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Lehigh County

Catasaqua

Greg Altamose, 54 “We like the area. We like the people, but in the long run we’ll probably be down in St. Augustine, Florida. Right now, we’re happy where we’re at.”

Whitehall

Bernise Azar “There are a lot of friendly people and I enjoy their company.”

Whitehall

Betty Millham,76 “We have all the comforts here. I’ve never been out of Whitehall. We’ll probably never move out of the township.”

Whitehall

Whitehall

Dale Millham,81 “I lived in Whitehall all my life. All my family lives around here.”

Beverly Peters,73 “I’m originally from Whitehall, raised in Whitehall and I’ll never move out of Whitehall. I like it. 8


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Whitehall

Whitehall

Gale Brogan,67 “Years ago, my husband got a job offering to work in Philadelphia and he said no and I would still say no.”

Edwin Francis Erkinger,91 “Born in 1922. I live in an apartment in Whitehall. In a small community like this the people are a little more friendly than in the big city.”

Whitehall

Gina Gladish,43 “I feel safe here. I think it’s a great place to raise kids. I like the big city. I grew up in Allentown.”

Whitehall

Jeannette Denton,82 “My father grew up in Philadelphia. I don’t have that much familiarity with it.”

Whitehall

Kelsey Petravoy, 22 “It’s a nice quiet town and there’s not much crime.” 9


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Whitehall

Loretta Ganser, 83 “I love where I live. It’s secure. I have an outside balcony I can put flowers on. I’m so used to living here, I don’t think I want to move anymore.”

Whitehall

Mary Bedell,81 “There are a lot of friendly people and I enjoy their company.”

Coplay

Chad Syling, 17 “There’s nice people here. It’s a nice enviroment. I don’t know how I would do in a city enviroment really.”

Coplay

Crysyal Hower, 32 “When I turned 18 I got my own place and I’ve been living here ever since. I like that the towns are pretty close. I can walk from one town to the next.”

Slatington

Alan Boyer,55 “I’m a fouth generation owning this hardware store since 1868. This is all I’ve known my whole life.” 10


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Slatington

Slatington

Debra Boyer,54 “It’s a small town. I’m not used to any big cities. We have beautiful paths around here.”

Dominico Rekia, 47 “I’ve been here 19 years, so if I didn’t like something, I wouldn’t be here that long.”

Slatington

Nancy Webb, 46 “I came from a big city and this is quiet and everbody knows everbody which can be a pain in the butt, but it can also be good.”

Slatington

Mike, 42 “I have a five year old daughter and the park is perfect for us. Unforunately, the drugs have gotten to be a problem.”

Slatington

Angela DeCasa,46 “I moved here because I had a family issue. I haven’t moved since.”. 11


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Slatington

Roberto Rekia, 16 “I like working here mostly because it s a family business. The area is nice around here too. Philadelphia would be a lot different from here. I don’t know if I would ever move.”

Slatington

Charlotte Schneck,62 “I come from a city originally. I left the city. I don’t ever want to go back.”

Slatington

Daniel Stevens,56 “Slatington is a small town. I think small towns are coming back. We have a good neighborhood.”

Orefield

Dan Confalone, 56 “I love where I live. It’s open and there’s not a lot of traffic and its close to all the conveniences. I’m not a city guy.”

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Orefield

Sherri Confalone,51 “I grew up in the area. It’s very rural and I would not move. I don’t care for the city.”

Orefield

Vince Confalone,20 “If you want to get out in the middle of nowhere, it’s all within an hour drive. This area can get a little congested.”

Slatington

David Valetti, 60 “I’m a volunteer firefighter. I do not like big cities. My ideal location is 10 acres and a house in the middle.”

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Bucks County

New Britain

Wayne Griffenberg, 42 “I love New Britain. I think it’s a great town. There are great people here.”

New Britain

Heidi Schusler, 33 “We like the space that we have now. Living in the city was great while it lasted but we‘re just past that stage in our lives.”

New Britain

Louise Woodruff, 70 “I was born in this area. I love it. I wouldn’t want to be any place else.”

New Britain

Gabby Gaglio, 8 “I get to play with my friends.”

New Britain

James Bunn, 67 “I’ve considered it. I like the arts and cultural things you can do in center city.” 16


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New Britain

Christina Gaglio, 34 “I live here because I don’t want to live in the city. And it’s fun for kids.”

New Britain

Maria Campellone, 55 “I find that the people here are very down-to-earth, hardworking people.”

New Britain

Margo L., 49 “We love it. We love the small town feel and the local businesses.”

Doylestown

Elizabeth Benke, 47 “It’s got everything. It’s got museums. It’s got culture. It’s got great restaurants.”

Doylestown

Melissa Palermo, 30 “Seeing people you know. Every day I walk by and I see my neighbors, it’s pretty cool.”

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Bucks County

Doylestown

Rick Browne, 75 “It’s a wonderful place to live. It’s beautiful and it has the things that appeal to me. It’s my third place.”

Doylestown

Devin Obrien, 14 “Everywhere you go, you pretty much know someone and it’s a good feeling. Makes you feel at home.”

Doylestown

Julia Savage, 14 “I feel like here I’ve known people all my life so it’d be kind of hard to make as many friends as I did.”

Doylestown

Doylestown

Cara Jourdan, 28 “I really enjoy the fact that it’s a small town. We do Saturday farmer’s markets. Pretty much everyone knows each other.”

Ryan Neumann, 21 “There’s a few really good vegan restaurants and they have a cool farmer’s market on the weekend.” 18


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Doylestown

Joseph Jacosbn, 56 “Bars... bars... bars...”

Doylestown

Kim Meincke, 49 “We can walk to the center of town and almost anything we want is right here.”

Doylestown

Brenda Olson, 47 “You know I grew up in Bucks County and I don’t have any reason to leave, that’s why I’m still in Bucks County.”

Doylestown

Tom James, 72 “I was born here 72 years ago and I like it. The people are friendly, the houses are wonderful and this farmer’s market is a delight.”

Doylestown

Kathleen Craig, 44 “I like the idea that you can walk anywhere, anytime and there’s always something to do.”

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Bucks County

DV College

Andrea Wood, 19 “This area seems more quaint and less built but than Harrisonburg.”

DV College

Tom O’Connor, 29 “It’s kind of in the mix between very rural but also close to the city and it’s a city in itself.”

DV College

Kevin Hoover, 19 “I like the small class sizes. I went to a small high school. I’m not a big city person.”

DV College

DV College

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Bri Wolfe, 18 “I like the area a lot. There are a lot of things to do around the surrounding areas.”

Devin Jackson, 19 “I’m from Philadelphia. I kind of miss hearing the ambulances and cars. It’s really quiet here and it’s sometimes hard to sleep.”


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DV College

Zach Roseberry, 19 “I grew up in the country and this place is pretty much the same.”

DV College

Serena Bet, 18 “I like the small campus feel. The campus itself is really beautiful.”

DV College

Misti Steward, 19 “I’m originally from Orangeville, Pennsylvania. I graduated in a class of 52 so this is a big difference.”

DV College

Tom Tehan, 18 “I like this area. The whole area is really very friendly and what not.”

DV College

Christie Vonthun, 18 “I’m not a big city person. I think it would be good for a day trip but I definitely wouldn’t want to live there.”

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Bucks County

Woodbourne

Jake Weiner, 18 “I’m from Newtown, 10 minutes away. I’ve lived here my entire life, I like that its busy, I like city life in general. I really like being in a really happening environment.”

Woodbourne

Gary Christ, 45 “My job brought me here. Short commute, yeah I love my job. Sure, I would move downtown because it’s exciting.”

Woodbourne

Greg Alexander, 48 “I own William’s Upholstery, in this town cars and motorcycles are very popular around here. People love their cars around this area. I love the city but I just feel more comfortable living in the suburbs.”

Woodbourne

Woodbourne

Jim, 45 “We’re going to a Phillies game. Yes, I would move when the kids are older and out of school, I’m not going to put him in the Philadelphia school district.”

Greg Oates, 30 “My wife’s job brought us here. I love it here. I wouldn’t move to Philadelphia because we like more of the country aspect, like open areas.” 22


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Trevose

Andrew Edelman 18 “I’m heading back to philly. I used to live here. I’m actually in a thing called the covenant house, it’s a youth shelter for 18-21 year olds”

Woodbourne

James, 7 “I have lots of friends here. I would live in the city to go to lost of Phillies games.”

Somerton

Luis Arod, 48 “I was born and raised in new york city. I came down here because I got tired of the city.”

Somerton

Sean Shelton, 16 “I would move to Philadelphia because everything is within walking distance.”

Somerton

Mel Brodsky, 72 “I was born here. I never left.”

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Bucks County

Chalfont

Dylan Rainone, 20 “It’s quiet but it’s kind of boring though.”

Chalfont

Kathleen Krieger, 55 “I love this area. Every thing is quaint and it’s nice and quiet.”

Chalfont

Lou Labella, 44 “I spend a lot of time in Philadelphia for work but I don’t like the traffic. Everybody wants to cut you off. Everybody wants to flip you off.”

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Chalfont

Alex Gomez, 19 “I love hanging outside with my friends. It’s quiet but not too quiet here.”

Neshaminy Falls

Sean Merrigan 21 “I come home from work here everyday. I was born around here, I just stayed.”

Chalfont

Heather Barton, 28 “I’m 45 minutes from the city, an hour and a half away from the mountains, an hour and a half away from the beach and New York. It’s great.”

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Wynnewood

Bob Deasey, 26 “Ideally, I would live there [Philadelphia].”

Wynnewood

Jonah Anderson, 14 “I’m here for my friends.”

Wynnewood

Ian Lehrman, 4 ½ “I miss Dandelion [the restaurant].”

Wynnewood

Josh Friday, 14 “[Work/Live in Philadelphia] If my dad found a better job.”

Wynnewood

Jeff Lehrman, 38 “The city is much cooler.” 28


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Wynnewood

Lizzie Penna, 13 “It’s not as busy and I can walk everywhere.”

Wynnewood

Kris Fletcher, 14 “I want to stay here.”

Maple Glen

Gabrielle Bucci, 18 “No, I don’t like city life. Um, there’s a lot of homeless people, they scare me. That’s it really. Smells. ”

Wynnewood

Leah Richman, 41 “I don’t like cities. The smells, fuels, exhaust, buses, it’s too much.”

Maple Glen

Joshua Riley, 18 “I live in Maple Glenn because my parents like the school system around Maple Glenn and they wanted me to grow up with a good education. That’s pretty much it.” 29


Montgomery County

Narberth

Christine Mancuso, 35 “I prefer living in the city. It’s just a money thing.”

Narberth

Jordan Lancaster, 15 “The education [in this town] is much better.”

Narberth

Doug Frazier, 48 “Never. I’m not a city person.”

Narberth

Kerry Gilliams, 51 “I moved here 2 years ago.”

Narberth

Jason Bookman, 25 “I was laid off and had to move in with my parents.” 30


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Narberth

Ruth Weisenberg, 57 “The way to expand my world is to shrink my universe.”

Narberth

Mike Malloy, 29

Narberth

Matt Smedley, 42 “With kids it’s more conducive being in the suburbs.”

Narberth

Nolan Urteaga, 14. “I’m used to the suburbs.”

Narberth

Nate Nagvajara, 14 “I like the big city.”

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Ardmore

Aleeia Wright, 20 “I would [work/live in Philadlephia]! There is a lot more to do.”

Ardmore

Bipul Kuri, 34 “No [work/live in Philadelphia]. My kids are studying here.”

Ardmore

Ben Horton, 26 “I would consider moving to Philadelphia. Better entertainment.”

Ardmore

Desmond Patterson, 42 “I moved out of the city due to the residence tax and the poor school system.”

Ardmore

Bill Zell, 61 “I lived in Philly for 25 years. My job brought me here.” 32


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Ardmore

Dominique Wright, 22 “I would move to Philadelphia for the shopping on Walnut Street.”

Ardmore

Sonia Patterson, 38 “There is a better atmosphere here. It is more of a community.”

Ardmore

Martae Giometti, 22 “Yeah, I would consider moving [to Philly]. There is more to do.”

Ardmore

Lyn Sylk, 26 “The city has more energy.”

Ardmore

Sam Zaoutis, 15 “It’s a safe environment.” 33


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Conshohocken

Christi Harrison 29 “I thought about it [work/live in Philadelphia]. But it’s close to Philadelphia. The parking there drives me crazy.”

Conshohocken

Kara Lehman 32 “I really prefer larger, living space and a big yard because I like gardening and being outside.”

Conshohocken

Helen Morris 84 “I live here because I found James Morris here 49 years ago. I fall in love with him and marry him.”

Conshohocken

Conshohocken

Martine Axel Haynes 67 “No [work/live in Philadelphia]. This is a better town and the school system is a lot better here.”

James Morris 85 “It’s a really good town to live in. We’ve been very successful here with everything in Conshohocken.” 34


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Conshohocken

Conshohocken

Antoinette Poluch 31 “I opened the store [Obvi Boutique] in Conshohocken. And I also live here. It has everthing I need.”

Mark Kenderdine 48 “Definitely not [work/living in Philadelphia]. I just don’t like the hustle and bustle. It is hard to park there. You have to pay a lot of stuff.”

Conshohocken

Fred Gigliotti 74 “I was born and raised here. My parent are from Conshohocken and my great grandparents are from Conshohocken.”

Conshohocken

Sandra Oxenreider 45 “Never [work/live in Philadelphia]. I don’t like busy cities. I like a little quiet place.”

Conshohocken

Jack Coll 60 “We’ve come to and enjoyed Conshohocken over the years and we decided 40 years ago this would be our home. ” 35


Montgomery County

Norristown

Casire Avery 13 “No, not really [work/live in Philadelphia]. Philly is bad there is a lot of killing and shooting there.”

Norristown

Tomya McNeal 64 “I used to live in Chester, PA. It was really bad. I wanted to get out of that place.”

Norristown

Ernest McAlvin 24 “I would never move into downtown area of Philadelphia. It’s too open. It’s too big. This is not me.”

Norristown

Tim April 36 “After college, me and my wife lived in an apartment here and then we bought a house here. We are really happy with it and the school system.”

Norristown

Renee Jordan 47 “You need a lot of money to move downtown Philadelphia. I moved out of Philadelphia because of it.” 36


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Norristown

Norristown

Hafzia Maggie Kelly 32 “I would never live downtown Philadelphia. It’s too much going on outside of downtown Philadelphia.”.”

Lynda Dean 33 “No. I would not ever move to downtown Philadelphia. Philly is too scared for me. I don’t want to move back I originally from.”

Norristown

Skyler Keys 17 “I would not move into Philadelphia because the crime rate is too high. And I have no family down there.”

Norristown

José Woods “Downtown? [The Rent is] too high. Too expensive.”

Norristown

Kiara Blanche 17 “No [work/live in Philadelphia]. I prefer to move out of Philadelphia.” 37


Montgomery County

Elkins Park

Ava, 5 “Because my daddy lives here.”

Elkins Park

Elaine Alexander, 65 “At the time we moved here we liked the school system, we needed diverse community, we live up the street fro the the train station.”

Elkins Park

Gary, 58 “I had kids, and we decided we wanted to own a house so we moved up this way.”

Elkins Park

Jay Finestone, 60 “I moved here when I was about 10 years old, so I’ve lived here about fifty years.”

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Justin, 36 “I live here because I work in Center City and it’s close to the train station.”


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Elkins Park

Mike, 36 “I lived in cities, I lived in Los Angeles and New York for 15 years. I’m just over it, I want the quiet.”

Elkins Park

Olivia, 6 “Because my daddy live here.”

Elkins Park

Phil Pfeffer, 73 “I come to visit, pick up my grandkids.”

Elkins Park

Randy Schwartz, 63 “I chose Elkins Park because it was convenient to downtown, and when we moved here it had a really great school system.”

Elkins Park

Susan Murray, 60’s “It’s near the train station, so you have access to Center City. But it’s very much like the country.” 39


Montgomery County

Glenside

Ann Marie White, 68 Glenside “Because I found the house I like Brett, 31 here.” “The community, being able to walk around in the village and the families and dog neighborhood. I’m more of a suburb guy and like to be away from all the congestion.”

Glenside

Karen, 52 “I like that it’s a little bit more laid back in the suburbs.”

Glenside

Kathy Keen, 55 “I was born here.”

Glenside

Michael Kelly, 52 “I love that it has a small town feel.” 40


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Glenside

Glenside

Michelle Sutler, 40’s “I love Glenside ... I have worked in downtown Philly, and I pary that I never have to do it again.”

Milton Jacobson, 83 “I like the community and the store rentals are not ridiculously high ... if it was as an executive in a beautiful building, I would consider it.”

Glenside

Pam McCarthy, 43 “I love the village and I love the theatre. And I love the comradery that we have going on here.”

Glenside

Theresa, 48 “When we were looking (for houses), we knew we wanted to live here.”

Glenside

Will, 18 “My mom lives here” 41


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Jenkintown

Anne, 46 “Not really, it’s just so congested, I’m not really a city person.”

Jenkintown

James Lee, 30 “My mom tried having a shop down in Frankfort, but the area was too bad. Downtown, I don’t think we should.”

Jenkintown

Jean Landis, 50 “I live in Jenkintown because we love the school system here. It’s a great walkable town.”

Jenkintown

Jenna Watling, 25 “I live here because it’s really nice ... I have [lived in downtown Philadelphia] and would go back gladly.”

Jenkintown

Liz Diener, 17 “It’s near where I live, so the opportunity was good” 42


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Jenkintown

Mariah, 23 “I like this store a lot, and I’be always shopped here. I grew up one town over.”

Jenkintown

Ruby Dockerty, 14 “My mom owns a store here so I help her out sometimes.”

Jenkintown

Will Duffy, 24 “I went to school here when I was younger, and moved back to get a job.”

Jenkintown

Katie Dockerty, 45 “I grew up in this town, and my mom had this store since I was in grade school so I took over the business for her.”

Jenkintown

Virginia, 60 “Especially now that my children are pretty much grown and hour of the house, I could see myself someday, with my husband and I living in the city.” 43


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Melrose Park

Dave, 64 “It has a touch of the country with being close to the city.”

Melrose Park

Carla Anthony, 35 “I’m actually from West Philadelphia. It’s too many people, it’s too much crime. No I wouldn’t live there again.”

North Hills

Allie, 28 “I moved here with my husband to start our family ... I think we are happy here.”

North Hills

North Hills

Auronzo Harris, 60 “I love living in the city, I work for Septa, I enjoy dealing with the public.”

Carlos, 42 “I like it, it’s safe. I don’t have to worry about all the traffic, not getting a parking spot and getting a ticket.” 44


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North Hills

Dane, 15 “I grew up here since I was younger and it’s a really nice area.”

North Hills

Dustin, 23 “My family lives here and I grew up here.”

North Hills

Jay Kaughmen, 60 “When we had kids we chose this neighborhood.”

North Hills

Kevin Kominski, 42 “It’s just a great town. It’s a great family time, just a lot of sense of community. I’ve lived here about twelve years and never wanted to leave.”

North Hills

Kyle, 21 “It’s a lovely neighborhood and I grew up here ... maybe if I had a job down there, but not just to move there and raise a family.” 45


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North Hills

Nancy, 58 “We were raising our kids in the good ol’ suburbs.”

North Hills

Tamaya, 5 “It’s a really nice area.”

Oreland

Jean Harpel “We moved into Oreland and we were renting but we liked the neighborhood so much that we wanted to live here.”

Oreland

Greg Harpel “No, I have no interest. I just don’t like big cities, other than Boston, I don’t have any interest in it.”

Oreland

Molly Harpel, 18 “Cause we were in a townhouse and needed more space, so we moved.” 46


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Ambler

Heather Dougherty, 38 “I do like Ambler because it has this downtown ara and it is bery walkable and I do like being able to do things walking reather than driving.”

Ambler

Phil Kueny, 33 “It’s kind of an old eclectic feel to it. It’s a high dollar town too, high income.”

Ambler

Pat DuVal, 23 “It’s just where I ended up.”

Ambler

Domenico Palagruto, 22 “I’m a barista at Toto’s. This is actually my family’s business. Self explanatory.”

Ambler

Meredith Macvittie “I would if; A.) the schools in Philadelphia were better and B.) the taxes were better.” 47


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Ambler

Oliver Will, 39 “If the schools were better ... the schools are just a wreck.”

Ambler

Sammi Silar, 18 “I’m more laid back. I don’t like the city at all.”

Ambler

Lauren McHale, 14 “I live in Ambler because I can go to all the shops here and there’s a lot to offer here, it’s not just, like, open field or anything.”

Ambler

Ambler

Caroline Burkurt, 14 “Actually, I would move to Philadelphia because there is more things to do in Philadelpiha and in the city. I actually really like the city.” 48

Raquel Jonello, 14 “No, too crowded. Really bad pollution.”


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Ambler

Ambler

Sammi Pak, 14 “No, because I’d kinda have to lear all new stuff, I guess.”

Carmelo Thomas, 24 “Yes, I’, actually moving to University City June 1st. I’m moving in with my girlfriend, actually. Closer to the city, closer to the office.”

Ambler

Chad Rosenthal “I’m from here. I went to Upper Dublin, so I just came back home. And it’s an awesome town.”

Ambler

Julie Kacher, 23 “Ambler’s kind of a sleepy town ... I do like Ambler, it has a lot of character but I’ve been here a long time.”

Ambler

Gersi Hoxha, 18 “I wouldn’t want to live there with my family. I wanna live in the city when I get old, but not currently, I guess.” 49


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Ambler

Connor Randell, 17 “No because I like the space. I like being able to have room and I like being able to go and play soccer close to me.”

Miquon

Jake Segal, 16 “I like living in this town because it is rural and it is close to Philly. It’s a great place to live.”

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Dresher

Carly Gustafson, 17 “Cause we were in a townhouse and needed more space, so we moved.”

Miqon

Randall Smith, 62 “We moved here from Texas for the work.”


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Yardley

Joe Bresley, 46 “Work, family, friends. This is where I was born and raised. I moved outof the area for a while, and I came back. My work is here. My friends are here. If it wasn’t for them I would probably be in Alaska or some place.”

Yardley

Scott L., 41 “I was born here. I’ve never left.”

Yardley

Ted Kelly, 50 “I grew up here and I’ve lived here for over half my life.”

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Yardley

Patrick Hamilton, 65 “I fell in love with a man who lives in this town and I didn’t have any choice. I live in Washington, D.C., but it’s Friday, so I come up here and spend the weekend with him. If he didn’t live here and I didn’t live there, I would love to live in Philadelphia.”

Yardley

Ben Theise, 38 “I wouldn’t live in Philadelphia because of where I work, but if I didn’t work here I would definitely live down there.”

Yardley

Luke Vando, 13 “I lived in Philly actually and then I moved over here with my parents and it’s a very beautiful place I think. They wanted a bigger house.”

Yardley

Yardley

Fabian B., 44 “I would definitely move to Philadelphia because I like city life. I don’t like having to take care of yards and stuff.”

Janet Cameron, 79 “I lived in Michigan for a very long time, but at the end of it all, because you can’t keep going, I decided to come back to my roots.” 52


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Yardley

Yardley

Bill Gideos, 72 “I don’t want nothin’ to do with Philadelphia, too much crime.”

Aidan Barrett, 12 “I live in Yardley because my old house was in Delaware and it got flooded. So we just moved here. I’ve lived here for like 9 years.”

Yardley

Aidan Sauer, 14 “I live in Yardley because this is where my parents live, and I was born here.”

Yardley

Sean Ritchie, 36 “I needed a job, it pays pretty well. I like the clientele.”

Yardley

Sue Scheiring, 63 “We got transferred here 26 years ago and I love it here. Plus my children and grandchildren live here, so I would never move to Philadelphia.”

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Montgomery County

Colmar

Angelica Creamer, 30 “I’ve lived in Philadelphia and I’d love to move back, but now’s not the right time with my son and my husband.”

Colmar

Alec Oswald, 27 “I’ve always been a city person, I was born in Chicago so I just love the city in general and Philly is always a blast to go to.”

Colmar

Bill Keucher, 46 “I would stay here. I see a generation of opportunity in Philadelphia so I think it’s great. I see my workers, my son, everything seems to be gravitating towards Philadelphia.”

Colmar

Colmar

Dave Apple, 26 “There’s a lot of people, a lot to do [in Philadelphia]. I think if I move to the city, it’s going to be when I’m younger, not when I’m older.

Jamie Carrigan, 25 “I don’t like cities. Honestly, this place is kind of big. There’s probably over a million people here now, but it’s nice.” 54


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Colmar Ruth Madison, 69 “I was born and raised in Lansdale. I met my husband in a nearby town, we like the area and we’ll probably stay here forever.”

Colmar

Walter Madison, 71 “I worked down there many years and that’s a hassle and I don’t need it.”

Colmar

Mike Michalski, 39 “My office is in Lansdale so I’m 10 minutes away. Very convenient for me, access to the train. Overall, it’s a pretty good place to live.”

Colmar

Vincent Crisafulli, 37 “I never really moved so I never really thought about living in other areas … I’ve never really looked into it, unfortunately. It’s just not really one of my priorities.”

Colmar

Katie Hinliter, 20 “It’s homey, it’s a small town so it’s not overwhelming and it’s a safe environment, too.” 55


Montgomery County

Lansdale

Muhammad Parlet, 16 “There are a lot of Bengali people living here and I get a lot of opportunity here.”

Lansdale

Jessica Smith, 23 “I was born and raised in Philly so it’s my hometown and I’m there every day, usually, just hanging out and partying so I would definitely move back there. It’s awesome, it’s home.”

Lansdale

John Bruno, 50 “It’s a neat up-and-coming town and it’s on its way back to being revitalized.”

Lansdale

Lansdale

Manbub Khan, 17 “I don’t want to move because I like this place.”

Janice Tindell, 61 “It’s walkable, it’s easy to walk around everything’s here, people are friendly … I would need a place [in Philadelphia] without steps, because I’d be older.” 56


Anywhere, PA

Lansdale

Faith Johnson, 29 “It’s a nice area and they’ve got activities for the kids and stuff and my sister helps me take care of my kids.”

Lansdale

Diane Vetter, 60s “No way, José. I like where I’m living, it’s peaceful and quiet.”

Lansdale

Annette Wilson, 48 “We live here because we were transferred, when my husband and I got married, down to the area and we found a house in the area that we really liked.”

Lansdale

Baylee Goodwin, 18 “[Lansdale is] not classy … [Philadelphia is] a lot less than Lansdale.”

Lansdale

Aaron Brown, 26 “Only because, my occupation being so close, it’s easier for the commute. If my funds were correct at the time, I would absolutely consider moving to Center City.”

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Montgomery County

Gwynedd Valley

Andrew Sherlock, 27 “I moved from Conshohocken, so I’d probably live in the Conshohocken or Manayunk area. You get the same benefits as living in the city, but the traffic’s not as bad.”

Gwynedd Valley

Chuck Stelik, 41 “I like my kids to be able to run around outside and it’s a little more complicated in the city.”

Gwynedd Valley

Gina Stowe, 39 “We are planning to move to Philadelphia at the end of the Summer because my daughters are all now school-aged. We can walk everywhere and enjoy the culture of the city.”

Joe Kadi

“[Philadelphia] is too far and the city is too much for me. The kids like this place and they’re happy so I’m happy too.”

Gwynedd Valley

Joanne Maysey, 61 “50/50. I would be a little concerned with the safety issues … it’s becoming an increasingly attractive offer to move into Center City, though.” 58


Anywhere, PA

Gwynedd Valley

Sharon Avery, 72 “I moved to Gwynedd Valley cause I really like the house. I came to see the house and I’ve been here for 28 years now.”

Gwynedd Valley

Rachel Gernerd, 34 “I just finished with school so I’m living with my parents and kind of regrouping until I can get out again.”

Gwynedd Valley

Taylor Tappen, 18 “I don’t really like the city. I don’t really like the crowded-ness.”

Gwynedd Valley

Raynor Sherlock, 59 “This area is very like the area in which I was raised. The community is similar, it’s a good school system which is important to a parent.”

Gwynedd Valley

William J. Avery, 73 “I really have no interest in living in Center City. Some people like to be around the arts down there but I’d rather go there and then come back home.

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Montgomery County

Hatfield

Alicia Hayes, 48 “I like the North Penn School District, I like what they offer … I like the homeliness and having parks and kids being able to ride their bikes.”

Hatfield

Daniel Yards, 36 “It’s a people-person place, I believe. The mood’s very nice. It’s kind of laid back and there’s really no violence.

Hatfield

Donna Scheffler, 52 “I chose a house in Hatfield because it was a neighborhood … I would [move to Philadelphia] but not with children, because children need to be able to play baseball and run around outside.”

Hatfield

Hatfield

Gracie Seelig, 43 “Too many taxes. We like the fact that we can have a yard.”

Jennifer Stengel, 39 “I would not, I like going to [Philadelphia] to visit or to see events or different activities that they offer, but I like living in the suburbs.” 60


Anywhere, PA

Hatfield

Hatfield

Joe Mendez, 37 “I like the neighborhood, nice clean, open air, people. A good sense of community. I like to be able to run around and for kids to be able to run around and get their energy out.”

Lydell Bergey, 54 “It’s a great township and it’s a nice area to live in. I don’t like the hustle and bustle of the big city and it’s just not safe.”

Hatfield

Julia Stengel, 11 “I don’t know, there’s, like, a lot of stuff that happens [in Philadelphia] so it’s very nice and educational.”

Hatfield

Stacie Stoops, 42 “It’s a great small town, but it’s close to a big city and I can afford to live in it. You don’t get as big of a house in the city.”

Hatfield

Tami Perrin, 38 “Our church is local and most our friends are here.

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Montgomery County

North Wales

Daniel Fione “Definitely don’t want to work in Center City. Are you kidding? Traffic’s a mess, parking’s a mess and not only that, it’s a, what, 45 minute commute every day?”

North Wales

Andrew Bierwirth, 17 “Yeah, I would like it. I think living in the city would be cool, like which I am doing for Temple. It should be cool.”

North Wales

Elliot Epstein, 26 “I like the city but I wouldn’t want to be down there in all of the hustle and bustle.”

North Wales

James O’Niel, 51 “I’m waiting to go to work, I want to go back to work and drive again.”

North Wales

Frank Bridges, 20 “I used to live in Philly and my mom moved me up to the suburbs to get me out of trouble and everything.” 62


Anywhere, PA

North Wales

Kimberly Kane, 34 “I grew up here and I stay here cause my mom’s still here. I grew up in the city before I came here and it’s really nice to be able to walk around and not have to look over your shoulder.”

North Wales

Katy Colson, 27 “I lived in South Philly for a while while I was in college and I love the city, so sure!”

North Wales

Lauren Soliday, 30 “We like the area for our daughter and such … we feel like we have access to everything we want. We live across from the train station and we can get into town whenever we want and get home easily so there’s really no need to live down [in Philadelphia].”

North Wales

Kelly Epstein, 26 “I don’t like big cities. Too much going on there for me.”

North Wales

Thomas, 24 “I live in North Wales because the Lamb Foundation is located here, that’s for people with a wide range of disabilities. I have a disability, so I live here.” 63


Montgomery County

North Wales

Matt Cleary, 32 “I moved here because I found an apartment a block from my work so I can walk to work everyday and that’s really the only reason because there’s nothing else in North Wales to draw me here.”

North Wales

Pat Holmes, 55 “It’s quiet, it’s calming, you don’t hear of too many break-ins and it’s a nice quiet town to live in.”

Fort Washington

Greg Goettner, 17 “If I actually had a reason to move to Philadelphia, yeah I don’t think I would just get up and peruse. But like, if I had to go for work or something, I work there rather than commute, than yeah, I would live there.”

Fort Washington

Fort Washington

David Brink, 18 “No because I am not a city person, I’m much more, I guess you could call me a country boy. I like, more simple things and less attention everywhere.”

Cindy Wiley, 60 “I live in the house where I was born. I like Fort Washington because I’ve always lived here.”

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Anywhere, PA

Fort Washington

Fort Washington

Linda Brink, 49 “Yes, access to the culture, arts, just access to things that are not out here. And I thought I always wanted to do it for a year when I was single, and I never did it and I would do it if I had the opportunity.”

Jack Glacken, 17 “Yeah, probably. Temple is one of my main choice for college right, I think I would like too. It’s a cool city, I would like to live in it and get to know it better.”

Fort Washington

Fort Washington

John Brink III, 22 “Because my family moved here when I was younger and, I’m not ready to move out yet.”

John Brink, Jr., 49 “My family has a long history living in Fort Washington. In fact, that house we’re living in was my grandfather’s house from the 40’s, so when we had an opportunity to move into a larger house and this is where it was located and it was connected to the family, is what brought us here. “

Fort Washington

Steven Williamson, 17 “No, um, I personally do not like cities, I kinda like rural areas more.” 65


Chester County 66


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Chester County

Berwyn Rachel Walker, 44 “I actually would [live/work in Philadelphia]. I love the city, and I love what’s happening in the city. It’s really great.”

Berwyn

Andy Bae, 18 “I just moved here because there’s a good education and good living places.”

Berwyn

Muy Chund, 57 “No [live/work in Philadelphia]. I like friendly area, slow area. Not busy.”

Berwyn

Connor Malloy, 17 “Probably not [live/work in Philadelphia], because I guess I just like the suburbs more than the city.”

Berwyn

Kum Chund, 57 “My business is here.” 68


Anywhere, PA

Berwyn

Connor Like, 17 “I was born in raised here. I like it. It’s a great area and has a great school.”

Berwyn

Kelly Foster, 27 “I work in Berwyn because I live in Malvern and go to West Chester University.”

Berwyn

Connor Like, 17 “I was born in raised here. I like it. It’s a great area and has a great school.”

Berwyn

Ellsworth Maxwell, 40 “I moved back from Pittsburgh a few years ago, and now I’m just helping out my parents.”

Berwyn

Andrew Winters, 17 “Yeah. I actually want to [live/work in Philadelphia]. There’s just more to do.” 69


Chester County

Devon

Michael Brown, 19 “My friend works here, so he asked me to work here.”

Devon

Caroline Gonzalez, 18 “I’ve lived here my whole life. My mom’s parents lived here briefly, and she really liked it and wanted me to grow up here.”

Devon

Ashley Mims, 22 “I would [live/work in Philadelphia]. I like the fast-paced, you know?”

Devon

Devon

Joe Mugler, 49 “No [live/work in Philadelphia], but I’ve been there for 5 years when I went to school there.”

Ryan Samwell, 22 “It’s not far from work. It’s an easy commute, and I can stay away from the city.” 70


Anywhere, PA

Devon

Adrienne Fullman, 24 “Yeah [live/work in Philadelphia]. That’s my like dream area to live in.”

Devon

Kerry Kuhlam, 28 “I was there [Philadelphia] for school, so it was alright.”

Devon

Patricia Smith, 60 “I don’t deal with the traffic. Being a merchandiser I can make my own hours. When my daughter was with me, I could work around my schedule to make dinner and be with her. ”

Devon

Maria Sanchez, 55 “I’ve been here for like 30 years, so it’s like home.”

Devon

Brian O’Neil, 42 “It’s where I work and where my kids go to school.” 71


Chester County

Devon

Thomas, 50 “I’m pretty much from the woods. I’m not a city person at all. I need the woods. No city I would go to and live in. I need some rocks around me.”

West Chester

Nick Geigle, 27 “I’d probably stay more in the suburbs. I like the open space around here.”

Devon

Mike Coughlan, 23 “Yeah [live/work in Phialadelphia], eventually when I can afford a place on my own. ”

West Chester

West Chester

Paul Imburgia, 22 “I don’t want to live here anymore because It’s awful. “

Alexander Rob Lazarus, 27 “There’s a culture down there, accessibility. You can get to D.C.,New York whenever you want.” 72


Anywhere, PA

Thorndale

Thorndale

David Williams, 50 “It’s just a great area. It’s real close to everything. Great people. You can walk to the stores, you can be up to a farm in two minutes.”

Ariel Swift, 23 “It’s real close to where I live. I’m a single mom, and I picked up waitressing when I was around 17.”

Thorndale

Speer Madante, 36 “I grew around here so I always wanted to stay here…I always wanted to be with friends and family all the time, and they come in here [his restaurant] and sponsor me.”

Thorndale

Ian Fenimore, 18 “There’s a good customer base, and my friend’s parents own a business so it works out pretty well.”

Thorndale

Gloria Goodwin, 37 “I’ve had it pretty rough. I’ve never been accepted the way I was here.” 73


Chester County

Phoenixville

Anne Morrissey, 52 We moved here when I was a little kid.”

Phonixville

Patrick O’Brien, 13 “It’s a very good place. All of my friends live here. And it’s fun.”

Phoenixville

Ellie Acampora, 64 “This was the most reasonable place to be, rent-wise. And then 5 years later we bought the building.”

Phonixville

Alex Pereira, 29 “I don’t like hipsters, that’s why I wouldn’t live in Philadelphia.”

Phoenixville

Rei Jalil, 21 “We own this place, me and my brother. Just by luck.” 74


Anywhere, PA

Phonixville

Phoenixville

Joseph Simcox, 26 “I was born here, and it used to be kind of a Hell-hole. But as I grew up it turned out to be a pretty hip town. So I’ve just stayed here.”

Stephen Leva, 25 “I’d travel to the city for different reasons, like shows and stuff, but I wouldn’t work there.”

Phonixville

David Gross, 23 “I don’t like the city. I’d travel there, but I would not live there.”

Phoenixville

Rebecca Snyder, 24 “I’m really good friends with the owner of Eliza’s Bakery, and she needed a little help so I decided to come out and help her.”

Phonixville

Warren Brown, 64 “I’ve lived in downtown Phoenixville since 1970, and I love the walkable community. It’s just a fun, nice place to live. I’m a Phoenixville townie.” 75


Chester County

Exton

Conor Kennedy, 20 “I like living in Exton. I’ve lived here most of my life and I don’t plan on changing that any time soon.”

Exton

Jack Lorde 49 “We came here for work. So we were looking for a spot, and my sister lived in the area, so we had some family around, and this is where we ended up.”

Exton

Irene Kennedy, 53 “I would absolutely want to live in downtown Philadelphia. I want to live in a city for at least a year at some point in my life.”

Exton

Carrie Panossian, 31 “I work here because I had a fantastic opportunity to work for 10,000 Villages, which is a really great non-profit that helps artisans in developing countries. I drive about half an hour to get here, but it’s totally worth it.”

Exton

Lindsay Fox, 26 “I love being local, so I wanted to build my business close to where I grew up.” 76


Anywhere, PA

Exton

Exton

Danielle Hayes, 29 “I would work in Philadelphia. I honestly wouldn’t be crazy about the commute, but if the money was right I would do it.”

Kim Caven 49 “We moved here for business first. It seemed like a good commute from where my husband worked. ”

Exton

Jordan Berghuis, 17 “I think I would consider living in city, but probably not Philadelphia.”

Exton

Matthew Hoffman, 24 “I like that it’s accessible. Most days, when it’s nice enough, I’m able to ride my bike here and it only takes about an hour.”

Exton

Tom Snyder, 47 “We like the church is a around here, the schools and the shopping are great, and it seemed like a nice place to raise a family.” 77


Chester County

Eagle

Antony Ayres, 42 “Based on public perception of the industry I work in (gun sales), I would not live in Philadelphia.”

Eagle

Chris Gordon, 31 “I was born and raised in the area and I have no desire to live city life.”

Eagle

Wayne Jones, 57 “I own my store here because it was the right location. Right on Route 100.”

Eagle

Dorothy Berhant, 18 “I like the city. And I visited Temple in the fall, and it was cool.”

Eagle

Wayne Jones, 57 “I own my store here because it was the right location. Right on Route 100.” 78


Anywhere, PA

Eagle

Melissa Peck, 19 “I’ve been to New York and that was too crazy. I like the country more, I guess.”

Eagle

Chip Nye, 51 “I’m here because I love it.”

Eagle

Rylie Rainey, 17 “I live right down the road, so about a year ago I was looking for a part time job to do in the summer and I’ve been working here ever since.”

Eagle

Joseph Quagliarello, 22 “I grew up down there (Philadelphia), and I have a lot of family down there. They actually own a bar there called the Rusty Nail.”

Eagle

Nancy DiCrochie, 67 “To go back down there now [Philadelphia], I’m retired and I would rather just be somewhere close by.” 79


Chester County

Chester Springs

Scott Fisher, 54 “I lived in Brooklyn for a while, and I am so happy to be out here in the country. I really don’t want to go back, I get claustrophobic in the city.”

Chester Springs

Julie Jacobson, 54 “We liked Chester Springs because it reminds me a bit of the English countryside.”

Chester Springs

Jack Jacobson, 14 “Well I can’t live anywhere else.”

Chester Springs

Neil Jacobson, 54 “After living in and renovating a house for 20 years, it’d be nice to live on some urban concrete and not have to maintain it.”

Chester Springs

Harold Hallman, 44 “I wouldn’t consider living in Philadelphia right now. I have too much invested here.” 80


Anywhere, PA

Chester Springs

Chester Springs

Gail Fishman, 60 “I love living and working in the city, it’s just not where I am right now.”

Matthew Hoffman, 24 “I like that it’s accessible. Most days, when it’s nice enough, I’m able to ride my bike here and it only takes about an hour.”

Chester Springs

Jeff Griffiths, 28 “I wouldn’t live in the city. I like the more rural areas.”

Chester Springs Mary Holton, 62 “It’s a beautiful area and it’s very art Chester Springs friendly.” Sandra Faust-Mesropian, 52 “I had come across this building a few times and I loved the charm of it, loved the area, and thought that it would be a great place.” 81


Chester County

Dowingtown

Lynne Laino, 57“ “There is absolutely no way that I could live there (Philadelphia). It’s too busy, there’s too many people. I’m not a city girl.”

Dowingtown

Kevin Matthews, 50 “It’s a great place to be able to own a business. We’re a running store, and there are a lot of runners in Downingtown.”

Dowingtown

Vincent Laino, 54 “I’d rather move to the coast than the city.”

Dowingtown

Royce Dorman, 28 “I don’t like the city.”

Dowingtown

Michael Henry, 23 “There are a lot of nice, high end, quality restaurants to work in here.” 82


Anywhere, PA

Frazer

Dowingtown

Greg Byrd, 62 “We moved here for work. My wife also had some family who lived in the area, but we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for work.”

Thomas R. Dickens, 52 “It was mainly family that kept me in the area.”

Frazer

Craig Lough, 32 “I’m more of a country guy, personally. Not much of a city guy. I like the quiet.”

Frazer

Tricia May, 37 “The ease of getting around Philadelphia is great. Everything is right there.”

Frazer

Michael Scott Reardon, 53 “I wanna get the hell out of here. If I can make some money on this, we’ll write a book and we’ll all be famous.” 83


Chester County

Malvern

Thomas Kinka, 15 “I want to [move to Philadelphia] when I get out of college. My aunt lives there and it’s pretty cool.”

Malvern

Patrick Williams, 14 My family lives here, I go to Great Valley Middle School and I love it here.

Malvern

Malvern

Dylan Ryave, 17 “If I worked there or just to hang out there in Philly. I love Philadelphia, it’s sick “

Ron Shank “I don’t envision moving to Philadelphia. It’s a great place but we’re close enough that you could get there in one hour.” 84


Anywhere, PA

Paoli

Tom Allen, 17 “I would probably stay here. I love it here, I grew up here.”

Paoli

Danny Pettine, 17 “It [Phildelphia] is different. More city life.”

Paoli

Ben Beggs, 16 “No, I’m not big on cities. I kind of like a calmer, quiet neighborhood.”

Paoli

Zachary Volpe, 19 “It’s a perfect balance between urban and rural, a lot of nice people. It’s in the main line, but it’s kind of the non-snotty part of the main line. People are really down-to-earth.” 85


Delaware County 86


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Delaware County

Aldan

Amy Ginsburg, 35 “We have kids and we like Victorian homes.”

Aldan

Deborah Davis, 63 “The schools have a little more opportunity.”

Aldan

Damita Rowe, 27 “It’s a better neighborhood; it’s beautiful.”

Aldan

Ed Sarkissian, 51 “It might be a little more fun being in the city.”

Aldan

Ed Hart, 51 “We’re here.” 88


Anywhere, PA

Aldan

Jake Ginsburg, 29 “I would move back to the city. The problem is the poor education system.”

Aldan

Kim Bombeck, 47 “I go into the city to visit; not to live.”

Aldan

NeCole Warren, 39 “Safety.”

Aldan

Margaret Mace, 50 “I loved when I lived in downtown Philly.”

Aldan

Scott Bombeck, 47 “Not unless… I was working a job close to where I was living.” 89


Delaware County

Morton

Dave Reader, 56 “My nerves aren’t that hot; it’s too stressful [work/live in Philadelphia].”

Morton

Amanda Kelly, 26 “I don’t know… I just woke up.”

Morton

George M. Blunt, 23 “I would rather live here.”

Morton

Joseph Dougherty, 47 “I would rather live somewhere quiet.”

Morton

Jane Grossi, 51 “I love downtown Philadelphia!” 90


Anywhere, PA

Morton

Michele Hunt, 48 “I like the small town feel.”

Morton

Ronald Shipley, 63 “After a lot of deaths, I wanted to move near my niece and be with family.”

Morton

Tamika Pannell, 40 “The wages is lovely out here.”

Morton

Steve Lacy, 20 “My mom moved out here in 2001.”

Morton

Tim Brown, 39 “We love the city culture but there are school issues.” 91


Delaware County

Wayne

Arianne Walker, 31 “I like small towns, like small town America. I think it’s really sweet. There’s just something nostalgic about it, and it’s very welcoming. There’s an appeal to it that I was always finding myself in this area.”

Wayne

John Quinley, 24 “Not downtown, probably South Philly. Downtown is pretty expensive.”

Wayne

Crystal Ward, 44 “I would work, but I wouldn’t’ live. I have three children, and I would like for them to run and play and not have to worry about cars hitting them.”

Wayne

Wayne

John Shannon, 70 “I considered trying to get a shop started down there [Philadelphia], but the rent is way too high.”

Ed Luoma, 61 “I did live in downtown Philadelphia for over 20 years. It was a nice town to live in.” 92


Anywhere, PA

Wayne

Wayne

Osha Fuangkasae, 29 “I thought about it [work/living in Philadlephia]. The things that deterred me were the commute and the wage tax.”

Margaret Nelson, 17 “I live here because I grew up here, and it’s where my parents live. I love the atmosphere. It’s really relaxed and it’s really fun.”

Wayne

Teresa Montes, 33 “I’m from Mexico. I came here in 2005, and I thought the whole United States was like Wayne. I had to get used to it, and I’ve liked it ever since.”

Wayne

Matt Sharayko, 22 “Yeah, absolutely [work/live in Philadelphia]. Me and some friends are considering at the end of the year possibly.””

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Delaware County

Secane

Angela Urso, 35 “I like living close enough to the city. Not in the city.”

Secane

Joseph Margus, 16 “I really do like the city.”

Secane

Joe Benning, 47 “It’s very clean, has a very good school district, and has friendly people.”

Secane

Jordan Re, 20

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Anywhere, PA

Secane

Leon Bratzel, 37 “Less traffic. More parking.”

Secane

Lauren DiCrecchio, 34 “I would move to Seattle or Portland; something West Coast.”

Secane

Vinny Holmes, 33 “In Philly, you can get shot.”

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Delaware County

Lansdowne

Frank Edwards, 39 “The schools are better for my daughter.”

Lansdowne

Baillie Hsu, 27 “I’m not too big on crowds.”

Lansdowne

Joe Todaro, 52 “It’s easier to be a part of a suburb.”

Lansdowne

John Stratton, 19 “Actually yeah, I prefer downtown.”

Lansdowne

Kelly Nguyen, 17 “I would [work/live in Philadelphia], it depends on colleges and universities.” 96


Anywhere, PA

Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Ross Holloway, 40 “It’s convenient for the area.”

Naseer Diggins, 17 “I’m staying in Lansdowne.”

Lansdowne

Morton

Monique Bediako, 17 “You want to be in a more quiet area.”

Mallory Hsu, 30 “I think I would pretty much stay in the burbs.”

97


Delaware County

Eddystone

George Hastings “I live in Eddie Stone because I’ve lived here ever since I was in third grade and I know everyone in the community.”

Eddystone

Susan Villa “Not anytime soon I just moved here a month ago.”

Eddystone

Kevin Goga “If I had a chance to live there [Philadelphia], then maybe.”

Eddystone

Andrew Davis

Eddystone

Keisha “I don’t live here [ in Eddystone]. I just work here as a librarian.” 98


Anywhere, PA

Eddystone

Linda Kurn “I’ve lived here all my life. I like the small town. I like the corner store.”

Eddystone

Nick “I was born in Philly. But I would not want to live there.”

Eddystone

Cody Evans “I’d live in Philly. I’m not much of a city person but I would live there I think it’s beautiful.”

Eddystone

Terrence Flesher “I’ve always lived here. There’s no place better.”

Eddystone

Derek Robinson “I like it. I like the neighborhood. I use to live in Chester. Someone got shot in front of my house. That’s why I left.”

99


Delaware County

Crum Lynne

David John “I was raised in born in that house right there with the white lattice. I love Crum Lynne. I remember when there used to be a beautiful place. Now there’s a lot of crime around here.”

Crum Lynne

Andrew Walter “I stay at a supportive care facility here.”

Crum Lynne

Linda Council “I live here because of my job.”

Crum Lynne

Brian Simmon “Philadelphia is a pretty big place. I go there sometimes. I wouldn’t live there.”

Crum Lynne

Sheila Slaght “I would never move to Philly.” 100


Anywhere, PA

Crum Lynne

Crum Lynne

Brad Phillips “I want to look into moving to Philadelphia as soon as I can but I don’t know if that’s really going to be an option for me but I just want to be more independent and live closer to a friend.”

Jared “My family lives here and I love how quiet it is.”

Crum Lynne

Crum Lynne

Bruce Elliot “I used live in Woodland. They’re remodeling our home right now and when they’re done remodeling then we’ll move back. I’ve been here for five months.”

Donna Hassons “I live here because I took over my son’s house. He had to move out.”

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Philadelphia County 102


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Philadelphia County

Ivy Ridge

Christie Palmer, 28 “I’ve lived here since I was born. And I just want to buy a house and move five minutes from my mom.”

Ivy Ridge

Geott Stricker, 32 “I would definitely love to live in the downtown area. But it is too far away from my job.”

Ivy Ridge

James Coleman, 24 “I live here because I moved here for my work.”

Ivy Ridge

Kitty Butterfield, 60 “I lived here for 10 years as a child and met my husband on the same block.”

Ivy Ridge

Lauren Passaic, 25 “I would like to move into downtown because it is the fun environment.” 104


Anywhere, PA

Ivy Ridge

Maxwell Levy, 16 “When I am an adult, I would move into downtown area because there is a lot to do and a lot of people to meet.”

Ivy Ridge

Rafael Freitas, 31 “That’s where my wife lived when I met her.”

Ivy Ridge

Reenee Kurtz ,30 “I work in Philadelphia. It’s not far.”

Ivy Ridge

Robert Howard, 60 “I love the small community. Everybody knows each other. Families are all from here and live here.”

Ivy Ridge

Samara Mepoyle, 26 “I work around here. It is close for me to live. I like this area too. It has a lot of restaurants and I can walk everywhere.” 105


Philadelphia County

Manayunk

Neil Dattani 24 “I’ve lived here since I was born. And I just want to buy a house and move five minutes from my mom.”

Manayunk

Kelsey Meisenbacher 22 “It [downtown Philadelphia] is different scene, more excitement.”

Manayunk

Jason Breinin 38 “I have not [considered to moving into downtown Philadelphia]. This is more home for me.”

Manayunk

Andrew Croghan 23 “Yeah [work/live in Philadelphia]. My lease is upon about two month. Me and my roommates are moving into downtown. There is more going on.”

Manayunk

Gary Mann 61 “I chose Manayunk to open my business. I thought it is an area that was growing.” 106


Anywhere, PA

Manayunk

Manayunk

David Bass 62 “My wife likes the stupid house we found. And she wants the neighborhood.”

Ben Tweddale 27 “I was considering to moving down the center city area. It’s always everything going on.

Manayunk

Brandy Deieso 33 “I like the sense of the community. I grew up in this neighborhood. It’s a small town.”

Manayunk

Danielle Lovett 22 “I live in Manayunk because there is a lot of good bars, good restaurants and people around my age. It’s also close to the school I go to.”

Manayunk

Christopher Dollinger 25 “My grandfather grew up here. It’s a kind of heritage thing.” 107


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Carpenter

Barry Cross “Definitely, Center City is really chill, it’s getting a lot nicer, and developing.”

Carpenter

Andy Cooper “I like Mt. Airy because it’s very diverse and liberal minded. It’s convenient to a lot of the things that I like, like green space and Chesnut Hill.”

Carpenter

Dan Meir “I used to live in Center City. We talk about moving back when we retire, or something like that.”

Carpenter

Carpenter

Connie Mosely “We moved here about ten years ago, and it’s comfortable. Everything is close; the train, the bus. I call this downtown, everything is here.”

Ashley Day “I live here because my daughter goes to school down the street at C.W. Henry, and it’s right up the street from my house.” 108


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Carpenter

Carpenter

Diane Pellegrini “Unlikely. When I was younger, I would have [work/live in Philadelphia]. I’m in a different stage of my life, so probably not.”

Kelly Bowe “I wanted to get outside of the city, it’s nature-y out here. I would rather be around that than just the city.”

Carpenter

Savannah Blair “I live with my parents. They moved to a better neighborhood.”

Carpenter

Orest Nakonechny “I am working at Mt. Airy violins, where I am a violin maker. I wanted to be near it [work].”

Carpenter

Sydney Chapin “I am under the age of 18, and I live with my parents. Also, because it’s a better neighborhood than where used to live.” 109


Philadelphia County

Allen Lane

Lincoln Chase “I would if I could find a big place [in Philadelphia] - if I had enough money to move into a big place with a really big yard. But that’s hard to find.”

Allen Lane

Debbie Woodward “We love living in the city but we have more trees out here. And we love being able to walk to good restaurants.”

Allen Lane

Kyle Woodward “Maybe [work/live in Philadelphia]. Because there’s more things to see.”

Allen Lane

Allen Lane

Greg Locke “This is a very diverse neighborhood. Everyone looks out for one another, the love is genuine, and it’s all about helping one another. Loving one another, and getting along.”

Siobhan O’Neill “Just out of curiosity. I don’t think that I would stay there [in Philadelphia], but I would enjoy being there for a year or a couple of years.” 110


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Allen Lane

Allen Lane

Sarah Biemuller “I love Philadelphia, and this part of the city is just so diverse. You can be friends with someone who is in their 80s. From an 80-yearold black man to a 16-year-old white girl.”

Mellissa Dickter “This is where we found a great house for us, and a great community. It has everything that we wanted.”

Allen Lane

Robert Hedgepath “I have already lived in the hard parts of Philadelphia, and it was time for a change.”

Allen Lane

Steve Hastie “I’d consider it. There’s a little bit more action. Although I would also want to move out in the country too. And It’s more green.”

Allen Lane

Karen Vaccaro “It’s a great neighborhood. I have wonderful neighbors, it’s close to everything, it’s pretty. It’s just a wonderful place to live.” 111


Philadelphia County

St. Martin

Christopher Herbert “The reason why I live here is because it’s rich with history. Harriet Tubman freed slaves just around the corner in Germantown, and there’s a whole laundry list of historical properties in the area.”

St. Martin

Zac Roberts. “Yes [work/live in Philadelphia]. It’s another nice place to live.”

St. Martin

Ian Gradhy “I love the City for food and music, so yes I would move there.”

St. Martin

St. Martin

Greg Locke “Sure. I like the city. I’m a city girl, and everything is just right there.”

Meredith Chernack “This is where I grew up since I was little and I attended Spring Side school. This is really where my roots are. I know the town inside and out.” 112


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St. Martin

St. Martin

Mark C. “I like the fact that it’s historic. And I like the fact that it gives you the feeling of the city and the suburbs. There are a lot of shops, and I like that.”

Meg Rogers “I would, I love going to the city. I take the train down there all the time. My friend lives down there, and we have a great time in the city going to dinner, shopping.”

St. Martin

Samuel Laduceur “Always being in the Olney area, I just wanted to be somewhere a little more upbeat. I like the area, that you can come to a nice little cigar lounge.”

St. Martin

Mike Eck “We just moved in here. We have always wanted to live in Chesnut Hill. This place was for rent so here we are.”

St. Martin

Gary J “I like to shops, and the people. They’re really down to earth. There’s a lot of people, but it’s not too city-like. You can still have a conversation with somebody.” 113


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Upsal

Hannah Miller “It’s really nice around here, and it seems like a good neighborhood.”

Upsal

Jonas Jeswald “I just moved to the area. I like the neighborhood.”

Upsal

Manifa Jones “It’s a nice place to live, it’s pretty cool. I go to school in the North East, so it’s pretty cool over here.”

Upsal

Upsal

John Needels “I lived in Center City. I would go back, but only if I had a nice town home.”

Sean Leber “Probably not. I lived in West Philly for a while, and I like being close to the city, but I don’t know if I like the urban life as much.” 114


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Upsal

Upsal

Victor Robinson “I like the woodsiness of it. I also like the diversity of people and the low crime rate, of course. I just think it’s a beautiful area, and it’s improving all of the time.”

Kara Maharay “I have lived in Center City before. I married someone who likes a suburban setting, so this was a middle of the road marriage compromise.”

Upsal

Phil Duckson “Maybe down the road, but not right now [work/live in Philadelphia]. I’ve got a kid on the way, and I’, a litte bit too busy.”

Upsal

Dianna Sheffield “I live around the Upsal area because it’s quiet, it’s clean and it’s safe. The people are all nice.”

Upsal

Hanna Sheffield “The flowers are around here, and it’s nice.” 115


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Tulpehocken

Archie Jones “To have a better spot to live, and to condition my living order of health and Tulpehocken morals in rehab.” Lowell Nottage “Not really. The only time I got down there is if I have to go down there for either school work or if I have to go somewhere with family. It’s not really a place for me.”

Tulpehocken

Jack O’connell “It’s close to the city and my family lives around here. It’s beautiful - last vestiges of Colonial Philadelphia.”

Tulpehocken

Tulpehocken

Brooklyn Murphy “I love Center City, there is a lot of stuff going on down there, and I would move down there.”

Gail Wilson “It’s convenient to where I work. I work at the Environmental Protection Agency, there is a regional office in Center City.” 116


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Tulpehocken

Paul Glover “I was invited to a great place with great rent. It is adjacent to Fairmount Park, the Tulpehocken Station. There is terrific transit, and bike lanes. Good people, nice day.”

Tulpehocken

Joe Scott “I have family here. It’s a beautiful place.”

Tulpehocken

Charolette Gregory “Nooo. I would not move to Center City because it is too busy. The traffic is (nervously grumbles) and there are too many people, it’s too crowded.”

Tulpehocken

Ken Allen “If I got rich, that’s the only circumstance I would move to Center City. I would have to have lots of money.”

Tulpehocken

Patricia Shephard “I lived there [downtown Philadelphia] a few years ago, I probably wouldn’t move back. No, I like trees, environment and more of a neighborhood feel.” 117


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Stenton

Michael Friend, 53 “I moved here because of the safety. It’s a safe environment.”

Stenton

Nailah Hall, 42 “I would love to [live in Philadelphia], there’s a lot of festivals, there’s a lot to do, there are plenty of good eateries. It’s pretty close to a lot of events.”

Stenton

Charles Scott, 44 “I was born and raised here. After 45 years here, I love it.”

Stenton

Stenton

Dorienda Bell, 52 “I live here because I’m still in the city, but you still get the suburban feel, because you have a little bit of grass, but not too much grass… It’s right in the middle.”

Patricia Beckett, Over 70 “I like the trees and the grass and the flowers. Can’t find too much of that in Center City.” 118


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Sedgwick

Sedgwick

Alicia Crawford, 45 “I grew up in a row home with no trees, no yard, no nothing, so I wanted to actually have trees if I couldn’t find a big enough house for 4 kids in my neighborhood.”

Diona Gillard, 18 “[The city] too busy for me, I like the quietness. I don’t really like a lot of traffic or a lot of people.”

Sedgwick

Michael Wilks, 24 “We actually just moved here about a week ago. My girlfriend goes to school at Drexel, I only work about 15 minutes away, the train station is super convenient and it’s just an awesome town.”

Sedgwick

Maxine Coker, 50 “It’s so easy to get to Center City from where I am, the train is right here, the bus is there, so I don’t see any reason to move to Center City when I’m this close to it.”

Washington Lane

Barbara Scott, 65 “Center City is too fast paced for me. I think I’d like a more laid back, family kind of scene. It’s more convenient, but it does not seem like it’s family oriented.” 119


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Washington Lane

Daya Smith, 18 “I had no other choice [but to live here. I don’t pay the bills.”

Washington Lane

Hakeem Cooper, 22 “What actually brought me back here, because I just moved from West Virginia, is so I could be closer to home and my family.”

Washington Lane

James, 12 “[I live here because] my aunt lives here.”

Washington Lane

Washington Lane

Jerry Scott, 46 “[I live here] by default, my parents brought me here. But I like the convenience. You don’t need a car to live in the city, you can still get around.”

Kira Lest, 17 “I’d rather move out of Philly because it’s bad around here.” 120


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Washington Lane

Washington Lane

Nasir Abdullah, 31 “I just like moving around, I’m from South Philly, but I like to change it up. I’ve been here for about a year now.”

Shanta Johnson, 24 “I’d rather live somewhere I could park my car and not deal with a lot of people.”

Washington Lane

Tyrell Johnson, 28 “I’m from West Philly but I came down here because of her (Shanta).”

Germantown

Zachary Lane, 23 “[I wouldn’t move to Center City because], it’s not safe.”

Germantown

Lakief Bivins, 28 “Right now I live in this area because I’m in a halfway house.” 121


Philadelphia County

Germantown

Yasmeen Beccles, 33 “I was born and raised in this area.”

Germantown

Jalaa Trice, 15 “There are too many people [in Center City].”

Overbrook

David Michael Jones, 46 “The area is a lot better. It is not as congested.”

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