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Old 04-05-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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We are thinking of moving from San Antonio to one of these areas (to be closer to family)…..Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Omaha or Lincoln. You can always find out the best things about a city, but what is the worst? What do you dislike about living in Omaha (besides the weather)?
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:42 PM
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Location: Omaha
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We just moved here from San Antonio last June. And right now, I can't think of anything I really dislike (since you ruled out weather!). Oh wait.... the cost to register your vehicle is so much higher than TX. And state income taxes, those suck too. Otherwise, nothing to complain about.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Taxes are pretty high. Weather can be cold and snowy in the winter.

I wish we had a real major league sports team.

Other than that, it's really a pretty decent place to live.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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The worst thing about the city? The whiners! Those who complain about EVERYTHING! Omaha is really a nice city with average taxes and highly affordable housing. The job market is strong and crime is low for a city the size of Omaha. I know dozens of people here from both the east and west coasts and they have nothing but praise for the city.

Second would be the drivers in the city. As a cyclist I am tired of people failing to yield to a cyclists when they have a right of way. Now not all are bad, and some are downright pleasant. But it only takes a few. As you will likely be a motorist, watch out for those failing to stop at intersections and failing to signal their turn. Both of which drives me nuts.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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My only real dislike was how spread out Omaha is. Taking 30-45 mins to go across town really sucked.

(still homesick)
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: TMI
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We just moved here from San Antonio last June. And right now, I can't think of anything I really dislike (since you ruled out weather!). Oh wait.... the cost to register your vehicle is so much higher than TX. And state income taxes, those suck too. Otherwise, nothing to complain about.
Low taxes, but also low spending, which you can see and feel. Low taxes isn't always that great if you consider other factors.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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I'll try to be objective here, but let it be known that overall, I have a pretty negative opinion of Omaha.

- While not a haven for walkers or cyclists at any point, as you get farther and father west, the city becomes very car-centric. If you're not used to needing to drive everywhere, it can take some getting used to.

- I have a bone to pick with motorists, as well. Everyone has local horror stories about drivers, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but Omaha drivers are pretty bad. Very inconsiderate (you need to seize your lane abruptly, it's pretty uncommon to signal a merge and not have the driver speed up to block you or pass you.)

- The culture. This will be different for everyone, since we all have different experiences which we have to contrast our current situations to. So again, take what I say in a framed off context, and see if perhaps you'd be able to relate. The zeitgeist in Omaha is really at odds with me. The people in the city are big on their drinking, and drunk driving is quite prevalent. It's not something that's talked about a whole lot, but it's almost expected among young people to have been pulled over for a DUI. It's almost a badge of honor-- "I can't believe I blew a .23!" Etc.
A lot of people (and I notice this more in West O, more than anywhere else) have a huge inferiority complex about the city. There's no such thing as constructive criticism, it's all met with hostility. A lot of people (I wouldn't venture to say "most") want Omaha to be on the same tier as major metropolitan cities, when it's simply not. Personally, I think Omaha is on the third or fourth tier down. There's nothing wrong with that, but people get really, really defensive if you bring up anything that would suggest maybe that Omaha isn't all that great.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:54 PM
 
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I've gotta tell you guys, you have it great on drivers. You may feel like they're bad but they are not in comparison to these Tampa drivers. I was a 'driver' in Omaha for 10 years (i'm 26), and compared to these drivers in FL, they are perfection. Tampa drivers are horrendous, so you guys have it EASY on Omaha in comparison. Dont take them for granted
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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I've gotta tell you guys, you have it great on drivers. You may feel like they're bad but they are not in comparison to these Tampa drivers. I was a 'driver' in Omaha for 10 years (i'm 26), and compared to these drivers in FL, they are perfection. Tampa drivers are horrendous, so you guys have it EASY on Omaha in comparison. Dont take them for granted
Very true. I spent some time in St. Petersburg and Tampa when I was first learning to drive. Florida drivers in general were insane.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: In Denial
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Only that I'm not living there (homesick too!)

Honestly- only that it takes awhile to drive anywhere that is geographically different (mnts, sea, desert, BIG cities, etc)
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