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Old 04-13-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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Hi,

I've read quite a bit in the forums here and have found a lot of great information but I still have questions re: air quality.

My situation: My husband has taken a job located in the northern part of Glendale. (My job allows me to work from anywhere so this is not an issue.) Currently he has no commute (we live 3 blocks from his office) and we have loved this situation and would like to duplicate it in Glendale.

However, we are concerned about the air quality in Glendale. I've looked at the air quality indexes and I know that the quality is bad, but is it so bad that we should worry that our health will be negatively impacted? Is it so bad that you notice it constantly and are depressed by it? (One reason we are moving to S. Cal. is to find sunshine - we are currently in Portland, OR. Are we trading one depressing weather situation for another?)

We would trade a commute (nothing crazy, though!) for better air quality but we're just not sure what communities to consider, not knowing really anything about the area. If it helps, we're looking for a 1-2 bedroom apartment or house with a budget of ~$2500/mon.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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Hi,

I've read quite a bit in the forums here and have found a lot of great information but I still have questions re: air quality.

My situation: My husband has taken a job located in the northern part of Glendale. (My job allows me to work from anywhere so this is not an issue.) Currently he has no commute (we live 3 blocks from his office) and we have loved this situation and would like to duplicate it in Glendale.

However, we are concerned about the air quality in Glendale. I've looked at the air quality indexes and I know that the quality is bad, but is it so bad that we should worry that our health will be negatively impacted? Is it so bad that you notice it constantly and are depressed by it? (One reason we are moving to S. Cal. is to find sunshine - we are currently in Portland, OR. Are we trading one depressing weather situation for another?)

We would trade a commute (nothing crazy, though!) for better air quality but we're just not sure what communities to consider, not knowing really anything about the area. If it helps, we're looking for a 1-2 bedroom apartment or house with a budget of ~$2500/mon.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
If you want to commute to Glendale and live where their is better air quality, I don't thank that's going to happened. Where every you go to live it's going to be the same, Unless you go many miles from Glendale. the whole area is full of eye burning smog. So you may as will stay close to his work and save money in gas.
If you can work anywhere SoCal is the last place I would want to move to. If you are looking for nice weather there are other places than California.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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The air quality in California is poor; however, the air quality or weather itself has not been linked to depression. Glendale has better quality than Downtown L.A. The reason depresion haas been linked to the weather in the Northwestern state is lack of sunshine. Some Cali to NW transplants have been able to counter this by taking more vitamin D. Why vit D? (Just in case people don't know this) Vitamin D is a natural by product of sunshine and how most people get vit D is it being absorbed through the skin while outside in the sun. Without sunshine, there is less vit D and most people don't get enough in their regular diet.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Although there will only be a somewhat slight difference; if you want better air quality you need to live within 2 miles of the ocean(in most cases)

The air quality is waaay better than it used to be though. From what I remember in the 80s - the air was usually a shade of brown that was like a mocha latte. But the air quality won't make you depressed. You won't even be aware of it really. No need to pack gas masks.

My suggestion would be to get an air purifier(or a few) for your house if you are very sensitive to air pollutants.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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I live in Glendale. The air quality here isn't as bad as it is in other places in Southern California. It only gets really bad when it's hot and there is no breeze blowing. There are many gorgeous days in the winter and spring (like it's beautiful today!)
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Glendale, CA
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I live in Glendale the air quality has never given me any problems. *shrug*
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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I live in Glendale the air quality has never given me any problems. *shrug*
That's because you keep your eyes closed
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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Although there will only be a somewhat slight difference; if you want better air quality you need to live within 2 miles of the ocean(in most cases)

The air quality is waaay better than it used to be though. From what I remember in the 80s - the air was usually a shade of brown that was like a mocha latte. But the air quality won't make you depressed. You won't even be aware of it really. No need to pack gas masks.

My suggestion would be to get an air purifier(or a few) for your house if you are very sensitive to air pollutants.
Weren't the eighties still the glory days of Los Angeles...when hair metal bands packed up their bags and decided Los Angeles over New York...surely then the air quality didn't make life much worse...I mean...wern't the 1984 Olympics a happy time for Los Angeles?

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Old 04-13-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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The 1984 Olympic were fun.
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
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Just get a yard - you will really want to be outside when these beautiful SoCal days come around - which is about 350 days of the year !!!!!!!!
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