Flagstaff, Arizona 

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youve lost your beautiful downtown area - 10/12/2019
we have visited your city a couple of times and absolutely loved it until our recent visit in early october 2019. you had a beautiful downtown area with lots of unique shops with native american items and great gifts for family and friends. it's been several years since we had visited and can not believe the changes! all the shops are gone,replaced with breweries ,bars and restaurants. your city leaders did not have a vision and did not preserve your historical beautiful downtown and that is a crime. we will not visit here again because you are just a typical college town now with nothing worth seeing. so sad and Read More

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Poverty with a view - 8/14/2019
I work in Flagstaff and live in Sedona out of necessity, I have the deal of a lifetime for housing in Sedona - couldn't touch an outhouse in Flagstaff for what I am paying in Sedona. Flagstaff housing enormously expensive as well as food. NAU is the largest employer in Flagstaff and due to the wages they give being suppressed in comparasion to ASU and UA I cannot see Flagstaff becoming the " next best place to live " anytime soon. NAU is losing talented professionals YOY because of the enormous pay gap and the product NAU provides has taken a hit. Administrators think there is a bottomless well of talent and I can assure that the well is deeper than most think but inevitably mismangement by this university will cause Flagstaff to remake itself or die. It is unfathomable that over the last decade when the economy has thrived that the University hasn't addressed this issue other than to give it lip service. The hook the university uses is that a person / family cannot make it on a Read More

Some Honest Thoughts on Flag. - 4/23/2019
Lived here for 1 year, and don't think it will be a final landing spot. It depends on what you are looking for.
-Clean Air
-No massive superfund sites or radon issues (some, but very minor, do your homework before moving to the Denver area folks)
-Nice Weather, very mild seasons compared to other places I have lived
-Beautiful views
-Grand Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, etc. all out your back door
-Short commutes
-Nice people
-Decent trail system
-Mountain Biking
-Shooting ranges
-Skiing (both cross country and downhill)
-Fairly Quiet
-Dark Skies Compliant (Beautiful Night Skies, Seriously)
-Decent Snow (If you like snow!) and it melts quickly
-Beautiful monsoon season and wildflowers
-Fun Holiday events
-Arizona has very low income and property tax compared to other places we have lived

-No water. Lake Powell is over 2 hours away, Lake Read More

Poverty with a view - 1/24/2019
I've lived here since 1998. This town is very beautiful with the scenery and the community. But it's literally the "poverty with a view" town. NAU had been taking over the town by building and buying new buildings for the students, the town is very crowded and it makes it difficult to find jobs because of the college students.

The cost of living is outrageous. Theres loopholes the real estate and property management that they raise rent or price of a home as soon as someone moves out or renews a lease. I know people who have 3 jobs just to make it here.

The town in split because of the minimum wage increase. Half the people are relieved to make a decent living and not have to struggle paycheck to paycheck as much. The other half is worried about price hikes of everything, in business and cost of living. So the town is torn whether to barely afford anything getting paid less or living moderately comfortable and paying a bit more.

As there Read More

We Love Flagstaff Arizona! Great Place to Live - 6/8/2018
My family and I have lived here our entire lives. We love the atmosphere, the people, and the activities available to us. Our family started Polaris Roofing Company in Flagstaff and have had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful homeowners and business owners in the area. From our family to yours, we know you'll love the Read More

Retired and loving Flagstaff - 5/18/2015
My wife and I retired to Flagstaff in 2012. Our search criterion was for a college town to add culture, good medical facilities, four seasons, within two hours of major airport and low humidity. We vacationed in several cities to get a feel for them. Denver was over crowded, suffered from traffic and polluted while Santa Fe did not inspire us. Flag has very youthful feel with the NAU's 25,000 students, hiking and biking trails abound the Falstaff peaks at 12000 feet above sea level with a ski area. Blues skies most days so we enjoy getting out side. Culture comes in many forms from the Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona( native Americans), to a 10 day Science Week that provides an astounding number of events to excite us. Downtown is packed with good restaurants, bars and 5 mini-breweries. Friday Nite Art Walks at the first of every month gets us out for a dinner date and a stroll of the town where music is played on the street and in the many art galleries. During Read More

Climate change; quality of living - 3/29/2015
I'm afraid these postings are from 2008. I have lived here 23 years and consider the city to be deteriorating. There is very little winter and more and more wind. It has been over ten years of constant elongated construction which has ruined the ambiance of the town. We began to have a rush hour Fridays from noon on, which blocks intersections, but now other days, too. It is poverty with a view, but the view is becoming blocked. Notice these reviews were possibly before the market fall. Jobs are hard and low wage, and quality of living is poor compared to when I moved here. I escape into the back country and SE Arizona and longer interludes. It is still centrally located for some of these things but has lost charm and I find it in other towns which retain their quality of life and prioritize better with little money. I still have to work here until I finish some projects but that is my unfortunate experience. You will get heat-sick in June, and if the rains don't come summer is Read More

High cost, low wages, growth limits, second-home m - 8/12/2014
Flagstaff is beautiful but the high cost of living, low wages, high housing costs (from the second-home market and university rentals) S,art-growth limits, tourist industry service jobs, and lack of community make it less than ideal to live in. I have been here 17 years and only have one close friend and one sort of friend.  Read More

Outrageous cost of living - 5/9/2013
I moved to FLG in September 1999 having no idea what it was like. The beauty and great quality of life were immediately evident, however it took about a month or two of working (at that time) for about $6 p/h to realize how ridiculously expensive it is to live here! The city government cares only about the almighty tourist dollar and the service jobs (filled by an unending labor supply of college kids) that cater to them. It's been a great 14 years or so but my time is coming to an end and moving to a much more reasonable area (I'm looking at you Bisbee!!)is probably not too far away. A great place to live. . . . but only if you make enough money to be able to afford Read More

The "Ghetto in the Meadow" - 5/7/2013
I love Flagstaff, AZ as a city. I moved here in September 1999 and have hung on "by my fingernails" every since. A wonderful place to live but a city government that couldn't care less about the locals who bear the outrageous cost of living and who DOES bend over backwards for the almighty tourist dollars! With a steady supply of cheap labor (college students) and tax revenue streams from hotels, restaurants, gas stations (HIGHEST gas prices in AZ!) the city has proven it doesn't need locals! A beautiful place to live. . . IF you can afford Read More

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