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EVERYDAY PEOPLE WITH SUPERPOWERS! https://apartmentmagz.com/everyday-people-superpowers/
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<p>Have you ever met a real live hero? When we were children, our heroes were larger than life. Take Superman for instance a fictional character created in 1938 with Action Comics. He had the following powers: superhuman strength, agility, heat vision, X-ray vision, superhuman breath that could freeze things or blow like the wind. Best of all he was “the man of steel” who could fly! We have been idolizing heroes in movies, books and folklore for centuries. We could sure use one now to swoop in and solve all our problems.</p>
<p>But now due to Covid-19, we are seeing a new brand of hero. Or are we seeing everyday people doing <a href=”https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200422-will-coronavirus-change-how-we-define-heroes”>random acts of heroism</a>? We have been studying heroism for years. What happens during a dangerous event that causes that one person to risk his own life for someone he has never met? In a crowd the “herd mentality” where most people do not want to get involved as it none of their business, makes anyone who steps up to help a hero. Mr. Rodgers said “Always look for the helpers” when in trouble.</p>
<p>Cardinal Property Management carefully navigated through the uncharted waters of the pandemic by creating transparency between their corporate office and their on-site management teams. Through discussion and surveying their employees about concerns and fears, Cardinal Group created a benevolence fund called “Cardinal Heroes”. Their people can nominate a coworker that they believe has acted as a hero. <a href=”https://www.naahq.org/news-publications/nurturing-culture-during-crisis”>These are leasing and maintenance teams on the front lines in apartment communities</a> without any superpowers doing extraordinary acts of heroism. This has given their teams a sense of pride and a feeling of community in a time when it is too easy to go down the rabbit hole into despair.</p>
<p>Nurses, doctors and emergency first responders unlike Superman did not even have enough personal protective equipment to handle the onslaught of sick overwhelming their hospitals. Then heroes from all over the country began to sew masks and create makeshift PPE out of what seemed like thin air. People trained in any related medical industry went to help on the front lines at great personal risk. First responders were working double shifts even with the very real fear of their own health and safety. But like Superman they had the power of their convictions and the courage to see them through.</p>
<p>From the people who are employed by grocery and pharmacy stores, to our on-site property management teams helping to keep our apartment communities open, these people are unsung heroes. Seemingly normal people who under the most extraordinary of times provide vital services so we may have a roof over our heads and food on our bellies. Churches and food banks and their parishioners are providing food to their communities. Celebrities and young children are donating time, PPE and funds to help the close to 15% of unemployed workers due to social distancing mandates and business closers. So, you see we all have the superpowers of love, creativity, compassion, bravery, strength of conviction and valor. Superman would be proud of us! He knows that there is a little bit of him in all of us. Will you be&nbsp; a superhero to someone?</p>
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Thu, 14 May 2020 12:30:48 +0000 Allan Cole

LOOKING FOR HAPPINESS DURING COVID-19 https://apartmentmagz.com/looking-happiness-covid-19/
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<p>Is there a bright side to the global Covid-19 pandemic? Should we even think about looking for a bright side? The answer is absolutely “yes”. The downside of this situation can feel overwhelming and desperately sad. There is no shortage of bad news, but there are many reasons and benefits to remaining hopeful now and moving forward.</p>
<p>All over the world people found ways to connect during social distancing. From the Italians who sang arias from their balconies to neighborhoods in the US who met on their streets for dance offs.&nbsp; We learned to use new technology such as Zoom or Facetime for virtual happy hours and dinners. From a safe 6 feet apart, you can go for walks with friends and family.&nbsp; Have balcony fun and get to know your neighbors that live in your apartment building. My daughter has befriended a senior lady on the second floor of her apartment building. This daily interaction reduces isolation especially for her and creates smiles.</p>
<p>Do you feel the silence?&nbsp; During snowstorms when plane traffic is halted, silence feels like a warm blanket. Now the birds are in their element with less cars and planes in the air. With more time in our lives to explore new interests, bird watching as a hobby is on the increase. They are much easier to hear and spot when we do not need to filter through all the man-made noise. We can rediscover nature.</p>
<p>We can see clearly now and breath better in many cities all over the world. The media shows us photography of blue skies in Los Angeles. NASA says that the atmosphere is significantly cleaner. With the reduction of non-essential travel, the drop in pollution has been significant worldwide.&nbsp; Cleaner air promotes better health for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory related illnesses. This year with the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Earth Day, we are seeing many places with the <a href=”https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeroenkraaijenbrink/2020/03/23/the-bright-side-of-corona-seven-opportunities-of-the-current-pandemic/#4f737f99785c”>best air quality in decades</a>.</p>
<p>Did you catch up on all the projects that you thought that you never had time to do before?&nbsp; I have cleaned and organized everything from my attic to the linen closets and the food pantry. I thought that I had plenty of canned goods only to find that a can of green beans expired in 2018. My hurricane provisions from 2019 had expired too. Knowing exactly where I stood with non-perishables will help me be ready for hurricane season 2020. Catching up on my “to do list” had given me a feeling of accomplishment and control during a time when we have no control over a global pandemic. It was a more positive way to spend my time than binge watching news and obsessing about the pandemic. Trust me I spent too much time going from streaming news to local news providers. <a href=”https://irishtechnews.ie/always-look-on-the-bright-side-covid-19/”>(Source: Bright Side)</a></p>
<p>To find the bright side of the any bad situation, it is best to try to have a positive attitude. It will not be an easy thing to do. Even if it is only for a few minutes a day, looking for the bright side can help you not to go down into a rabbit hole of despair. There are so many health benefits with a positive outlook. Can you chat with a senior shut in? Could you donate to a non-profit or support local shops and restaurants? Can we find ways to sustain clean air and continue to commit to a healthier global environment? That remains to be seen. I know that some good will result from Covid-19 pandemic. But it will be up to each of us as we find the new norm to be positive. I’m betting on us to win!</p>
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Thu, 07 May 2020 12:21:47 +0000 Allan Cole

FINDING AN APARTMENT DURING COVID-19 https://apartmentmagz.com/finding-apartment-covid-19/
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<p>It looks as though social distancing will no longer be the new norm, but the way that we will now be living our lives. It was only 2 months ago that we had never heard of PPE, unless we worked in healthcare or unless you were a scientist, flattening the curve was about weigh loss. Mostly about flattening our stomachs. So here we are all settled at home wondering how to move forward. <a href=”https://www.naahq.org/news-publications/relying-virtual-leasing-during-covid-19″>(Source: NAA)</a></p>
<p>But what about the folks who were thinking about moving or who were in the middle of a relocation? Any sort of housing transition is stressful enough without having to deal with a national health crisis. But during social distancing it could be additionally stressful.&nbsp; Take heart, there are many technologies that can help us lease an apartment while keeping you and your apartment community staff safe.</p>
<p>There are many digital advertising sources that you can access from the safety of your living room or kitchen. You can search by typing the word “apartments” into any browser. This will give you a very broad search. After you feel comfortable with user experience with an Internet Listing Service provider, narrow your search by location, price, floorplan size, schools and amenities. Or you use a “long tail search”. For example, a “two-bedroom apartment in Richmond, Virginia with a pool”. This may be more time efficient than a more generic search such as “apartments”. It will provide a short and more refined list of apartment communities that fir those criteria.</p>
<p>Another new aspect to think about during physical and social distancing, is the systems that the community uses to communicate with their residents after you move in. Can you pay your rent on-line? How do they let you know about any community events or repairs? Many communities use <a href=”https://callassist247.com/”>Call Assist 24/7</a>. It’s a way that you can send a video or photo of your emergency service request to the on-call maintenance technician.&nbsp; This will keep you informed via text throughout every step of the process. You will even get a photo of the technician coming out late at night. How cool is that!</p>
<p>Most listings have virtual tours of generic units or their furnished model. Seeing a furnished apartment is always a good way to get a feel for what the space may look like with your own furnishings. <a href=”https://www.realtor.com/advice/rent/questions-to-ask-apartment-search-coronavirus/”>(Source: Realtor.com)</a> Many leasing agents are happy to use zoom, skype and Facetime to show you the actual unit that is available if it is currently vacant. Ask the agent to walk through the community as well so you may see the location of your apartment home. Is it close to the pool or does it have a view that you like? Google maps is a great resource for information on shopping, parks and interstates. If you are moving locally, go drive through the apartment community at different times of day to see where the sun sets or where the bark park is located. So there a lot of great resources to help you navigate through finding the perfect new apartment home during Covid-19. Be safe and have fun!</p>
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Covid-19 Vaccine Availability: Supply Chain Bullwhip Effect

Covid-19 Vaccine Availability: Supply Chain Bullwhip Effect

Originally posted on December 12, 2020 9:11 pm

Updated on December 12, 2020 11:23 pm

Will there be enough Covid-19 vaccine doses available in time for our 2021 travel plans? Now that the coronavirus vaccine is approved and ready for release, we know that FedEx and UPS are cooperating to facilitate a rapid distribution to all 50 states (the cooperation is quite simple, they split the country in half). The question on everyone’s mind…

When will I be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine shot? Late Spring 2021 seems to be the best estimate for most Americans. There are certain high risk groups that are first in line to receive the early shipments, for example medical workers and the elderly. For the rest of us, the initial wave of doses will probably be very hard obtain (similar to getting testing kits during the early April / May months).

The Bullwhip Effect

Have no fear, though. We are confident that the classic supply chain Bullwhip Effect will kick in here.

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The Supply Chain Bullwhip Effect, S. Kuttappa

Every first year MBA student learns a few basic concepts and frameworks in operations research. One is the infamous network effect, which explains why sites such as Craigslist, NYC rental site RentHop, condo and co-op site RealtyHop, and recently IPO’ed Airbnb build a moat that protects their business. In these two-sided marketplaces, the value of the service is minimal when there are very few users, but continues to expand as more users join the service.

The Bullwhip Effect is another classic. Even a small shock to customer demand can rapidly lead to over-production, as each player along the complex supply chain attempts to adapt to the new demand. Even with all of today’s technology, supply chain communication has natural lag between the various players, and everyone’s individual incentives amplify the problem.

Producers, distributors, and retailers face a problem meeting demand and have a tendency to over-order in order to prevent future stock-outs. However, the latency between getting production or shipments from each upstream provider means the new supply will come late. Therefore, each player compensates by securing even more of a buffer to ensure they have enough supply. When the supply finally comes, everyone will find they ordered too much!

It is nearly inevitable and has repeated itself throughout history. In the early months, you will find it almost impossible to receive a vaccine dose. However, with some patience, we can trust the bullwhip effect to saturate the market with an oversupply. By mid-2021, the coronavirus vaccine should be extremely easy to obtain, for those who want. The great challenge will be convincing everyone to take it, so we can all finally return to the new normal. Until then, stay safe!

Published at Sun, 13 Dec 2020 02:11:19 +0000

Your Complete Buckhead, Atlanta Neighborhood Guide

Your Complete Buckhead, Atlanta Neighborhood Guide

This Atlanta neighborhood has something for everyone.

Only seven miles north of downtown Atlanta, you’ll find the thriving business district of Buckhead. The neighborhood is home to one of the wealthiest ZIP Codes in the country and several Fortune 500 companies. You can find some of the finest brands at Phipps Plaza, Lenox Mall and Buckhead Village District for those that enjoy luxury shopping. The neighborhood’s name comes from a meeting point on Paces Ferry Road that displayed a Buck’s Head, caught by a local hunter.

Keep on reading to learn more about this swanky neighborhood and see if it fits your lifestyle.

Where is Buckhead in Atlanta?

Buckhead Atlanta is located north of Midtown and borders other residential neighborhoods like Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. You can access Buckhead via State Route 400, which often causes long gridlocks during rush hour. You’ll find more entertainment and dining options between Peachtree Road and Roswell Road.

Buckhead has a few ZIP Codes including 30327, 30305, 30326 and 30342.

buckhead atlanta map

Source: Rent.com

Despite being one of the most expensive Atlanta neighborhoods, Buckhead still has a few apartments that hover around the city’s average rent. However, once you’re a resident of the area, you can take advantage of its walkability and amenities like niche gyms and luxury shopping.

  • Studio average rent: $1,694
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,966
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,836

Living in Buckhead

Like any other neighborhood in Atlanta, Buckhead has its personality. If you’re a young professional looking for active nightlife, workout studios, luxury shopping and apartments with fancy on-site amenities, this is a good fit for you. It’s also a central commercial hub in Atlanta, offering multiple employment opportunities to residents.


Buckhead sees the full spectrum of demographics, with young professionals making up the most significant percentage, followed by older families and retirees in the residential areas. Since the mid-1950s, Buckhead has earned its spot as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Atlanta and the U.S.

highway and marta train in buckhead atlanta ga


Buckhead is serviced by two MARTA stops, Buckhead and Lenox. It also has access to several commuter lines from nearby counties like Gwinnett and Cobb, plus MARTA’s bus lines. Buckhead is primarily car-driven, but the newly-built Peachtree Road bike lane provides a haven for bike riders.

  • Walk score: 64
  • Bike score: 34
  • Transit score: 41


Before moving anywhere, safety makes the top for priorities. Buckhead is a relatively safe neighborhood. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the number of serious reported crimes in the community has decreased 11 percent.


Green spaces like Sara J. Gonzalez Park, the first park named after a Latinx leader in Georgia, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve offer plenty of opportunities to spend the day outdoors and enjoy Atlanta’s mild weather. At Blue Heron, you can find various trails and even a turtle sanctuary for the family to enjoy.


Buckhead Theatre is the place for all concerts, stand-up comedy and plays when it comes to entertainment. But if you’re looking for nightlife, Atlanta staples Havana Club, Tongue & Groove and Rose Bar are all accessible from MARTA. Those looking for more of a college scene, head over to the Buckhead Strip to stop by the Red Door Tavern and Buckhead Saloon.

Large mansion with a staircase leading down into a very green garden.

10 things to do in Buckhead

While Buckhead is primarily a business district, it still has plenty going on after hours. From local history and brunch to comedy and nightlife, Buckhead entertains its residents on the weekends.

  1. The Atlanta History Center dives deep into the city’s rich history with essential roles in the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Recently, the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama relocated from Grant Park to the museum.
  2. While it has changed names more times than locals can count, the Buckhead Theatre is a great spot to see the latest bands in rock, pop and hip hop genres. The venue can hold less than 2,000 attendees, so it’s more intimate than most.
  3. The historic Swan House functions as a gallery, venue and small museum. It’s known for its Italian and English styles incorporated into the architecture and was prominently featured in the Hunger Games movies.
  4. The Punchline Comedy Club is one of the longest-running comedy clubs in Atlanta. Comedy legends like Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy have graced the stage of this intimate club. These days, you can see emerging and established talent take the stage and make you laugh so hard you cry.
  5. The Buckhead Village District draws you in with luxury brands like Hermes and Spanx, but you stay for excellent food like Shake Shack and The Southern Gentleman.
  6. Chef Ford Fry’s King + Duke should top your list of dining options in Buckhead. This restaurant uses locally-sourced food to cook over wood in homage to the old school characters it’s named after.
  7. Charlie Loudermilk Park sits in the very spot where Henry Irby’s General Store sat at the beginning of the 20th century. Irby is known as the founding father of Buckhead.
  8. Legoland in Phipps Plaza features a 4D movie theatre, hundreds of toy displays and two rides. Kids love it, and there’s plenty for adults to do during the monthly adult-only night.
  9. The Atlanta Tech Village is the country’s fourth-largest tech hub. The building is full of startups at different growth stages, so the building functions as office space and a learning hub due to its dynamic programming and accelerator.
  10. Chastain Memorial Park, with over 260 acres of paths and green spaces, offers a great spot to get away from Buckhead’s concrete jungle. You’ll find a community pool, a horse park, tennis courts and a famed concert amphitheater.

Finding an apartment in Buckhead

It’s no surprise that most new Atlanta residents select Buckhead as their first neighborhood to live in. It’s close to everything and most high-rise apartment buildings come with live, work and play amenities.

Ready to embark on your new apartment hunt in Buckhead? Find your next apartment here.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments. We pulled our data in February 2021, and it goes back for one year. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

Published at Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:00:16 +0000

Moving Company Quotes & Tips to Plan Your Move | MYMOVE

Moving Company Quotes & Tips to Plan Your Move | MYMOVE

What is MYMOVE?

MYMOVE is your one-stop-shop for all things moving. We know that moving can be stressful, and we’re here to help lighten the load.
As an authorized affiliate of the USPS®, we connect more than 5 million people each year to name-brand deals and expert resources that make moving easier. We bring everything you need for your move together, so you don’t have to manage it on your own.
With MYMOVE, you can say goodbye to moving stress and hello to tools that help you tackle your move.

How can I use MYMOVE’s resources to check off my moving to-dos?

We’re here to help you take control of your move.
Learn everything you need to know about your new area with our city guides and cost of living calculator. Organize all of your to-dos with our customizable moving checklist. Compare moving companies on our site to find the best moving services. Declutter before you pack, and we’ll help you find charities in your area that do free donation pickup. File an online change-of-address with USPS®, and we’ll make sure your mail moves with you.
No matter the moving task, we help you tackle it.

Latest updates and news:

Are you planning a move during COVID-19? You’re not the only one. 15.9 million people moved during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent MYMOVE study. The study, which looked at USPS® mail forwarding requests from February to July, found that the total number of moves during coronavirus increased compared to the same period last year.

We also found that temporary moves increased by 27%, and people left large, densely populated cities like Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago in unprecedented numbers. Read more about that study here.

If you have plans to move during the pandemic, take precautions to keep you and your family healthy. Follow our coronavirus safety guide to prevent the spread of the virus on Moving Day. If you’re a college student moving out of the dorms for winter break, here are some tips and resources to help lighten the load and keep you safe.

Winter months and the pandemic can add stress and anxiety if you’re experiencing housing instability. If you’re facing possible homelessness or are at risk of a lease ending during coronavirus, our guides connect you to resources and expert advice.

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Easy Christmas Morning Treat

Easy Christmas Morning Treat

With only four sleeps till Christmas, it’s quite likely your holiday traditions are looking a little different this year. We’re not all gathering at grandma’s house or having a gaggle of cousins over for a raucous Christmas morning. And if you’re like me, this means we can’t rely on our family members to deliver the traditional Christmas morning treats. Thankfully, I was recently introduced to Ali Stafford and her new cookbook, Bread, Toast, Crumbs. You might know Ali from her blog, Alexandra’s Kitchen – she’s got a list of 25 Christmas Cookies I’m currently drooling over.

But for now I’m focused on creating a special memory for Christmas morning – preferably one that doesn’t take days of advanced preparation or a mountain of baking skills as I do not have them.

Thankfully, that is what Ali is best known for – creating recipes real people can actually replicate! I immediately honed in on her Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread. My son loves all things cinnamon so I know this recipe be a winner, but it is a little less of a sugar bomb than cinnamon rolls, which I appreciate. I’ll have enough mega-five-year-old energy as it is. No additional assistance is necessary.

While so many of our traditions are flipped on their heads, I’m actually excited to take the opportunity to create new memories that could turn into new traditions for years to come.

RECIPE: Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread (serves 4)

The key to making monkey bread, sweet or savory, is to handle the dough as minimally as possible. Don’t get hung up on forming perfect balls- irregularity is part of the charm of this communal breakfast or dessert. As the portions of the dough rise, their imperfections dissolve into a cobble of cinnamon-sugar encrusted puffs. The glaze is optional, though a drizzle just before the mass is pulled to pieces makes for a pretty presentation.


2 cups (255 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus ¼ cup (32 g) for dusting
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon plus ¼ cup (55 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
Softened unsalted butter, for greasing
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk, plus more as needed


In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, salt, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, and instant yeast. Add the water. Using a rubber spatula, mix until the liquid is absorbed and the ingredients form a sticky dough ball. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours, until the dough has doubled in bulk.

Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 375F. Grease an 8-or 9-inch cast-iron skillet or circular or square baking pan with the softened butter. In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the mixture over the bottom of the prepared skillet.

Spread ¼ cup flour over a clean surface. Using two forks, deflate the dough by releasing it from the sides of the bowl and pulling it toward the center. Rotate the bowl quarter turns as you deflate, turning the mass into a rough ball. Use the forks to lift the dough onto the prepared clean surface. Using as much flour as necessary from the surface, dust your hands and the exterior of the dough, then shape the mass as best you can into the ball. Using a bench scraper or a knife, divide the mass into twelve to fourteen equal-size pieces, each 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

Using as much flour as needed to prevent sticking, shape each piece into a rough ball and immediately transfer them into the greased pan, evenly spaced. Let rise for 20 to 25 minutes. The balls may not rise to fill the skillet entirely, but they will puff when they bake.

Brush each ball with some melted butter, then pour over the remainder. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl until it reaches a pourable consistency, adding more milk as needed. Remove the monkey bread from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes in the pan before inverting the pan onto a plate, then invert it again onto a serving platter. Drizzle with glaze. Serve immediately.

For more of my favorite holiday recipes CLICK HERE.

Monkey Bread Photo Credit: Reprinted from Bread Toast Crumbs. Copyright © 2017 by Alexandra Stafford. Photographs by Eva Kolenko. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Published at Mon, 21 Dec 2020 20:39:32 +0000

Survival Tips for Moving to a Big City

Survival Tips for Moving to a Big City

A picture of a busy street in New York City, with old brick buildings and sleek skyscrapers

Big cities attract a variety of different people from all walks of life. This rich diversity is precisely what makes big cities so appealing to live in for many people. Some move to pursue their careers or to go to college, while others want a change of pace or to enjoy the vibrant culture of city life.

Whatever the reason, moving to a big city can be exciting and exhilarating, but it still presents its challenges. Life-changing events, including moving, can have serious effects on your mental and emotional health. Moving to a new town, in particular, can decrease your happiness and contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid making a big city move. However, it does mean that you should take steps to prepare yourself beforehand to make your move go as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re moving from a rural area or from one metropolis to another, here’s what you need to do to prepare yourself for a big city move:

Research the City in Advance

Before anything else, take some time to research the city you intend to move to. It’s important to learn about what you can expect from life in that area and dispel any myths or misconceptions you may have. Further, each big city is unique and has its own history and culture that will impact your life there.

Some things you should research include:

  • The weather and climate;
  • Cost of living, especially housing;
  • Local and state laws, policies, and regulations;
  • Employment statistics and resources;
  • City, county, and state maps;
  • And local attractions, entertainment, and recreation opportunities.

Additionally, you can research any concerns or issues specific to your needs. For instance, if you’re moving somewhere to go to college, you can look into resources or organizations for students. If you’re moving for work, you can research relocation benefits and perks offered by your company, your property manager, or living community. Although research doesn’t compare to living in a city, familiarizing yourself with these things in advance can help you shape your moving plans and allow you to prepare yourself for this new phase of your life.

Find Employment and Housing

Next, you need to figure out where you will work and live. These are, arguably, two of the most important things to consider before moving anywhere. If you’re moving for work or school, you may already have both housing and employment plans. Depending on your circumstances, though, you may need to make important decisions about employment and housing that will affect your daily life.

Starting out in a large city is significantly easier if you already have a job lined up before you move. Finding a job in a new city can take time, effort, and patience. Take some time to explore the job market, apply for jobs, or line up interviews before you move. You can also benefit from attending networking events, visiting career fairs, or making casual professional connections once you do move. Doing so can help you get your name out there and establish yourself in this community while you search.

Similarly, it’s best to secure housing before you move. Housing can also be more competitive in large cities, so take some time to begin hunting sooner rather than later. At the very least, this research can be useful in getting to know the housing marketing, as well as the city itself and its various neighborhoods. Depending on your finances and job situation, you may need to consider finding roommates or living outside the city itself so you can afford your new place. If you have a pet, you’ll also need to make sure you find a pet-friendly apartment or house to live in.

Take Only What You Need

When you’ve found your new pad, you have to determine what, exactly, you will bring with you. Living in a big city may require downsizing or reducing the size of your living space. Further, apartment sizes have been shrinking over the years. One recent report discovered that the size of newly built apartments has decreased, on average, by 70 square feet in the largest 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Combined with higher housing prices in urban areas, this means that you may end up paying the same amount of money to rent a significantly smaller space.

Simply put, be mindful of what you bring with you on your move. If you don’t use it regularly or it won’t be useful in this new city, you may not want to bring it along. You can also consider renting a furnished apartment if you only want to bring your personal items or if you don’t want to worry about buying furniture. If you’ll be living with roommates, you can also ask them what things they already have so you don’t accidentally double-up on furniture, items, or amenities.

Budget for Big City Costs

The cost of living in big cities does vary, but it tends to be higher than in rural or less densely populated areas. Though your salary may also be higher, you’ll likely have to adjust your budget to account for big-city costs. Some expenses you should consider include:

  • Housing and utilities;
  • Taxes, including sales and income tax;
  • Tuition and school supplies, if you’re going to college;
  • Food and groceries;
  • And transportation, vehicle maintenance, and parking.

If you aren’t careful, these extra costs can add up quickly. Luckily, there are many ways you can reduce your spending and stretch your money further than expected. Consider creating a formal budget or using a budget app to better track your spending. You should also look for ways to reduce your largest expenses. For instance, you can focus on cooking at home rather than eating out to spend less on food, or using a bike-share or public transportation to avoid driving a car. Even making small changes to your daily habits, like taking a shorter shower or making coffee at home, can make a big difference in your budget.

Explore and Enjoy

Moving can be stressful and moving to a larger city can feel overwhelming. It can be difficult to move to a new place where you aren’t established or don’t know anyone. Think about the positive aspects of your move, rather than the negative ones. This move presents an opportunity to explore an entirely new place and enjoy new things.

Don’t be afraid to go out on your own and wander around your new home. If you want some guidance, try using an app to find hidden gems. You can also look online, from blog posts to social media, to discover favorite local spots. Once you have a job lined up and your living situation figured out, you can also ask coworkers, neighbors, or roommates for recommendations. No matter how you go about it, having new experiences and finding new hobbies is a great chance to learn more about yourself while having an exciting, unexpected adventure.

Make New Friends

As you explore, do your best to put yourself out there, meet more people, and make some friends. Building relationships after moving to a new place is crucial to avoid relocation depression, as well as to fully embrace the culture and lifestyle of your city. Get to know your neighbors and coworkers, join clubs or groups that share your interests, sign up for classes or other group activities — really, anything that interests you.

It can take time to forge new friendships and get connected to a new place, so be patient with yourself. Look for other ways to boost your happiness and take care of your emotional health. There are countless ways to spend your time in a big city, so do your best to take advantage of this chance to entertain yourself and enrich your life. After all, before you know it, this once unfamiliar and intimidating place will feel like home.

Published at Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:37:15 +0000

Moving to Portland: Everything You Need to Know

Moving to Portland: Everything You Need to Know

If the lush forests, rugged coastline and snow-capped mountains of the Pacific Northwest are calling your name, hands down one of the best places to live surrounded by all this spectacular nature is Oregon’s biggest and best-known city — Portland.

Renowned for its foodie scene, arts and culture, craft beer (there are at least 50 breweries in town and the city is affectionately known as “Beervana“), liberal attitudes and famously “weird” counterculture, the Rose City has been a magnet for new residents in recent years. With a bustling jobs market and a wide range of neighborhoods offering price points to fit all manner of budgets, there’s perhaps never been a better time to consider moving to Portland.

So, if you love good food, beer, nature, music, art, history and living in a city surrounded by funky, creative people, Portland could be the place for you. If you’re considering moving to Portland in the near future, read on to learn more about this fascinating city of roses, bridges and beer to see if it’s the right fit!

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Portland overview

Sitting at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Portland was first founded as a port city, most notably for shipping high-quality Oregon timber. As a frontier town at the end of the Oregon Trail, early Portland was far from a progressive haven — it was a rough-edged, crime-ridden town where sailors were Shanghaied onto ships and organized crime ruled.

Now, Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the main cultural, culinary and commercial hubs of the Pacific Northwest. With new residents drawn to the Rose City by its offbeat atmosphere, natural surroundings and good quality of life, Portland has seen significant growth in recent years:

  • Population: 654,741
  • Population density (people per square mile): 4,375.3
  • Median income: $73,097
  • Average studio rent: $1,413
  • Average one-bedroom rent: $1,776
  • Average two-bedroom rent: $2,298
  • Cost of living index: 133.7

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Popular neighborhoods in Portland

With 95 official neighborhoods, Portland is divided into six different sections: North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and the newly-recognized South district, which was created in May 2020.

From tree-lined streets of historic Craftsman-style homes in family-friendly neighborhoods to sleek condos near the heart of the city where hip young people have instant access to trendy eateries, shops and entertainment, each area has its own vibe and attributes.

  • Nob Hill: Located in the Northwest part of the city, Nob Hill is a constant hive of activity thanks to its abundance of top-notch dining options, eclectic shopping and robust arts and culture options. Surrounded by neighborhoods of quaint Victorian homes, it’s just a short walk to buzzy streets like NW 21st and 23rd. Residents also enjoy easy access to the idyllic Forest Park, which boasts numerous trails that allow you to escape into the wilderness just steps from your front door.
  • Pearl: Having undergone a massive urban renewal from its origins as a warehouse and railyard district, the Pearl is now one of Portland’s most sought-after living areas. Residents have the choice of living in ultra-modern condos or updated historic buildings, and many older warehouses have been repurposed into trendy boutiques, restaurants, cafes, breweries and a wide variety of art galleries.
  • St. Johns: Dating from the early 1900s, the North Portland enclave of St. Johns is one of Portland’s most historic neighborhoods. As such, it still feels like a small town, offering a communal atmosphere for residents who enjoy its long-established family shops, restaurants and businesses. Sitting close to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, it’s also a wonderfully outdoorsy area, with access to nearby Sauvie Island and lush parks like Cathedral Park. St. Johns is also home to one of Portland’s most iconic landmarks, the elegant St. Johns bridge.
  • Hawthorne District: This wonderfully bohemian area in Southeast Portland is chock-full of things to do, from shopping at vintage boutiques to living it up at late-night music venues and bars. It’s also fantastic for strolling and people-watching. With SE Hawthorne Boulevard at the center of the action, you can simply walk from your home in the adjoining neighborhoods sample a range of dining and shopping options. And if you need a little bit of fresh air, head to the nearby Mt. Tabor Park to sit by its reservoir or chill on its grassy fields.
  • Alberta Arts District: Alive with art and culture, the Alberta Arts District calls to artists, dreamers and eccentrics. If you’re seeking that classic “keep Portland weird” vibe, here’s a good place to start. Abutted by historic neighborhoods of charming houses, the main drag along Alberta Street is filled with independent shops, art galleries, theaters and performance collectives and some of the best coffeehouses and restaurants in the city.

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Pros of moving to Portland

When it comes to moving to Portland, there are many pros that instantly come to mind — amazing music, diverse art, a thriving scene for makers and independent creators, incredible food, the list goes on and on.

The city is also served by Portland International Airport, which was voted the best airport in the U.S. for seven years in a row. But here are some of the top stand-out reasons to consider a move to the Rose City:

Amazing food scene

It’s one of the most enthused-about of Portland’s attributes, but that’s because it’s absolutely true. Portland has one of the best foodie scenes in the U.S. There’s an incredible variety to choose from, spanning international cuisines, fun multicultural cross-over creations and reliable classics, available at hip dining rooms or outdoor food carts.

You want ramen so good it tastes like it came straight from Tokyo? You got it. How about the crispiest, crunchiest fried chicken outside of the South? We’ve got that, too. The dining options are endless, with new ones opening every day. There’s also the lauded craft beer scene and a growing number of excellent distilleries.

A thriving and diverse job market

Portland is famously known as being the home of Nike, Intel and other major corporations, so its reputation as having a great job market is well-warranted. The city is even home to so many tech industry businesses that it’s been given the nickname Silicon Forest.

But on top of these established giants of industry, which offer competitive rates and excellent benefits packages, Portland also has an exciting start-up sector, which is attracting new and diverse talent to the city. With such a broad playing field, workers here have the chance to bring their talents to world-class brands or launch their own ventures.

Outdoorsy fun mixed with cosmopolitan delights

Fancy going for a hike right after a delicious brunch, followed by post-hike cocktails and a world-class dinner? In Portland, that’s easy. The city’s convenient location offers the perfect combination of wilderness access and urban amenities, making it perfect for both city slickers and nature lovers.

In addition to hiking and exploring large urban parks like Washington Park and Forest Park right near downtown, the Oregon coast, Mount Hood and the Willamette Valley are just short drives away, providing access to hiking, swimming, surfing, cycling and skiing. Then, it’s easy to head back into the city at the end of the day for drinks, dinner and even catching a show or musical act.

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Cons of moving to Portland

It’s not all delicious vegan eats, hoppy beer and living that “Portlandia” life. With the growth that Portland has seen in recent years, there are some cons to consider before moving here, as it could affect your decision of what neighborhood or area to live in.

Increasing traffic

As Portland has grown, so has its traffic. In 2019, Portland ranked 10th in the nation for having the worst traffic. As a city built along two rivers and surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, expanding existing infrastructure like roads and bridges to help combat the congestion is difficult, causing long traffic backups along Portland’s many bridges.

One upside? Portland also boasts an excellent public transit system, offering buses, streetcars and light rail, as well as bike-friendly roads and paths, so there are alternative options for getting around.


As with many other growing cities, Portland is definitely struggling with gentrification, as lower-income and minority residents, especially Black residents, are forced out of their historic neighborhoods around the city center to outlying areas due to rising prices and urban revitalization.

But this isn’t a new problem. Due to its history with racism, gentrification has been an issue in Portland almost since the city was created. Portland is widely remarked to be the whitest city in America, and the data back up that it’s one of the least racially-diverse cities in the United States. But steps are being taken to address the issue and create more fair and equitable affordable housing options.

Gray winters and lots of rain

It’s just rain, you may think. What’s so bad about a few months of gray skies and rain? A lot, it can turn out. Even locals struggle with the months-long gray, cold and rainy weather that dominates the winter months. You can go weeks without seeing blue skies, and people here are encouraged to take Vitamin D and calcium supplements to cope with the lack of sunlight.

On the one hand, the constant rain and overcast skies can make for a dreary mood, but on the other, it’s perfect for snuggling up indoors with a good cup of coffee and a book.

How to get started on moving to Portland

Even with its flaws, Portland still shines as one of the most exciting cities to call your home, with plenty to offer all kinds of residents, from families to young couples, in its almost 100 unique neighborhoods.

To help you plan your move to Portland, head on over to our Moving Center, where you’ll find plenty of useful information and resources about moving, as well as free quotes.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments. Data was pulled in November 2020 and goes back for one year. We use a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
Population and income numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Cost of living data comes from the Council for Community and Economic Research.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

Published at Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:00:32 +0000

10 Things to Know About Living in San Francisco

10 Things to Know About Living in San Francisco

Living in San Francisco has its good and not-so-good qualities.

The biggest disadvantage is probably cost — San Francisco is known to be one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. The Bay Area is home to more wealthy people than any other metro area in America, according to the U.S. Census.

The city also has mild, 70-degree weather all year (even in the summer), along with plenty of outdoor activities, from beaches to the mountains.

Here are 10 things you need to know about living in San Francisco.

1. Cost of living in San Francisco is very high

San Francisco’s close proximity to Silicon Valley makes it one of the wealthiest cities in America. It was ranked 40th in the largest local economies, in a study by Business Insider.

The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,929, according to Apartment Guide’s Annual Rent Report. Even though prices have been dropping compared to last year, it still means the median U.S. worker, who earns $46,696 annually, would be priced out in a city like San Francisco.

There are less expensive alternatives outside the city. Some popular areas include the East Bay and South Bay.

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2. You’ll get to know Karl

Living in San Francisco means that no matter the season, the crisp weather requires layering and a jacket.

Many may know about San Francisco for the thick fog that sometimes overtakes the entire city. The fog has such a presence in the city that it has its own name, Karl, and of course, also has its own Twitter.

San Francisco is known for its microclimates, which means it may be a few degrees cooler or hotter, depending on where you are. The Inner Sunset is known for gloomier conditions while SOMA (South of Market) and FiDi (Financial District) are normally sunnier and warmer.

No matter what, the weather in San Francisco will always keep you on your toes and is never boring!

3. There’s more to do outdoors than just the Golden Gate Bridge

The forgiving weather in San Francisco makes it an ideal place to visit a park. Two San Francisco staples include Mission Dolores Park and Golden Gate Park.

Mission Dolores is practically a pilgrimage for locals. The park offers stunning views of the city, but more importantly, you’ll never find a shortage of colorful people-watching. Whether they’re picnicking, reading a book, listening to music or sleeping, Dolores Park is an iconic place to hang out and get a fresh dose of Vitamin D. A sunny day in the city means locals and tourists flock to Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park, which is home to several museums, a botanical garden and abundant green spaces, has many similarities to Central Park in New York City. The park takes up a large portion of San Francisco, and if you look at the map, is a long rectangular site in the Outer Lands, surrounded by a grid of streets.

Golden Gate Park is the city’s haven for bike rides or going for a leisurely stroll.

4. The sports scene is serious business

The Bay Area’s sports scene is more than just the MLB’s Giants or NFL’s 49ers. There’s a healthy dose of sports action, including major teams and professional franchises, including the Golden Gate Warriors, Oakland A’s and San Jose hockey team, the Sharks.

If you’re up for some baseball, head over to AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. The park, which has been touted as one of the best ballparks in America, often has a sellout crowd of 40,800 fans. The best part? It has incredible views of the city.

If basketball is more your thing, there’s also the Golden State Warriors, who formerly played at the ORACLE Arena, but have since moved to the Chase Center, which is located along the waterfront in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

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5. You have plenty of commuting options

The great thing about San Francisco is that there are plenty of places to live outside of the city. Many residents choose to do so and commute in. Just like living in any big city, traveling via public transportation can be quite challenging because of the sheer number of commuters. However, it’s a much better alternative to driving and being stuck in traffic.

San Francisco has many forms of transportation, including:

  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): Regional public transit operator is also great for getting to and from the airport
  • MUNI: San Francisco’s main public transit system operates busses, trains, cable cars, and a streetcar that runs throughout the entire city
  • Casual carpool: This is a grassroots carpool system in which commuters stand in a designated area in the East Bay and get picked up by strangers driving to the city who want to use the carpool lane to get across the bridge, as it requires three or more people
  • Transbay Bus: This system is different than Muni — it runs only a few routes within the city, but is great for getting to San Francisco from Oakland, Berkeley and other East Bay areas
  • CalTrain: This train shuttles commuters from the Peninsula and the South Bay into S.F.
  • Ferry: Commuters from Alameda, Oakland or Sausalito use the ferry to cross the bay and into the Embarcadero

6. It’s pretty safe

San Francisco is generally a safe place to live and visit. Despite being such an expensive and wealthy city, San Francisco still has its share of seedy and crime-ridden areas. The Tenderloin, which was once called “the dirtiest block in San Francisco,” hasn’t quite gentrified and is known for its drug activity and homelessness.

7. The food scene is amazing

One of the best things about living in San Francisco is the food options. Whether you opt for takeout or dine outside, your food and beverage experience will never be lacking in San Francisco.

Mission-style burritos, farm-to-table menus and thick, juicy pieces of toast slathered with almond butter mean foodies are just some of the many great things to sample.

San Franciscans love their brunch — and with any brunch culture comes long lines and no reservations. The city has just about artisan everything, from mixologist-made vodka sodas with smoked ice cubes to robots that make your burgers to perfection.

Some of the more popular experiences include strolling into the Ferry Terminal, which is home to a massive food hall with some of the city’s best eateries. If you like dairy, check out Cowgirl Creamery, known for its fresh organic products.

There’s also Hog Island Oyster company, which never has a shortage of people waiting in line to get their hands on plump oysters from Tomales Bay.

8. Speaking of which, don’t miss Restaurant Week

San Francisco is full of lots of interesting yearly events and traditions. Let’s look at some crazy and fun annual traditions, whether you decide to partake or just watch.

  • Restaurant Week San Francisco: Learn about and taste the city’s very best during this event. Roughly 130 restaurants open their doors to showcase their finest meals — many offer fixed menus and reduced rates.
  • Bay to Breakers: Taking place each year in May, this local tradition is a 7.46-mile race through the city with people wearing ridiculous costumes. The tradition started in 1912!
  • San Francisco Pride Parade and Festival: Celebrating a day of acceptance of all genders and orientations, Pride is all about rainbows, glitter and dancing. It usually takes place the last Saturday in June, and starts at the Civic Center Plaza.

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9. There are 36 official neighborhoods in the city, and they are all very different

As with many large cities, each neighborhood in San Francisco has its own distinct culture, flavor and scene. Here’s a quick reference for the more popular neighborhoods and what you should know:

  • The Marina is a swanky neighborhood that’s a haven for partiers, brunchers and shoppers. The streets are lined with trendy shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • The Financial District, also known as FiDi, is a bustling area with high rises, including the world-famous Salesforce Tower.
  • Dogpatch is known for its art and design culture. You’ll know you’re in Dogpatch when you see a cluster of hip, industrial-looking buildings and warehouses.
  • Mission Bay is a fast-growing neighborhood with lots of young, professional families.
  • Nob Hill has consistently ranked as one of the best neighborhoods to live in San Francisco. Ask anyone who has lived in the city, and you’ll hear Nob Hill listed as a neighborhood favorite.
  • North Beach is a lively area with a vintage vibe. The neighborhood is lined with Italian restaurants, bars and classic strip clubs with neon-signs that light up the main street, Broadway.

10. The ground can shake

San Francisco is located along the San Andreas fault, which is to blame for many of the earthquakes in California. While it’s not as dramatic as what you’ll see in the movie “San Andreas,” there have been a few major earthquakes in the Bay Area, most notably in 1906 and 1989 — the later happening during a World Series broadcast between the Giants and A’s.

While big earthquakes in the area are very rare (there was a nearly 70-year period in the 1900s without one), scientists say there’s a 75 percent chance of a magnitude 7 earthquake in the next 30 years.

Living in San Francisco

Living in San Francisco means you’ll pay a premium, but for a reason. From cool cultural activities to an incredible restaurant scene to endless options for outdoor activities, you’ll never run out of things to do and see.



Published at Wed, 11 Nov 2020 14:47:30 +0000

10 Things to Know About Living in Philadelphia

10 Things to Know About Living in Philadelphia

Wedged between New York and D.C., Philadelphia has long been one of America’s most overlooked and underrated cities. The Birthplace of America, Philly is the nation’s sixth-largest city and one of its top cultural, culinary, employment, sports, music and education destinations. It’s a fresh, cosmopolitan city, and living in Philadelphia means you have nearly anything you could imagine to do, eat, visit, see and cheer for.

Philadelphia is a unique and diverse city, much more than the Liberty Bell, cheesesteaks and Rocky. It’s an inviting, connected community compromised of nearly 100 distinct neighborhoods from the gleaming skyscrapers of Center City to the rowhouses of South Philly to the rolling estates of Chestnut Hill. Whether you’re packing up for your move to Philly or just considering a relocation to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, there are many wonderful things you need to know about living in Philadelphia.

1. Philly has a great climate if you like having four seasons

No matter which season you enjoy frolicking in, Philly is the perfect climate to experience all four seasons. Philadelphia is a temperate Mid-Atlantic city with the best of all worlds, just 50 miles from the Jersey shore and 70 from the Pocono Mountains.

Summers in Philly can be hot and muggy at the peak of the season, with average highs just under 90 during July. Winters are cold but not bitterly, with daily temps during the holiday season straddling the freezing line. Rain can be expected a quarter-to-third of the days each month, with about 20 inches of snow each winter.

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2. Commuting is relatively easy by car or public transit

Philly commuting is convenient compared to most of its Northeast Corridor counterparts. The average one-way work travel time is just more than half an hour, with more than 20 percent using public transportation.

For automotive commuters, Philly’s transportation network couldn’t be simpler. Interstate 95 lines the eastern edge of the city, the I-76 Schuylkill Expressway divides West Philly from the rest of Philly and I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) and US Route 1 (Roosevelt Boulevard/Expressway) run east/west through the city. Broad Street, America’s longest straight boulevard, forms Philly’s north/south backbone.

SEPTA operates a convenient public transit system, which includes a number of commuting modes. This includes the Broad Street Line subway and Market-Frankford elevated train, which travels north/south and east/west, respectively, 131 bus lines and eight light rail and trolley routes.

3. You have to learn how to talk Philly to live here

Every city in America has its own dialect quirks, but Philly has a language all its own every newcomer must eventually absorb. From your first “yo,” you’ll quickly learn every jawn (which can literally mean any person, place or thing).

“Jeet?” is what you’ll be asked if someone wants to know if you’ve eaten yet. They may want to share a hoagie (don’t ever say “sub”), grab pasta with gravy (tomato sauce) or a cheesesteak “whiz wit” (covered in melted cheese and fried onions). Wash it down with some wooder (what comes out of the sink) or a lager (ask for that and you’ll get a Yuengling beer).

Where are you going to go? Maybe “down the shore” to the Jersey beaches, out to Delco (Delaware County) or to Center City (never call it “downtown”) on the El (the elevated train). That’s where yiz (plural “you”) are headed.

And everyone loves talking about the “Iggles” (or “the Birds,”) the championship football team.

4. Philly is the City of Museums

More than any city in America, history lies down every street, many of which the Founding Fathers once walked. Independence National Historical Park, the most historic square mile in the nation, includes important sites like Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, City Tavern, Christ Church, Franklin Court and more.

Nearby in Old City are the National Constitution Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Betsy Ross House, the first U.S. Mint, Elfreth’s Alley and National Museum of American Jewish History.

But Philly offers so much more, including world-class museums dedicated to art, culture, science and education. In the Parkway Museum District, must-visit attractions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art (and the Rocky steps), Franklin Institute Science Museum, Barnes Foundation and Rodin Museum.

Elsewhere around the city are amazing spots, including the Mummers Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Magic Gardens urban mosaic, Mütter Museum of medical oddities, Eastern State Penitentiary and even the Museum of Pizza Culture.

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Photo courtesy of Michael Hochman

5. Philly cuisine is much more than cheesesteaks

Sure, everyone loves cheesesteaks and every Philadelphian has their favorite steak joint. But Philly also claims a slew of other iconic dishes.

Hoagies are a party staple, but many swear by the roast pork sandwich, with provolone and sautéed broccoli rabe, as the city’s signature sandwich. Philadelphians eat 12 times as many pretzels as the average American and you’ll find soft pretzels in the Philly figure-eight style on every corner.

Breakfasts wouldn’t be Philly without scrapple or pork roll, two pan-fried pork-based dishes. And dinner can include tomato pie (cheeseless rectangle pizza on focaccia served at room temperature), Old Bay-flavored crinkle-cut crab fries or snapper soup, which is exactly what you think it is.

For dessert, grab a “wooder ice” (kind of like Italian ice but not) or a Tastykake (more of a lifestyle than a snack food line).

And Philadelphia isn’t just for casual eats — some of America’s greatest restaurants live here. Israeli spot Zahav was named Best Restaurant in the country, and Pizzeria Beddia the Best Pizza in America. Other award-winning spots abound, including South Philly Barbacoa, vegetarian destination Vedge and 20 restaurants citywide from decorated chef Stephen Starr.

But all cross-sections of Philadelphians can agree on one thing — everyone loves Wawa, more of a culture than a convenience store, with more than 40 locations throughout the city.

6. Philly is the best music city on the East Coast

There would be no American music without Philadelphia. The city is home to one of the nation’s greatest music histories as the birthplace of Philadelphia soul, American Bandstand, Gamble & Huff and “Rock Around The Clock.” Artists hailing from Philly span the spectrum from Hall & Oates, Chubby Checker, Patty LaBelle, Boyz II Men and Will Smith to The Roots, Meek Mill, Diplo, Dr. Dog, War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Dead Milkmen and Joan Jett.

Philly is also one of the best cities in America to see and hear live music, with a slew of iconic music venues of every size. Music pours nightly out of legendary clubs, such as Milkboy, Johnny Brenda’s, Boot & Saddle and Kung Fu Necktie, concert halls like The Fillmore, Union Transfer, Theater of Living Arts and Tower Theater and outdoor amphitheaters with stunning vistas BB&T Pavilion and Mann Center.

7. Philly is one of America’s great college towns

Philadelphia is one giant college town. There are more than 340,000 college students living in Philly spread across nearly two dozen four-year campuses. Thanks to college sports, Philly’s top five major universities (that make up the Big Five) are nationally known and include Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova (which actually sits outside the city).

University City in West Philly is home to Penn, as well as Drexel and the University of the Sciences. And scattered elsewhere around the city are historically-black Lincoln University, Chestnut Hill College, Thomas Jefferson University (on two campuses), Pierce College and Holy Family.

There are also a number of creative and performing arts schools in Philadelphia, including the University of the Arts, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Curtis Institute of Music.


Photo courtesy of Michael Hochman

8. Sports are life in Philly even if we like to boo

You may have heard. In Philadelphia, we love sports. Unlike cities like New York or L.A., Philly has just one team in each of the major sports, so every fan is on the same page. Except for college basketball where the city is divided among a half-dozen Division I programs.

Philadelphians bleed team colors and everyone from every walk of life pays attention. Often, the city’s collective mood is based on yesterday’s result. So, if you want to walk into nearly any conversation in Philly, be sure to know the Birds’ playoff chances or who your favorite Flyer is. But Philly fans don’t take lack of hustle or effort lightly, and a subpar performance will bring out the notorious boo-birds.

9. The cost of living in Philly is pretty good

As the sixth-largest city in the nation and keystone of the Northeast Corridor, you’d expect Philly to be expensive. Actually, it’s pretty average. The overall cost of living in Philadelphia (as of Q1 2020) is just 110 percent of the national composite. Compare that to its neighbors like New York (246 percent), D.C. (160 percent) and Boston (148 percent). In fact, Philadelphia’s cost of living is cheaper than many major cities like Denver, New Orleans, Miami, San Diego and Baltimore.

The same goes for housing, as well. Philadelphia is only 13 percent over the national index average for housing costs, much more affordable than other East Coast cities and metropolises around the country like Phoenix, Dallas and Portland. For renters, an average Philly one-bedroom leases for just $2,127 a month (compared to the national average of $1,621), just a pleasantly-surprising 17th most-expensive in the nation, cheaper than Sacramento, Boston, Seattle or Oakland.

10. Philadelphia is one of the great American cities

Philadelphia is a beautiful, friendly, progressive city for anyone moving here or just thinking about it. It’s a hub for technology and finance and home to a dozen Fortune 500 corporations.

It’s a retail center with high-end city malls, vintage and boutique shopping corridors and Jewelers’ Row, the oldest diamond district in the nation. It’s a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, including massive Wissahickon Valley and Fairmount Parks. And a destination for family fun at spots like the Please Touch Museum and America’s oldest zoo. It’s even one of America’s most walkable cities.

Living in Philadelphia

Philly is a great place for lovers of music, beer, history, shopping, sports, theater, coffee, biking, art, dining and more. Whatever your passion, you’ll find it living in Philadelphia.

And with a head start on what’s listed here, you’ll be welcomed with open arms and find out quickly why we’re known as The City that Loves You Back.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments. Data was pulled in October 2020 and goes back for one year. We use a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
Population and income numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau. Cost of living data comes from the Council for Community and Economic Research.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
Header image courtesy of Michael Hochman.



Published at Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:00:46 +0000