The only experience I have with the bradford pear is that I planted one two years ago. My neighbors have a few and they are full and beautiful (almost like they prune them while everyone is sleeping). No large limbs have fallen yet, but I'm sure one of these years they will. I will have to take pictures this year as I am becoming more interested in gardening. They provide great shade in the summer, which will be great when mine gets larger, as the sun can be extreme on our front bedrooms during the summer. I have seen about 5 or 6 other ones around my town that look "perfect," but have also been in another town where every single one is missing half of the tree. They are my favorite "front yard" tree, even over Maples. I think they are great if you have one or two at most, but when a town has dozens of butchered pear trees it looks a little trashy.
"At the end of the day you should be proud of what you have planted"