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Old 12-02-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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not going to happen there

it's a very small community

abq and tucson are pretty similar - they are both small and fairly sleepy cities

my brother went to UNM and continues to live in the area - hardest part for him was adjusting how slow everyone was and how things at times were too laid back ..... and this was moving from a town of 10,000 people
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Ok thanks, I am really into Albuquerque now..but I gotta ask, does it has this big city feel like other big cities like Seattle, Miami, New York etc? Or is it like I heard, a big small town?

I wanna be able to go to a restaurant at 3 a.m. at a tuesday without problems, is that possible there?
Which southern cities are like that?

like the other poster said, it really is a sleepy town, or more like sleepy city and Im from a small town of 11,000 people and yet it feels like a big small town, from peoples ways to just the overall city feel.

but it is nothing like bigger cities, you dont get the same feel as you would in Denver,Seattle,Miami,Dallas, or any major city.

if you want a city lifestyle then ABQ is not for you, not much entertainment here, other than casinos and some minor league sports, not much of a nightlife but decent for a midsized city I guess.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Hmmm, I don't consider Albuquerque to be as slow and podunk as a guy from a town of 10,000 yet I come from a metro area of 16 million (NYC). I'm not saying that Albuquerque is a cosmopolitan dynamo, but Mayberry it is not.

As far as the liberalness of the city and state, I would say it probably has a higher percentage of liberal progressive types than the other southwest cities/states, but in general, I would characterize Albuquerque and New Mexico as:

mainly conservative-Democrat with a strong contingent of moderate-Republicans and libertarians.

Then there are some some extreme conservatives and whack-job liberals, highly visible what with there tea-parties and drum circles rounding out the edges.


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Old 12-02-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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So far everyone has missed Santa Fe, which addresses most of the OP's criteria. It's liberal, cultured, open-minded and despite it's population of just 72,000 feels larger because of how much is going on there. It does offer a good bit of late night activity including quite decent 24 hour a day cafes/restaurants.
Being the state capitol and a tourist destination, it seems to always have a good constant buzz of activity.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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So far everyone has missed Santa Fe, which addresses most of the OP's criteria. It's liberal, cultured, open-minded and despite it's population of just 72,000 feels larger because of how much is going on there. It does offer a good bit of late night activity including quite decent 24 hour a day cafes/restaurants.
Being the state capitol and a tourist destination, it seems to always have a good constant buzz of activity.


Santa Fe sucks and most of the people are rude and snobbish, and Im not talking about the Santa Fe natives.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Tucson housing prices will be less, but jobs will be more difficult to find and night life will be minimal. The party scene near Phoenix is in Scottsdale and Tempe. You could maybe rent an apartment for $1K depending on the area. The culture part has me stumped though; we lack that in most parts of AZ.
If you are comparing nightlife from a metro of over 4 million to a metro of over 1 million, of course there will be less options, but having done the nightlife scene in both cities since 1992, I can tell you the quality of the clubs is now about the same, and the people are just as pretentious in Tucson as they are in Phoenix, of course there are less of them in Tucson when you figure the population difference (thank goodness). One thing that Tucson has over Phoenix (and metro) is that rather than having pockets of nightlife (Scottsdale, Tempe), it's downtown has a much better walkability factor when going out...a continuous nightlife area where you can walk from one section to the next (Congress St to 4th Avenue to University). Scottsdale and Tempe are great, but you have to drive from one to the other, and Phoenix is just now starting to come alive with its downtown. BTW, Tucson is more liberal in many ways than Phoenix.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Sorry to nitpick, but that area is usually not referred to as "the South" or "Southern" Those words refer only to the Southeast, not the Southwest. Just letting you know before you move there and think you're in the South.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Sorry to nitpick, but that area is usually not referred to as "the South" or "Southern" Those words refer only to the Southeast, not the Southwest. Just letting you know before you move there and think you're in the South.
Very true. I spent some time studying and working in Scotland and when my co-workers found out I was from New Mexico and that New Mexico is located in the SOUTHwest of the U.S. I was assailed with 'Deliverance' jokes for weeks. I tried to explain that making such jokes about a New Mexican made as much sense as making Swedish jokes to a Scot but they wouldn't have it.


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Old 12-03-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Mauriceville, Texas
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Las Vegas sounds like everything you are looking for to me. I grew up there and it is a great place to be when your in your age group (more fun once you turn 21!). It is the most 24 hour city I know of! You can do almost everything at night you can do during the day. It is almost always sunny, very seldom rains and what not.

Phoenix is a good place too. I noticed someone said it wasn't liberal, but it actually is, the thing about Phoenix is it is full of the young (your age) and the old (retired), and old people vote more hence Sheriff Joe being elected. (Side note: I am VERY liberal and think Sheriff Joe is a kinda funny lol). Especially if you get closer to Tempe/ ASU area. There is lots to do around Phoenix, but it is not very 24 hour-y at least for restaurants (unless you go hang out at the gay denny's on 7th! thats always fun hehe).

Never lived in Albequerque but it snows there so that just checks it off my list lol. I want my deserts to be snow and rain free!! (Just how I stereotype it hehe)

As far as weather Vegas is hot and sunny or cold and sunny, not much deviation, I lived in Vegas for the first 18 years of my life and don't remember me nor my parents ever watching the weather. EVER.
Phoenix is almost the same except in late spring/early summer there is what they call "monsoon season" which bring HORRENDOUS dust storms and rains.

Phoenix also has some of the worst roads/traffic conditions I have seen (and I lived in LA area). Because the speed limits suck and the roads are two lanes (on each side) but for big lanes in a big city it isn't enough, and lots of traffic lights, and the retired people I mentioned early who take their sweet time!! Vegas is MUCH easier to drive in (as long as you avoid the strip and fremont) and of all the places I have lived does their construction in the timeliest manner! Plus Vegas has a pretty awesome bus system compared to Phoenix.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Las Vegas sounds like everything you are looking for to me. I grew up there and it is a great place to be when your in your age group (more fun once you turn 21!). It is the most 24 hour city I know of! You can do almost everything at night you can do during the day. It is almost always sunny, very seldom rains and what not.

Phoenix is a good place too. I noticed someone said it wasn't liberal, but it actually is, the thing about Phoenix is it is full of the young (your age) and the old (retired), and old people vote more hence Sheriff Joe being elected. (Side note: I am VERY liberal and think Sheriff Joe is a kinda funny lol). Especially if you get closer to Tempe/ ASU area. There is lots to do around Phoenix, but it is not very 24 hour-y at least for restaurants (unless you go hang out at the gay denny's on 7th! thats always fun hehe).

Never lived in Albequerque but it snows there so that just checks it off my list lol. I want my deserts to be snow and rain free!! (Just how I stereotype it hehe)

As far as weather Vegas is hot and sunny or cold and sunny, not much deviation, I lived in Vegas for the first 18 years of my life and don't remember me nor my parents ever watching the weather. EVER.
Phoenix is almost the same except in late spring/early summer there is what they call "monsoon season" which bring HORRENDOUS dust storms and rains.

Phoenix also has some of the worst roads/traffic conditions I have seen (and I lived in LA area). Because the speed limits suck and the roads are two lanes (on each side) but for big lanes in a big city it isn't enough, and lots of traffic lights, and the retired people I mentioned early who take their sweet time!! Vegas is MUCH easier to drive in (as long as you avoid the strip and fremont) and of all the places I have lived does their construction in the timeliest manner! Plus Vegas has a pretty awesome bus system compared to Phoenix.
...but Phoenix actually has light-rail now (has for the last year). Phoenix actually doesn't get much rainfall during the monsoon season like Tucson, but Phoenix does occasionally get a haboob (like Palm Springs).
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