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Old 06-19-2008, 10:29 AM
 
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Originally Posted by jwaters943 View Post
More hippies & less rednecks please!

(And this is coming from a 2nd generation Native Nevadan who was born and raised in Reno)

Why are many long-time Reno residents so afraid of change? The people here are so anti-growth it's amusing. If left to it's less forward-thinking residents, Reno would still be a one horse town with nothing more than gaudy casinos, dirty old bars, trailer parks, and sagebrush.


My $0.02: I hated Reno in the 80's. I disliked Reno in the 90's. I quite like Reno circa 2008. In many ways that matter to me (arts/culture, shopping, variety of entertainment options, beautification of public spaces, overall cleanliness, etc.), Reno has drastically improved in the past 10-12 years. Now they just need to work on the schools and implement better grafitti removal.
You want hippies here?

How about kick all the redneck and the hippies out. They both just sit around whining for something for nothing. Hippies permit gangs and welfare blight and rednecks wallow in their xenophobia.

Get rid of both of them.

 
Old 06-19-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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Default So much is so true

So much of what I've read here is true. Reno is a dirty, often backward town with few good paying jobs. I have an MBA and can't find a job in Reno. Some of posts write about how "locals don't go downtown". Reasons? It's dirty, always seem under construction, yet nothing gets built, homeless are aggressive and certain areas are crime ridden. I find it sad that locals won't go downtown, yet we expect tourists to travel to Reno and spend money. Downtown has been under "renovation" for at least 30 years and I don't see much progress. Tribal gaming, high fuel prices and lack of foresight have put a major hurt local gaming and the "special" events (Hot August Nights,Street Vibrations) have brought a seedy element to the events. HAN used to be family oriented, now the crowds are rougher, younger and have a gang element to it. I haven't gone in 3 years since I was propositioned by 2 pimps who were running a stable of whores out of a motel on second street. When i said I'd pass, they started talking smack. By chance a cop drove, they backed off and I went my way. For the first 20 years HAN was in held, never had a problem. The K-12 schools here are atrocious. High drop out rate, increased gang influence and the schools are always underfunded. The State budget, always dependent on sales and gaming tax revenue, is now in the red by $ 1 billion. People may not like Gov. Gibbons, but unlike the Democrats in this state, he has stuck by his word of no new taxes. This is important, because for those that have lived here for a while, may remember that Gov. Guinn raised taxes by a huge amount promising that it would fund education, roads, etc. Well that didn't work. Housing costs, though dropping are still way overpriced. Housing in Reno based on wages should be around $ 70/sq ft median price instead of $150/sq ft. Housing prices tripled in Reno between 2002- and 2005. Wages went up 5%. Do the math..prices are still out of line. There is no rhyme or reason to growth. Reno city council rubber stamped any development, hoping that revenues would outstrip costs. Didn't happen. The city has poorly managed any kind of infrastructure. The bowling center was a 30 million dollar debacle, financed by city bonds, and yet closed to the public. Cabelas was suppose to bring "hundreds of thousands" (direct quote by Mayor Cashell) of people to Reno every year, that hasn't happened. The new ballpark is a fiasco. Reno is not a sports town. I give it a couple of years, then interest will fade.

Pyramid lake beautiful? You're kidding. No shade, long drive, subject to tribal laws. Tahoe is beautiful, traffic can be a ***** but it's worth it.

As far as "rednecks" or xenophobes go, that happens in every state undergoing fast growth. I understand why locals feel the way they do. Reno was dormant for decades, exploded and it's understandable if people don't like it. I find it hypocritical that so many people move here from larger cities and then start to whine about the lack of cultural events, dining, shopping, etc. It's a tradeoff.

I've lived here for 30 years. I was going to leave 15 years ago, but had family obligations. Those are done in a year. I'm leaving and forgetting Reno forever. I would avoid Reno like the plaque. I'd find some other place to live, raise a family and retire.
 
Old 06-19-2008, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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We're moving to Reno on Sunday. My boyfriend lived there 25 or so years, I've never lived there, but visit often. I enjoy it.. I am an active mtn biker, roadie and runner, and for me, it works out just fine. It certainly beats Elko, where I am right now. I've been in Nevada 20 years.. some in Elko, some in Vegas, some in Pahrump. Reno's next I guess. No place is perfect. Reno isn't perfect, but it's more suited to me right now. I have no kids, have no intentions of having kids, I have nothing looming over my head. So I'm looking forward to heading that way for awhile.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 11:39 AM
 
171 posts, read 508,371 times
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Originally Posted by proxima View Post
So much of what I've read here is true. Reno is a dirty, often backward town with few good paying jobs. I have an MBA and can't find a job in Reno. Some of posts write about how "locals don't go downtown". Reasons? It's dirty, always seem under construction, yet nothing gets built, homeless are aggressive and certain areas are crime ridden. I find it sad that locals won't go downtown, yet we expect tourists to travel to Reno and spend money. Downtown has been under "renovation" for at least 30 years and I don't see much progress. Tribal gaming, high fuel prices and lack of foresight have put a major hurt local gaming and the "special" events (Hot August Nights,Street Vibrations) have brought a seedy element to the events. HAN used to be family oriented, now the crowds are rougher, younger and have a gang element to it. I haven't gone in 3 years since I was propositioned by 2 pimps who were running a stable of whores out of a motel on second street. When i said I'd pass, they started talking smack. By chance a cop drove, they backed off and I went my way. For the first 20 years HAN was in held, never had a problem. The K-12 schools here are atrocious. High drop out rate, increased gang influence and the schools are always underfunded. The State budget, always dependent on sales and gaming tax revenue, is now in the red by $ 1 billion. People may not like Gov. Gibbons, but unlike the Democrats in this state, he has stuck by his word of no new taxes. This is important, because for those that have lived here for a while, may remember that Gov. Guinn raised taxes by a huge amount promising that it would fund education, roads, etc. Well that didn't work. Housing costs, though dropping are still way overpriced. Housing in Reno based on wages should be around $ 70/sq ft median price instead of $150/sq ft. Housing prices tripled in Reno between 2002- and 2005. Wages went up 5%. Do the math..prices are still out of line. There is no rhyme or reason to growth. Reno city council rubber stamped any development, hoping that revenues would outstrip costs. Didn't happen. The city has poorly managed any kind of infrastructure. The bowling center was a 30 million dollar debacle, financed by city bonds, and yet closed to the public. Cabelas was suppose to bring "hundreds of thousands" (direct quote by Mayor Cashell) of people to Reno every year, that hasn't happened. The new ballpark is a fiasco. Reno is not a sports town. I give it a couple of years, then interest will fade.

Pyramid lake beautiful? You're kidding. No shade, long drive, subject to tribal laws. Tahoe is beautiful, traffic can be a ***** but it's worth it.

As far as "rednecks" or xenophobes go, that happens in every state undergoing fast growth. I understand why locals feel the way they do. Reno was dormant for decades, exploded and it's understandable if people don't like it. I find it hypocritical that so many people move here from larger cities and then start to whine about the lack of cultural events, dining, shopping, etc. It's a tradeoff.

I've lived here for 30 years. I was going to leave 15 years ago, but had family obligations. Those are done in a year. I'm leaving and forgetting Reno forever. I would avoid Reno like the plaque. I'd find some other place to live, raise a family and retire.
Bye.
[waves]
Don't let the door hit you on your way to Sunny California.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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What makes you think I'm moving to CA? Typical....
 
Old 06-20-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Originally Posted by proxima View Post
What makes you think I'm moving to CA? Typical....

There is a certain quality in your whine...Well you could be a mod edit: Jewish Princess from Long Island....

Last edited by scirocco22; 07-13-2008 at 09:17 PM.. Reason: complaints received
 
Old 06-30-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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Default You might find a better place to relocate....

I have to agree... No, No, No

That said, I will clarify a few things.

The city is constantly... almost 12 months a year in construction, road fixing and refixing, etc. Major hassle getting anywhere because of all the construction

Yes, the Gaming is here, but it is dying quickly due to lack of vision for the future... just an attitude of greed.

Housing is getting very expensive and salaries don't compare. Largely due to Californians coming here and saying "WOW this cheap compared to California!" ......... it won't be very long from now.

Crime... Reno is importing Gangs and crime from Los Angeles. The street crime is terrible compared to Middle/Rural America. Beggars & bums everywhere.

Huge population of Illegal Aliens. You can't go to a restaurant if you don't speak Spanish anymore.

No Income taxes, but the rest of taxes (property tax, sales tax, business tax, etc.) make up for it....still lower than California tho....

Not a particularly friendly town in general.

Polictics here is a "Good-old-boy" network only.... lots of cronyism and shady deals.

Last edited by hagar2935; 06-30-2008 at 11:42 AM.. Reason: typos, etc.
 
Old 07-01-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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Default Avoid nevada!!

I regret having to have such a "negative outlook" with regards to Reno/Carson City, but I think it's the negative stuff that impacts people more than the "good stuff". Good things roll off our backs...bad stuff forces your attention.
My girlfriend and I moved to Carson City in 2001, expecting fair play and common sense from everyone, really! As naive as that seems, I think most people have that expectation when moving to a new area. We've been sucker-punched and brought to our knees a dozen times here in "sunny Nevada", with one thing or another, but we're still on our feet and on the alert. Personally, we find the city of Reno to be a "non-essential" place. Situated in an unattractive, rather stark and barren area of low lying hills, it reeks of poor city planning, Los Angeles type cookie-cutter housing tracks and a general feeling of being in a blighted area. Like the residents know all this....they just don't give a ****! (Could anything be worse?)
Whatever Reno HAD in years past, we fail to find much in attraction at this juncture! Perhaps it's the oppressive, over-all dismal economy that permiates everything. Whatever the reason, although only 30 minutes from Carson City (where we currently live), we NEVER go to Reno. Like someone on this forum wisely observed, if it weren't for the close proximity of Lake Tahoe and California, Reno would have NOTHING going for it!
Looks to us like the "card shark" business and real estate sector wishes desperately to convince the general (and largely unwary) populace that Reno is a "great place to live, work and retire". Yikes!! Not being "city folks", we prefer to live amidst pleasant scenery, if nothing else.
If you're amongst those who find that largely irrelevant to your overall well-being, than give Reno one star in your favor. Otherwise, there HAS to be better managed, safer and generally "nicer" cities and towns all across the nation that would be preferable to Reno. Looks like they've counted too much on the seedy casino industry to carry Reno's overall lifestyle and business segments.
Sort of like being at Disneyland on mind-altering drugs!! Silly-ass flashing lights. Annoying and highly obnoxious bells and buzzer's aplenty. And more mirrors than a Chinese whorehouse! All constructed to intice you to SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. All that crap may have worked well in years past. In today's money- conscious economy, it's tawdry, embarrassing and smacks of those hokey old gangster movies of the 50's and 60's, where slick goof-balls with beady eyes stare ya down, leaving you wondering just what's up! (...and checking to see if your wallet is still in your possession). Downright creepy....
As for the vast army of homeless and hopeless wandering the streets, we see enough of that here in Carson City. A sign of the times? Undoubtedly so. We need to deal with THAT situation in Nevada, more than all the other stuff. I think it's safe to say that the Mexicans (legal or illegal) will, and ARE, going to end up with Nevada in there back pocket.
For such a harsh, red-neckish populace as we've seen here....I'm absolutely astonished at how willing these folks are to simply "leave the gate open" for all these Mexicans to take over! And believe me, take over they are, and will. I've seen all this before in Southern California. Once they attain a certain percentage in population, confidence AND clout explodes. Before you are fully aware, they essencially are running the show, changing the entire fabric on an area into some bizarre "Tijuana on wheels", with taco shops all over the place, and increasing gang violence.
Think I'm exaggerating and "out of line"? Check Reno AND Carson City in about five years. The Latinos (Mexicans) will be largely calling the shots in Nevada for a vast array of legal statutes, housing and businesses. I don't want to get on a rant here, but all the evidence says the exploding illegal immigrant population is practically bankrupting many states health and welfare programs. While many states are making it progressively more difficult for these Mexican illegals....Nevada continues, with arms wide open, to cater to this group in a hundred different ways, and is "paying the piper" for that.
So unless you're Latino, or sympathetic to this group, I'd steer clear of Nevada. There HAS to be nicer areas of the country, than this lame-ass state. Since Nevada is mostly desert-like, bleak and without much character anyway, I can sort of see why no one seems to care about much of anything here. That's probably the most important observation of this entire entry. The proverbial "Bottom Line".
 
Old 07-02-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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This one deserves some prize. Probably for the nastiest rant of the last month.

It has virtually no truth. Simply some poor unsuccessful and disgrunted person lashing out.

A lovely valley surronded by towering peaks becomes -"Situated in an unattractive, rather stark and barren area of low lying hills"

And this person lives in CC. Generally the weakest community in the area...now if from Gardnerville/Minden...

To be discarded as the sad rantings of an unhappy soul.
 
Old 07-03-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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how can someone's opinion have "virtually no truth"?
i didn't read it all, it was too long and i dislike this place enough on my own. i still find it ridiculous when people react to a poster's negative response about Reno.
so some of us think this place SUCKS...so what? our opinion counts as much as anyone elses. someone might find it useful.

i don't like sushi but my husband thinks it's the greatest. he doesn't lash out at me everytime i give an "eww" face and tell me that i'm wrong about not liking it's taste.

reno=sushi
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