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So tell me about Scottsdale/Glendale and vicinity(7 posts)

So tell me about Scottsdale/Glendale and vicinityLive Steam
Sep 26, 2003 11:38 AM
The new Mrs. and I have been contemplating a move to AZ. We have just about had it with cold weather, overcrowded everything, too much rain, poor riding conditions and very bad attitudes from the new local gentry.

She has a sister in Scottsdale for about 8 years or so. We have spoken with her and her husband, but I would like some impartial opinions and insites. If you live in the Phoenix area please respond and also tell me where you relocated from. Tell me all you can - likes and dislikes.

Don't worry. I won't ask for any favors or to go for a ride with you :O) I know I'm kinda scary for some of you :O)
re: So tell me about Scottsdale/Glendale and vicinitymickey-mac
Sep 26, 2003 12:22 PM
I went to law school at ASU and lived in Tempe for three years, during the school year. I always came home for summers, which was a great decision considering the oppressive desert heat in AZ. It may be cold in winters where you are, but don't underestimate the effects of four-plus months of oppressive heat. My first year there, the Valley of the Sun had 100 straight days of daytime highs of 100 or more. You'll find no place to hide from 118 degree heat. Running from air-conditioned buildings to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned house gets really old.

On the positive side, the Scottsdale area is quite cosmopolitan, with an abundance of good restaurants, bars, and shopping if that's your thing. I don't know what housing prices are like, but they are substantially lower than here in the LA area. On top of that, the Phoenix area has teams in all major sports and a pretty strong cycling scene. However, summer cycling means hitting the road before the sun comes up unless you're a camel.

The Phoenix area is similar to southern California in its sprawl and (at least when I was there) lack of a strong public transit system. However, once you're outside the city, finding wide-open space is pretty easy. The Superstition Mountains are nearby and provide great hiking and cycling. Also, driving north a bit will allow you to escape the heat on weekends.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in the area. Late fall through early spring is absolutely beatiful. However, I don't think I could ever adjust to the long, hot summers. Also, the place was a bit conservative for my tastes, but I don't anticipate that will be a problem for you. ;-)
Thanks for the response mickey!Live Steam
Sep 26, 2003 5:35 PM
Well I'm not sure about the heat, but I do know I am getting tired of our long Winters, wet Springs and Falls and who knows what kind of Summers.

This is all very preliminary. I have some RE I have to sell or at least figure a way to manage it from long distance. We will probably keep a place here for the convenience of visiting family, friends and for business. We have also been considering Florida, but that doesn't interest me from many perspectives.

So Phoenix and vicinity is conservative? Sounds good already :O) It will be a change from living here in NYC - the bastion of liberalism and home of Senator Hillarity Rottenscum Clinton :O)
Orange County...No_sprint
Sep 29, 2003 10:51 AM
or help me out here in Los Angeles County, home of lots of complete idiots, entertainers and otherwise.
Make it L.A. County and you can visit this beast and...The Walrus
Sep 29, 2003 11:29 AM
...its neighbors to counteract our Left Coast, Westside tanning parlor-liberal miasma for a while.
Now that's apolitical!Live Steam
Sep 29, 2003 12:17 PM
A UP 4-12-2 class!!! Thanks for the pic! Have you seen her run?
I wish!The Walrus
Sep 29, 2003 3:35 PM
This one's been a static display for decades, but it's in good company--a UP DDA40X directly in front, and everyone's favorite groundpounder, the UP Big Boy, across from that (plus other, "lesser" rolling stock). Unlike too many other collections, the stuff here is mostly in excellent shape.