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Old 09-03-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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Default Gilbert AZ vs Boise Id: All opinions welcome

OK, Ive seached, and found virtually nothing on this subject. Kind of strange considering the number of people from Idaho in this city. I am currently living in Gilbert...kind of like the place...kind of don't especially from may to late October due to the weather. Thinking of taking a trip to Boise, as I noticed the kind of homes I like (with wooden sides and different colors) are found in Boise. I like the closeness to green forest in Boise, Im not too sure I can deal with the conservatism in Boise, but its pretty conservative in Gilbert too. I know this is a broad subject, and that's exactly what I want it to be...if any of you have any opinions about anything comparing the two cities, your welcome to voice them. Im looking forward to reading your thoughts.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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I can't really give you any advice on Boise but have you considered Reno also? It's surrounded by tons of natural beauty (Lake Tahoe), is less conservative than Boise and Gilbert, and has a low cost of living with no state income taxes.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Boise is very family oriented and more conservative than anyplace in the Phoenix area. However, if it is moderate to liberal leaning areas that you are looking for, the North End, Bench and Warm Springs areas of Boise are fairly liberal. The North End even has a lesbian as a state representative.

West Boise is where it starts to get very conservative, our zip code voted almost 80% for McCain/Palin in the last presidential election. Also West Boise has a very high LDS population, about 1 out of every 3 households is LDS.

The conservatism in Boise is fairly similar to the conservatism in Phoenix, laid back on social issues but big on gun rights, anti-tax, anti-big government.

Also, Boise is very much into law and order. I've been pulled over by the police more in the past three years than I have been pulled over in 20+ years in Arizona. Police will pull you over for the most minor of infractions. The upside is that you can walk through any neighborhood in Boise at 2:00 in the morning and feel completely safe.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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One other thing that we are running into, the people in Boise are outwardly more friendly than the people in Phoenix. Your neighbors will all wave and say hello to you, even come over and chit chat for a couple of minutes. But for long term real friendships, most people in Boise still hang out with the people that they went to high school with and it is next to impossible to break into that circle. Been in Boise for almost four years and still do not have any really close friendships.

In Phoenix, nobody in our neighborhood was outwardly friendly but we were able to make friends with people from church and parents of our kids friends fairly fast.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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I'd pick Gilbert hands down, but that's just me. Good luck!
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Boise is a nice small city. Gilbert is an unremarkable bedroom community in a sprawling, over-populated, congested sea of unremarkable bedroom communities. This one is easy. Boise!
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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I'd pick Gilbert hands down, but that's just me. Good luck!
Done that one already...thinking it was a big mistake, I gave it 3 years...I just don't think 4 years is going to do it for me. Boise has caught my eye because its 4 seasons, and they tell me that its not one big strip mall...Gilbert just seems to be the background of the Flintstones, If you have ever watched the Flint Stones, the when they are driving that funky car with the stone wheels, the back ground repeats itself every 2 seconds...that's what Gilbert does..Cemented walled community, Strip mall, LDS church...Cemented walled community, Strip mall, LDS church (repeat then repeat and so on) There are so many redeeming qualities of this place, but they just are for others to enjoy I guess...I could move to chandler...just remove the LDS church and repeat. Your guys have helped me escape Gilberta for weekends and recommended Prescott...Im kind of hoping Boise is similar to Prescott in it charm and recreation. I want Boise to be Prescott with Jobs.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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One other thing that we are running into, the people in Boise are outwardly more friendly than the people in Phoenix. Your neighbors will all wave and say hello to you, even come over and chit chat for a couple of minutes. But for long term real friendships, most people in Boise still hang out with the people that they went to high school with and it is next to impossible to break into that circle. Been in Boise for almost four years and still do not have any really close friendships.

In Phoenix, nobody in our neighborhood was outwardly friendly but we were able to make friends with people from church and parents of our kids friends fairly fast.
Very interesting...well...I have been here in Gilbert around 35 months and have yet to make anthing more than some casual aquaintenses. No friends..so I hope I can make some friends in Boise if thats where I go.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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Boise is a nice small city. Gilbert is an unremarkable bedroom community in a sprawling, over-populated, congested sea of unremarkable bedroom communities. This one is easy. Boise!
Im smileing when I read this...unremarkable indeed Read my post about the flint Stones
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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Done that one already...thinking it was a big mistake, I gave it 3 years...I just don't think 4 years is going to do it for me. Boise has caught my eye because its 4 seasons, and they tell me that its not one big strip mall...Gilbert just seems to be the background of the Flintstones, If you have ever watched the Flint Stones, the when they are driving that funky car with the stone wheels, the back ground repeats itself every 2 seconds...that's what Gilbert does..Cemented walled community, Strip mall, LDS church...Cemented walled community, Strip mall, LDS church (repeat then repeat and so on) There are so many redeeming qualities of this place, but they just are for others to enjoy I guess...I could move to chandler...just remove the LDS church and repeat. Your guys have helped me escape Gilberta for weekends and recommended Prescott...Im kind of hoping Boise is similar to Prescott in it charm and recreation. I want Boise to be Prescott with Jobs.
I can see housing in Boise is getting cheaper but there is no jobs around unless you like to work in the farm though.
I rather look into Portland if you don't like Gilbert.
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