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Old 11-20-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Older than you but lived in Littleton,CO for 9 months. Relocated with husband to semi-retire. Glad we rented since hubby did not like CO once we lived there. We visited on different occasions but never the same as living for awhile. The mountains are always west and a beautiful sight to behold, biking trails everywhere and being there for a winter it was mild compared to
NE where we are from. Near Denver snow never last more than a couple of days and the sunshine is almost daily.

Drove to Santa Fe and Albuquerque for a few nights and found it incredibly
beautiful and have to say it would be a beautiful place to live but as I said
haven't stayed there that long.

Think the decision making factor would be on job opportunity. Never been to
Austin, only Houston which was very, humid.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: The Sunshine City
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Wow, you Albuquerqueans are a responsive and helpful bunch! I've been interested in ABQ for the past year or so and the more research I do on the city the more I seem to like it. I do have some reservations though. Although ABQ offers amazing weather and great outdoor activities, I'm scared that the nightlife will not be sufficient to hold my interest. I'm not a party animal by any means, it's just that I like to have a good selection of dive bars, microbreweries, live music venues (with blues and or jazz preferably), a strong arts community (which I know ABQ has), and a general urban and vibrant feel. I've heard that ABQ is starting to develop in this direction but I can't help but wonder if I would feel more comfy in ABQ in around 5 years or so, when the downtown revitalization is more realized. How "urban" is ABQ? Are there a good amount of walkable neighborhoods with boutiques, bars, cafes, live music, etc?
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Wow, you Albuquerqueans are a responsive and helpful bunch! I've been interested in ABQ for the past year or so and the more research I do on the city the more I seem to like it. I do have some reservations though. Although ABQ offers amazing weather and great outdoor activities, I'm scared that the nightlife will not be sufficient to hold my interest. I'm not a party animal by any means, it's just that I like to have a good selection of dive bars, microbreweries, live music venues (with blues and or jazz preferably), a strong arts community (which I know ABQ has), and a general urban and vibrant feel. I've heard that ABQ is starting to develop in this direction but I can't help but wonder if I would feel more comfy in ABQ in around 5 years or so, when the downtown revitalization is more realized. How "urban" is ABQ? Are there a good amount of walkable neighborhoods with boutiques, bars, cafes, live music, etc?
Jprog, sorry I didn't get back to your earlier question about downtown Denver and neighborhoods. LoDo is nice and trendy with a lot of rehabed old historic warehouse buildings that are now restaurants, microbrews and loft condos upstairs. I can't advise you on the night life because that is not my scene. But, I have friends who spent a lot of time in the bars in LoDo and they love it.

I don't live in ABQ, but I do visit, and I am considering a move there because it is more laid-back than Denver, and has more of a southwest feel and cultural flair than anywhere in Colorado.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Mesa
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I've never lived in Denver, only visited to check it out last year as it was one of the the top 3 cities on my relocation city list.

I went over a long Labor Day and there as a neat festival going on and weather was great. Drove ALL over the city (you tend to do that when you get lost, LOL). Nice parks, people and the light rail is good. But.....afterwards, when I got back to Tampa, the thought that kept popping up in my head was if I moved to Denver, it would be Dallas all over. I loved living in Dallas, but 12 years was enough. I really didn't want a Dallas redux, which for some reason was the subliminal feeling I got from Denver. I just felt like if I moved to Denver, I'd be repeating things I'd done before. And I can't say why, as Denver is a really nice city.

Albuquerque, however, is like no other. And this is from someone who's lived/worked in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa/St Pete, Phoenix, Detroit, San Diego, Norfolk, Atlanta - you get the idea. ABQ has a personality that is very unique, yet there are little things that remind you of other cities so that you don't feel totally lost or alien. The views are spectacular - Sandia never looks the same two days running. I swear that mountain has a personality! You can't beat the weather, either. Or the people. It's an amazing mix of cultures that get along peacefully and even tend to enjoy each other. There's entertainment here - comedy clubs, big name concerts, shows at the casinos, etc. Not sure about the bar scene, I'm past that stage.

So far, I haven't found anything missing in ABQ that I had in the big cities. Well, maybe the shoe shopping is lacking, but that's a chick thing.

Austin I can't really comment on, as I only drove thru it, never spent time there.

What it boils down to, is you can analyze all you want and crunch the numbers, but ultimately you have to visit and feel a city to see if it's a fit for you.
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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Smile my answer is...

I lived in Denver for about 14 years and I travelled to california several times and still liked Denver better. I've travelled to Wyoming, Utah, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and still think Denver is the best city but out of all places I've been to, the albuquerque-santa fe area is the best overall. Austin is a real nice place but all you see is college kids everywhere and I graduated from college (metro state college in Denver) 5 years ago so college towns are not of my interest. As far as the scenery, Austin has a beautiful river crossing through the city but it has nooooooo mountains and if you are used to seeing mountains, BELIEVE ME, you are going to miss them a lot. I would choose either Albuquerque or Denver. Albuquerque because of the scenery and beautiful weather but Denver for everything else.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Austin has way too much humidity. A native Texan, I left the state in 2000 and have been living in New Mexico and Utah. I would not go back. Albuquerque reminds of what Austin used to be only better.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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By the way, Jprog305 rail is up and running through Albuquerque right now. Just one line with fairly limited service from Route 550 north of ABQ in Bernalillo through downtown ABQ to Belen, south of ABQ. In Dec. the next and, possibly, the final link will be opened from Rte 550 to Santa Fe. That's going to please lots of us here, and this regional rail link feels right.

I can't vouch for the nightlife here, but as a former New Yorker and culture consumer I find there's a good deal going here and in Santa Fe. And it's all growing. Just don't compare it to very large places and it might surprise you.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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I have heard Albuquerque labeled as "slower paced" and "friendly." I have found that there are a lot of friendly people here but it is certainly NOT slower. Traffic is a nightmare; this city has no foresight or vision with urban planning. Drivers are extremely aggresive and the concept of the turn signal seems to be foreign here.

Diversity? Moderator cut: comment Interesting. There is a large Hispanic population, Native American population, and a sprinkling of African American, Asian and other ethnicities. This place does not warrant the diversity label.

The large contingent of homeless folks around UNM is very appealing as well. If you are planning on moving to Albuquerque, keep some change handy!

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Old 12-02-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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I have heard Albuquerque labeled as "slower paced" and "friendly." I have found that there are a lot of friendly people here but it is certainly NOT slower. Traffic is a nightmare; this city has no foresight or vision with urban planning. Drivers are extremely aggresive and the concept of the turn signal seems to be foreign here.

Diversity? Is that what you call drunk Native Americans sleeping on Central Avenue? Interesting. There is a large Hispanic population, Native American population, and a sprinkling of African American, Asian and other ethnicities. This place does not warrant the diversity label.

The large contingent of homeless folks around UNM is very appealing as well. If you are planning on moving to Albuquerque, keep some change handy!
We find traffic is not a nightmare in ABQ. You want a nightmare, try Boston!
All cities have homeless folks.
You need to look up the definition of diversity. Why, if you hate it so bad here, have you stayed so long?
We love it here and have only lived here since July, and we have no intentions of moving back east. This is home.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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Right on!

Seriously... NM/ABQ not diverse? Please... try Lubbock, TX for not diverse.
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