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Old 03-19-2007, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Mattden, there are people everywhere who are friendly and good people, and nobody here is going to say that you will have a better or worse time in Ohio, just make sure that when you move there that you give them a fighting chance and learn to appreciate what they have to offer instead of nitpicking at the silly things. We understand that Nebraska is not for you, as it is not for everyone, but keep in mind that if you give the same effort in Ohio as you do here, you maybe setting yourself up for the same fall there...

From time to time, please come back here and let us know how you are doing and what your experiences are like in Ohio...
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:25 AM
 
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Well since I still live in Ohio and I know the places that Mattden is talking about, he said hes 20 something and IM sure from him talking he likes the gallary hop here in Columbus, It is very nice in that area and seems to draw in a younger hip crowd. Yes Victorian Villiage, and Germain Villiage are a prize that Columbus Cherishes. Very nice well maintained Homes that you must have alot of money to live there. Columbus is a very large city and I have lived here my whole live and I feel I get lost in this city. Its too large. IM looking forward to Omaha a smaller city but still city. I really love seeing all the pictures!
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:56 AM
 
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I wanted to put my point of view of Omaha Nebraska. My neighbor is originally from there and I took a drive with her as she wanted to show me what is was like. The people there were so friendly! I think they can be a bit cautious, but not rude in anyway! I was looking into going there, but since I don't drive, it didn't seem like a good option.
Oh, I am originally from Ohio and looking into a possible move to Columbus. Columbus has it's drawbacks, as I am finding out. But we do make our own experiences by our attitude don't we?
That is my two cents worth. Thanks Omaha!
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: NEBRASKA
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Ok, Here is my opinion.....
Omaha does not have it's own identity, other than the College World Series.
The majority of folks that live here are move-ins from another Cities or Countries.
All the old neighborhoods are pretty much gone. Little Italy, Benson, Dundee, South Omaha Czheck and German area's, Florence, have given way to just folks moving in and living there lives. The Suburbs have and western grown of the city has exploded in the last decade making Omaha kind of a Disney Land type of setting.
I can say Omaha is little known for its eating establishments, in the past Caniglia's (all the Caniglia's), Rosses Steak House, Kenny's, Picolo's Pete's, Anthony's Steak Houses were the top places to go to eat just to name a few.
Now 98% of the restaurants in Omaha are national companies that are bringing in other cities flavors to Omaha. Other than GodFather's what other Omaha Restaurant went national?... Yes, Omaha( more like Nebraska) is know for it's Beef I'll give you that.


All in all Omaha has lost alot of it's own culture. And the folks that live here fear change. i.e everytime a old building is planned to be toren down you a bunch a locals protesting it or how about the dumb rule about 12:00 noon beers sales on Sunday's.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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People only move in and out of the city? Hmm that sounds exactly like every other city in the country. That's how cities grow is by people moving in. 100% retention would be great but there isn't one city on the face of the earth like that.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Old Forge, NY
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All in all Omaha has lost alot of it's own culture. And the folks that live here fear change. i.e everytime a old building is planned to be toren down you a bunch a locals protesting it or how about the dumb rule about 12:00 noon beers sales on Sunday's.
This paragraph contradicts itself. The first sentence says the city lost it's culture and the next you critisize the locals for protesting part of their culture being torn down.

Every city should protest an old building being torn down if it's historic and in relatively sound condition. That's the problem with a lot of other cities in the US. Old historic downtowns going to hell and everyone moving to the burbs.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: west Omaha
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All the old neighborhoods are pretty much gone. Little Italy, Benson, Dundee, South Omaha Czheck and German area's, Florence, have given way to just folks moving in and living there lives. The Suburbs have and western grown of the city has exploded in the last decade making Omaha kind of a Disney Land type of setting.
Welcome to ANYTOWN USA. With the exception of the very largest of cities... there are very few ethnic enclaves which remain, certainly of European immigrant origins. They've been assimilated into the 'melting pot'. That said, South Omaha continues to evolve as an immigrant community... you can call it 'Little Mexico' now, as it is the hub of Omaha's Hispanic residents.

As for the 'neighborhoods'... Dundee, Benson, Florence, ... how can you say they're gone? Not only are they there, but they're thriving like never before (by the way, none of these neighborhoods were dominated by any one particular ethnic group... so I assume we're merely talking about a 'neighborhood' in the most generic sense of the term). Benson is literally becoming an entertainment/arts district as we type... with new eclectic restaurants/galleries opening up all the time. Dundee has always been a bustling, lively place... regardless of what Matt(I love Denver, but can't seem to find my way there)Den tries to cast it as. Florence, on the cities northern fringe is a little detached from the rest of town, but it certainly has it's identity... all of these communities celebrate their history with parades/community events/etc/etc.

In spite of 'annexation'... Omaha's historic communities are very much alive and well.

And once again... welcome to America... ALL of our cities have been 'escaping' to the identity'less suburbs. Fortunately, most of these people are also re-discovering the inner city. Omaha's boom within the core attests to it.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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Default Omaha plays Santa Clause to the rest of the state and its own expense

In regards to an earlier post, Kos I understand people but I dont understand rural Nebraska. Ive been through, stopped there and seen its towns and while I dont like Lincoln when I was so glad to see it again after being subjected to rural Nebraska. I guess even though I dislike Lincoln its far preferable to rural Nebraska. I could not envision subjecting myself of more then 15 minutes outside of Lincoln or Omaha in this state.

After, going through rural Nebraska I wish large agri-business would take it all over and just have single migrant workers
work the fields and stop and require everyone to move out. Rural Nebraska is desolate and an absolute drain on the state. The sad thing is Omaha would probubly be a much better place and much more interesting if the state would just ignore rural Nebraska which is a complete drain on Omaha and is causing it to lag behind many cities.
Imagine if all those rural state colleges in the middle of nowhere were shut and the roads that rarely anyone drives on would be un-funded and that would go to revitilizing Omaha.

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People are rediscovering the inner-city it seems in other cities, but Omaha isnt joining the pack as much as others have thats for sure.

Dundee doesnt impress me one bit. Its clean and has some well-maintained older homes even some brick ones in there also. But other then very few restaurant and shops its just not a neighborhood like in a bigger city that captures interest for more then half an hour.

Benson is mainly a run-down area and the area along Maple has a very small retail strip and thats it. It has a few restaurants but thats it, its sort of like a very small strip mall. Nothing unique about this area at all.

Florence has a chain grocery store, some fast food restaurants and older homes. I think Florence is one of the worst areas in Omaha. Its isolated from the rest of the city. Its right next to the worst, boarded-up and dysfunctional area of Omaha. Why any one would want live way up on North 30th in the middle of nowhere bordering the worst neighborhood in town is beyond me.

I dont even consider the Old Market an entertainment district and neither do alot of Omahans obviously. The Old Market when I was there was a depressing and demoralizing experience. I went into a coffee shop there and I was the only one in there except the coffee server.

I think the best places in Omaha are the suburban lifestyle centers of Omaha they are very chain oriented but with Omaha with chains do a much better job in the vast majority of cases then locally owned retail does.

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:14 PM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Maybe your problem is... you're looking for a tourist destination. NO, these neighborhoods are not that... and of COURSE, once again... we're talking about Omaha, a metro of 800,000. You can hardly draw comparisons between it and metropolitan areas of twice and even three times the size, as you seem intent on doing.

Once again, if you are so unimpressed... why do you sit around here talking about it? Why aren't you out... if not CHATTING about those settings which you actually DO like... actually enjoying them? You seem to spend all your time right here... not only on this forum, but in the Omaha and Nebraska portions of the forum specifically. Get a life for crying out loud.

I'll depart with some photos from the Benson 'strip mall', for those who really are interested.

http://www.downtownbenson.com

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:23 PM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Photos from the 'depressing' and 'demoralizing' Old Market district... maybe you were the only one in the coffee shop (typing away on city-data.com?) ... because everyone else was outside enjoying themselves.

http://www.oldmarket.com

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