RED as red gets. (But redder.)
Pros: Livable weather 7 months a year, (Oct. 15-May 15), ample restaurants (though $$$$), resorts to stroll, if you golf, you'll be in heaven. Broad, tidy streets with uplit palm trees, open air cafes and outdoor malls. Gloriously pretty. CLEAN. // Cons: If you're at all politically active and academically minded, and if you're not ultra conservative, you will absolutely suffocate here. I've lived in Scottsdale since 2005, political persuasions were never an issue before the 2016 election but these days, it's gotten downright frightening; House after house, bar after bar, restaurant after restaurant, coffee shops, nail salons and grocery stores, (without exaggeration), with nothing but Fox News on their screens, foul bumper stickers, MAGA hats, low tolerance for any views other than their own, and once long time favorite restaurants converting into beer-type bars catering to the blossoming ultra conservative, boisterous crowds. If that's your scene, come here and jump in. Ride your Harley to town. Spit shine your tattoos. Get your ball caps out. You'll fit right in. // But if you appreciate any degree of racial diversity in your life, of calm, kindness and civic equality, or just love interacting with open minds & people who whose world-views extend beyond US borders, you'll be far better served to base yourself around the ASU area $ much closer to the core of Phoenix where it's a much kinder and more open environment than here. (Or waiting until this political storm can pass. Surely it will. Pendulums do swing.) And Scottsdale did NOT used to be at all like this prior to 2016, so hopefully it will revert to its once easy going and welcoming self. Fingers crossed.
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