Review of Phoenix, Arizona

Consider before moving here what you're getting
Star Rating - 1/6/2020
I moved here for a job a few months ago and unfortunately won't be staying long. To summarize:

The bad:
-Traffic. I was a little shocked coming from a mid-sized city the amount of traffic. Luckily I time my commutes so they are either after the morning rush and after the evening one. My job luckily permits this, or I'd go even crazier. Drivers are generally bad and I feared getting in accidents often. This has evened out a bit as I try not to drive unless I absolutely have to now. So long, recreational trips. There's just too many people that live here.
-Ugly. I love the southwest and lived in Tucson for a number of years. You won't really get that living here much. It's all infrastructure and roads everywhere. I often forget I'm even in the desert. Trash is kind of everywhere.
-Beggars. I get asked/begged for money every time I stop to get gas.
-Air quality. My sinuses have been bad since moving here. I think it's due to the poor air quality here.
-Higher cost of living. Not terrible, but also not good. I'd be happy to pay extra if this place was worth living.
-Gas prices. Gas is higher here by nearly $1 more a gallon from the Midwest prices.
-Library system is pretty bad for a city of this size.

-I found a fairly high paying job here.
-More dating prospects.
-Apartment cost isn't "terrible" but not low either. I think I got a bit lucky in that I secured a place the next day after arriving.
-Comfortable winter. I haven't experienced the summer here as of yet but hopefully will be gone before that happens.

When I decided to move here, I had many people give me warnings about Phoenix. I didn't listen and thought it'd be fine. Wrong. Yes, it's "okay" but definitely was a mistake coming here and uprooting my life only to begin searching for a new home immediately.
Lee | Phoenix, AZ
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John, I've lived in several different states but yes I'm originally from the Midwest so take that into consideration. Given the option of living in Tucson or Phoenix I'd take Tucson any day. Tucson however has just as bad as a homeless population. I've just noticed most that ask for money in Phoenix are not in fact homeless, just junkies or cheap. As far as the trash comment- I just think Phoenix is on the whole dirty. But I guess that comes with a lot of people. I've lightened my views on the city since writing my review but still know this is not a permanent destination for me. Once I leave, I won't be back here to live again. I feel like people migrate here to escape the cold, I just think their are much better options if you're retired or just hate snow.
Lee | Tucson, AZ | Report Abuse

Well, now that I have come to my senses since that nonsensical and gobbledygook reply I just deleted, I would like to express my apologies as I was obviously and not so obviously tweaked on dope a lot like a junkie that night I replied. You're certainly on point about the beggars being largely junkies and cheapos. I can't debate that. I'm currently as today, January 30th seeing what I can find as far as outpatient rehab support and such but I'm not getting my hopes up yet as support services tend to be all across the board or near invisible in availability for drug abuse among other things. I hope your move goes well, and for myself being here in Phoenix a while longer, I just hope and pray I'll find something more fulfilling and that I can succeed at besides blowing everything off with meth. I'm 23 so hopefully, if God so wills it I can have a future up here in Phx worth writing home again. God bless and happy travels Lee. I appreciate you getting down to the point and being concise which I was not that day, because longer as I've found it does not almost ever mean substantial or of a sober peaced mind.
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