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Old 04-26-2007, 11:59 PM
 
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Hi, i'm thinking about moving to arlington to raise my 1 year old daughter. i am coming from a suburb of philadelphia. like everyone there are parts to go to and parts to stay away from (like all of philly) i want to know what you think the best and worst qualities of arlington are. one other important thing is good roads for a motorcycle.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Hi, i'm thinking about moving to arlington to raise my 1 year old daughter. i am coming from a suburb of philadelphia. like everyone there are parts to go to and parts to stay away from (like all of philly) i want to know what you think the best and worst qualities of arlington are. one other important thing is good roads for a motorcycle.
I can't tell you much about Arlington...but, I do know I don't like driving on their roads. It seems like every time I am there, there is road construction going on, and detours that lead you to nowhere. Maybe I just go over there at the wrong times!! But, they DO have a "Whole Foods" which Fort Worth does not! So, I travel there to get some of my vegan goodies I can't get here in Fort Worth.

Good luck with your move!

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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There are more areas to stay away from in Arlington than there are good. It is a very crowded city w/ a lot of industry and tourism. Schools are not great and some parts can be not so family friendly. Would I drive a motorcycle in Arlington? NO!!! The last one my hubby owned was when he lived in Arlington and sold it w/in 3 months.
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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pretty much have to agree that roads in arlington don't lend themselves to motorcycles or really cars--problems w/ flooding when there is heavy rain, over crowded streets--poorly timed light sequences...ugh!

There are some parts of Arlington that have lovely trees and older homes but read that Arlington is really kind of a dying city--the avg income has been dropping for several years--their home prices have problem holding up resale values except in just a few neighborhoods (which are priced higher than avg home price).
Arlington has high percentage of minority/ethnic residents---some of them do very well--own their own businesses/have children who do well in school/live a nice lifestyle---but many of them live in poor conditions with subsidized housing in areas where there are crime and gang concentration...
It is a real fragmented type of city to me--more than FTW even...
the new Cowboy stadium and a big development going in on the north side by Hwy 157 might do something to revitalize that area...Parks Mall area in south has lots of shopping/commercial business and some nice neighborhoods if you can afford them...
Lots of apartments---which means changing not very stable population
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Arlington has some pretty residential areas but I avoid that place like the plague. Traffic is always horrible and there are a lot of areas to stay away from in regards to crime. It's in the middle of everything, which can be good or bad, but I hate the traffic most of all.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:23 PM
 
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I suppose if you are going to UTA or have a job in Arlington, it's not too bad. But it's really hard to get to and from anyplace else. And Arlington is the largest municipality in the USA not to have any mass transit (I have been told).
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I especially didn't understand why Arlington elected to remain out of the DART/TRE rail systems. I guess I should thank them, that's why all of the rail development runs just north of Arlington through the mid cities. And it is difficult to get around in that town, more so than just about any place I've ever been.
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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I think it's the reason the Rangers can't fill their ballpark. No one wants to go through the hellish mess of trying to get there. If you want to go watch some baseball, relax and have a couple of beers, you can't enjoy yourself because you know a nightmare awaits outside.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: TX
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I heard on the radio this morning that violent crime in Arlington went up 4% over the past year, but overall crime had a slight decrease of 1%.
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