has written 2 SperlingViews. Currently, chris is living in Lancaster, CA and has a little something to say:
GHETTO, GRAFFITI AND TRASH I served my time here, Posted On: 4/17/2012 9:28:14 PM
I served my time here for three years, that was way more than enough for me. I specifically lived in Newhall and it is the crappiest town ever. If you like graffiti and a gang-banger lifestyle, then be my guest and move here!
In Newhall you can have the Tijuana experience but never go south of the border. But actually TJ would be nicer because at least it has decent weather. Santa Clarita's two seasons are blistering hot, or rains so heavy that your house flows down the river that used to be your street. Your version of a nice yard includes shopping carts and 99 cents stores bags blowing around. It is windy all the time. If you are lucky enough to send your kid to Newhall elementary they will need a translator since the majority of the students don't speak english.
on top of it all you are next to neighborhoods like Valencia where middle-class arrogance prevails. The think everyone else is dirt! They are terrible to be around.
Commuting around town is ridiculous, traffic everywhere. Master-planned? I don't think so, whoever did it should be fired.
A Great Place to Grow Up Posted On: 2/13/2012 7:17:15 PM
I have lived here almost 25 years. I grew up here, and decided to stay because I know I want to raise my kids here as well. It is in LA county, but very different. Life is slower, people are more polite. Yes as we have grown, crime has some to, but that comes with growth, and the city is really fighting it as well as citizens and the sheriffs department. Some people try to tear it apart, but myself and most people I know really like it here. It takes about a year to adjust to the climate. The saying goes that if you bring a wife here, she will hate it the first year, and after that first year you will never get her to move away. There is something really neat about the four seasons of the desert.