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Hubby and I are thinking of making a move to Pittsburg. Good colleges (he wants his grad degree), great scenery and low housing costs.<br><br>
Where are the crunchy neighborhoods that have great public schools?<br><br>
Where do the college professors raise their families?<br><br>
Are there spots to avoid all together?<br><br>
Thanks so much for any help or advice.
 

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I would recommend Mount Lebanon, Bethel Park, Upper Saint Claire. These are in the South Hills, we live here and I love it. Very calm and safe. Great school districts too!
 

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hey, contact me if you ever do move here, if you wanna meet up with other MDC mamas in Pittsburgh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Hello there, Philomom. My brother's fiance recently moved to Decatur, GA for a job. As far as your questions go, I would have to say that the places Carmen (loving-my-babies) suggests do not tend to be crunchy. They are calm and safe, though. My dad is a retired college professor and I was raised near Crafton, again, not necessarily crunchy but nice. I tend to have to drive to the eastern part of the city (shadyside, morningside, friendship etc.)to be involved with like-minded mamas. Those places are closer to Univ of Pgh, Carnegie Mellon and such, also. You might want to check out the Pghmamasnetwork yahoo group for more ideas.
 

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I live in Castle Shannon which is right next to Mount Lebanon. Castle Shannon isn't crunchy but it is safe and there are stores, school, park and library within walking distance.
 

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oh yeah, Marie is right. These places are definetely not crunchy (to be honest, I haven't found any place in Pittsburgh that is crunchy, but maybe that's because I come from a really crunchy country, so KWIM?) anyway, they are safe and nice.
 

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Gosh, I guess I am spoiled. Decatur, Ga is an oasis of crunchy. We've got the Waldorf, Montessori, food co-ops, co-housing and lots of homeopathic health care providers.<br><br>
It's only when I leave my little area that I feel like I'm drowning in the mainstream.<br><br>
Thanks for all the input. I'll be spending a week or two in Pittsburgh this summer to help narrow down some ideas for the family.
 

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If you want to consider Westmoreland County where the taxes are lower? You will have to drive into the city or learn the remaining bus routes....<br><br>
We like it out here and the education levels in Murrysville are such that the assumption seems to be that baby will be breastfed. Crunchyville it is NOT though, except for me and a bunch of our UU friends.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi there! We live in the city proper (about 3 or 4 miles from downtown Pittsburgh) and we love it! Our neighborhood (Stanton Heights) is very green...we see deer often since we border the Allegheny Cemetary. It is also racially diverse (something you won't find in the suburbs).<br><br>
The public school system has several magnet schools - including a public PreK-8 Montessori school! Pittsburgh has several alternative schools, too, including a Waldorf school. The East End Food Co-op is in the city, too. Also several universities, museums, parks. Why commute from the suburbs when everything you want is in the city?<br><br>
In my opinion, the east end of the city has the most amenities. Some neghborhoods I would suggest looking into are: Oakland, Friendship, Highland Park, Morningside and Stanton Heights. These neigborhoods are all fairly green, inexpensive and racially diverse. Polish Hill, Lawrenceville and Bloomfield are less green and only somewhat diverse. Regent Square and Squirrel Hill are very green, beautiful homes, but much more expensive and much less diverse. The city of Pittsburgh has a website - <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us" target="_blank">www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us</a> - that contains information about each neighborhood (it used to, anyway). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I forgot to mention the South Side Slopes. Definately, a neighborhood worth checking out. Several mamas on the PghMamasNetwork - <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PghMamasNetwork/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PghMamasNetwork/</a> - live in the south side are really like it.<br>
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Not sure how crunchy Pgh really is! But I had seen mentioned Shadyside--very close, 2 miles from East End Food Co-op in (Wilkinsburg, which you only want to visit to shop), North Hills, Sewickley (very nice area) Mt. Lebanon -great schools, Churchill-good living area Woodland Hills is not a great school-go private. Fox chapel very nice area, upscale and very good schools. Murreysville was mentioned - Franklin Regional is a good school, taxes are good and alot of home for the $. Plum has much to offer lately in the way of housing development, I can count 6 new plans going up now. Plum has a great school with a new 42 million $ addition, very calm pleasant area to raise your children. All of the above are suburban areas. And Pittsburgh is under-rated in many areas. You have some of the best Univ. in the Country, The top Medical Facilities, Pgh Childrens #6 childrens in the country, West Penn Top 100 in the country, #3 Natural History Museum in North America, One of the top 10 Zoos in North America. Great Arts, Theater and Cultural Areas, Ellis and Shadyside Acad. are some of the best Ivory League Prep schools around. Boating, the two newest statiums baseball & football. #3 International Airport - easy-- convenient. Downfall of Pittsburgh -- every flippen road is a paved over cow path with many one way streat in the city. Which means traffic if you live outside the city limits, daily. People in Pittsburgh are generally exceptionally friendly, unlike many cities I have traveled. Good luck!
 

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someone mentioned Sewickley. That is across the river from me and I know they have a Montessori school. I live in Coraopolis and have actually found a crunchy friend or 2. I guess if you look hard enough you will find them. My area is nice, but I'm guessing in the city is where you will find a cluster of like-minded mamas.
 

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I live in Sewickley and it is extremely nice and safe, but also rich and expensive. There are a bunch of us crunchy types in the western suburbs like Mom2Lily said, but for total crunchiness, you would need to be more eastern city, which is where the schools are. But over there, you get traffic and crowding and expensive city living.
 

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I live in the south side, and love it. It is absolutely crunchy...walk to library, bank, numerous parks, cafes, and great shops. Other than that, I would say the east end: squirrel hill, shadyside, regent square, friendship, etc. is where you will be close to waldorfy schools, co-op, universities, etc. If you are in the city, the magnet program is excellent. We homeschool, but I would not send my kids to our local public school-I would go with a magnet school, waldorf or River Valley. There is a fantastic crunchy scene in Pittsburgh. I just moved back from Tucson, and appreciate it here so much more. I have always found crunchy people when we lived in the suburbs, but it is a pain (to me) to drive into the city for everything. Good luck, and I second checking out the yahoo group.
 
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