has written 1 SperlingViews. Currently, Bp is living in Missoula, MT and has a little something to say:
Transplants from California and Washington Have Ru Posted On: 9/30/2008 12:40:37 PM
Overall, the people near and around Missoula are wonderful, caring and friendly folk. They do a great job of demonstrating what it means to be a community. There is no shortage of things to do either. However, over the past 5-10 years, there has been an influx of new residents from California and Seattle. With their money, these people have driven up the cost of living for everyone else and have made it nearly impossible for ordinary people to be able to have a decent standard of living. Since good paying jobs are difficult to find, many people have to work 2-3 full time jobs just to get by. The housing market has spiraled out of control to where no one except Califorians and Washingtonians can afford a place to live. In addition to these economic woes, these same groups have brought with them their extremist-radical socialistic views. While the Washingtonians appear to be at least open minded, the radicals from CA (namely San Fransisco) appear to be imposing their will on everyone else. These freeze-dried hippies keep driving up people's taxes (3 tax hikes in the past year alone) and proposing more wasteful spending (like building a trolley of all things downtown.)
My advice would be to move to the beautiful Bitterroot, Jocko, or Mission Valleys. This way, you might be able to avoid the antics of the transplants.
If you are planning on moving here from California or Western Washington, please don't. There are already too many of you here.