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Old 12-28-2008, 07:22 AM
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Location: Under Mount Doom
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Default Is Las Vegas, NM changing or not?

Hi all,

Considering a move to Las Vegas,NM for more affordable real estate. Seems like a lovely area. After surfing some of the posts here (is LV really that bad?, terrified about Vegas, etc.) it seems that there is quite a difference of opinion about the place. It seems like some want to rail on about the place, others have a soft spot for it.

I visited there last month for a job interview at the University. From what I saw there was plenty of ammo for the "gem" vs. "hellhole" positions. The school and town seemed like a "diamonds in the rough" to me. Plenty to like, but also plenty to be put off by. I have never seem a town with such a range of building types (brick mansions to chicken wire shanties in a few hundred yards). But the landscape is magnificent, and I have never felt a warmer, friendlier feeling from a town.

I came away feeling that it is a gem waiting to be discovered. So many of the nicer towns in the western U.S. have been overrun by wealthy urban emigres. LV seems like a pretty nice place with enough negatives to knock the big city poseurs off the scent (temporarily) but to offer an opportunity for someone hard working and patient.

So, very confusing..any one want to chime in about the future of Las Vegas, NM?
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Hi Fiddlehead -- welcome to the forum!!!

I am sure you will get some opinions posted here to answer your questions!
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: center of N.M.
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Default Las Vegas N.M.

Las Vegas is a Spanish Community with Land Grants around the area and the people are very friendly but Possesive of their Lands since over half of the Grant Lands have been stolen over the years. >>>> Newcomers to Las Vegas should learn the ways of the People there before trying to get into Politics or trying to impose their ideas on the people. >>>> If youre looking for a Crime Free community Las Vegas is not crime free and if you dont get along with the people you might as well move on. The Las Vegas Scenery is Beautiful with Mountains and Forests everywhere. el pintada kid
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Is this land grant a problem in all of Northern New Mexico. Been reading about them as a problem in the chama area too?
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've given my opinion on Vegas many times throughout this forum, but I'll say that the city is definitely experiencing expansion. NMHU is in the midst of building an entire block of dormitories in order to accommodate the ever-increasing student body. Several new businesses have opened in the last couple of months, though how they'll fare with the recession and the upcoming increase in minimum wage is up in the air. Also, Hollywood has been visiting the area a lot lately, elevating the profile of Las Vegas just a tad (that may be seen as a negative more than a positive, depending on the person).

So it's definitely changing. I still couldn't see myself staying here for the long haul, but as always, to each his/her own.
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:33 PM
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Oh, and thanks for the welcone Towanda!I should add that I am not entirely new. I was formerly Fungi and SarrD,but I cannot seem to remember all my blasted passwords!
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:39 PM
Status: "Sky watchin" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Under Mount Doom
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Looks like my former post was eaten, rats!

Pintada: Fear not, I don't want to change anyone. I just want to get along. However, it has seemed to me that Las Vegas has had entrenched poverty for some time and a fair bit of crime. It would be good to see economic development there.

Gallit: Good posts; I have read most of them. I appreciate your candor and desire to give Las Vegas a fair shake. I posted this thread because many people seemed to have a fairly dour view of Las Vegas, but Birdie Jaworski at My Tiny Vegas posted that the town is changing so fast that others' past conceptions may not be current. I liked it, but I'm not sure that I got the full impression in a few days there.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Las Vegas is a great place.. that town is just so separated its sad.. especially having high schools that dont get along at all.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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Default Highlands University/Las Vegas, NM Info

I'm planning on attending Highlands University for graduate school, but would like some genuine opinions on the school regarding quality of teaching, class size, nearby entertainment stops, etc.

Also, I'd like to know what the average cost of living is in Las Vegas, NM... I'm used to paying about $500 for a 2 bed/2 bath, but I can adjust...

Thanks for any helpful information!
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: San Juan County, New Mexico
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It's not a real school, it's sort of a perpetual job bank for political hacks in New Mexico. I can't imagine a less marketable degree than a doctorate from Highlands.
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