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"Lived here all my life"

Lived here all my life - 2/16/2008
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El Paso is a unique larger city, with a small town feel and I love it. First let me mention the drawbacks.

High poverty rate
Lacking some art/culture
High property taxes
Not much for singles & families to do
Over building East & West side
Sad Downtown
Isolated from other large cities
Low wages
No incentives for large corporations to move here
NOT taking advantage of the city's rich HISTORY
Rude drivers
Very little rain, water may be a problem in a couple of years
Economy too dependent on Ft. Bliss

Now for its advantages:

Affordable housing prices
Low cost of living
Traffic is great compared to other cities this size
Beautiful natural vistas and arroyos, including the Franklin mountains
Great weather, dry and warm, great for allergy suffers
Fairly clean, no graffitti
Close to Mexico, medications and food are much cheaper compared to US
Gas prices and utilities reasonable, compared to other cities
Resturants are great and very affordable compared to other cities this size
People are friendly for the most part

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El Paso - 6/17/2015

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20 months in El Paso... - 3/1/2015

After 21 years in Abq, I moved for a change but not a radical change. I decide in a few months to stay or plan my next move. So far, a move is most likely. Quality of life is fair to poor. Pros - Friendlier populace than Abq for most part. Driving and road construction is beyond poorly-planned, and the drivers are terrible without any ability to drive with others - 3 states and 2 countries meet here, and it shows even on the 1.6 mile / 10-15 minute drive from my rental apartment to my rental office downtown. (yes, 10-15 minutes that short distance) Same - Climate...summers EP 3-5F warmer than Abq, with same edge as Abq winters at 7-10F cooler than EP. A little sunnier, and good thing I am not into rain or snow in either place. Cons - The border culture has declined from a decade ago, and you're like a foreigner if you aren't either dirt-poor or a yuppie in most of this town. My line of work is not regarded here, all is rushed with low fees, and hard to make a good living since EP rentals are overpriced for what you get. Those who make it here are often from places like Austin, or moved there from here and are now back, trying to change it here into - Austin, etc. Not that is all bad, but the trendy parts are, and those folks just cannot stop denying where they are. A colleague summed El Paso up - "the kind of place where either you have 'too good of a thing going to leave', or 'you don't have enough to leave'."

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sun city - 12/29/2013

El paso is a nice simple quiet town..it grows on you once you live there.. mainly its the middle of everywhere! - grand canyon, silver sands, sandia peak, carlsbad caverns...etc

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EL Yucko, Tx - 3/27/2013

I call this place EL Paso EL Yucko because it's always dirty and gross and it's also very boring. I have family there and always has a mixed feeling going to EL Paso happy to see family but not trill to be in EL Paso. There is nothing to see to enjoy sight seeing and nothing to do but watch TV all day or play games inside. It's pretty ugly there too. The Mexican foods are great to eat that about the only good thing about EL Paso. If you don't agree with come visit Oregon where I live and compare Oregon and Washington to Texas. It's a million times prettier in the pacific northwest with ton of things to do outdoor and wonderful weather. I am working on trying to get my families to move out of EL Paso because they are missing what a good life living somewhere much nicer than EL Paso. EL Paso is a dump and armpit of America.

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EL Yucko - 3/23/2013

I have something to say about EL Paso it's ugly and boring. There is nothing to do there every time I visit my families there I get bored very quick there because there is nothing to do. I have visit beautiful places like Washiington, Idaho and Oregon and those area in the northwest are so much better than the rest of the country if you don't agree go visit the northwest you will understand. There nothing to see in EL Paso but watch TV there all the time. Job market is awful there and low paying job everywhere and I am glad I move out. I wish my families move out of EL Paso and move to Oregon closer to me in Oregon.

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The Old West - 1/29/2013

A city in the southwest desert that will remind you of the old west. 80% mexican population but a diverse culture. Yes it can be a boring city but overall I would say it's a laid back city. No ones in a rush to get another, no fast life or living on the edge, it's just an old laid back city. Abundance of Mexican Restaurants with good real authentic mexican food and by this I don't mean taco bell. Some of the favorites among the locals "Kiki's" located on piedras, "Moes" on alameda "Forti's" on Chelsea just to name a few and of course let's not forget our favorite authentic western steak house "Cattlemans" in fabens yes it's not in el paso, but it might as well be!!

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Where'd the Sun go? - 12/28/2012

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El Pasoan's are very rood people. - 12/11/2012

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Overall - 8/13/2012

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best kept secret in America - 7/26/2012

El Paso: You'll love it or hate it, there is no in between. As a career military person, I have lived all over the U.S. and El Paso is a great place to retire. It is a good staging point to latin america and other parts of the country. The people are sincere and very friendly! The food is fantastic. If you don't mind hanging around with a alot of "brown people" you will be in heaven. I am biased. I was born and raised in El Paso and I have plans to return and retire in this wonderful place. I currently live in Washington DC and I miss the simplicity and friendliness of El Paso. DC is such a hostile place.

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LOW cost of living???? - 6/18/2012

My boyfriend and I are researching to see where we want to move to and one article says that El Paso is one of the most overpriced cities in the US, but this page is saying its cost of living is low. Also, when we do apartment searches, everything is high-priced. Where is the LOW???

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Ugliest city in the southwest - 10/26/2011

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El Paso,Texas - 9/25/2011

El Paso is a hot place to live in (especially in the summers) and it could be rainy in the spring. I recently moved to here from New York and I love it!

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Overview of El Paso - 7/6/2011

El Paso is an enigma. People have been living here for over 400 years. Its people and traditons are older than the rest of Texas. But for the past 50-75 years its had been fairly stagnant. Population stayed fairly level at 175,000 to 200,000+ for nearly 20 of those years between WWI & II. Yet the climate, the people, the traditons and history that made it a culturally rich place remained and remain the same now. Yes, we are somewhat unsophisticated and the tremendous inferiority complex that most residents have about El Paso continues to lurk in our subconscious. Yet ask people who find themselves here due to work, military service or other cirumstance and they will tell you that El Paso and it's people grow on you. It takes time but eventually they either learn to love El Paso or they leave in the first two years. Maybe its because of the weather, or maybe its because El Paso is a place where for more than a century we were a place where you could "live and let live" regardless of your lifestyle or origins. In any regard, a new wave of youthful enthusiasm and entrepreneurship have erupted across the city bringing to a hungry poplace a slew of new dining and drinking and entertainment choices. We're not there yet, but we can see our future getting closer and it is promising.

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worse customer service i ever seen in doctors offi - 2/5/2011

You go to Doctors Offices in El Paso, and want to know more about the Doctor or get appointment or call for change of meds or emergency calls and you get a receptionist who does not give infomation to doctor or forgets . Call for two weeks still the receptionst didnt give the message, my mom ended up with a stroke . The doctors are not the receptionist or the Assistants , but they act like it. And they if you try to compline about them blackball you or lie. What kind of service is this ? Does a person have to have a stroke . DOCTORS please send out surveys of your office employees service please. They are ruining your business and leaving alot of bad impressions of your offices here. What is wrong with assistant or receptionist that acts like a doctor and trys to makes decisions that suppose to be done by a doctor and they dont give you the messages. Do some pyschlogical testing on them before you hire , think it called low self esteem problems. Why dont you have a LPN WORKING OR NURSE THAT QUALIFIED.

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Free Labor - 9/8/2010

I just recently relocated to El Paso, Texas. I've lived in MS, AZ, and now TX. The company I work for now is on a salary of hourly basis, I always work overtime and am never paid. Brought it up to my employers attention, unless I'd say something it wont get it fixed.

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El Paso - 4/1/2010

If you like high desert climate, it's not too bad. The air does have a funny smell to it that is hard to put your finger on. Apparently, no one who is born here seems to notice it. Cost of living is good. It can be frustrating trying to find quality fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are not Hispanic and/or do not speak Spanish, be prepared for occasionaly being treated poorly because of it (this has occured to me mostly in stores when trying to get assisstance and a few times my questions were answered with no hable ingles, even though I had witnessed the same person speaking english moments before) The rainy season is nice, except the streets get flooded badly.

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