Revising 2nd segment of last review
I wanted to quick apologize to anyone that may have been rightly upset or offended by my smack talk about other places in the US that honestly I haven't been but just heard from various friends living experiences, wages, etc, in Jersey. It's not my rightful place to condescend on places I have not been before, so I hope you'll accept my apology if you get to that spot of former review. Thank you. Here is what I was referring to:
"And the last thing I would mention is the weather here is almost one of a kind too! Some peers from High School became homeless at one time and travel coast to coast but they always remark how they were thrilled to be back in AZ because of the freezing temps out east in fall. All in all, if people think things are terrible of terrible here you haven't been to Southern Cali and you sure don't want to. To have life better than life here you need to either go to Colorado, maybe Texas, or some slimy places like New Jersey or NYC. Just find what works for you and God Bless!"
Finally, even though much of my last review was my outlook on things in Arizona as a homeless person which I was 18-21, and I could be back to it if I lose the housing I'm in, what would I have said about the state before going to the streets and being kicked out at 18?
-Coming from a small town Mormon community, St David, in southeastern Arizona (I do not associate as a Mormon btw), there was very limited contact and socializing with the people in the town so it felt like a segmented community if you weren't like everyone else. Drugs, homelessness, and other things like that seemed to tear up the community in obvious ways, even 7 miles out in Benson. Cochise County? Lol, don't make me go there.....
2) My parents who were are now retiring from being a nurse and army instructor, cousins are going off to military, and people dear to me like my grandmother pass away so it serves limited purpose returning from where I am in Phoenix area.
3) There are basically 3 types of people who take up Arizona: Those who are either retiring, joining the military so they can get out of state and see other places, or those like me who haven't known anything else and just want to do better with our lives. Sure, color may or may not be a thing, but at the very core of why people come to this state is those 3 reasons. Oh, and a fourth? Those who want to compare it to other places, trash talk, and visit and trash talk about all the problems. If I was to be as honest as I'll ever be about Phoenix area, since this is a listing about Phoenix, I think you need only cover the specifics and not focus too much on the extraneous. What do I mean?
1) Weather is of course great throughout fall, winter, and spring though somewhat high
2) You may or may not run into all kinds of wildlife depending on the area you choose. Scorpions, bedbugs, yada yada. What hasn't been said before?
3) People are quite a variety, for bad, better, or worse. Some come to take on gangster life, some come to be anonymous (that works, me included), some come just to start over (also myself), some come because there simply aren't a great many places otherwise in the states without some kind of disaster. So yes, peace is a draw!!
4) Sunsets are quite a sight to behold at the right time under the right conditions. Enough said. And the sports teams could be worse but they are what they are and some people go crazy over them or there wouldn't be so many tourists and game highlights, Ok?
5) The education system is what you get as a product of constant tax cuts and not the optimal economy. I get it. But you still have the options of homeschooling, charter schools, or not caring a whole lot and just let the military pay for your child's education.
6) The highway system is pretty well done throughout the Maricopa county and driving I-10 not-congested hours is a scenic cruise of decent proportions. May not compare to coast-side driving in Cali but for Arizona,you get to see Picacho Peak, hiking trails along the I-10, the sunsets (again!), pecan orchards and other kinds of orchards, and fields galore (greener around Tucson by the way)
7) Conclusion: I think Phoenix is a place that can work for anyone just under the right circumstances. You get to choose from a large expansive metro including Scottsdale and other suburbs like Gilbert or Chandler, theme parks, water parks, nice hotels, outdoor activities, community activities, libraries all over, hiking, biking, driving, you can do it all here! I'm an optimist and through any situation if you want better than here but don't know how it would look other places, sure, you can stay and have no regrets. If you know it's not the place for you, nobody's forcing you to stay. We all have reasons for what we do and if you hate it here, that's cool too. I'm writing all of this from my perspective so while it's not all-encompassing from political to socio economic perspectives, I'm 21, I'm sticking to it,even though multiple publications may say Arizona isn't a place for millennials, I'm millennial, so whaddyaknow??? Hope you get the information you're looking for in this post, biased or unbiased, because I believe in good ol experience and I've had mostly good experiences here. Thank you!