Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Southern Berkshire County, MA
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I live 20-some minutes South of Pittsfield. I personally would not want to move there. Most other towns here are little villages with rural surroundings. Where Pittsfield is a small city with outlying suburban housing developments. However, if you want something urban, that is pretty much your only choice.
And I would agree that efforts are underway to improve it, increase in theatre, trying to revive downtown night life, restaurants, etc. My understanding is that real estate has continued to see up there, despite a wider slow down. And it is a "little rough" but not near comprable to the "rough" areas of a City like Houston, LA, Chicago, etc.
I have no clue about neighborhoods. Do you want a house? I'm not sure about walking around. I'm not sure about the availability of housing in the main street area and to get elsewehere you probably need to drive around. Do you do public school?