Using Pega OTB Data Classes and Properties [LSA Data Excellence]
Absolutely use Pega's out-of-the-box Data Classes. Your Data Types should be encouraged to inherit from - or be composed of - Data Classes that are provided by Pega Platform. For example:
The webinar made reference to classes in the PegaData-* series (PegaData-Contact, PegaData-Address, etc);
Page Lists of classes from the SingleValue-* series (e.g. SingleValue-Text, SingleValue-Integer) are a Data-Transform- and UI-friendly alternative to Value Lists.
Clipboard instances of Embed-NameValuePair are useful for recording one or more name/value pairs as the outcome of executing a rule.
Reuse Pega-provided properties via inheritance or composition where you can assure that no other Pega behavior results in those properties being set. For example, setting .pyStatusWork to record the outcome of a process step is unwise, as the Pega engine may overwrite this with a work item status from other configuration of the case type or internal engine processing.
Defining a Client-specific Address class which extends PegaData-Address should totally reuse the City property to store the City of the Address. That's one of the reasons you've elected to extend it.