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Old 02-06-06, 08:25 PM
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Can anyone tell me about Erie, Pa.

I have to go to Erie, Pa. 2 weeks from today for an interview at LECOM. While there I thought I would check out some houses. I was hoping to get some info. about what neighborhoods to stay away from or any other general Erie info. Also are there any good used Dvd stores to check out while I am there. Thanks fro any help. Geoffrey
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I have lived in PA for 34 years and I have never been to Erie. The only thing I can tell you they get lots and lots of snow.
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Where do you live Lateralus?
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Where do you live Lateralus?

Harrisburg.
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Yeah, I noticed that. I have been checking the weather there online. I live in the Texas panhandle and we have only had about 2 inches total this winter.



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I have lived in PA for 34 years and I have never been to Erie. The only thing I can tell you they get lots and lots of snow.
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Harrisburg.
That's where I am from!
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Originally Posted by GeoffreyL
Yeah, I noticed that. I have been checking the weather there online. I live in the Texas panhandle and we have only had about 2 inches total this winter.
Get ready for 102 inches per month!

May I ask, why Erie?
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Originally Posted by Brain Stew
That's where I am from!

Harrisburg had like 5 or 6 active DVDtalk members about 3 years ago, but we have since dispanded. I believe the one DVD reviewer is from Harrisburg as well.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Get ready for 102 inches per month!

May I ask, why Erie?
My wife wants to go to D.O. school. She applied there and a couple of others(one in Maine, K.C., and Phoenix). Erie is the first interview she has.

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Have the deep fried pickles from Quaker Steak and Lube.
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Originally Posted by Timber
Have the deep fried pickles from Quaker Steak and Lube.

I went there. They were good.

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Originally Posted by GeoffreyL
My wife wants to go to D.O. school. She applied there and a couple of others(one in Maine, K.C., and Phoenix). Erie is the first interview she has.

hmmmm I have been to all of those places and my order would be:

Maine
Phoenix
Kansas City
Erie

I love my state but I know when I'm beat.

Quaker steak and lube.... Now that I do know about!

Good luck to you and your wife.
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Hey, I went to Lecom....

Anyway, if you're looking for a CHEAP place to live...consider Granada Apts. It's close to school and close to the peach street and to everything around there, mall, theater, barnes&nobles..etc.

I have to warn you though that the apartment complex is old, management can be a bit shady, the walls are a bit thin (you can sometimes hear neighbors doing the nasty), but it's a cheap place to live and you get what you pay for.

Expect a lot of snow, but very nice summers. Presque Isle is a nice place to visit during spring/summer and the sunsets are awesome. You can also rent tandem bicycles there for you and your wife to ride on the trails.
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Fooman, how did you like the school. The tuition is about $26,500 a yr. and the school in Phoenix is about $38,500 a yr. I was wondering if you get what you pay for in that as well.
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All I know is they have a nice indoor water park/hotel and a cool band called the Ocean Blue came from the town.

Wasn't that also the supposed town for the film "That Thing You Do"?
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Erie does have some bad neighborhoods. I'm not too familiar with them. When I've gone to Erie, I spend almost all of my time at the state park, Presque Isle. It's a peninsula that goes out into the lake. It's what forms the bay. Lots to do there. Beaches are nice. I really enjoy the paved bike trail. About all flat, and very scenic.

Near the entrance to the park, just before going down the hill, is an amusement park, Waldameer. Nice, cute little park.

Folks from Pittsburgh often go to Erie for quick, easy vacations. My family would go several times every summer when I was a kid. Nice place to visit, but I can't say much about living there, except for SNOW!
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Erie is know for it's shopping...and Splash Lagoon (guess where I went on vacation this year).
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Taki's restaurant is famous for its breakfast food up there. And it's now smoke-free!

Last time I was there, I saw former PA governor and homeland security director Tom Ridge stop in to pick up an order to go. No shit.
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That's the hometown of the one-hit-wonder band "The Wonders".
See if Patterson's Appliances is still open.
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Erie is a city located in Erie County, Pennsylvania, on the coast of Lake Erie. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 103,717. It is the county seat of Erie CountyGR6.

Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania, behind, respectively, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown. Erie lost its status as the state's third-largest city to Allentown after the 2000 census, likely because Allentown is located in the fast-growing Lehigh Valley area.

As of 2004, the city's largest single employer is the locomotive builder GE Infrastructure-Rail, formerly known as GE Transportation Systems, located in neighboring Lawrence Park Township to the east. Apart from the General Electric plant, heavy industry is rapidly on the decline. However, smaller, high-precision companies are growing in size and scope. For example, the Lord Corporation, which specializes in shock- and vibration-damping products, has a plant in Erie.

The plastics industry is also a significant employer, although most of these companies are small to medium-sized. Over 10% of the nation's plastics are manufactured or finished in Erie-based plastics plants. These plants are supported by many locally owned CNC machine tool job shops. Boldt Machinery is based in Erie and is one of the largest CNC machine tool distributors in the Great Lakes reigon.

Erie is the home of the US Brig Niagara. This antique flagship was once commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry in the 1812 Battle of Lake Erie. Perry's report of victory in the Battle of Lake Erie to General Harrison, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." has become a classic quote from American history. The flagship Niagara is usually docked at the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, and was even featured on a Pennsylvania License Plate.

History
Erie was first settled by the French, who built Fort Presque Isle in 1750, part of their effort to garrison New France against the encroaching English. The fort was surrendered to the British, along with the rest of New France, at the end of the Seven Years War in 1763.

The City of Erie was part of the Erie Triangle that was claimed by the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (as part of its Western Reserve), and Massachusetts. It officially became part of Pennsylvania in 1792, after all four states renounced their claims and the federal government sold the area to Pennsylvania. The city was founded in 1795.

During the War of 1812, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry built his fleet that successfully fought the British in the historic Battle of Lake Erie.

Culture and Art
Erie is home to a number of professional and amateur performing-arts groups. Most significant is the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, in continuous existence since 1913 (with the exception of an interregnum during World War II). This group of professional musicians also has a full chorus and a Junior Philharmonic division which actively tours the area.

The Lake Erie Ballet is a professional ballet company which puts on a number of performances of well-known ballets throughout the year.

The Erie Civic Music Association attracts, sponsors, and books performances by professional musicians, singers, entertainers, and ensembles from the world over.

Downtown Erie's historic and ornate Warner Theater hosts performances by all three groups. Renovated in the 1980s, the Warner serves as the hub of Erie's Civic Center.

The Erie Art Museum is Erie's premier art gallery, located in a former U.S. Customs House on lower State Street near the bayfront. Its collection has a particular emphasis on folk arts and modern styles. It also hosts a popular blues and jazz concert series.

Transportation
Erie is well-situated on major transportation lines, leading in part to its relative health as an light-to-medium industrial center in the face of dramatic declines in the Great Lakes states.

Three interstate highways join in or near the city: Interstate 90 (Boston to Seattle); Interstate 79, which begins in Erie and ends in Charleston, West Virginia; and Interstate 86 (east), the "Southern Tier Expressway," which begins in Erie and runs along the southern half of New York State to Binghamton and beyond. Also running through or near the city are the arterial roads U.S. Highway 20, U.S. Highway 19, and U.S. Highway 6N.

The former "Water Level Route" of the New York Central Railroad (now the CSX mainline) travels directly through Erie. This is a major mainline for the railroad and sees scores of trains a day. Less busy is the mainline of the Norfolk Southern Railroad. This line was once notable for running directly down the middle of 19th Street in the city.

An Amtrak train calls on the city twice daily (actually, in the middle of the night) at Union Station in downtown Erie: the Lake Shore Limited, running between New York, Boston, and Chicago. Although there has been much discussion in recent years in favor of adding daylight trains along the southern shore of Lake Erie to link Buffalo with Cleveland, and beyond, in light of Amtrak's perpetual budget woes, this will likely not take place in the near future.

Erie International Airport (IATA: ERI; IACO: KERI), located 5 miles southwest of the city, hosts general aviation, charter, and scheduled airline service. Airlines currently serving Erie include Comair (Delta Air Lines Connection), Continental Connection, US Airways and Northwest Airlines. The Erie airport has recently been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as the fastest-growing airport in the state.

Greyhound Lines runs regular scheduled bus service to and from Erie from many hubs, including Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York City.

The Port of Erie is an under-utilized facility located within Presque Isle Bay, a fine natural harbor. Currently, there is very little commercial shipping activity through the Port, save sand and gravel and miscellaneous coal shipments.

Geography

Erie is located at 42°6'52" North, 80°4'34" West (42.114507, -80.076213)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 72.5 km˛ (28.0 mi˛). 56.9 km˛ (22.0 mi˛) of it is land and 15.6 km˛ (6.0 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 21.54% water. Erie is home to Presque Isle State Park (known to the locals as "The Peninsula"), a peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie and boasts numerous public beaches, wetlands, and good fishing locations.

Demographics
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 103,717 people, 40,938 households, and 24,480 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,823.6/km˛ (4,722.9/mi˛). There are 44,971 housing units at an average density of 790.7/km˛ (2,047.8/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 80.56% White, 14.20% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. 4.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Erie has long been declining in population due to the leave of many businesses and factories. Recently however, due to large revitalization projects and other factors, Erie is expected to have gained people by 2010. Erie has become a popular home because of the beautiful beaches, revitalized downtown, and a suburban feel, even though Erie's population is over 100,000.

There are 40,938 households out of which 29.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% are married couples living together, 16.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% are non-families. 33.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 3.08.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,387, and the median income for a family is $36,446. Males have a median income of $30,714 versus $21,828 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,972. 18.8% of the population and 13.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 27.0% of those under the age of 18 and 10.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Ethnicities and Religion
Like many cities in the so-called "Rust Belt," Erie is home to a substantial Polish-American community, consisting of descendants of immigrants from the 20th Century. To a lesser extent may be found persons of Slovak, German, and Italian origin.

The Roman Catholic Church has a significant presence in Erie. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, under Bishop Donald Trautman, is the largest diocese, geographically speaking, in the state, covering some 13 counties. In Erie are three Catholic high schools, Cathedral Preparatory School, Mercyhurst Preparatory School, and Villa Maria Academy, and numerous Catholic grade schools, all served by the Diocese of Erie. Its cathedral church is St. Peter Cathedral, at 230 W. 10th Street. St. Peter's steeple is the highest structure in the city.

The Episcopal Church has a strong presence in the city. The Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania is based in Erie, which serves 13 counties. Its cathedral church is St. Paul's Cathedral, located at 134 W. 7th Street.

Recently, Erie has seen a great influx of families from Kosovo and Bosnia, to the extent that the city now has a Bosnian-American Cultural Center and a Bosnian Festival. Many of these immigrants are Muslims and Orthodox Christian.

In the early 20th Century, Erie had a significant Russian immigrant community, many of whom worked in the now-closed shipbuilding plants along the bayfront. Unusually for a Great Lakes city, a substantial number of these Russian immigrants were Old Believers. Even today, the gold-domed Church of the Nativity, on the bayfront near the former heart of the Russian community, is an Old Believer church. Bishop Daniel of Erie, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, is based in Erie and is the Vicar President of the Synod of Bishops for the Old Believers.

Erie has a vibrant Jewish community that is over one hundred-fifty years old. Temple Anshe Hesed, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, is served by its spiritual leader, Rabbi John L. Bush.

Sports
Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League)
Erie Otters (Ontario Hockey League)
Erie Freeze (Atlantic Indoor Football League)
Erie Illusion (National Women's Football Association)

Colleges and universities
Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa)
Edinboro University (Edinboro, Pa)
Gannon University
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Mercyhurst College
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Recent Major Political Events
The most recent significant political battle in the city was the mayor's race in the 2005 Democratic municipal primary, held May 17. Six candidates vied for the nomination, which was eventually won by first-term City Councilman Joe Sinnott with 5,856 votes, 752 more than runner-up Barry Grossman, a local businessman.

Mayor Rick Filippi came in a distant fourth, becoming Erie's first incumbent mayor in 40 years to lose a re-election bid. Filippi was dogged by pending public-corruption charges that the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed against the mayor and two of his associates. State prosecutors claim that in 2003, the trio used insider information from the Mayor's Office to buy four properties near the now-defunct International Paper plant at the same time that a gaming company was considering buying the site and using it for a horse-racing track and slots casino. The charges against Filippi were bound over for trial in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas less than a week after his defeat in the primary.

Filippi suffered further embarassment when the local political smear Web site Expose Erie Politicians, which popped up a few weeks before the 2005 Democratic municipal primary, was linked to Erie City Solicitor Paul F. Curry, whom Filippi appointed. The Web site threw mud at Filippi's political opponents, and was set up on a Web server in Singapore using false domain-name whois information. In the end, the site was shut down for fraud by the Germany-based domain-name registrar. Curry and Filippi refused to talk to any local news reporters about it after that.

The Republican nomination went to Red Cross official Tim Zarnik, who defeated retired police officer Jack Anderson by a margin of 2,688 to 1,840. But on July 8, less than two months after winning the GOP primary, Zarnick announced he was dropping out of the race since he felt he could not win in a such a heavily Democratic town. On July 21, the Erie County Republican Party leadership chose Anderson as the new mayoral candidate. In a surprise twist, the party also put Zarnick back on the ballot, this time as an Erie County Council candidate. Zarnik and Anderson both lost their respective races in the general election.

Famous Erieites
Bruce Baumgartner: world champion freestyle heavyweight wrestler, winner of 13 World and Olympic medals (Edinboro)
Bruce Baumann: carpeting magnate and national softball tournament organizer
Fred Biletnikoff: Pro football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders (retired), after whom the Fred Biletnikoff Award is named
Billy Blanks: exercise guru, inventor of Taebo
Marc Blucas: television and movie actor, appeared in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and several movies including "First Daughter" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (Girard, Pennsylvania)
Marc Brown: Author of the Arthur series of children's books
Ann B. Davis: actress known for her role as "Alice" on the hit TV show The Brady Bunch
Nikki Dial: A very beautiful adult movie star.
Eric Hicks: Pro football player with the Kansas City Chiefs
Caryn Kadavy: Professional ice skater.
Patrick Monahan: Grammy Award winning musician (lead singer of Train)
Tom Ridge: first Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, former Governor of Pennsylvania, longtime U.S. Congressman
Bob Sanders: Pro American football (2006 Pro Bowl player), Indianapolis Colts Safety
Mark Stepnowski: Pro American football, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers Center, outspoken marijuana legalization advocate
Michael J. Varhola, author of numerous books and founder of game manufacturer Skirmisher Publishing LLC
Strong Vincent: Union colonel (and brevet brigadier general) during the American Civil War, killed in action on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
Chris Vrenna: Grammy-winning producer, drummer, engineer, remixer, songwriter and programmer, and is a former drummer for Nine Inch Nails
Paul J. Weitz: pilot on Skylab 2, the first manned Skylab mission.
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That's the hometown of the one-hit-wonder band "The Wonders".
See if Patterson's Appliances is still open.

Cool. I called that correctly in my post.




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He wanted people to tell him about Erie so I did.
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I didn't know Nikki Dial was from Erie!
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
He wanted people to tell him about Erie so I did.
I'm afraid you are right. I got what I asked for.
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I've been to Presque Isle. Its on Lake Erie and is more like an ocean than a lake. People go there and pretend its the beach. It's not. It's very nice though.
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