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Old 02-05-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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As I decide whether or not to re-locate to Las Vegas for a job, I saw this comment on another forum and wondered if he's just being too harsh:

"las vegas is a great place to go for a few days, have fun, and get out of dodge. but in general, it is one big stinking soulless crappy town, full of broken dreams, horrific urban planning, schiesters, pawn shops, hookers and cheap culture and a good $9.95 buffet of course."


Any opinions? It's hard to hear this sort of thing about a place where you're considering uprooting your family to.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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Wow!

With the exception of the $9.95 buffet, that could describe a lot of big cities.

My opinion, yes, that *could* describe Las Vegas but paints only one side of the barn. There are a lot of positive aspects of the city too. I know one poster whom I have in mind will disagree, among others, but should that statement keep your from moving to LV? Absolutely not!

--'rocco
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:34 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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As I decide whether or not to re-locate to Las Vegas for a job, I saw this comment on another forum and wondered if he's just being too harsh:

"las vegas is a great place to go for a few days, have fun, and get out of dodge. but in general, it is one big stinking soulless crappy town, full of broken dreams, horrific urban planning, schiesters, pawn shops, hookers and cheap culture and a good $9.95 buffet of course."


Any opinions? It's hard to hear this sort of thing about a place where you're considering uprooting your family to.
Vegas is a standard big southwestern city. If you don't like that breed don't come here. It is a big city. If you like small cities or rural this is not a place for you.

We do certainly feature our primary industry which has certain drawbacks. We have more hookers than most places...certainly more gaming...and we attract some drifters who think they are going to make their living playing poker. They are however probably less hard to deal with than those going to LA to break into pictures.

On the other side the suburban neighborhoods are interchangable with others in the SW. We are somewhat different than Eastern cities...the Spanish influence...we put up walls wherever possible as opposed to the open areas of the eastern suburbs. But we have the same kind of schools and churches and parks and people. I draw no distinction between the people here and prior locations in OC CA, upstate NY, NY city, Louisville KY. and I have a lot of time in some other major cities...Dallas for one. Same folk.

Some claim the town is transient. I don't agree. In fact the numbers would indicate it turns over about the same as most large cities. Tourists come and go. But locals come and stay mostly.

Many of these lists have a captive sport called "Bash Wherever". Guess it turns on those who lost when they came to a new place. I believe however many of these people will lose wherever they go...and they will then bash that town .

So come on in..if you don't care for it leave. We won't damage you any in the process.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:44 PM
 
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Thank you for your comments Olecapt.

I would be moving to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, so I'm hardly a virgin when it comes to big-city life and problems. I see people on this board complaining about homeless people in Vegas, well, they would have a heart attack if they came out here to Santa Monica and saw the local parks being used as tent cities by homeless. Los Angeles has world famous gangs, crime, traffic, illegal aliens, fake people, assh*oles in show business, etc. and I've managed okay here, so as long as Vegas isn't any worse, I guess I can handle it.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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I think that definetly describes some areas of the valley. But I think as others have said, you can apply that to any large city. Las Vegas certainly has it's problems... but like any other city - some people love it and others hate it. It's subjective... you may not agree with the post or you may arrive and find it to be totally true. Is the glass half full or half empty? We all need to decide for ourselves.

P.S. I just saw that you are moving from LA. In that case I think you will love Vegas. I find that most people from southern California do. It's cleaner than LA by far and newer (new buildings, etc.). And believe me, all those things he mentioned you can certainly find in LA if you go looking for them.
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Yup..those newcomers from Cali are ruining the place...ask any long time Nevadan...

Seriously though LA types almost always do well in Las Vegas. Lose one once in a while due to the heat. But otherwise it is a nicer version of the same. Just no ocean.
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Old 02-05-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Moving to LV from LA is a lot different that relocating from E Podunk. Vegas is a large growing, dynamic city with a different set of problems. It's all in your frame of reference.
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:38 AM
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Hey dude, was the original poster by any chance named "Greg?" lol

I don't agree that Vegas is all that described above. I think any big city can be that. I do believe too many people move to Vegas for all the wrong reasons. They hate where they live(and they hate everywhere they live). They think they'll win megabucks or get rich at the casino's(not likely to happen) and just generally have lousy expectations. Then they have to write something bad about Vegas instead of blaming the guy in the mirror.
Take it with a grain of salt. You won't know how your experience will be until you try it and live here awhile.

Ive had nothing but good experiences here the last 10 or so years. If you move here with a positive outlook, I think you will do fine here. Plus having enough expenses to live on for awhile is another good idea.
Good luck.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I would have to say that for the most part I think that is a fair statement but there also are more than a few good, honest and hardworking people who live here which makes it a somewhat worthwhile place to live.

If you are realistic in your expectations and don't mind a significant lack of culture you may come to love Las Vegas.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:50 PM
 
Location: SW Las Vegas
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That reminds me of what runs through alot of minds in the first little while here, but if they hang in here for whatever reason, they (like me once upon a time) can find that Las Vegas can be a good place to call home. Much of it depends on where you plant yourself and whether you let the potential for BS overwhelm you. It now has alot of chains that are in So Ca, so with the exception of the beach it can be very homey for a transplant from your neck of the woods.
I cannot vouch for the cheap buffets, as I am pretty much a home body and do not go to casinos much if at all, but I do know they are a good example of one of the things that makes Las Vegas desired by many transplants in other words, lots of work in the hospitality industry.
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