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Old 07-12-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Boulder, CO
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I just bought a house (moving next week) in Southwest Longmont off Airport and Nelson and every time I tell people I bought a house in Longmont they give me a look like I just told them their Grandma died. So why is it that Longmont seems to have such a bad reputation? From what I can see it's a pretty nice town overall, with maybe a few pockets of less desirable neighborhoods. I can't help but think they are afraid of the tiny bit of diversity the town actually has as opposed to Boulder, but maybe it has a bad past? I can't see anything present day that makes it seem like a crime-ridden craphole that people seem to think it is..
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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I think the problem is you are relying upon Boulder opinions for a place outside of Boulder. To Boulder residents, the be-all and end-all of all worthy life begins in Boulder. Nowhere else! it's Boulder or you ain't shi* and the Boulder folk ... will be the first to let you know.

Longmont is a nice area, and I used to live not far from where you have bought when I based my plane at Longmont. Far less expensive and without the pretentions of Boulder.

Enjoy!
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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I live in Boulder and IMO, there is nothing wrong with Longmont. Not all of us are that snooty. Longmont has convenient shopping, good restaurants and my favorite, the Cheese Importers. Southwest Longmont is a great area. I used to work with a guy who lived off of Airport Rd. His neighborhood was great with a nice community pool and trails. Enjoy your new home.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Boulder, CO
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I kind of appreciate longmont because it seems to be a self-contained suburb unlike some around here like Erie (which i also like) but it doesnt seem to be self-contained. Longmont also actually has good mexican food like I used to get in California! I love Boulder--but coming from the bay area I get the feeling that a lot of Boulderites just hate Longmont because its the in-thing. It's kinda like hating on San Jose when you live in the bay area..i guess.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:15 AM
 
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People in boulder are just stuck up, plain and simple. If there isnt a yoga studio and a Indian tapestry shop per every 4 citizens its "obviously" a bad place to live. LOL
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Because people like to live in the past and not give credit where credit's due and sometimes it's easier to look down on others than deal with your own backyard. I would guess people who make negative comments about Longmont just haven't been there in a really long time. Longmont has had problems, which town hasn't, but it's so much better now and a really nice place to live with lots going on. Hope to see you at the Art Walk tonight !
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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The way people in Boulder talk about Longmont you'd think it was a mini-Detroit. I've learned since I moved out here that people in Colorado have almost zero concept of what a bad neighborhood is. I've spent my fair share of time in Camden, Newark and Baltimore. I lived in Queens NY right by Jamaica. I have yet to see a neighborhood in CO that comes even close to any of these.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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Maybe it just comes down to differences in demographics, with the accompanying different values and lifestyles. Both are bound to see each other very differently, being sort of from two different worlds...

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Boulder, CO
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The way people in Boulder talk about Longmont you'd think it was a mini-Detroit. I've learned since I moved out here that people in Colorado have almost zero concept of what a bad neighborhood is. I've spent my fair share of time in Camden, Newark and Baltimore. I lived in Queens NY right by Jamaica. I have yet to see a neighborhood in CO that comes even close to any of these.

I hear ya! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Everybody else offers good feedback.

The only thing I would add, having input from our two friends who DO live in Longmont, is when someone discovers you live there, their first question is often where do you work? (geographically); I guess, generally speaking, living in Longmont usually means you don't work IN Denver (crazy commute) and for those who work in Boulder but don't live in Boulder, many happen to live in Louisville, Broomfield, Superior, Lafayette and Westminster.

Yes, I'm sure there are plenty of people who live in Longmont and work there or work in Boulder, Greeley or Firestone, etc. etc. but apparently it's a popular question if you live there.

Our two friends who do have families happen to telecommute so it is an interesting inquiry, I guess.
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