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re: What about Denver - 6/5/2008 Posted On: 6/7/2008 9:46:47 PM
First off, whenever I say I'm from DC, the first thing I hear is some kind of snarky put-down, not people impressed by how cultured and educated my hometown is (and it's neither). Now it's my turn... Aside from the library, you make Denver sound about as bland as I remember it. I was giving some thought to moving down there, thinking that it would be an improvement on Boulder where I spent the last three years. I both froze--the winter of '06-07 was brutal--and spent nearly everything I earned just to live in that ridiculous town/suburb (moved there for a job). But I'm bailing on Colorado. If I sound bitter, it's because the state was such a letdown. I never thought the scenery was that spectacular. It just seems like a midwestern version of California in terms of sprawl minus the ocean, excitement, cultural diversity, great food, and temperate weather. In a few years, the traffic will be nearly as bad as LA given the inadequate freeway system and anticipated growth.
re: Sunny with a chance of blondes - 8/29/2007 Posted On: 6/7/2008 6:34:28 PM
Boasting about "negligible rainfall"? Water shortages could cripple LA's economy in the years ahead, not to mention the overpopulated San Diego and Riverside regions.
re: Re: The MOST arrogant egomaniacs live in NYC! Posted On: 6/7/2008 5:58:17 PM
You sound overly sensitive to be a true New Yorker.
re: Moved from Denver, Colorado, what a change! - Posted On: 6/7/2008 4:27:01 PM
So it's fine for people from Colorado to move to Austin and add to its growth woes but not Californians? What makes you any different?
re: Good life/work balance - 11/9/2007 Posted On: 6/7/2008 4:03:59 PM
Enough with the regional stereotypes. People seeking a life/work balance can be found in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as can workaholics.
re: Portland is wonderful - 6/16/2007 Posted On: 6/7/2008 2:48:47 PM
Just curious, what do you do for work in Portland? And is your salary commensurate with what you would be making in say, Boston or Chicago? From friends I've talked to out there, it's cleaned up quite a lot over the last 15 years--less junkies and homeless--but the economy hasn't improved much, especially since all the newcomers have created ever greater competition for the few good professional jobs that do exist. Plus, all the hipsters flocking there to be middle-aged bartenders, I mean rock stars, must get really annoying.
re: Portland is a cool place! - 11/3/2007 Posted On: 6/7/2008 1:56:08 PM
In California overcrowding, stiff competition for good paying jobs, high cost of living, freeway snarls--all can bring out aggression, rudeness, and impatience. It doesn't, however, mean that these same people are inherently bad--just having a tough time or momentarily losing self-control. Given an aggravating set of conditions, who hasn't lost their cool or said something nasty to a stranger? Generally, the less crowded and stressful a person's environment, the more friendly and laid back they are apt to be. Maybe living in the most populous, competitive state in the nation just isn't for you. Otherwise, grow a thicker skin.
Too Expensive Posted On: 5/31/2008 9:55:48 PM
I am a DC native who is back in town visiting family. I have not lived in this city since 1991. The District seems much the same to me as when I left it, except that it's gotten incredibly expensive. Parts have been cleaned up--less visible drug dealing, prostitution, homeless, but the violent crime rate is still very high. Seven people were murdered in a small area of town last night. People are paying big bucks(starting around 450-500k)to live in rowhouses in the poorer sections of town that still lack services/conveniences like grocery stores, restaurants, and bars. The public schools are awful (with a few exceptions). If you have children, you can send them to DC schools for elementary school, but after that it goes down hill fast. People are generally not very friendly and can be obsessed with their oh-so-important jobs as lawyers, lobbyists, and gov't wonks. The traffic in town is terrible. I can't speak for the suburbanites, but driving the Beltway every day must be close to unbearable. There may be job opportunities here, but expect to compete against a large pool of people with Ivy League educations, as NY and DC seem to attract these people like flies on s***. Unless you really have to be here for your career in politics or public relations or what have you, I say avoid DC. It is about the most uptight, least fun city in all the USA.
What's with Denver? Posted On: 5/29/2008 11:42:00 PM
I just spent the past 3 years living and working in the creepy, ultra-rich, lily white, college town of Boulder. Before I pull the plug completely on Colorado, I was wondering if I'm missing anything about Denver? I only went down there a handful of times from Boulder and it never really caught my fancy. Is there more to it than meets the eye? It always seemed so empty and desolate for the most part. Plus it's surrounded by suburban hell all the way down from Boulder. How is the job scene and what are the main industries/professions?
re: No City compares... - 8/8/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 10:02:54 PM
If you think Queens and the Bronx are gorgeous, you must be from Gary, Indiana.
re: "NOT FOR MIDWESTERNERS" - 1/26/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 9:27:55 PM
If you can't make it in Baltimore on $100,000, you must be absolutely retarded when it comes to money.
re: Relocating advice. - 10/15/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 7:50:47 PM
The largest 24-hour public transit system in the country? More diversity than New York? Wrong on both counts. I lived in Chicago and the subway/el is terrible and runs VERY sporadically at night. NYC's subway system is much larger and covers a much greater percentage of the city. Chicago is also extremely segregated compared to NYC.
re: Love it - 5/18/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 7:16:02 PM
You must like terrible prefab architecture from the 1970s.
re: Overall quality of life in San Diego ranks 9 o Posted On: 5/29/2008 7:11:31 PM
Mellow? Friendly? Spent any time on the freeway lately?
re: Ideal Living - 7/31/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 7:08:06 PM
Get real man--the traffic's terrible, the cost of living outrageous, and it's mostly strip mall hell.
re: San Diegans are not nice at all! - 11/3/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 7:05:09 PM
I agree--I lived in SD for 3 years and found the people to be major a-holes. Aside from the weather, the city sucks.
Depressed and dreary Posted On: 5/29/2008 6:24:56 PM
Avoid this city--you're much better off paying the extra money it takes to live in or around Seattle. This town will suck the life out of you--it's a big time downer.
re: Crime Index A Little Off Base - 12/28/2007 Posted On: 5/29/2008 5:56:18 PM
Think again--while violent crime may be low in Portland, there's a lot of burglaries and car break-ins.
re: Depressing Portland - 4/22/2008 Posted On: 5/29/2008 5:53:07 PM
I totally agree about the job market--it's just people selling each other lattes. How most people get by there, I have no idea.
re: Boulder - diverse, charming and costly - 4/21/ Posted On: 5/29/2008 5:38:58 PM
Sorry, there's nothing diverse about Boulder unless you're looking at whiter shades of pale. The university is mediocre at best and the food is bland and terrible.