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Phoenix, AZ
Population1,445,632
Median Age32.2
Pop. Density2,798
Pop. Change5.11%
Married Population38.49%
Household Size2.78
Unemployment Rate7.50%
Median Home Cost$105,900
Homes Owned50.28%
Home Appreciation9.21%
Percent Religious39.07%
Commute Time28.8

65.85% of people are white, 6.48% are black, 3.15% are asian, 2.24% are native american, and 22.28% claim 'Other'. 2.90% of the people in Phoenix, AZ, claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 97.10% are non-hispanic).

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Mariah
Sun City West, AZ
damn - 4/7/2014

its hot[read more...]

Robert
Glendale, AZ
Zombies everywhere - 3/18/2014

No culture, no community cohesiveness, no personality. Just a bunch of zombies walking around and sweating in the heat.[read more...]

greg
Phoenix, AZ
RUDE, INCONSIDERATE, RACIST, PRETENTIOUS, HIGHLY C - 3/18/2014

im a politically moderate conservative white guy from philly, lived in phoenix 3 years and anywhere in the entire phoenix area are the most inconsiderate, rude, pretentious people with anger management issues who blow a fuse AT ANY LITTLE THING. its like people always look like theyre always disgusted n annoyed at EVERYTHING and EVERYONE just cause your breathing their air. Alota, but not all people of phoenix fit the definition of psychopaths which is some1 whois anti-social and lack empathy. Not all people of phoenix r like this but a good amount and more than the average city and i lived in 5 different states. Its like people get very belligerent VERY QUICKLY at almost anything like they dont have any control over their anger. I have never lived anywher where people r like this 2 such a degree of, hostility, bitterness, pretentiousness and with such a high sense of low class that just act like trailer park entitled brats. i just wanna know why they have a chip on their shoulder and such a superiority complex with no reason 2 have 1. its not beverly hills. i been in l hills and its no way near like the high sense of entitlement phoenix people have with no reason…what gave them the right 2 act so superior, belligerent, condesending and so critical and judgmental and so hostile an disgusted 2ward others 4 no other reason just cause they might ask u the time or just breathing their air?…its not beverly hills, its not manhattan, its just phoenix..they gotta get over themselves?[read more...]

Robert
Glendale, AZ
Top 10 dumbest excuses for Phoenix - 1/19/2014

I lived in Phoenix for all of my life and I have never liked it. I have been trying like hell, especially over the last couple of years, to leave it. I'm just trying to get that job lined up and get into a better position. Maybe its just me and I have a different tastes for climate. However, I hear some of the lamest rationalizations to stay. Hear is my top ten list. For the dense, I even explain why. 1) There could be worse places to stay. -Thats pretty bad when you need to talk about the worst places to make Phoenix look good. 2) The snow gets about 15 feet high where I used to live. - Theres plenty of places that get snow. However, some of those that do may only get a few inches. 3) Some plants get frostbite in the winter. This is proof of how cold it does get hear. - Some yards in Phoenix have tropical plants and/or higher temperature zone plants in them. This means these are not native to phoenix and the one time of the year we get freezing temperatures they don't do well. 4) Yes, Phoenix does have high pollution. However where I come from there is a lot more. - Refer to the explanation in excuse number one. 5) There are a number of good schools in Phoenix. - Yes. But only very few. The rest are sub par. Phoenix has been consistently ranked in the bottom forty of states for education throughout all facets, for many years. The most recent ratings have improved only because they have recently been allowed to use their own state grading guidelines. 6) There is plenty of culture in Phoenix. - Phoenix is the Alabama of the southwest. I will let you find out for yourself on that one. If your still willing to move here. 7) It's a dry heat! - Yes, for ten months out of the year. For two of the hottest months of the year (the ones that count), it's very humid. You'll wish you had Florida's humidity for those two months. 8) The crime is worse in some cities. - Again, refer to the explanation in excuse number one. 9) The pollution is worse in some cities. - Do I need need to repeat it? 10) The desert is so wonderful and the sunsets are awesome! - Dry, dead, stucco, gravel, brown, haze, cactus, sand, barren. I guess the sunsets would be great if everything else is crap. [read more...]

Dave C
Texarkana, TX
Not recommended - 1/7/2014

Most of the negative comments on this board are true. It's a hot, ugly crowded, polluted city. The people are snobs. They are very pretentious on $35K annual incomes. It's full of working class snobs from the Great Lakes area (mostly) pretending to be uptown. They have brought their snotty attitudes with them. The people left behind in those states are probably celebrating these losers leaving for Phoenix. The crime is high. Drugs are PREVALENT (understatement). Vato gangs all over. The pay is lousy / good jobs that pay decently are few, even with a degree. Hard workers are not rewarded, the butt-kissers are. The people just seem to be so angry and always on the verge of exploding on you. The females here all seem to have "Battered Woman's Syndrome", they love tough-acting, abusive men. The men are ignorant, brutal and stupid. The educational level is low. There is no culture. Multiculturalism just divides people - we are all humans and that should be enough. If you show any intelligence you are brushed off like you're some sort of weirdo or loser;...not the other way around. Like one of the posters says, bad behavior is rewarded in Phoenix. Sincerity is mocked. If you have money it's tolerable, but you either have it here or you DON'T. I have lived in several places and I can say I don't miss it ONE bit or have any real warm memories from it....other than the nasty summer heat.[read more...]

Pam
Phoenix, AZ
Extremely Hot Summers - 12/9/2013

With all the asphalt, buildings, concrete, the summers are difficult. The winters are wonderful. The Valley of the Sun, really only has 2 seasons ... extreme heat in the summer, and great weather for the fall, winter, and spring which all run together. I recommend try summer living first before you make a commitment to live here full time. If I could afford to be a "snowbird", I would.[read more...]

Julie
GREAT CITY - 12/9/2013

We really like it in Phoenix. I moved here with my family 3 years ago, but I had grown up between here and California. I have 3 kids and they are doing great in their schools. That was the point of moving from our home in California. I like the people here. You can not say that all people are nasty in Phoenix. Try going into a grocery store or Dr office in a bigger city. Everyone seems great here. Yes 8 out of 10 people do not match with my personality.. Lets face it the planet earth has many different personalities. Anyways, I feel bad for the people who hate it here. They should really leave and find that perfect place. To us being with family in a nice part of town with a low cost of living makes it HOME.. Work to Live.. [read more...]

Chuck
Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Love it or leave it? - 10/31/2013

Lived a lot of places Arizona and Phoenix metro is just fine with me. Town is very clean compare to other big towns. Excellent freeway system easy to navigate., Travel north of Phoenix and you will find elevation climb to 3,000ft. Exotic cars abound, no billboards signs to speak of. Strip malls no where as many as other large cities. Lived in San Diego many years tell me that living by the ocean fog, damp jacket weather is great weather year round? We drive our convertibles year round here, and nothing like sitting by your negative edge pool at 8pm and talking with friends without shivering all the time. BTW Phoenix is close enough to Vegas or San Diego when you want to get away for a couple of days. All in all many people move here love it but can't afford to stay so they have sour grapes, enjoy the snow and crime of other towns, Arizona is one beatiful life if you come here with money.[read more...]

David
Phoenix, AZ
Like Any City, it Has Issues, But I love Phoenix - 10/15/2013

Certainly Phoenix is hot five to six months out of the year, and REALLY HOT about four of those months, but it is the desert, and if one moves here, and does not understand that deserts gets hot, they're likely to be unhappy. Having said that, the remaining months are a delight. I've been here six years now, having moved from the panhandle region of Florida, and those complaining of the heat here (it's not uncommon to have from 3%-6% during the heat, although that increases during the monsoon season) should live on the Gulf Coast, where it can be 100-105 with 100% humidity. I'll take 117-120 here in Phoenix ANY time. As it is an urban environment, of course there are many freeways, lots of concrete and asphalt, the traffic can be heavy, drivers lousy, and frustrations high. Did I mention that Phoenix is an urban environment? With nearly 5 million people? I'm amazed with some of the experiences others on here have cited. I couldn't help but wonder about them, as I've ridden the Light Rail often (it is true that the distance it covers is relatively small at the moment, but it has been a success, and is expanding), have had interactions with police officers, and such, and haven't had any negative experiences. But I recognize that each individual has their own unique circumstances and experiences. As with any major city, there is crime, but the crime rates have been declining here the past 5 years. Phoenix was heavily hit by the burst of the housing bubble. Many people were very hurt, and some suffered financial ruin. It seems as though this area went overboard putting its financial hopes and dreams into speculations. However, the economy is on the upswing at this time here, and the housing market is also recovering. Arizona, though, does not pay well. It is a right to work state, and employers tend to have workers over a barrel, and pay accordingly. That is a definite down side. An upside to that is the cost of living here is not as high as in many urban areas. It is true that the public transportation system leaves much to be desired, so dependable vehicular transportation is necessary to secure employment here. I was struck by one reader's comments that Phoenix is nothing but concrete and asphalt. The only thing that came to my mind when I read that was that the person must not get out very much! There are Desert Preserves scattered all round the metro area. Phoenix is one of National Geographic's best hiking cities and has been recognized by Travel Website TravelNerd as one of the Top 10 Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers. South Mountain Park alone, a centrally located area, has more than 16,000 acres. The South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking (and superb trail running) and mountain biking for all ability levels. And there are nine other similar reserves located IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA. Anyone who thinks this area is just concrete and asphalt really has no idea of what they're talking about. I can, literally, hop in my car, and within 30 minutes, in an area of 4+ million people, feel as though I'm in a wilderness setting. I know of no other major city in the United States that can duplicate that. The air quality varies with the time of year. During the winter, it is not good at times...very not good. But it doesn't remain that way all winter. Fronts moving in from the west coast clear the air out on a cyclical basis. I have read others' comments that Phoenix is an extremely conservative city. I suppose, to some degree, there is truth to that. Personally, I found it more liberal than the Gulf Coast of Florida where I moved from. But there are pockets of more conservative areas, and pockets of more liberal areas. There are also large Hispanic areas, which some might view as a negative, while others view as a positive. An aspect which, for me, I find disconcerting, is the laws pertaining to guns...it is truly the Wild West in that regard. It's not particularly uncommon to see a gun strapped onto someone's hip. There is a very active jazz and blues scene here. There is a wonderful NPR radio station, KJZZ, which dedicates much of its playing time, to both genres of music. There are numerous colleges and universities in the metropolitan Phoenix area: > Arizona State University, > The Maricopa County Community College District, being comprised of: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, Mesa, Sun Lakes Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale GateWay Community College, Phoenix Glendale Community College, Glendale Mesa Community College, Mesa Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley Phoenix College, Phoenix Rio Salado Community College, distance learning community college Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, > Arizona Christian University, baccalaureate university affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America in Phoenix > Grand Canyon University, doctoral university in Phoenix > Ottawa University, in Phoenix > Park University, baccalaureate university in Glendale, Arizona There are Graduate Institutions: > A.T. Still University, medical school in Mesa > Midwestern University, health sciences graduate school in Glendale > Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, naturopathic medical school in Tempe > Thunderbird School of Global Management, business graduate school in Glendale > Phoenix Seminary, Masters and Doctorate level classes, Phoenix, Arizona There are For-Profit Institutions: > Argosy University, Phoenix > The Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix > Brown Mackie College - Phoenix > Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix > CollegeAmerica, Flagstaff, Phoenix > Collins College, Tempe, Phoenix > DeVry University, Phoenix > Dunlap-Stone University, Phoenix > Grand Canyon University, Phoenix > High-Tech Institute, including Arizona College of Allied Health, Glendale, Arizona > Lamson College, Tempe[citation needed] > Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale (formerly Scottsdale Culinary Institute), Scottsdale > Penn Foster College, Scottsdale > Phoenix School of Law, law school in Phoenix > Sessions College for Professional Design, Tempe > Universal Technical Institute, Avondale > University of Advancing Technology, Tempe > University of Phoenix, Phoenix > Western International University, Phoenix And, finally, there the Religious Institutions: > American Indian College, Assemblies of God Bible college in Phoenix > Cook College and Theological School, Nondenominational tribal Bible college in Tempe > Fuller Theological Seminary, Nondenominational Bible college in Phoenix > International Baptist College, Independent Baptist Bible college in Tempe > Phoenix Seminary, Nondenominational seminary in Phoenix For me, coming here for a job, with the expectation that I would hate the area, I have been very surprised to find that, in six years, I have grown to love the area. I would not call it a great city, but I wouldn't call it a lousy city, either. In the time I've been here, I've seen it become more diverse, more artistic. I wouldn't advise someone to move here without a job first lined up, but if you have one secured, Phoenix can be a wonderful place to live. [read more...]

Steve
Phoenix, AZ
Heat In Phoenix - 9/9/2013

It is true, the winters are great in Phoenix. I'm not sure if they are good enough to make up for the miserable summer heat. When we moved on June 15, 2013 from an apartment to a rental house, the temperature was 118 degrees. Our movers almost collapsed from the heat. You really must want to live in the desert and tolerate temperatures that don't go below about 95 degrees at night. If this doesn't bother you, you will love it here.[read more...]

AZ_IS_HELL
Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona is Hell - 8/18/2013

Got married in ‘97 and my wife and I moved to Arizona. We are missing 16 years of our lives and I hope we still have time to make up for the loss. Arizona is a place where you are either a have or a have not depending on which side of the valley you live on. After 14 years of living in on the slum side of town, we got to enjoy two years of living on the snotty, uppity shithead side of town. We currently live in Scottsdale (also referred to as Snottsdale), which is a steaming shithole of pretentious one-upers who spend their entire life savings to appear to be rich, where they sneak into the bathroom at Sappio’s to call Discover card to have a $50 increase to buy another drink, where anyone with $30k owns a Hummer, where gold digger women go to find “love”, where the average cost of a piece of an ugly southwest style home on a 1/8th acre prison-style lot (with a block wall) is over a million dollars even after the real estate crash (the same money would buy a 10,000 sqf home with style and 10 acres in an upscale suburb back East), where every building and home looks the same, where all the streets are in a square grid, where there’s only two seasons (Summer or Hell, 122 degrees), you will completely forget about spring, fall or winter. Those memories will fade with time. This place is great for causing or contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. Remember those Christmas memories you had when you were a kid? They will fade away and your kids will never experience a real winter, Halloween or Easter. There are no seasons to worry about, and no family holiday memories, the only thing your kids will remember are the monsoon storms with muddy rain (those memories will supersede any traditional holiday memories you might hope to instill upon them) and you will need to use oven mits to open your car door or to touch your keys otherwise risk having 2nd degree burns, where you can get second degree sunburns from 15 minutes exposure outside in the sun and certainly count on having skin cancer soon, which will likely metastasis to your liver and kill you, where you cannot find a place to park at the municipal park on the only nice day of the year and your children have no swing to swing on, because there’s a line to the playground with fake fathers and mothers pushing their children, smiling in the 105 degree temps, where you have to drive three hours just to prove to your kids that snow is real (Flagstaff) and once you get there, there’s no hotel to stay at because everyone else had the same idea, where dialysis clinics are located in every strip mall because everyone has kidney disease secondary to chronic dehydration, where the blacktop reaches 198f as recorded by an IR thermometer, where babies wind up in the hospital ER if they crawl on the blacktop for even a few seconds, where diamondback or mohave rattlesnakes commonly lay across the sidewalks (yes even in the city) waiting to hurt or kill the next adult or child, where you can step on scorpions when walking through your house or get bit by a black widow when turning on your garden hose at night on Christmas eve, where you can have your eye poked out and lose your vision from bending forward and sticking your eye on an agave needle at night, where wild pigs with razor sharp teeth will go through your trash can and even charge at you if you try to scare them off (they can cut you to ribbons), where a wildcat can stalk your baby (yes even in Scottsdale, in the city), where everything is dead, dying or brown (plants and people alike), with no natural grass or trees, no oxygen, pollution so pad you can see a GREEN (yes GREEN) cloud over the valley ALL winter long, asthma, allergies, horrible medical care where doctors will laugh at you if you present with a case of adrenal fatigue or breathing problems brought on by the pollution and/or heat (and lack of exercise since you can’t go outside in either case), where the Sheriff is as corrupt as a Ukrainian politician with money, where the Scottsdale police require five cop cars to pull over an old lady with a broken tail light and where Scottsdale police shoot innocent grandfathers holding their grandsons (look it up), where you will get tased by an “officer” (redneck) for speaking out of turn, where people can do 30mph over the speed limit and not get pulled over, where people with road rage can endanger your entire family, where people use their cars as deadly weapons and sometimes shoot to kill anyone doing 5mph under their speed just to get home in time from their 3rd job to pay their mortgage that is 3 month’s behind already, for their financed-to-the-hilt home in DC Ranch where everyone is so fake you think you’re living on the Truman show, where Scottsdale air traffic (mostly jets but often loud Avante pusher prop plans) come within just 200’ of your rooftop (sometimes Harriers since the Military has a refueling contract) and the Scottsdale airport doesn’t give a crap when you call the noise complaint line, where three types of harmful jet fume chemicals are lowering you and your family’s cholinesterase levels and slowly killing you with myasthenia gravis type symptoms and possibly cancer and heart disease, where you will be fined and insulted by the DC Ranch HOA community patrol kid for missing ONE bush in your front yard that a wild pig uprooted the night before, where if you rent a home, your racketeering slumlord will pocket your $4,500 monthly rent for a year (like he does with other homes) and you will come home one evening to see the house of your dreams that you wanted to eventually purchase being auctioned off and you have 24 hours to leave, and the locks are changed, because of a loophole in the law that normally gives you 30 days, where fakes run and jog outside in 110 degree weather pretending that they’re not going to die that evening just to show off their butt on a sidewalk looking for a like-minded fake to run into and fall in love ($$$), [SCOTTSDALE FAKES! ATTENTION PLEASE! IT IS NOT OK TO JOG IN 110 DEGREE WEATHER, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT DOES TO YOUR BODY? Apparently not. You win the Darwin award], where everyone has a three-letter mega-church sticker on the back window of their car that has a 7 year auto loan that implies they’re holier than thou, where idiots will walk in front of your car and walk SLOWLY across the parking lot, where you can’t find healthy food even if your life depended on it (oh wait, it does), where you will have to pay $150 and wait an hour for American food or risk dying of e-coli after eating bad lettuce on your cat taco, where statistically speaking, you are more likely to be murdered by an illegal Mexican than die of old age, otherwise you will eventually wind up in Sun City, the place where everyone goes to die, the place where no one has a driver’s license (they either drive without a license and kill people accidentally or drive golf carts) AND SO MUCH MORE. I have no more time to write. I’m packing, I’m getting my family the fuck out of here. To those die hard Arizonan’s with the sunk-cost principle mental complex that keeps them here, who say “glad you’re leaving Arizona”, I say, GO FUCK YOURSELF – I’m GLAD YOU’RE STAYING IN ARIZONA! God created Arizona to dump shit here. Humans are NOT meant to live in Arizona. This place is uninhabitable. The Indians who were here thousands of years ago were probably just snowbirds and the supporting archaeological artifacts haven’t been uncovered yet. Personally I would not even recommend visiting Arizona even to escape freezing temperatures for a couple months a year.[read more...]

Kathleen
Glendale, AZ
Oppressive Heat/Cool People - 7/11/2013

I'm an outdoor person. In Phoenix, as early as May it will be 100 degrees or more for several days...(sometimes in late April). By June, it is 100 plus for 30 plus days or more and that continues until mid-October. Everyone prays for some relief in the monsoon season but these are not "nice" gentle rains, these are accompanied by high winds, and haboobs (nasty and sometimes terrifying dust storms that ruin swimming pools and cause serious health issues if you have allergies or asthma). The people are friendly on the outside (so friendly when you go into stores and always friendly to just say hello). Try and make friends? Tough....People keep to themselves, they never come out (well, in the summer I don't blame them), and perhaps because I'm from NYC they don't like my point of view on a lot of issues. Why worry about other people's choices in life if they do not directly affect or impact your life? They should be happy too. Too judgmental of others lifestyles if they don't agree with their own. Basically so many people have moved from somewhere else or they are transient. No wonder they are not friendly. They have not invested their feelings (or fortune that as it may be) in this town. I thought NYC was large - Phoenix is so spread out you cannot imagine seeing people from another area more than once or twice a year. NYC was just not like that. [read more...]

Aaron
Phoenix, AZ
Bigotry - Hate - Insanity - Christian / Conservati - 6/24/2013

I am a single white male 41 yrs old, and I have 15+ years working in computer support, and I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, MI: -I have been attacked three times here thus far. Last April while taking the light rail to a stop where taking a taxi is cheaper than the complete $30 fare to get back to either South Phoenix, or Tempe (There are NO buses that run past 11:00pm/12:am -some places even EARLIER) a group of three white bigot rednecks (total hicks) attacked me because they thought my red hair, and pale skin, and because I am skinny/not athletic all of it apparently makes me a homosexual. By-standers did NOTHING but act amused and the security guard that arrived after I escaped did nothing and drove off. Second, a latina employee at the Friendship Inn attacked me OUT OF THE BLUE from behind her counter calling me with a club that had a taser on the end of it, and calling me a "fucking cracker" right while I was trying to discuss getting my 10 dollar security deposit back -THE POLICE DID NOTHING, and the police said that the Friendship Inn does not have to provide the video tape from the lobby if they do not want to. The police have not returned my phone calls requesting an update on the case and weather we can get a subpoena for the video tape. And the last time was about two weeks ago, some fool during their 'First Friday' art walk, tried to start a fight with me at the Lost Leaf, because his girlfriend thought my red hair and pale skin was "creepy" -it was broken up by staff while he stepped in my face yelling at me to leave -can you believe the outright bigotry of these 'people' here ?!?!?!?!!!??? -Moved to Phoenix, AZ 8/15 to start work on 1099 contract at Honeywell to do I.T. Windows Suppot Administration. My boss was 23, this was his first and only time working in a professional corporate environment which was for the past three years, his boss/our supervisor was his father, his brother-in-law ran the data center, and two other Americans (all were white) were part of the team. All of them praised the bigotry of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. When I asked my boss about how important "community" was for him -he responded none: 'as long as I have my truck, my gun, and I can go to the shooting range before or after church, then I do not care about community'. The remaining 11 other techs in our department were from India, and all of the out-sourced labor from Indian COOPERATED, TOLERATED, and TRAINED EACH OTHER while the 'Americans' I worked with were obsessed with who was a liberal/democrat and who was conservative/republican. After they found out that I was not into supporting or involving myself in their conversations about their conservative/christian-extremist websites the 'Americans' I worked with avoided any type of interaction with me, and then after training a woman from India how to do my job, they then fired me.After I lost my job, I could not receive unemployment, and I am still stranded here in Phoenix after living off of the money I had saved for 1099 taxed. I am broke, unemployed, and an object for abusive and subversive conservative/christian extremist anti-social behaviors. -I moved here in August 2012, and lived in Tempe: every thing is covered in asphalt, strip malls, fast junk food, and TRAFFIC. The bus system here is a joke. The light rail only runs through the ASU campus and then East of it -nothing near Southern Ave where I lived, nor on East Baseline where it is kept in car culture and destitute. -My first day here I had four police officers waiting for me before I got off the plane, because a woman from Phoenix thought I was interfering with the flight crew: I was sitting in my chair the entire flight, and before the flight took off while I was sitting I contacted an flight attendant to come to my seat. I needed to know why I paid hundreds of dollars to sit in front of an LCD screen less than 1 foot in front of my face (the flight was Delta - DO NOT FLY DELTA AIR - and each seat had an LCD monitor behind each head rest that was only for playing advertisements). It didnt seem fair nor made any sense that we all had to turn off our computers and other electronic devices while this LCD screen is still on and constantly playing advertisements less than 1 foot in front of my eyes. This was just before the place took off, and I never stood up, and the flight attendant was responsive and kept responding to and adding to our discussion, but apparently he snitched on me and I was held until humiliated for 45 minutes just outside the gate. I was never arrested, but they constantly berated me, and threatened to give me thousands of dollars of fines for "interfering with flight crew" -How could I be interfering with flight crew if they responded to me sitting in my seat using the plane seat button to contact the flight crew???? Why didnt the attendant ignore the button I pressed to begin with, or even TELL ME that I was interfering with anything??? Arizona is like what most of the USA is deteriorating into: as 'snitch' mentality, no sense of communication, no sense of cooperation; only bigotry, and threats. -If you move here you get to feel the heat not only from the sun above, but you also get the feel the heat and fumes seep and steam off of all of the asphalt -THERE ARE NO COVERINGS/SHADINGS built over any side walks on Southern Ave or East Baseline. ASPHALT IS EVERY WHERE YOU NEED TO WALK> IT IS TERRIBLE HERE. -The first place I lived at my first month was infested with meth addicts. The second place was for one month and filled with people completely open and relaxed about expressing their ignorant racist views ALL OF THE TIME, and the kitchen was not kept unusable. The third place I lived at was with a black couple who happened to hate white people, but had no problem taking my money for rent. I am now living at the YMCA which is run by security that make up the rules as they go alone; each day they change the rules to serve their own power high as an excuse to degrade people that live here. -The parks here are run by bigots: for example by the downtown ASU campus near Central and Filmore by the post office the security guard at the park harasses me and I no longer go there. I finally asked, 'why are you harassing me? I am just sitting under a tree; its 2pm and I am not doing anything' -the guard said that the mayor has instructed them to harass 'certain types of people here...'. I said that I would never invest in a start up company in this state, and the security guard walking away like a coward replied 'you must be democrat!' -I said: 'I am an AMERICAN, and I don not appreciate you walking away after starting an important conversation about bigotry...' -The corrupt sheriff here closed down some prisons, so that he could open his own little fortress prison in the middle of the desert where they can detain people w/out arresting them for weeks. This 'prison' is a bunch of tents in the middle of the desert. Amnesty International was not allowed to enter the county when they tried to inspect the conditions of Sheriff joe arpaio's prison. -Since there is no connecting bus line between Southern Ave and E. Baseline, you have to walk a mile in between bus routes along six to four lanes of asphalt with car exhaust and dirt blowing in your face w/in 100 degree weather and there is NOTHING around but walled in little condo communities and the occasional gas station. They worship car culture, sprawl, and traffic here. -I have heard people here brag about going to their super churches; they worship hate and bigotry here. Information is disseminated at these bible thumping cult meetings that have them leave and go to work and say things to me like, 'why live in the city? the city is the populist vote, so we need to decimate if not hinder city life, since they are all liberals and evil...' -THIS IS WHAT 'AMERICANS' ARE SAYING ABOUT OTHER AMERICANS!!!! [read more...]

RE22
Peoria, AZ
If you hate it here, then please LEAVE!!! - 6/17/2013

I don't normally post to articles or sign up to web pages like this, but after reading the comments on the Cost of living/Quality of living in Phoenix I just had to say "LEAVE ALREADY". If this place is as bad as your whining, bitching soliloquies (look it up if you need too) reflect, then GET OUT. People like you wouldn't be happy anywhere. I don't need to elongate about the positives of living here, but I will say 15yrs later I can't imagine living anywhere else. And that appreciation comes from someone that has traveled from coast to coast and many places in between. No place is perfect, and yes it is hot!!! but not 10mo. of the year. I have frost bitten plants and bushes from December as proof. So stop your exaggerated, long winded, hot air complaining and either deal with it, or LEAVE! Its one less vehicle I have to deal with in traffic and one less person in line at the check out or customer service I have to wait for because all they want to do is bitch. Sincerely, A "Happy" Valley Resident.[read more...]

Ken
Phoenix, AZ
Different Strokes for Different Folks... - 4/27/2013

The subject says it all. Personally, I can't stand big cities wherever they are. And as for climate? I say Phoenix has two seasons: summer, and summer lite. And with a whopping annual rainfall of maybe four total inches, and about 350 days of blazing sunshine, just doesn't attract me at all. My philosophy is "how do you know what a great day is unless you have some 'bad' ones to compare it to!". What cracks me up the most is how every town's local TV stations must employ a meteorologist and have a "weather" report -- to me, weather implies changes, and when it's the sme day in and day out, there's really absolutely nothing to report. I joke with friends in the southeast, and say "if you get a degree in meteorology, graduate at the bottom of your class but are attractive and 'camera friendly', and have a killer wardrobe, this is where you want to be if you want to be a meteorologist on TV". I come from a coastal town in the South, in a hurricane zone, and boy, you've gotta be one helluva talented meteorologist, and have a serious passion for it if you desire to be a local weather person. Weather there is so incredibly dynamic and ever changing, it's almost a joke comparing it to southern AZ. I always hesitate calling it 'weather' here -- and prefer calling it 'climate' and leaving it at that. And heat? I wouldn't mind it so much if it was offset by things called 'seasons' and actually had 3-5 months where I might want to turn the heat on, more than maybe 10 times a year, and for an hour or so just to take the chill off. Change is where it's at, IMHO. I've lived in places where it'd reach 130+ temps, WITH high humidity -- now that's HOT! Then there's the serious urban sprawl here. Like most enormous cities that seem to expand and gobble up what used to be outlaying towns -- you can't tell at all when you're crossing from Phoenix to say, Glendale, Peoria, or Paradise Valley unless you catch a glimpse of a tiny sign that says "welcome to..." because it's a solid, nonstop view of nothing but residential neighborhoods, strip malls, big malls, more residential neighborhoods, more shopping, etc etc... for scores of miles, in any given direction. Hundreds of square miles of nothing but the same. This is obviously a very biased set of comments. IF I wasn't in my 60's, and was back in the days where I was career oriented, and loved meeting lots of girls and enjoying a big social life, I'd probably would've loved living in Phoenix, for awhile. I came here because I'd gotten reconnected with an 'old flame' from 45 years ago. I put my home up for sale in 2009, which was way too late, so I had to short-sell my home out east. When things didn't exactly work out with my now ex, everything went into storage, except what I could fit in a tiny studio condo I rented in order to wait out the mandatory two-year mortgage 'purgatory' where I can once again obtain a mortgage and buy a small place to live out however many years God allows me to. But, wherever I can find that small and affordable place, I CAN say with conviction, it won't be in the Phoenix Valley! No way, no how. I've never felt more isolated and miserable than I have here. I'm looking at northern towns at much higher elevations, where they have an odd thing called WEATHER, and SEASONS too. There wouldn't be over 5-million people here if they didn't love the Phoenix Valley, or have a killer job that got them here in the first place. Now that I risked it all and wound up in this Godforsaken big-assed metropolis, I can't afford much over $100k. But at any given time there's well over 350 homes to choose from in the Phoenix area, over 250 in Tucson. That's the ONLY thing I can see as a serious benefit, but for me it comes down to quality of life vs money, which I have very little of left. Sadly, the amounts of available homes up north are very limited - and most of those in my meager budget are mfd/mobile homes; which I wouldn't mind at all, it's just that 98% of the banks won't finance those kinds of homes. So climate aside, as much as I'd prefer being north, down below Tucson in Green Valley, there's a helluva lot of incredibly nice and very affordable homes available. Green Valley is basically comprised of retirement communities, and over 20,000 residents nowadays. So if it becomes an impossible endeavor to move north, I suppose I'll just bite the ol' bullet and move to a place like Green Valley, where there's plenty of retired old folks like me! No cars racing around, no subwoofers, and no Harley's without mufflers... gemreally boring and quiet, which will suit me fine -- except the climate -- which will be my biggest trade off. But back to Phoenix... it's like the subject says! Phoenix is a great place, if you like seeing the same 'weather' year 'round, and love all the big city things, like zillions of great restaurants, clubs, and don't mind dealing with nonstop traffic all day long, no matter which of the 7 days you decide to try to accomplish something.[read more...]

Ken
Phoenix, AZ
Different Strokes for Different Folks... - 4/27/2013

The subject says it all. Personally, I can't stand big cities wherever they are. And as for climate? I say Phoenix has two seasons: summer, and summer lite. And with a whopping annual rainfall of maybe four total inches, and about 350 days of blazing sunshine, just doesn't attract me at all. My philosophy is "how do you know what a great day is unless you have some 'bad' ones to compare it to!". What cracks me up the most is how every town's local TV stations must employ a meteorologist and have a "weather" report -- to me, weather implies changes, and when it's the sme day in and day out, there's really absolutely nothing to report. I joke with friends in the southeast, and say "if you get a degree in meteorology, graduate at the bottom of your class but are attractive and 'camera friendly', and have a killer wardrobe, this is where you want to be if you want to be a meteorologist on TV". I come from a coastal town in the South, in a hurricane zone, and boy, you've gotta be one helluva talented meteorologist, and have a serious passion for it if you desire to be a local weather person. Weather there is so incredibly dynamic and ever changing, it's almost a joke comparing it to southern AZ. I always hesitate calling it 'weather' here -- and prefer calling it 'climate' and leaving it at that. And heat? I wouldn't mind it so much if it was offset by things called 'seasons' and actually had 3-5 months where I might want to turn the heat on, more than maybe 10 times a year, and for an hour or so just to take the chill off. Change is where it's at, IMHO. I've lived in places where it'd reach 130+ temps, WITH high humidity -- now that's HOT! Then there's the serious urban sprawl here. Like most enormous cities that seem to expand and gobble up what used to be outlaying towns -- you can't tell at all when you're crossing from Phoenix to say, Glendale, Peoria, or Paradise Valley unless you catch a glimpse of a tiny sign that says "welcome to..." because it's a solid, nonstop view of nothing but residential neighborhoods, strip malls, big malls, more residential neighborhoods, more shopping, etc etc... for scores of miles, in any given direction. Hundreds of square miles of nothing but the same. This is obviously a very biased set of comments. IF I wasn't in my 60's, and was back in the days where I was career oriented, and loved meeting lots of girls and enjoying a big social life, I'd probably would've loved living in Phoenix, for awhile. I came here because I'd gotten reconnected with an 'old flame' from 45 years ago. I put my home up for sale in 2009, which was way too late, so I had to short-sell my home out east. When things didn't exactly work out with my now ex, everything went into storage, except what I could fit in a tiny studio condo I rented in order to wait out the mandatory two-year mortgage 'purgatory' where I can once again obtain a mortgage and buy a small place to live out however many years God allows me to. But, wherever I can find that small and affordable place, I CAN say with conviction, it won't be in the Phoenix Valley! No way, no how. I've never felt more isolated and miserable than I have here. I'm looking at northern towns at much higher elevations, where they have an odd thing called WEATHER, and SEASONS too. There wouldn't be over 5-million people here if they didn't love the Phoenix Valley, or have a killer job that got them here in the first place. Now that I risked it all and wound up in this Godforsaken big-assed metropolis, I can't afford much over $100k. But at any given time there's well over 350 homes to choose from in the Phoenix area, over 250 in Tucson. That's the ONLY thing I can see as a serious benefit, but for me it comes down to quality of life vs money, which I have very little of left. Sadly, the amounts of available homes up north are very limited - and most of those in my meager budget are mfd/mobile homes; which I wouldn't mind at all, it's just that 98% of the banks won't finance those kinds of homes. So climate aside, as much as I'd prefer being north, down below Tucson in Green Valley, there's a helluva lot of incredibly nice and very affordable homes available. Green Valley is basically comprised of retirement communities, and over 20,000 residents nowadays. So if it becomes an impossible endeavor to move north, I suppose I'll just bite the ol' bullet and move to a place like Green Valley, where there's plenty of retired old folks like me! No cars racing around, no subwoofers, and no Harley's without mufflers... gemreally boring and quiet, which will suit me fine -- except the climate -- which will be my biggest trade off. But back to Phoenix... it's like the subject says! Phoenix is a great place, if you like seeing the same 'weather' year 'round, and love all the big city things, like zillions of great restaurants, clubs, and don't mind dealing with nonstop traffic all day long, no matter which of the 7 days you decide to try to accomplish something.[read more...]

Robert
Glendale, AZ
Weather - 4/22/2013

It seems lke the only way the some people can make Phoenix look good is by comparing it to somewhere that gets 15 feet of snow. It gets so hot here in the summer it eats the paint off the side of your house.[read more...]

Kelly
Surprise, AZ
Phoenix Arizona - The Worst Place to Live - 3/7/2013

People visit Phoenix from Nov-March with rose colored glasses on. Phoenix, for lack of a better term, is a sh-t hole. The quality of air is the worst second to LA and don't let anyone tell you different. The brownish pinkish cloud that lays over the entire valley is constant. The whole Phoenix Valley is surrounded by mountains you can't even see most days. If you don't have allergies or respitory problems before you move to Phoenix, you will after. The "Arizona Apple Chest" can be found on just about every female in the city. It's from driving into the sun for an hour and a half to work and an hour and a half home every day and not realizing the damage its doing to your face, neck and chest even through your car windshield. A 2 hour a day commute is average and 3 hours a day is pretty normal - there is no public transporation to support a city that is 100 square miles. Hardly anyone car pools so all the car pool lanes that were just constructed are used by single passenger idiots thwarting the traffic laws. All there is to do in Phoenix Arizona is shop and there is a shopping center on every corner and every corner looks just like the last. What else is there to do when its 100+ degrees for 6 months, 105 degrees for 3 of those months and a 110+ in July and August. If you like big jacked up trucks billowing diesle smoke everywhere then Phoenix is the place for you. And the schools - Pheonix ranked 48th in the union for education and its prevelent because nobody votes for anything having to do with posturing education because most of the Haves on the east side go to private schools. If you live on the west side you are a Have-Not and if you live on the east side you are a Have. Culture: I have 1 word for you, Mexican. There are probably more Mexican food places in Phoenix than there are in Mexico. Anything else that is decent will cost you 150 dollars a plate. There are 4+ million people in the Phoenix Metro area and it swells to a million more with all the snowbirds from Oct until May. If you want cheap living, even cheaper wages, don't mind running your AC evert 20 minutes and sitting in a dark house for 6 months, horrible education standards and respitory problems then move to Phoenix, Arizona - the polluted furnace of the southwest. [read more...]

David
Phoenix, AZ
Az. Sucks - 2/25/2013

I've lived in"The Valley Of The Sun" for most of my life. I've seen it go from a smaller city with a parimarily argricultural and tourist based economy to a pollution filled crime ridden over crowded barrio. Phoenix has no sense of history, preferring to tear down historic building rather than restore them. The older neighborhoods of Phoenix and it's suburbs are run down and again "barrios". Traffic is bad at best and public transportation is a joke. The summers are getting longer and hotter, the winters shorter and warmer. Primarily due to the "Heat Island" effect rainfall had decreased and dust storms have almost become the norm.[read more...]

Eagle
Beverly Hills, CA
Why are the few positive opinions of Phoenix writt - 11/13/2012

It seems everyone who lives here hates it except realtors and lenders who directly benefit from anyone lured into moving here. The few positive reviewers of Phoenix have made a Faustian pact to speak nicely about the place and the rest of the population is struggling to escape it.[read more...]

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