- I do not hate Phoenix. I can't help thinking it should have never grown from a small town into a huge city. It would be lovely to pass by, or to spend a week in the heat and dust, and scorpions, and old religious people with ungodly number of guns. Now we have little enclaves of Academia and healthcare and some heavily HB-visas industries plus spouses and children of the above living in heat, dust, guns, and grumpy old people, trying to recreate vibrant city or suburban lives of the places far away. Culinary events are descent, though it is mostly drinking events (2 wine makers to 1 restaurants), spas are good. Schools are bad. Social safety network is close to nonexistent. And let's not forget Coccidioidomycosis. I know several people who got sick within the first year after moving, two had very bad cases.
- —Guest Annie
This article is right on
- This is someone who knows AZ and after 10 years of being here I can say he is right on about everthing. I live in the Arrowhead area and really get tired of the East vs West thing there are good and bad areas in every city.
- —Guest Gina S
5 reaons why I hate AZ
- 1- I hate the amount of fraud that occurs in this state. People here are always trying to run a scam and get over on you. 2- People here are rude and mean. Common courtesy is unheard of here, especially while driving. 3- Speaking of driving, people here can't. After the age of 85 people should turn over their drivers license. 4- AZ has some of the craziest laws and processes of any state i've lived in, once again to weasel money out I'd it's residents. 5- last but not least, the cost of things here are ridiculous.$200 for failure to use a blinker when changing lanes? Close to $500 to register a new car for a year? Highway robbery!
- —Guest Stephie
As a former Phoenix resident 1968 - 1983
- ...I can say that I'm always amused when people say there's nothing to do in the Phoenix area. I don't want to be unkind here, so I'll just say if you honestly are bored in The Valley, the problem might be with yourself. Change is good. Things are different in Phoenix, so maybe letting go of rigid ideas of what can be fun is a first step. Phoenix is in a desert...duh....so that means it's laid back, spread out, casual, and downtown isn't the focus it is in cold weather cities. I wish Phoenix' downtown was move vibrant too, but there's so much to do with 360+ days of sunshine, Scottsdale, Tempe, NE Phoenix and even downtown have a multitude of cultural, sporting and recreational options. In the dead of summer, you're 90 minutes from pine trees, hiking, all kinds of outdoor options. I graduated from ASU, then moved to LA for my career, now I live in Denver. I've loved all three places because I realized how much FUN IT IS to adapt to new environments. Enjoy your warm winter ahead
Moving down to Chandler come 2011
- I've been down there a couple times on business and got offered a job there. Really liked it there the two weeks I spent. I'll be moving from the Bay Area, CA. Hopefully I can find friends that won't lay into me for being a democrat.......
- —Guest Nick
On My Way
- I know many feel everyone in Phoenix or surrounding are transplants, but.. I currently live in Michigan and I just cannot tolerate the pain fall and winter bring after I have had my multi level neck surgery, I tell people, winter hurts! Although I do enjoy the beauty of the seasons, I do know I will truly enjoy the beauty of the mountains and climate, heat I know will be tough, but the humidity here in the summer is awful! I need dry heat! I look forward to meeting new people there and bringing some light there with me!!! Feel free to email me if you have a positive outlook and would like to chat back and forth so I can learn more! *Smiles* -----Abount.com Phoenix Guide Comment: To discuss moving to the Phoenix area, visit the Phoenix Forum - http://phoenix.about.com/forum
- —Guest CindySue
- I was born and raised here, but I've traveled all over the country. I've been in Detroit in the winter, and to those who told me they wouldn't live in this heat I said "At least I don't have to shovel my way through the heat!". Scenery in the midwest that I've seen i.e. Chicago, Detroit, etc. is old, run down, lots of it condemned. To those who complain that there is no "nature" here, let me help you out--get on the freeway and head north. And to all those who say they can't wait to leave here, I agree.....I can't wait for you to leave either!
- —Guest Idiotsmust leave
looking for fellow liberals!
- i've been here a while and I agree, it's much too conservative and hard to make friends. so, I propose we find each other and start having some fun. I know there are progressives in AZ. Where are you?
Good and bad
- The problem with Phoenix is its full of transplants from other parts of the country who were unhappy with their lives, and decided to seek the greener grass of Phoenix. This makes for a population full of pretentious, unhappy, low-skilled population. Of course this is a generalization, but you will definitely run into many of these types if you spend any time whatsoever in Phoenix. The city is also big, hot, crowded, run-down (in older parts), and soulless. The good things about Phoenix are the winter weather, scenery, access to outdoor activities, and other amenities that most big cities offer. If you are thinking about moving to Phoenix, just realize the grass is probably not greener on the other side. Maybe you should actually try being happy with your current situation instead of chasing something else.
- —Guest Jimmy
I Hate Phoenix
- Its the most boring, unfriendly, hot, spread out place I have ever lived in.
- —Guest hgfire238
Hate, hate, hate it!
- Moving here has been the WORST decision of my life. To those who say leave, yeah, right. It's not that easy to sell a house now and living here has sucked all the life and will out of me. Google on arizona sucks and you'll see what I mean.
- —Guest K
Recently Moved to Phoenix!
- Moved here from Georgia during the summer and yes the heat is quite different from the humid heat of Georgia. I can't wait for fall so I can go hiking and enjoy the beautiful desert.Since I don't know anyone I'll join a hiking club or two. I do like the fact that AZ does not have alot of bugs compared to GA. I enjoy the Phoenix Library on Central Ave. but I must say it's the noisiest library I've every been in, the adults are practicly worse than the kids/teens; I'm sure I'm not the only person that has noticed this, the library attendants and security say nothing to the people being disruptive until a few minutes have gone by or a patron goes to the desk and say something.
- —Guest Terri
- People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln First of all, I'm still reeling over "Guest Pamela"s response - the woman hates racism AND interracial dating. How does that work? I love living in AZ - I moved away for 16 years, but I came back 6 years ago. The one thing I can think of that would make it better is for all the whiners to leave! njg
I love it, too!
- I have been living in Phoenix for about 7 months, and I love it. Sure, it gets hot here in the summer, but every place I've lived has had its unique qualities that make it what it is. Phoenix and Arizona is no different. There is so much history here, and the desert is just beautiful. The people I've met here are very friendly and helpful. Would I recommend Phoenix to my friends? Absolutely.
- —Guest Millie
Love it, but too conservative
- I just moved here. I love it here, but it so hard to get to know people if you aren't working...with all the walls we have around our homes. The other negative is both the churches and politics is far too conservative.
- —Guest Margaret