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Old 07-29-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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I moved to Grand Junction (Grand Valley region) recently, having lived in large metro areas as well as college towns. My initial impressions of the region are positive as the people are generally friendly, certainly more hospitable than Denver.
Everyone says stay away from Clifton; itís the Aurora (0r Oakland) of the area. People also say live north of NORTH. ďNorthĒ is the east-west dividing avenue, similar to Hampden in Denver Metro. For seeing the beauty of the valley I prefer neighborhoods north of Patterson (AKA ďFĒ road) and out by the airport near Horizon drive exit off I-70. Itís higher elevation and thus one can see the full geology of the valley, Colorado Monument on the south, Book Cliffs on the north, Grand Mesa on the east. Letís face it, if you are in a neighborhood near downtown Grand Junction you will have tree canopies which block the panoramic views. For all you can see, you might as well be in any neighborhood in Detroit or Des Moines.
This is the whitest city in Colorado other than Fort Collins. I personally like more diversity but it is what it is.
The Mullet and Farah-Fawcett haircuts are still in style unless you live in the Redlands area or Fruita. Fruita, AKA Mayberry, has some nice hair salons judging by the attractive hair cuts there.
There is a peculiar aspect of this region that I have not seen before which is that many property owners trash their yards with anything and everything that comes through their hands. You pass through neighborhoods and see what looks like a gigantic yard sale Ė or a sheriff eviction Ė and find out that ďitís been like that for 20 years.Ē Why people donít have more self respect for their dwelling environments is beyond me but this is everywhere in the region.
Schools, I donít know much about here, but the overall appearance of the residents here is not exactly Highlands Ranch or Marin County, sorry to say. Canít say these people are well off judging by appearances. A well off neighborhood usually comes that way because people want to live where the schools are good. They pay more to live where the schools are good, and it keeps property values up. The DU area in Denver is a case in point.
Another thing here, landlords despise pets. Unless you are in a higher demographic forget about finding a decent place with pets.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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There is a peculiar aspect of this region that I have not seen before which is that many property owners trash their yards with anything and everything that comes through their hands.
Everything else you wrote was accurate and well written, except for this excerpt above. I don't know where you live or which neighborhood you're referring to, but this is absolutely not true across 90% of the Grand Junction area. To the contrary, people are very meticulous about keeping clean yards.


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the overall appearance of the residents here is not exactly Highlands Ranch or Marin County, sorry to say. Canít say these people are well off judging by appearances.
Grand Junction is basically a rural, farming community with oil workers in the mix, so what do you expect?
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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Everything else you wrote was accurate and well written, except for this excerpt above. I don't know where you live or which neighborhood you're referring to, but this is absolutely not true across 90% of the Grand Junction area. To the contrary, people are very meticulous about keeping clean yards.
I'll have to disagree with you here. People in western CO seem to take much less pride in their yards than other areas of the country. Some of the difference, I think, is the fact that maintaining a nice looking yard in the desert takes a lot more work, money, and skill than it does in climates where water loving plants are actually meant to grow.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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me and my family might move to gj. we are a mixed couple with mixed children, is the town racists, it i 87% white
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