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Old 11-20-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Hi,

My husband and I are possibly moving to Omaha for a good job opportunity. We are going to Omaha next weekend to explore and see if we really think we can live there.

I would love your thoughts about the following:

- Artistic communities - are there any? Theaters for acting? (I love the craft of acting and would still like the opportunity to work.) Any Films being made there?
- Living - How are the lofts downtown? Where are the good ones now? We would probably rent for a while until we really learn the city.
- Water - Are there any good places to boat? I know the river is there...but can we boat on it?
- Political views? I am a die-hard Democrat - so what is it really like in Omaha. NOTE, I grew up in the Mid-west so I understand it is not the heart of liberalism.

I know I am asking a lot, but what are the top 10 places to check out next weekend to get a small glimpse of what Omaha is about?

Thank you!

 
Old 11-20-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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My advice to you would be search anywhere east of 72nd.
 
Old 11-20-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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You will want to move into the old market area. LOTS of things for an artistic type to do there. I would start by asking as the Bemis center for contemporary arts (724 South 12th Street Omaha, NE 68102). As for where to live, from the people I know there are not really any BAD places to live downtown. But I would try and stay a few blocks away from the train tracks unless you want stuff falling from shelves).

For boating you can boat on the river. There are also lakes around the western edge of the city big enough for boating. You would be best to check the Nebraska game and parks commission website for that (Boating Home Page - Nebraska Game and Parks).

Omaha, as with almost every other large city is very much Democrat. Though there is a large and growing liberal group in the city .

I would suggest just picking a nice warm day and walking around the old market area (do this SOON!). For someone interested in the arts there is a lot to look at (Old Market Omaha – Omaha’s Arts and Entertainment District).

As for performing arts, I am not familiar with that aspect of Omaha. I would however keep an eye on this site (Omaha Performing Arts | Holland Center | Orpheum Theater | Season Tickets)
 
Old 11-20-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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In regard to rentals downtown, there are plenty of buildings to avoid. Avoid the cheap buildings like Farnam 1600, Orpheum, Skinner Macaroni, Kensington, and Union Plaza (unless you like being immersed in cigarette smoke and having paper thin walls). Avoid Old Market Lofts unless you want to live among loud drunk college students.

A few good buildings you should look at are jLofts, Riverfront condos, and the Brandeis. They have both rentals and condos that are owned.
 
Old 11-21-2011, 12:48 AM
 
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Hi,

My husband and I are possibly moving to Omaha for a good job opportunity. We are going to Omaha next weekend to explore and see if we really think we can live there.

I would love your thoughts about the following:

- Artistic communities - are there any? Theaters for acting? (I love the craft of acting and would still like the opportunity to work.) Any Films being made there?
- Living - How are the lofts downtown? Where are the good ones now? We would probably rent for a while until we really learn the city.
- Water - Are there any good places to boat? I know the river is there...but can we boat on it?
- Political views? I am a die-hard Democrat - so what is it really like in Omaha. NOTE, I grew up in the Mid-west so I understand it is not the heart of liberalism.

I know I am asking a lot, but what are the top 10 places to check out next weekend to get a small glimpse of what Omaha is about?

Thank you!
Other places not mentioned: Omaha Community Theater is the largest community theater in the U.S.----the area has many other theater companies. Filmstreams: 2 screen indie movie theater---Omaha native and hollywood director Alexander Payne (Sideways/About Schmidt/Election/Citizen Ruth) just debued his new film, The Descendants, there this past weekend---he's also on the board (secret----he has a condo at the Paxton downtown---very nice condos). The last major film to be shot in Omaha was 'Up in the Air' with George Clooney. Check out the Kaneko Center, Hot Shops (work/display) Art Center. Omaha has a vibrant/hip arts community. Other condos worth checking out: Midtown Crossing and Riverfront Place. The Omaha area has a slight Democratic edge----especially east of 72nd St. The burbs are pretty much Orange County-ish. Also---check out the Joslyn Museum and the Durham Museum.

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Old 11-21-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Thank you ALL for the remarks! Everything I read about Omaha makes me excited to see it.

BTW, I believe The Descendants is going to garner Mr. Payne his first Oscar. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!
 
Old 11-21-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Drop by artist/actor/musician hangout Nomad Lounge, in the Old Market, or The Slowdown in North Downtown.
 
Old 11-26-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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I am an artist in Lincoln about 50 miles from Omaha. If you look on the demographic maps of the Obama Election, Obama carried Lincoln, and Omaha. Bigger cities usually vote blue. Omaha is a city of about 700K so it has both progressives, and conservatives. I am a Liberal, vote Democrat usually, and find that most of the people I have met have been also. Nebraska has a unique Unicameral legislature which might be interesting looking into.

Is there an arts community? Yes there is! Hot Shops for instance has many artists. I go down there to get my bronzes made (I am a sculptor). They have a one percent for art, and a variety of arts events. They have a wonderful cultural center downtown, and Holland Performing arts Center, and Orpheum Theater, the Joslyn arts Museum which is huge, a huge Zoo, and Zoological Garden, Smaller culturally specific museums like El Museo Latino, they have Opera Omaha, and a great Little Theater, and have a huge Convention center downtown for traveling concerts, and many smaller venues for the smaller concerts. They have coffee houses, several colleges of note, a good inexpensive community college on an interesting Historical Fort site, many schools and almost everything you might want.

I am not sure what sorts of boats you want, but if small keels, there are places to sail around and near. Obviously Omaha is land locked, but if you don't mind small ponds you can go day sailing on Lake Manawa, or go out on the Platte River or Missouri somewhere.

In addition there are great bike trails around. They are finishing one up that literally links bikers to every part of the city. I like the Wabash Trace, which leads you through many small towns (That starts in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where there are gambling casinos). As far as natural cites there are places like the Sandhills, and many riverside parks.

Yes, there are lofts downtown. They are a bit pricy. It all depends on what your income will be like.

I think people around here do not understand "lofts" as a clear story above some sort of business. If you look around, you will find something you like.

Omaha has nearly everything LA has except the crazy Traffic!
 
Old 11-27-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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I have lived in southern cal my whole life, except for the 4 years I spent at Creighton U med school. I moved back to southern cal after med school. It definitely took my a very long time to get used to Omaha. The best thing about Omaha are the people imo. Also Old Market is really fun. The downside is no ocean and the harsh winters. It will be a tough move for you coming from LA, but you may end up really liking it. Me, I never really took to it. I loaded up my car the night after graduation, drove back to CA and have never been back. I have some great memories though, and would like to take me kids there when they're a bit older.
 
Old 12-19-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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Omaha has nearly everything LA has except the crazy Traffic!

That's a flat inaccurate statement. Probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

26 year Omaha resident, current OC/LA Area resident.

Omaha is missing A LOT!

Beach? Mountains? Palm Trees? Those are just the obvious geographic features.

Trust me, the sun shinning off the side of the Saddle Back Mountains is WAYYYYYYYY better than grey clouds or plains.

The beach alone crushes ANYTHING! Omaha has.

Shopping? Theaters? Tourist spots?

Omaha has what? The Zoo? Yeah, the Zoo's great, but Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, COUNTLESS museums, Disney Land, multiple professional sports teams, celebrities are fun too, touring Beverly Hills and Bel Air, Rodeo Drive, Laguna Hills, Orange Counties southern cities, and 100's of wonderful cultural spots. Many division 1 football teams within hours, many events.

The Griffith Observatory ALONE crushes Omaha. That place may be the most beautiful place on Earth. You can look at mountains, beautiful ocean water, and an area that has 14+ million people all at once.

The Hollywood Bowl.

The Spectrum in Irvine.

Beautiful hills of Coto De Caza and south OC.

You've either lived in Lincoln your whole life, or have no clue what LA has. Or both.

To tell someone that is just irresponsible and stupid.

Everyone knows that's a ridiculous statement.

Take it from someone who KNOWS, Omaha doesn't have a FRACTION of what LA has.

Town pride is great, but don't kid yourself. Delusion is still delusion no matter how good it makes you feel.
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