularly, as well as others. Bus and rail service from both stations lead to connecting transport around Philadelphia, as well as other Pennsylvania and New Jersey locations. All routes, stops, and information can be found at septa.org.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Russian Hill is a popular tourist spot, mostly for its interesting outdoor structures and views. Lombard Street is enjoyable visually to everyone, as the world’s crookedest street, lined heavily with hydrangeas. Alice Marble and Ina Coolbrith Parks are both fantastic ways to enjoy the view and climate of this peaceful neighborhood and its view of the Pacific Ocean. There are five art galleries in Russian Hill, and the illustrious San Francisco Art Institute provides many opportunities to enjoy the arts. There is great shopping and walking areas here. Russian Hill is mostly a relax and enjoy the view type of place.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are around 35 restaurants in the ½ square miles making up Russian Hill in San Francisco, from elegant dining to quick bites. The most upscale eatery in this neighborhood is La Folie, by far; unique, beautiful French cuisine with a high cost, worth every penny on occasion. There are 8 American style restaurants, some, such as Frascati, are also very nice. Allegro Romano is a great Italian spot, and Zarzuela is great for Spanish food. Many of the restaurants have plenty of seafood options, being so close to the bay, but for a place specializing in oceanic cuisine, Pesce is fantastic for fish. There are several pizza, sushi, and Chinese places as well.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Greater South Side has rental rates right in the middle range for Des Moines. The average cost for one bedroom apartments is $615 monthly. Two bedrooms show an average cost of $695 per month; when we compared these to other neighborhoods in the city, we saw highs of $925 in Downtown, and lows of $595 in South Park. Three bedrooms showed costs of around $1,085 per month on average. Rates escalate in September, as Des Moines is home to two four year colleges.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The Greater South Side in Des Moines is a mostly white, middle-class neighborhood. The population is 9,047, and at 4 square miles, it has a population density of around 2,285 people per square mile, a little less densely populated than Des Moines as a whole. The median household income in Greater South Side is $44,500, a bit higher than Des Moines’ average as well. The median age in this neighborhood is 38, and the average household consists of 2 people. It is a great residential area complimentary to the busy downtown of Des Moines.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Mesa Hills is among the fastest growing neighborhoods in El Paso. The downtown area is progressing, and many apartments have been developed. Due to the comfortable walking areas, and accommodating complexes as well as weather, Mesa Hills is a good place for pet owners. On My Apartment Map’s search bar, you can enter the advanced options area, and select the modifier relevant to your pet search. West Town Apartments had available listings last time I checked, and they accept cats and dogs of all sizes. Smaller dogs have more choices, and even more are available for cats only.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Mesa Hills are right in the middle range for El Paso costs. The average of one bedroom apartment costs is $730 per month. Two bedrooms run for an average of $875 monthly. The nearby Rim Area showed average rates of $1,800 monthly for two bedrooms, and the Five Points neighborhood was only $620 for the same. Three bedroom apartments showed an average price of $965 monthly. Mesa Hills does show variety when it comes to apartment costs; some complexes are more luxurious than others, and prices reflect that. Last time I checked, I saw two bedroom apartments for $650 as well as $1,150 monthly, so checking out multiple listings will be helpful.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are so many ways to enjoy Downtown Los Angeles. This area is home to the city’s main art facilities. There are over 100 art galleries, which includes ArtWalk, a semi-outdoor large area where local artists of all kinds display and create. There are also around 115 performing art venues, offering displays of opera, interpretive dance, and theater. More than 40 music venues are downtown, ranging from the quaint Tuesday Night Cafe Project to the illustrious Staples Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. There are several movie theaters and museums, as well as unique fitness centers, restaurants, and bars. There are 17 public parks in Downtown, and 5 parks that are semi-public (located on private land, with hours restrictions) parks, including Japanese gardens and Water Court fountain parks. Aside from designated recreation areas, the arts and fashion districts offer some visual enjoyment just walking around. Residents can enjoy Downtown Los Angeles as much as tourists do.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Downtown is made up of several smaller neighborhoods with varying economic statuses. Pueblo is the main transportation area; greatly contributing to the economy but not residential. Chinatown and Little Tokyo are mostly commercial areas, consisting of Chinese and Japanese shops and restaurants, with little housing. The Civic Center is home to most government buildings, Bunker Hill is the cultural heart of the art scene, South Park is home to major entertainment such as the Staples Center and LA Convention Center, and the Financial District is home to many corporate headquarters, putting much of the money these companies make back into the neighborhood’s development. Historic Core is a heavily residential area, many apartments are products of the Adaptive Reuse initiative, to flip and utilize unused buildings and space.Skid Row represents the economic soft spot of Downtown LA. It is home to an estimated 1,800 homeless people, and offers no substantial business to contribute to the economy. Neighborhoods are close enough that there are thousands of job opportunities, but the provisions in each location are very different.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Columbia Heights students are zoned within the District of Columbia Public Schools System. There are three elementary schools serving this neighborhood: Bruce Monroe, Park View, and Tubman Elementary schools. Lincoln Multicultural Middle school exclusively serves Columbia Heights students, and Cardozo, Benjamin Banneker Academic, and Bell Multicultural Senior High schools accept students based on zoning boundaries. There are nine public charter schools, serving various grades in Washington, D.C., available to all Columbia Heights students. DCPS has seen below average graduation rates. In 2007, the D.C. Public Education Reform Amendment Act was implemented to make many changes with the hopes of seeing lower dropout rates.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Columbia Heights saw intense riots, driving people and businesses out and leaving many shops and homes vacant. In 1999, the neighborhood announced a Revitalization Initiative, which began the most rapid gentrification possibly ever in the country. Now there are many businesses and housing from low income to pricey high rises, keeping the economy stable. Unlike many areas classified as gentrified, Columbia Heights is not, nor was it aimed at being, an area of uniform criteria. 46% of the population was reported in 2011 to be African American, 23% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic of any race, and 3% Asian. This neighborhood remains the most ethnically and economically diverse in Washington, D.C.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Hamilton Heights is among the lowest in Harlem, and in Manhattan as a whole. On average, a studio apartment in Hamilton Heights costs $1,775 monthly, a one-bedroom apartment goes for $1,720 monthly, two-bedrooms cost around $2,135 per month, and three bedroom apartments rent for an average of $2,735 monthly. When compared to seven surrounding neighborhoods, Hamilton Heights proved to be the second less costly, having proces only above Washington Heights, with rates only about $100 more monthly for two bedrooms. The Upper West Side was the most expensive in this comparison, averaging around $2,000 more per month for two bedrooms. Hamilton Heights is a great residential area with low rental rates.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Hamilton Heights neighborhood in West Harlem is served by the New York City Subway train system as well as New York City Transit busses. The IRT Broadway/Seventh Avenue Line provides 1 train through Hamilton Heights, IND Eighth Avenue Line provides 4 trains, and the IND Concourse Line runs 2 trains through the neighborhood, serving its 5 subway stations. M3, M4, M5, M11, M100, M101, BX6 and BX19 bus routes serve the neighborhood. Hamilton Heights, being located in Manhattan, is heavily served by public transportation.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Mid-City has about 30 public schools and 20 private schools that its residents can attend. The majority of the public schools are elementary schools -- one of the main concerns is that only a few of them scored above a 7/10 on California’s Academic Performance Index (API). The middle schools didn’t fare much better, although it should be noted that there are charter schools and public academies in Mid-Cown that perform much better than normal public schools. The Alexander Hamilton Senior High is the area’s highest-scoring school (6/10 API), unless you want to count the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (grades 6-12, 10/10 API). Private schools in Mid-City aren’t graded on the API school, but I have heard great things about them -- they’re definitely worth checking out.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Mid-City is very split ethnically, making it a culturally rich area. The most common ethnicity is Hispanic, which accounts for almost one out of every two residents in Mid-City (48%). Blacks and Whites are almost the same, at 28% and 27% respectively. There’s also a sizable Asian population, as 12% of residents claim this heritage. Despite being so varied in its ethnicities, certain areas of Mid-City are dominated by one race. For example, Lafayette Square is known for its large wealthy African-American population. You should keep this in mind when you’re weighing the factors of certain areas of the neighborhood.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Old Louisville has a great central location. To the south of the community is the University of Louisville’s flagship campus. If you travel to the north -- which most of the commuters here do every morning -- you’ll be in downtown Louisville, which is the largest business hub in the state of Kentucky. Because of the location, residents who either attend the university or work in Downtown settle down here. Most of the people who live here drive to work or school, but this neighborhood is perfect for walking: it has more pedestrian-only streets than any other community in the country.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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You’ll hear real estate agents everywhere tell you that the neighborhood they’re trying to pitch to you is “unique,” but most of them are just hyperbolizing. If you want to see a truly unique neighborhood, check out Old Louisville. It’s one of the three largest historically preserved districts in the United States, and most of the brick buildings built centuries ago are still standing. The majority of these buildings are styled with Victorian-era architecture and designs (think of a Queen Anne or a Federal style) and are simply beautiful. If you’re someone who loves the rustic looks of a historic neighborhood, you’ll be in paradise here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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East Rock draws residents from around the metropolitan area because of its recreational opportunities. The 350 feet high red cliffs that loom over the neighborhood are a landmark for the East Rock Park, a 427-acre area that offers virtually every outdoor activity to its visitors. You can hike, bike, swim, ski, sled, snowshoe, bird watch, climb -- you get the idea, there are almost too many verbs to list in this small space. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, or just someone who can appreciate nature on a sunny summer day, you will fall in love with East Rock and its huge park.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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A major concern for most New Haven renters is whether or not the neighborhood they’re interested in is close to Yale University. The school has a huge presence in the area, as many residents either attend there, work there, or have an administrative position. Fortunately, East Rock is just a mile away from Yale, which makes for an easy drive or walk. Also, both Interstate 91 and Route 5 are less than a mile away from East Rock. These are major roads that many local residents depend on every day to get to and from work, or out of the city on the weekend. Living so close to the Interstate will be helpful every morning, and most importantly, will minimize the pains of traffic.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Spring Branch’s public schools aren’t run by the Houston Independent School District like almost all of the city’s public schools are. Instead, they have their own district -- the Spring Branch Independent School District -- that serves the local schools in the neighborhood. However, there are some exceptions: students in certain areas of the neighborhood go to school in the nearby Memorial neighborhood, and others fall under the jurisdiction of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School district. There are also a little under ten private schools that operate in Spring Branch.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Spring Branch’s demographics really depend on which part of the neighborhood you live in. There are five municipal areas: Spring Branch East, Spring Branch Central, Spring Branch West, Spring Shadows, and Westbranch. The only area where Whites make up the majority of the population is Spring Shadows, where they represent 48 percent of the population. However, Hispanics are the majority in all the other areas, especially in Spring Branch Central, where they are 65 percent of the population, and Whites are only 26 percent. Spring Shadows has the largest Black population (6 percent) and Westbranch has the highest Asian population (28 percent).

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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The entire Richmond District is full of passionate pet owners, and communities that are dedicated to providing amenities for animals. For example, Inner Richmond has great small businesses like the Pet’s Corner (a locally owned pet supply store that carries a variety of brands), the Arguello Pet Hospital, and the BMK Pet Salon. If you rent in Inner Richmond and your pet gets sick, needs a bath or makeover, requires a certain type of food for health reasons, or if you encounter any other imaginable issue, there is a solution waiting on a block in Richmond.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Bay Area is famous for its chocolate, and one of the best places to find a yummy brown morsel in Inner Richmond is Haig’s Delicacies. Then there’s April in Paris, which has some of the best leather items in the entire city, and Green Apple Books, which is one of the most charming and quaint bookstores I know. There are a number of great stores just like these that add local flavor to the shopping in Inner Richmond. After you’ve had a hectic shopping spree, you can enjoy a pleasant, relaxing day out in Mountain Lake Park, the Golden Gate Park, or the Presidio, three parks that are either in Inner Richmond or are closeby.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The eastern part of Riverwest, which is closer to the local university, is considered the safer side of the neighborhood. Many young students live there, and in a certain sense it’s almost extension of the university’s campus. However, some of the blocks in the rest of the community aren’t exactly streets you would feel safe walking alone through at night. You need to be careful about where your listings are located; you can either consult a real estate agent about which specific streets are safe or not, or you can look at the MyApartmentMap to gain familiarity with the neighborhood’s layout, and then look up a crime map online to see if you should live in a certain area over another.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is about a mile away from the Riverwest neighborhood, and the community functions as an off-campus area where many of the school’s students live. The area’s growing Russian, Asian, and Hispanic groups have been notable, and there are large African-American and White populations as well. Overall, this is a diverse neighborhood that has a solid mix of cultures, and is one of the most diverse in Milwaukee. No matter which ethnicity or age you are, you’ll be welcomed here.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The West End has been testing out redevelopment efforts in recent years, and so far it’s really been improving the area. For example, an empty Sears parking lot was turned into a luxury apartment building called Sky Lofts. This, as well as many other acts of revitalization, has lured some of Atlanta’s “young professionals” into the West End -- this is a which the neighborhood has never really had before. The community also is known for its large African-American population, and for a sizable population of artists. In fact, it was named Best Neighborhood for Artists by the local Creative Loafing publication.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transportation has become a huge selling point lately, and the West End has a solid selection of transit options. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency (MARTA) runs a train system through the city, and the Red and Gold lines stop at the West End station. This service can take residents to locations like The Mall at Westend, Morehouse Colleges, and the Westend Medical Center, just to name a few places. MARTA also operates a handful of buses that stop at the West End station. With the combination of the trains and buses, you’ll be able to reach mostly any part of Atlanta with public transportation.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental prices are high no matter where you look in Honolulu, and in Manoa there isn’t a more competitive market. Because there are so many college students looking for housing both on and off campus here, you have to be very attentive to the market, and if a listing surfaces you have to grab it. Certain seasons, like summer or early fall, are especially difficult because that’s a popular time for students to search for apartments. If you look during winter, or two months before or after, you should be able to find some “deals.” I put quotation marks because mostly all the apartments here are over $1000 for rent.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The University of Hawai’i Manoa is the school’s flagship campus. The school has successful Division I sports programs, it offers Bachelor’s degrees in almost 100 fields, and is home to over 20,000 students. It’s safe to say it’s one of the best schools in the state. The university is such a large part of the culture here because of how many students live in the area. If you rent here, you’ll probably have at least a few neighbors that are in their early 20s. For K-12 schools, there are public institutions like the Noelani Elementary School, as well as private schools like the Mid-Pacific Institute and the Punahou School.

 
Weather

Weather

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The Sunset District is generally a foggy, chilly area. Inner Sunset, however, is the area in the district that sees the most sunshine. The Sunset District is located along the Pacific Ocean coatline, and the “inner” title of this particular neighborhood relates to it being the most inland portion of the district. Consecutive days of visible sunshine are more frequent here. Temperatures remain in the 60’s, and in September and October, when the fog lifts, temperatures can escalate. The area sees about 20 inches of rain throughout the year. While temperatures fall and rise slightly throughout the year, no extreme changes are noticeable.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Inner Sunset is the most popular nightlife destination in the Sunset District, due to the high population of young professionals with disposable income. Many of the bars in the area are relaxed lounges, and some are dive or sports bars. This is not a big clubbing area, more of a few drinks after work scene. Fireside Bar and Inner Fog are some popular spots that are relaxed and not very loud, good for unwinding. Blackthorn and Terry’s Lodge are more on the divey end of things, also popular for a different type of night. Bars in this area are open until 2am. Many restaurants in the area also cater to the drinking crowd past kitchen hours.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In 1970, Interstate 5 was constructed passing through the San Diego neighborhood. When this happened, Little Italy became not much more than a stop for gas. After almost 30 years of economic decline, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association (LINA) was created in 1996, and since then the economy has been thriving. The association has reconstructed the neighborhood, and began a gentrification process that has since transformed the area. Now, there is a terrific downtown area, with over 4,000 businesses providing job opportunities. While there aren’t any large industrial corporations in Little Italy, there are many small jobs in the service industry, health and beauty, automotive, medical and retail. 14.2% of residents in Little Italy are below the poverty line, very close to the city’s average of 14.6%. The Business Improvement District and the Community Benefit District of Little Italy are both active in the continuing revitalization of the neighborhood, maintaining the stability of its economy.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Little Italy in San Diego holds celebratory events throughout the year, many of them related to Italian culture, and occurring on India Street. Little Italy Carnevale (a Venetian mask event), Sicilian Festival, and Little Italy Festa are all Italian-themed events. Corso degli Artisti Street Painting Festival, Precious Festa, Labor Day Stickball Tournament, Art Walk (the largest art event on the west coast), Grand Fondo (bicycle ride, drawing in 3,000 riders from around the world), and the Little Italy Christmas Village and Tree Lighting are some of the annual events celebrating the culture of Little Italy more than Italy. There are regularly occurring neighborhood events as well, such as summer concerts and Kettner nights (arts and excitement on Kettner Boulevard). All events can be found at littleitalysd.com. Buon divertimento!

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Loring Park is celebrated for its diverse social environment. Rentals in the neighborhood consist of new townhouses and condominiums as well as duplexes and homes from the early 1900’s. This welcomes those of all income levels to become residents of Loring Park. Section 8 is available through the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA). Applications and information can be found at mphaonline.org. On My Apartment Map, in the advanced options section, the Section 8 modifier will show you all available rentals accepting vouchers.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Friends of Loring Park is a community organization that collaborates with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to arrange events and projects aimed at bringing the community together and keeping the neighborhood beautiful. Annually, the group holds events such as Loring Park Art Festival, Northern Spark Festival, Bluegrass Festival, National Night Out, LGBT Pride Festival, and Harvey Milk Day Celebration. Throughout the year regular events are organized such as community horseshoe playing, wading pool opening children’s day, sing-alongs and dance performances in the community center, and many garden programs including meditation, nature art class, and children’s gardening programs. All events can be found at friendsofloringpark.com.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Yorkville is one of the neighborhoods making up the prestigious Upper East Side of Manhattan. Real estate prices are higher in Yorkville than in the Upper East Side collectively. 22% of the population earn more than $76,000 yearly, and 10% earn over $100,000. There are over 45,000 professional companies in this affluent neighborhood, providing jobs in upscale service industry positions, various medical positions, retail, automotive, and many more occupation types. The unemployment rate in Yorkville is around 4.5%, while the state of New York has a rate of 7.5%. Opportunity within Yorkville is plentiful; and surrounding areas offer hundreds of thousands more. The economy in Yorkville is very stable.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Yorkville is home to around 550 restaurants, of all price ranges, flavors and atmospheres. There are approximately 75 Italian eateries, with Nica Trattoria, a small intimate place, being the best in my, along with many locals, opinion. There are around 20 American spots, and of these, Sojourn is a must-try. Quatorze Bis is great for French brunch, lunch and dinner, Sushi Seki is terrific Japanese, and Nick’s Pizza is the place to go for a New York slice on the Upper East Side. There are several vegetarian and vegan locations, Mexican spots, burger joints and more peppered throughout the neighborhood.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Baltimore is known to have a high crime rate. Park Heights is responsible for a large part of those numbers. Baltimore’s crime rate average is 38% higher than the Maryland state average, and Park Heights’ average is 35% higher than Baltimore’s. The violent crime rate in Park Heights is 14% higher than the citywide average. There is a large amount of gang activity in Park Heights, which causes many drug and violence arrests, particularly in the neighborhood’s youth; the juvenile arrest rate is 56% higher here than in the rest of the city. Steps are being taken to try and reverse the neighborhoods image, but funding is a large part of it. There are 8 police officers serving the neighborhood, an amount which is barely able to monitor criminal activity. More officers have been proposed, as well as neighborhood-wide surveillance cameras and redevelopment of abandoned structures.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Park Heights offers transportation on four bus routes through the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA Maryland). Bus routes offer service at various times; some are 24 hours daily, while some operate only between 5:30 am and 10:00 pm. All routes serving Park Heights (33, 53, 54, and 97) terminate at different Baltimore subway rail stations. All trains operate from 5am to midnight, and serve all of the greater Baltimore area, carrying 48,500 passengers daily (2011 average). Less than half of Baltimore residents own cars, making MTA the primary source of transportation in Park Heights as well as the rest of the city.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Mount Washington is a very renter-friendly neighborhood. In fact, in the 1980’s, residents and officials were concerned with the neighborhoods image after many large apartment complexes were built, including many inexpensive and low-income buildings. Recently, zoning laws have stopped production on certain types of housing, and many more upscale rentals have been produced, such as the most recent Reserve at Spindlehill on Elstun Road, producing 24 townhouse condominiums. Mount Washington is has the lowest rental rates in Cincinnati; one-bedroom apartments rent for around $550 monthly, two-bedrooms for $650 monthly, and three-bedroom apartments go for around $725 monthly.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Mount Washington is served by Southwest Ohio Regional Transportation Authority (SORTA) by bus. As of 2006, SORTA has become dependent on a biodiesel blend of fuel, made from Ohio soybeans. This provides fuel for over 75,000 passenger trips daily during the week. The bus system provides over 50 routes; numbers 24, 30X, and 81X serve Mount Washington, and provide transport to Cincinnati as well as all of Southwest Ohio. The Transit Authority of Kentucky (TANK) also serves the Mount Washington area, Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In February of 2012, a modern streetcar began operation by SORTA, which will operate throughout downtown Cincinnati, including the Mount Washington area.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Manhattan as a city is known to have a strong economy. As with any large city, fluctuations are expected. However, Gramercy has been described in the New York Times as “a Victorian gentleman who has refused to die”, having a very stable economy, with real estate in particular seeing very little turmoil. The median household income in Gramercy is around $75,000, while New York City as a whole has a median income of $46,000. The unemployment rate is around 5%, around half of the city and state averages, and the poverty level is around 9%, far from the 21% if NYC totals. Many jobs in Gramercy are in the financial industry, while education and health care are large contributors to resident employment as well. There are hundreds of restaurants, automotive companies, retail and more within Gramercy and surrounding it.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Gramercy is perhaps the most residential neighborhood in Manhattan, and the one best suited for pet owners. Many rentals here are townhouses with large backyards. Those that aren’t can still enjoy the peaceful streets and scenery. Zoning laws have kept this neighborhood from becoming as industrialized as much of the city, and while Gramercy Park is not open to the public, the sidewalks surrounding the gates are great and frequently used for dog-walking. For these reasons, owning a pet in Gramercy is very convenient. My Apartment Map has plenty of listings for pet friendly rentals in Gramercy. There are around ten places accepting all pets including large dogs listed, including Post Luminaria, Parc East, and Peter Cooper Village. These can be viewed by entering the advanced options section, and selecting the modifier right for you.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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At ten miles, South Shore is quite a bit further from downtown Chicago than most of the city’s other neighborhoods. In some cities, this could be considered suburban distance. However, the commute isn’t bad at all. The drive is about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic, but usually doesn’t take much longer than that. Most of the commute (unless you take Interstate 90) is spent on South Lake Shore Drive, which is a scenic road that runs parallel to Lake Michigan. There are also public transportation options: numerous buses have stops in the area, and the city’s red line subway service is about a ten minute drive from the center of the neighborhood.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The South Shore has been called home by people like rapper Kanye West, aviator Amelia Earhart, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Aside from these famous names, the community is home to middle and upper class families. It’s one of only a few areas in the city’s South Side that are considered middle to upper class, with the other two being Hyde Park and Beverly. The South Shore neighborhood, which is officially a historic district and Chicago Landmark, is very diverse and has a large number of both White and Black families.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Uptown isn’t so much a residential area, but is more of a economical center and commercial area. A staple of both the local economy and commercialism is the Galleria, which is a gigantic mixed-use complex. It has office space, hotels, a health club, and more, but is best known as a shopping center. It’s the largest shopping mall in the state of Texas, and the seventh largest in the country. This may sound unbelievable, but there are around 375 stores currently operating in the Galleria. Yes, you read that right. It generally receives near 35 million visitors per year, and was named by Forbes as one of the best malls in the world.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Uptown Houston is an anchor for the city’s economy, and also ranks high nationwide. It’s the 17th biggest center of business in the country, and is about the same size as the downtown areas in cities like Denver and Pittsburgh with 23.6 million square feet of offices. Uptown accounts for about a tenth of the office space in the city, and has over 2,000 companies operating in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a job in Houston, whether as a recent college graduate, a middle-aged resident affected by the Recession, or anyone in between, Uptown is a great place to search.

 
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Demographics

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Every city generally has a neighborhood that is more or less the unofficial center for gay and lesbian cultures. In Dallas, Oak Lawn is that area. Ever since the civil rights and counterculture movements of the 1960s, gays have moved to the community and created LGBT-themed businesses such as gay bars, clubs, and stores. This area is also the site of the annual Gay Pride Festival, and it’s common to see Rainbow flags hanging from buildings. If you’re part of the LGBT community and want to live in Dallas, Oak Lawn is your best bet.

 
Public Transportation

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Near the border of Oak Lawn and Victory Park is the Victory Station, which is a stop on the Trinity Railway Express, as well as a link of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)’s green and orange rail lines. Oak Lawn also has its own station, Cityplace, which is served by DART’s red, blue, and orange lines. Additionally, a streetcar called the M-Line, which is free to the public, stops in the Lomac and Uptown areas of Oak Lawn. As you can tell, commuters here have quite a few options.

 
Recreation

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Back Bay is one of the busiest areas of Boston with all the things there are to do here. The Prudential Center and its various wings (like the Copley Mall) are Boston’s largest shopping complexes. Copley Square is home to the city’s largest building (Hancock) as well as the city’s library, which is one of the finest in the country. For exercise and recreation, the Garden, Commons, and Esplanade are three gorgeous public spaces that are perfect for walks, biking, or jogging. And Newbury Street, Boston’s premier shopping street with its designer retailers and boutiques, is also in the heart of the neighborhood.

 
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The Back Bay ranks among Beacon Hill and the North End as one of the most desirable areas to rent in Boston. It’s even rumored that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lives on Commonwealth Avenue in the neighborhood. Commonwealth is just one of the few iconic Boston names in the area, along with Beacon Street, Boylston Street, and Newbury Street. These streets are some of the most historic and popular in the city. If you live here, you’ll benefit from low crime and close proximity to landmarks like Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and the Boston Garden and Commons, which are all part of the Back Bay community.

 
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Demographics

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Wynwood, like the city of Miami, is a diverse neighborhood in terms of demographics. Hispanics and Latinos comprise around 58% of the community’s population, 21% are Non-Hispanic Whites, and 17% are African-American. This diversity gives the area an eclectic blend of cultures, which is a significant reason why Wynwood has one of the finest art scenes in all of Miami. Every block in the neighborhood has a different identity, different traditions, and unique views on life. When these ideas come together in a fertile environment like Wynwood, the end product is proudly showcased in the community’s art and fashion districts.

 
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Wynwood’s most well-known contribution to the city of Miami is its art district, which boasts more than 65 total museums, art galleries, studios, etc. This district was built just a little under a decade ago in 2003, and has flourished remarkably ever since. There is a monthly Art Walk that is very popular in the neighborhood where all the local art venues put on special shows and galleries for the public. Wynwood has also fostered a bustling fashion industry, and has a Fashion District with boutiques, retailers, and other shops. This neighborhood absolutely has in all of Miami.

 
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Downtown Las Vegas is currently in the middle of a revitalization, which has been an exciting time for residents. The Las Vegas Market, which opened a few years ago, is one of the largest convention centers with 12,000,000 square feet of space. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is another newly completed construction in downtown, and has three theaters that will host a variety of shows. There are a few other notable additions, such as a new city hall and a Mob Museum. There have been talks to build a sports arena in downtown too, which I’ve been following carefully. One of the main objectives of the revitalization is to make the area more welcome for renters and homebuyers, and so far I think they’ve accomplished this task. Downtown Las Vegas is much more hospitable to renters than it has been in the past, and is now what I would consider renter friendly.

 
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Las Vegas is, without a doubt, the nightlife capital of the United States. However, the city’s most popular attraction, the Las Vegas Strip, isn’t actually located in Las Vegas. It’s south of the city in Paradise. However, there are still plenty of casinos in downtown Las Vegas, and it’s home to the legendary Fremont Street. Specifically, the Fremont Street Experience is a vibrant mall/casino area with over two million lights. There are also two sound stages that host concerts on the weekend. This street is a perfect place to spend a Friday or Saturday night, and can hold its own with the Strip. Aside from casinos, Las Vegas also has a strong arts scene and offers a lot of cultural opportunities on the weekends.

 
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Midtown is home to Wayne State University, which with over 30,000 students is third largest university in Michigan and is in the top 30 in the nation for enrollment size. Hundreds of acres here belong to the university, and college students have a large presence in the neighborhood. Midtown is also home to the College for Creative Studies, which is one of the best art schools in the U.S. The Detroit Public Schools system is responsible for K-12 schools in the community, which consists of several elementary/middle schools and one high school.

 
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The apartment prices in Detroit noticeably dipped lower during the Recession, and they’ve remained low in the years since. Right now, the average price for a two bedroom rental in Midtown is only around $750, giving it one of the best housing values in all of Detroit. Compare this price to Downtown, which is $1120 for a two bedroom, Lafayette Park, $977, and Woodbridge, $915. And if you compare Midtown’s prices to communities in other cities, you’ll notice an even more substantial drop off. Midtown is a great neighborhood, and the rents definitely won’t be this low forever.

 
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Chinatown has everything a renter could ask for: great public transportation opportunities, a healthy number of rentals, a desirable location in downtown Los Angeles, a strong sense of culture, and great restaurants. Even though median apartment costs can surge up to $2000, you’re not just paying for an apartment, but also for all the great qualities I just mentioned. And, after all, it’s Los Angeles, where low rent in a popular neighborhood is virtually nonexistent. If you’re able to find a listing in this community that you like, I would recommend jumping on it before someone else does.

 
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Cantonese is by far the most popular type of cuisine in the area, but there are also other Asian types of restaurants. Vietnamese eateries have a huge influence here, and there are also some Japanese and Korean restaurants too. Ironically, I’ve noticed that a few of the neighborhood’s most iconic restaurants aren’t Asian at all. Phillipe’s is one of the most popular institutions in the area, and is famous for its French Dip sandwiches. Despite this, the dominant style of food here is definitely Cantonese and other Chinese varieties.

 
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Despite being the setting for the popular show “Homicide: Life on the Street,” Fells Point is a far cry from the shady parts of the city that gained notoriety on shows like “Homicide” and “The Wire.” It’s very safe -- especially the areas that are close to the waterfront like Fleet Street/Broadway and President Street/Baltimore Street. It’s surprising that a neighborhood with so many bars and pubs can maintain a high level of safety, but Fells Point does. Of course, there are some dangerous areas, like the Perkins housing projects, but if you talk to any local you’ll be able to identify them and steer clear of them.

 
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Fells Point is proud of the fact that it has more bars in its community than any other area of Baltimore. At this point, there are well over a hundred. The variety of bars is also impressive: there are wine bars, pubs, lounges, dive bars, and dance clubs like Get Down and Latin Palace. Fells Point is definitely one of the most visited spots on the weekend, and gives the Harbor a run for its money as the city’s hottest nightlife spot. As for getting here and getting back, don’t worry about driving -- there are a number of public transit options available, like water taxis and a bus stop at nearly every block.

 
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Lincoln Park is named after one of the community’s finest recreational amenities: an oceanside park on the east end of the neighborhood next to Lake Michigan. In fact, it’s one of the most well-maintained and popular parks in all of Chicago. Aside from fresh air and open space, the park also has a zoo, a conservatory, a history museum, a nature museum, an outdoor theater, a beach, and much more. The neighborhood also has plenty of small shops, as well as brand name shops like the Apple Store, cafes, bars, clubs, and restaurants, which are popular on the weekends.

 
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Lincoln Park has received a youth infusion, with young families, young professionals, and recent grads dominating its demographics reports. This young population has brought innovation to the area and boosted the economy. It’s really no surprise that Lincoln Park has become a hotspot; it has a prized waterfront location, it’s just a few miles from downtown, it has great public transit service with access to three rail lines, and it has great schools. If you hesitate at the high price tags in the area, just remember how many positives this neighborhood has. Renting here is more than worth it.

 
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To get to Downtown Richmond from the Museum District, all you have to do is hop on West Broad Street, drive three miles, and you’re there. It’s that simple. The drive takes ten minutes without traffic and maybe five minutes more during rush hour. The convenience of the commute has made the Museum District a popular area of the city. Even if you don’t have a car, it’s still easy to get around: the bus routes that serve the neighborhood can get you to Downtown in about 20 minutes. And, last but not least, the community less than a half mile away from Interstate 195, which is incredibly helpful if you have to commute outside of the city.

 
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The most popular activity here, as you can see by the name, is to go see local museums like the Science Museum of Virginia, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which is considered to be one of the best museums in the entire country. Even when you step outside, you’ll see that the neighborhood is rich with history. This area housed a lot of soldiers in the Civil War, and with how the community has been preserved, it can feel like you’re living back in that time. For an even more realistic feel, the Museum of the Confederacy captures the late nineteenth century arguably better than anywhere else in the country. The Museum District also has cute shops, along with great restaurants and cafes.

 
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This part of Boston is best known as the home of Fenway Park, which is one of the city’s most famous attractions. Red Sox games are undoubtedly the most popular nightlife activity here in the spring and summer -- even when the team isn’t doing so well. If you’re a college student, you’ll find yourself in the area a lot, as there are a lot of Boston University and MIT fraternities here. If you’re older, one of the best bar areas in the entire city is located here around Lansdowne Street and Kenmore Square. And, to top it off, one of Boston’s most popular music venues, the House of Blues, is also here. Kenmore is undoubtedly one of the hottest spots in Boston for nightlife.

 
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Schools & Education

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In a city known for its universities, the Fenway area has the most -- and some of the best -- colleges in Boston. The most notable is Boston University; its campus is located right in the heart of Kenmore Square. You may have also heard of the well-respected Northeastern University. Other schools in the area form the Colleges of the Fenway, a partnership between six schools in the area. If you go to one of these schools, you can cross register classes at the other universities in the group, as well as receive additional study abroad opportunities and discounts. If you live in this neighborhood, you will primarily be surrounded by college students and Red Sox fans, and sometimes these groups aren’t mutually exclusive.

 
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Little Italy has many shops, vendors, historical sites, restaurants, cafés, and bars that will keep you busy if you live in the neighborhood or nearby. But the real draw of the neighborhood is its close location to downtown Manhattan, which is one of the best places to play in the entire world. You could argue that both areas, Little Italy and downtown, are constantly infested with tourists. But if you rent here, you and your friends will tap into the local scene and will no longer be going to Times Square on the weekend for kicks (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Manhattan has more things to do, and more recreation (depending on your definition of the word) than anywhere in the country, and if you rent in Little Italy you’ll have great access to the most exciting parts of the borough.

 
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Restaurants

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You may think it’s cliché to rave about the restaurants in Little Italy, but trust me, the praise is more than deserved. Before people move to the area, they expect the food to be good, but they never expect it to as spectacular as it actually is. This is a neighborhood where you’ll be able to smell homemade pasta or fresh baked pastries from local bakeries as you walk down the neighborhood’s main street. The only annoying thing is that the community has become touristy, so on the weekends you’ll see a lot of people with “I HEART NY” shirts walking through the local shops and eateries. But there are secret spots that you’ll learn about if you live here that aren’t crowded, yet serve food that will make you feel like you’re in Tuscany.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Four of the areas in the Belmont Heights neighborhood were ranked in the top 10 safest Long Beach communities by the crime data website Neighborhood Scout. 2nd St/Termino Ave in southern Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore to the southeast, Broadway/Livingston Drive in the east, and the Pacific Coast Highway in the northeastern corner of the community were ranked tenth, seventh, eighth, and sixth respectively. The number one and two safest areas of the city, Ocean Boulevard and Naples, are just outside of Belmont Heights’ border to the southeast. Belmont Heights, a residential part of Long Beach, is absolutely one of the safer places to live here.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Long Beach Unified School District runs the public schools in the Belmont Heights neighborhood. There are three elementary schools: Lowell School, which is a national blue ribbon school, the John C. Fremont School, which has been around for over a hundred years, and the Horace Mann School, which is a school with thick ties to the community. For middle schools, there is the Jefferson Leadership Academies, which recently integrated boys and girls in classes together, and the praised Will Rogers Middle School. The Wilson Classical School is the only public high school in Belmont, and has been named a California Distinguished School multiple times.

 
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You may not be expecting this, but Idle Hour has some of the best Asian restaurants in all of Lexington. Most of them are located on or around Richmond Road, and offer all varieties of Asian cuisine. The Arirang Garden and Koreana are Korean, School, Miyako, and Tokyo Sushi are Japanese, Baan Isaan Thai is Thai. These are wonderful restaurants, and are definitely worth a try if you are unfamiliar with this type of food. But Idle Hour is far from the “Chinatown” of Lexington; there are plenty of other restaurants to go to if you don’t like Asian cuisine.

 
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It really is astonishing to me how Idle Hour can be both affordable and such a great neighborhood at the same time. Sure, Idle Hour isn’t the cheapest real estate you can find in the city, but it’s far from the most expensive. If you search through the listings on this site for Idle Hour, you’ll certainly stumble across a deal or two. Right now there’s a quaint three bedroom townhouse going for just $795/month, luxury apartments for $600/month or less, and dozens of properties for less than $1000. In fact, I don’t even see a listing for more than a thousand on here right now. If you’re looking for housing value, Idle Hour is a must-see neighborhood.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Chicago Transit Authority’s famous above-ground, or ‘L’, rail system serves Albany Park. The Brown Line has three stops here at Kimball, Francisco, and Kedzie. The Blue Line is also accessible at the Montrose Station. Six bus lines also run through the area, and each one of them reaches out to a different part of the city. If you need to take a bus to get to the grocery store, you can do so. If you want to get to downtown, there’s a bus for that too. There are many public transit options in Albany Park for residents who need them to commute to work, or just to get around the city for leisure.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Albany Park is historically one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. The number of residents who are foreign-born is one of the highest in the metropolitan area, with the largest group being Latin-Americans. The population of Albany Park shot up in the ‘90s -- estimates have it at around 20% -- because of how many immigrants came to the neighborhood. If you’re looking for more evidence of diversity: over 35 languages are spoken in schools in the area. Albany Park represents a part of the 60625 zip code that is considered to be one of the most diverse in the country.

 
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Crime & Safety

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South Park used to be one of the parts of town that you wouldn’t feel safe walking through at night. However, since L.A. Live opened, and the subsequent revitalization, the safety is far and away better than it’s ever been in my time in Los Angeles. On any night, and especially on the weekends, there are crowds of people walking the streets here. Some of them are bar hopping, others are enjoying a romantic date, there are families enjoying a night out, etc. There is still crime, of course, but it has been dramatically reduced, and in some cases localized to certain streets.

 
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Nightlife

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The South Park area used to be kind of seedy, to be honest, in the past. However, the area has undergone several recent revitalizations, the most important being the construction of L.A. Live, which is a huge entertainment complex across from the Staples Center (where the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers play). This complex has both movie theaters and concert theaters, restaurants, bars, ballrooms, and even some residential space. The Nokia Theatre is arguably the most well-known part of L.A. Live; you may recognize it as the setting for American Idol’s season finales. After L.A. Live began doing business, the rest of the neighborhood began thriving as well, and new businesses and restaurants are continually sprouting up.

 
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Schools & Education

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The public schools in Bustleton are operated by the School District of Philadelphia. There are two main elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in the area, and I’ve heard a lot of positive things about them. There are six or seven private schools as well, which are run by religious organizations. It’s not unusual for kids who live in Bustleton to go to school elsewhere in Philadelphia as well. The choices here for schooling are plentiful, especially in the private sector. Unfortunately, there aren’t any college or universities in Bustleton, but there are tons in other areas of Philadelphia to choose from.

 
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Public Transportation

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Car accidents in Bustleton used to be a problem. Every night, residents would turn on the news and see that there was another crash in the neighborhood. Worst of all, it would back up traffic as the accident was cleaned up. Roosevelt Boulevard at Red Lion Road and Grant Avenue were two of the worst intersections in the country, statistically, for car accidents. Then, a few years back, there was a solution: these intersections would have cameras that would take pictures of cars that drove through red lights. Since they were installed, everyone has been more cautious and there have been far fewer wrecks. This plan actually worked so well that other streets in the city had cameras put in as well.

 
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Crime & Safety

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San Jose may be the tenth largest city in the country, but its crime rate is much lower than cities comparably sized. Certain neighborhoods are especially safe, and I would definitely include Willow Glen in this category. This community is so interconnected, so personal, and so residential that I would feel safe walking through most of the streets here at night. Of course, there are nearby neighborhoods -- some on the fringes of Willow Glen -- that aren’t as safe, but I would vouch for most of this community’s safety.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Willow Glen has made quite an impression on clients I’ve helped find a home there. They’re always e-mailing me stories of how their neighbors helped them out or a stranger across the street invited them to a local event. One of these stories struck me especially: on Christmas, every resident placed a short Christmas Tree in the front of their yard, and they all were identical. I’m not sure if this happens every year, but on this Christmas the neighborhood was perfectly uniform, and looked incredible. Sometimes, it’s these personal anecdotes, and not statistics or price tags, that tell you how great the community is.

 
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Public Transportation

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Bushwick offers subway access to its residents through almost 20 stops along the city’s major lines. There are also six bus services that run through Bushwick. I would encourage you to map out your commute when you look for listings, and with each apartment consider how far you would have to travel to get to the nearest bus or subway. You’ll be thanking yourself later, especially during Bushwick’s cold winters, if you’re within walking distance. Of course, if you are using a car to commute, this wouldn’t apply to you, but you can still plan your location around major roads.

 
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Demographics

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A recent estimate said that around 40% of Bushwick’s population is foreign-born, and almost 80% is Hispanic. Many residents here are either first or second generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, or Mexico. It’s not possible to talk about the demographics here without mentioning certain facts. In a list of the wealthiest NYC neighborhoods, Bushwick is in the bottom ten, and three out of every four children here are born into poverty. Also, only four out of ten children can read at their grade level. As for crime, the neighborhood has a safety level that lines up with the city’s average level.

 
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Clinton is also known as Midtown West and most popularly Hell’s Kitchen. While the popular nickname has little to do with the culinary notability of the neighborhood, but rather Davy Crockett’s distaste for the residents, its reputation in that department has grown quite prestigious. There are over 2,300 restaurants in this neighborhood, of every different style and price range. 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue, was officially designated Restaurant Row in 1973, when the mayor proclaimed “Where else in the world, except possibly Paris, could you get 16 of the best restaurants collected in such a short strip of land?” Since then, the number on this short strip has escalated to around 40.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Until the 1990s, the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen/MIdtown West neighborhood in Manhattan was known for its grit; dilapidated buildings, unsightly streets and storefronts, and poor residents. In 1969, the City Planning Commission’s ‘Plan for New York City’ stated many sources of developmental pressure, driving many residents in the lower financial class to move elsewhere. It had been one of the least expensive neighborhoods in the city. Now, however, it is one of the most expensive areas in Manhattan. There are thousands of retail, restaurant, and office business opportunities in Clinton, and the economy is only getting better.

 
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Nightlife

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The neighborhoods of Ala Moana and Kaka’ako have plenty to offer in the nightlife department. These are commercial areas; many tourists and residents flock here to spend and enjoy. With around 60 specified nightlife locations, many of them have similar offerings. Karaoke is very popular in this area, and while many regular bars and lounges have karaoke nights and opportunities, Cafe Duck Butt is specifically for the spectacle. Live music is a similar occurrence, happening here and there. However, those seeking it out often flock to Jazz Minds Art & Cafe. Sports Fan Addicts Bar & Grill and Kiki’s After Hours are great sports bars, V Lounge, Ginza Club, and Vice are popular dance spots. The Station Bar & Lounge may be the area’s most popular bar, boasting a little of everything in a nice, relaxed setting.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Ala Moana Boulevard and Kapi’olani Boulevard are the two major throughways of the two busy Honolulu neighborhoods of Ala Moana and Kaka’ako. The two are bordered to the north by King Street, which separates them from Makiki. Ala Moana Center is a major transfer point in Honolulu’s bus system, TheBus. TheBus, Honolulu’s exclusive public transportation system, has been recognized twice by the American Public Transportation Association as America’s Best Transit System. This is a primary mode of transport for many residents of this area, carrying approximately 239,400 riders daily on 110 routes and 42,000 stops.The Lunalilo Freeway is slightly outside the neighborhoods’ borders to the east, providing easy transport to the rest of the city.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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Mira Mesa is served by some major roadways. The eastern border of this San Diego neighborhood is Interstate 15, and the western border is Interstate 805, both north to south highways that serve the coastal and inland area. Within the community , Mira Mesa Boulevard runs east to west, connecting both Interstate highways as well as the span of the neighborhood and beyond, carrying over 80,000 passengers daily. Camino Ruiz (north to south), Black Mountain Road (north to south), and Calle Cristobal (east to west), are major streets in Mira Mesa, making travel within the neighborhood easy. San Diego Transit and Metropolitan Transit System both serve the Sorrento Valley train station via the Coastal Commuter trail from North Country District Transit. The Coaster links Mira Mesa to Downtown San Diego, and from there, many more public transportation is available.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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In the 1950’s, Mira Mesa was established as the residential area to support the area of the Miramar Naval Air Station developmentally and economically. The neighborhood has been zoned into residential and business areas, both bringing and keeping strong economics in Mira Mesa. The neighborhood is home to many shopping, recreational, technological, offices, and parks. Some of the major economical contributors in Mira Mesa are technology giants Atego, Qualcomm, Sony Online, and Texas Instruments. In the medical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical fields, Abgent, Gen-Probe, Quintiles, and Scripps have headquarters here. These are only some of the many large corporations here, and on top of the many small local amenities, there are a great number of available jobs in Mira Mesa, resulting in a median household income of $63,000.

 
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Pet Friendly

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Eastlake is a great place to spend time outdoors, making it a perfect location for dog-walkers. There are several apartment complexes catering to this group. Eastlake 2851 allows cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes, and usually has multiple openings, as it is a large complex. For those with smaller pooches and cats, there are at least five more complexes accepting animals in this neighborhood. In the advanced options section of the My Apartment Map search bar, you can select your modifier to see what is available for you and your furry friend today.

 
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Restaurants

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Eastlake has a great variety of restaurants. The small area has around 30, of all types. Surprisingly, there are only a few seafood restaurants, Ship Canal Grill being the most popular. Serafina is the most highly rated eatery in Eastlake, a romantic Italian bistro with live music and a full bar. Blind Pig Bistro is also very popular, a unique new American style venue, similar to Ravish. There are a few excellent Japanese restaurants, the most popular is Sushi Kappo Tamura; great sushi! There are also a few pizza joints, Mexican places, and a few great breakfast spots, like Carrot Cafe. It is a great walking neighborhood, so you can check them out while checking out the rest of the Eastlake area.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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South Robertson Neighborhood Council and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative have teamed up in a neighborhood revitalization project to sponsor events and projects to keep the community pleasant and thriving. Annually, they hold the SoRo Community Festival, with over 60 local vendors, arts and crafts and entertainment. as well as the SoRo Peace Picnic, held on International Peace day, with a lunch in the park, and various live performances and activities, and holiday celebrations such as the Halloween Carnival. Throughout the year they hold an assortment of other activities such as movies in the park, workshops in environmental issues, gardening, economic and budgeting issues and more, community-wide yard sales and more. All upcoming events and more about the neighborhood can be found at soronc.org.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Pico Robertson, also known as South Robertson, or SoRo to locals, reported a population of 19,253 in 2008. The neighborhood is only around 1.03 square miles, creating a population density of 17,468, which is higher than most neighborhoods in the country. The average household has 2 people in it, with a median income of $63,500. 73% of households are made up of renters, and 27% of homeowners. The neighborhood is not very diverse, 6% of the population is Asian, 6% African American, and 8% Latin, and 80% white. There is, however, a large Jewish population, and a wide variety of Jewish denominations, the Orthodox community being the largest. There are over 20 synagogues, 30 Kosher certified restaurants, 5 Mikvahs, and a variety of Jewish schools.

 
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Schools & Education

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The College Area is so named due to San Diego State University, the ten acre campus making up much of the area. SDSU was recently ranked #9 in Fortune Small Business’s ‘America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs’, and is among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country regarding research being conducted. The university offers 180 types of bachelor’s degrees, 71 masters, and 16 varieties of doctoral degrees, the most of any California college. Below the college level, the College Area is home to Hardy Elementary School and two alternative K-8 schools, Language Academy and Tubman Village Charter. The area is served by San Diego Unified School District, and zoned out accordingly to one of 113 public elementary schools, 24 middle schools and 27 high schools, or one of many alternative, private, or charter schools.

 
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Public Transportation

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Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates the San Diego Trolley Green Line at the San Diego State University (SDSU)Transit Center and Alvarado Medical Center trolley station. The SDSU Transit Center is located between College Avenue and Campanile Drive, and is used by most students and faculty. This trolley station offers connections to San Diego Metro. Transit System, which provides bus service throughout all of San Diego County. The College Area has been notorious for traffic congestion. While the development of the trolley system has helped, motor traffic is still frequently bad, so this underground system is very helpful for those living in this area.

 
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Recreation

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Memphis is a city famous for its music scene, and this scene thrives far beyond the well-known Beale Street. Independent music has a large presence in Midtown, and there are shows almost every night in the community at venues like Murphy’s and HiTone, to name a couple places. As for other displays of culture, Midtown has great outdoor areas like Overton Park, institutions of art like the Brooks Museum of Art, the Pink Palace Museum, and the Memphis Children’s Museum, and other fun spots like the Memphis Zoo.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Midtown is easily one of the most diverse areas of Memphis, with an even number of both African-Americans and Whites, as well as a sizable population of Asians. In fact, you’ll be able to find a lot of Asian businesses like restaurants and shops on Cleveland Avenue. Residents endearingly call that section of the neighborhood “Little Hanoi.” People in Midtown are extremely proud of being “true” Memphis residents, as opposed to the touristy side of town with Beale Street, Elvis, and Graceland. About twenty years ago there was a bumper sticker created that simply said, “Midtown is Memphis,” and as a testament to the community’s pride, it instantly became popular.

 
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In the Capitol Hill neighborhood, you will undoubtedly see at least a few politicians every week, if not every day, whether you realize it or not. I’ve heard varying reports, but the most popular estimate is that a third of Congressmen live in Capitol Hill. With the gentrification that has occurred in the community in recent years, the upper class politicians and middle-class families comprise most of the residents in the neighborhood. It’s tough to find a rental for cheap, let alone one that’s Section 8. If you live here, you’ll probably be rubbing elbows with politicians at local restaurants, but you’ll have to pay a high price tag to do so.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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There’s an automatic association with politics when you think of Capitol Hill. And it’s true; most of the residents work on the Hill as a politician, staffer, lobbyist, or a journalist covering politics. If this is your field of work, there isn’t a better place to live in the entire country, as it’s the center of political activity for the entire United States. However, even if politics dominate the area, there are other opportunities for employment. Pennsylvania Avenue, known mostly for a certain big white house, is actually the most thriving commercial area in the neighborhood. Also, the famous Union Station is located in the area; it’s an anchor for the local economy with its numerous shops and restaurants.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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A lot of Yale’s student population and faculty staff settle down in Wooster Square because of how close it is to the university: it’s a quick commute with just a half mile between the two. In the winter, when the weather is a pain for commuters, the short distance is merciful. The neighborhood also has a great location for residents who work in downtown, which is also within a mile of the community. For people who have to travel a bit further, Interstate 91 borders the neighborhood to the east, and Interstate 95 and Route 1 are directly to the south. For public transportation, buses and the Shore Line East commuter rail have stops in Wooster.

 
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Wooster Square’s nickname is New Haven’s “Little Italy,” referring to the famous area in New York City. Because of this, Wooster is known for having amazing Italian bakeries, pizzerias, and restaurants. So, if you’re wondering why Wooster is one of the most popular places to rent in New Haven, it could be the incredible pasta! Although having a location that’s under a mile away from downtown, with high safety and a number of exciting events like the weekly City Seed farmer’s market or the annual Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t hurt either.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Manhattan is a well of opportunities that you, as a renter, can tap into. The Upper West Side especially has a plethora of culture. You can see your favorite band at the Beacon Theater or a theatrical show at any of the Lincoln Center for the Performance Arts’s venues. Other institutions like the Juilliard School of Music, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New-York Historical Society also bolster the neighborhood, and make it one of the most cultured communities in the entire city. When you factor in the restaurants, historical sites, and access to the rest of Manhattan, you will never run out of things to do here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The Upper West Side is known for its sky-high rent; according to the rental data on My Apartment Map, it’s the second most expensive neighborhood in Manhattan after Midtown. Before you begin your search, you should know ahead of time that you will in all likelihood be paying more than $2000/month, no matter which type of rental you find. The cheapest option, a studio apartment, is on average $2346/month. The price spikes to $3000/month for a one bedroom, and $4,000/month for a two. Despite the state of the economy, the rent in New York City continues to rise and eclipse previous record highs. I don’t want to scare you off, but you should know what you’ll be paying before you decide to live here or not.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It’s been well-established that Minneapolis has one of the best recreational systems out of any large U.S. city, in terms of parks and open space. Marcy Holmes is home to five of these parks, which contain trails, an amphitheater, wildlife, playgrounds, and the Mississippi River. If you love the great outdoors, try to find a rental near these sites; it’ll be like having a big, beautiful backyard. As for other recreation, there are boutique shops, local restaurants, art venues, and other cultural institutions that line the neighborhood’s historic streets. Some of these places preserve Marcy’s history, and others give it a modern touch. The two aspects perfectly complement each other, and give the community a uniquely hip feel.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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I haven’t looked at the crime in Marcy Holmes in a while, but I wouldn’t trust the statistics when it comes to this neighborhood. It’s a very popular place for students of the nearby university to live, so if you see that a lot of crimes are reported here, the truth is it’s probably just that parties on the weekend get a little too rowdy sometimes. To get a true indication of the community’s safety, you should walk around (nighttime would probably be more telling, either in a good or bad way) and see for yourself. Personally, I think this is a safe neighborhood, and would recommend it to any family.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Buses and cable cars are the mainstays of public transit in the North Beach area. All three of the city’s cable car routes pass through North Beach, and can take you around San Fran. You can also rely on the bus lines in the neighborhood for inner city travel, but if you need to commute outside of San Francisco you would need either a car or a way to get to one of the city’s bus or train stations. Another option: San Francisco is consistently rated one of the most walkable cities in the country, and walking is very popular amongst residents.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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North Beach is, historically, a very Italian neighborhood. Even though the population of Italian residents has dropped somewhat in the past few decades, their culture is an indelible mark on the community that will always be present. The most visible way this is shown in the neighborhood is through its culinary offerings. North Beach has the best Italian restaurants in San Francisco, and it’s not even close. Seven Hills, the North Beach Restaurant, Allegro Romano, Acquerello, Il Pollaio, and Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano are safe bets for great Italian food. Some of these restaurants aren’t just terrific eateries, but are also historic icons for the neighborhood.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Alvarado Transit Center in the downtown area of town is the central hub of public transportation in Albuquerque. The ABQ Ride sponsors different bus routes throughout the city. If you live here you will definitely hear about the D-Ride bus, which is short for the Downtown Get Around. There are also a slate of other Rapid Ride RBT lines that you can ride to get around the ABQ. For out of town travel, Amtrak and Greyhound run transportation services out of the Alvarado, as does the New Mexico Rail Runner Express rail line.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The residents here are still abuzz about the recent revitalization project in Downtown, which was a multi-million dollar program that took a decade to complete. Anyone would tell you that the result is well worth the long wait. The nightlife in Albuquerque never used to be anything special, but now there are so many thriving businesses and there are plenty of options in Downtown on the weekend. Central Avenue is the definitive center of the nightlife scene, with clubs, lounges, bars, restaurants, theaters, and music venues clustered on the street and surrounding blocks. Downtown, more than any other area in Albuquerque, is ripe with nightlife.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Ever since its significance in the famous 1960s civil rights movements, the Central District has become an important neighborhood for African-American residents. In the 21st century, it is one of the most diverse communities in all of Seattle, and also has one of the largest non-White populations. To be specific, the U.S. Census says that the population of Central is 53% White, 31% African-American, and 6% Asian. Another notable fact about Central District’s demographics is more affluent residents are moving into the neighborhood, and low-income residents are moving out. The neighborhood, with its easy access to downtown and low crime, is becoming quite the hot rental spot for Seattle residents.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Seattle’s Central District has been home to musicians like Jimi Hendrix, movie stars like Bruce Lee, and athletes like Brandon Roy. This is an area with a lot of history, especially during the civil rights period in the 1960s. There were many protests here, as well as demonstrative movements like sit-ins. Now, the neighborhood is much calmer. There’s low crime, and many new housing opportunities have surfaced as the area has become a popular place to live. The main reason for this is the convenient location near downtown, which greatly benefits commuters. As more buildings are renovated, the Central District will become even more renter friendly.

 

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