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Old 04-07-2013, 11:15 PM
 
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If you had to compare LV to Phoenix, which would you choose? Consider lifestyle, expenses, downtown and climate etc.

I'm in a Phoenix suburb right now, but my wife isn't so happy with two things i.e. lack of a real city center and the lack of green. I can imagine Vegas might have a more interesting downtown (!) but I'm not so sure about it providing any different landscape to AZ

Is LV much cooler than AZ in summer, and how does it compare in winter? Do you get bored with the strip pretty quickly as a resident, or are there lively places to go?

I guess LV is a little closer to LA, which might be handy for us because we like movie-land type stuff and also rock music. I believe I heard it's a 4hr drive away, compared to a 6hr drive from Phoenix. Does anyone take trips to LA for a break?

Thanks for any info
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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Las Vegas is cooler, smaller and easier to get around.

No greener.

Far more entertainment.

Less good for techies

Pays about the same with a lower cost of living.

If your wife does not like Phoenix she will likely not like Vegas though a little less.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Phoenix is definently greener as the Sonoran Desert gets much more precipitation than the Mojave. Even though Phoenix is bigger Las Vegas feels busier. Phoenix is all about the outdoors while Vegas is more about clubs, shopping and the like. As for with one is better it depends on your interests.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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The cooler part is really in the spring and fall as the heat comes sooner and lasts longer in Phoenix, but mid-summer its negligible difference in temps. Winter its definitely noticeable, Phoenix is much warmer and far less plagued by cold northerly winds.

Forget the idea of a better city center, as sorry as Phoenix's seems, LV's isn't even in the same category. Other than the casinos downtown LV is about as exciting as downtown Albuquerque currently, although it is slowly getting better.

Driving to LA is much easier, just don't try to do it on a Sunday afternoon or head to Vegas from LA on a Friday.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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If she doesn't like Phoenix, she won't like Vegas.

Maybe one of the AZ cities in a higher elevation would be good.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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The Cirque shows in Phoenix are a little less polished:

The Acrobat Kids.. - YouTube
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Your wife sounds like she'd be happier in a city like Seattle, or Anytown, USA, east of the Rockies. I don't know of many western state cities that have a large, traditional, downtown; nor is there much green in the southwest.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:21 PM
 
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Your wife sounds like she'd be happier in a city like Seattle, or Anytown, USA, east of the Rockies. I don't know of many western state cities that have a large, traditional, downtown; nor is there much green in the southwest.
Lots of cities do. Just not Vegas or Phoenix. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Denver, even Salt Lake have pretty defined downtowns with lots of new condos and apartments going up. Even smaller cities like Spokane and Tucson are making efforts to create a live/work downtown vibe.

Phoenix and Vegas are improving, but certainly can see why many would be disappointed. Both started from almost nothing in the traditional sense of a central business district so outlying areas got what critical mass there was and its hard to bring that in.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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Las Vegas, hands down!

So much more to do in Vegas! Closer to California! Better shows! Bette shopping! Better restaurants! More culture in Vegas!

Last edited by kttam186290; 04-08-2013 at 04:53 PM..
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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Forget the idea of a better city center, as sorry as Phoenix's seems, LV's isn't even in the same category. Other than the casinos downtown LV is about as exciting as downtown Albuquerque currently, although it is slowly getting better.
that's such an interesting observation... the downtown is about as exciting as downtown albuquerque... except for the handful of las vegas casinos.
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