Get to know the neighbors

John Cacciamani

John Cacciamani (WG’00, M’96)

Moved to University City: 1999

Occupation: Fellow at the Division of Geriatrics with a practice at Ralston House

Previous home: apartment in Germantown

“I love my house. I love West Philadelphia. We’ve redone the entire place top to bottom, thanks to the University plan. I came back. (I used to live on Pine Street.) I came to know people in the community—true long-time community dwellers, the professors and physicians. I love Colonial Pizza [at 43rd and Pine streets]. They actually gave me my cat. And then my block is just wonderful.”

Jeffrey Rusling

Jeffrey Rusling

Moved to University City: 1999

Occupation: General manager, Penn Computer Connection

Previous Home: Art Museum area

“It’s a quiet, very family-oriented street. I’m up on Larchwood, the 4700 block. The neighbors are very nice. I actually couldn’t be happier there. I was renting, and I took the plunge to buy for the first time. It was the best decision I ever made. Instead of just paying rent and never seeing it again, I’m putting it into a house where I have equity.”

Dorothy Darden

Dorothy Darden

Moved to University City: 1998

Occupation: Housekeeper in Franklin Building

Previous Home: Lived with her sister in a house at 62nd Street and Girard Avenue

“I love this house. One thing’s the size. I love my neighborhood. It’s quiet. I would not have been able to buy the house without Penn’s help.” (Now her daughter is looking for a house in the neighborhood.)

Nubar Hovsepian

Nubar Hovsepian

Moved to University City: 2001

Occupation: Associate director, Middle East Center

Previous Home: Palisades Park, near New York City

“My options were to live in Philadelphia or move out to suburbia. I hate suburbia. It’s too homogenous. I like the neighborhood. I like old houses. ...We have new restaurants coming up. And I like the fact that there are people who have nothing to do with the University coexisting with people who are part of the University. ”

Originally published on January 24, 2002