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Old 12-31-2007, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Stockton, CA, USA
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Is it? Are the people friendly? Is the city nice?

 
Old 01-01-2008, 05:26 AM
 
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Depends who you ask.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 05:18 PM
 
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No.
No.
No.
To all three questions.

It is by far the WORST place I have ever lived.

Question 1 - it is a gambling town and it is also a distribution hub. Another thing that says it eloquently is that all of the taller buildings are hotel-casinos decked out in NEON. It is easy to get a job here if you are in a profession because it is growing and they need them so badly. I had the best job I've ever had here (responsibility, title, money) but couldn't see putting down roots. It was gross. A lot of professionals leave, or try to. Our firm couldn't attract a lot of people because it was, well, Reno...

Question 2 - people are easy to talk to and interact with. The quality is lacking, though. So is the depth. Everyone will tell you this is a "transient town." So, since people don't stay, the investment on their part is minimal. This is the first place where I had a bunch of people at work I'd go to lunch with and hang out with outside of work...but, the day I resigned and moved on, it's like these friendships never existed. Like Vegas, there is a certain hardness to the people.

Question 3 - it's clean enough but it looks very parched with the sagebrush and all. At least Las Vegas has some more dramatic mountain backdrops for scenery. For beauty, you have to go to Lake Tahoe which is gorgeous, as we all know. It is hard to believe that is a mere 40 miles away. Reno would be completely unsalvageable without access to Tahoe and other nearby Sierra escapes.

Overall, I found it disgusting.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:26 PM
 
Location: CA Coast
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It is a fine and fun place. Locals avoid downtown and gambling. They do go downtown for special events, like arttown or the Italian festival. You can kayak the river or ride the hills, or hang in the clubs. Great art museum, reasonable University with lots going on. The people are like everywhere else, heck, they are from every where else. World class skiing nearby, and Pyramid lake is pretty cool.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 10:50 PM
 
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Originally Posted by robertpolyglot View Post
No.
No.
No.
To all three questions.

It is by far the WORST place I have ever lived.

Question 1 - it is a gambling town and it is also a distribution hub. Another thing that says it eloquently is that all of the taller buildings are hotel-casinos decked out in NEON. It is easy to get a job here if you are in a profession because it is growing and they need them so badly. I had the best job I've ever had here (responsibility, title, money) but couldn't see putting down roots. It was gross. A lot of professionals leave, or try to. Our firm couldn't attract a lot of people because it was, well, Reno...

Question 2 - people are easy to talk to and interact with. The quality is lacking, though. So is the depth. Everyone will tell you this is a "transient town." So, since people don't stay, the investment on their part is minimal. This is the first place where I had a bunch of people at work I'd go to lunch with and hang out with outside of work...but, the day I resigned and moved on, it's like these friendships never existed. Like Vegas, there is a certain hardness to the people.

Question 3 - it's clean enough but it looks very parched with the sagebrush and all. At least Las Vegas has some more dramatic mountain backdrops for scenery. For beauty, you have to go to Lake Tahoe which is gorgeous, as we all know. It is hard to believe that is a mere 40 miles away. Reno would be completely unsalvageable without access to Tahoe and other nearby Sierra escapes.

Overall, I found it disgusting.
took the words right out of my mouth!
 
Old 01-01-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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Pyramid Lake Cool????? Whatever, I agree with the robertpolyglot.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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Pyramid Lake Cool?????
Maybe he means the water temperature??
 
Old 01-02-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: CA Coast
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Pyramid Lake is incredibly scenic, it has great fishing, great sailing, great water sports. I imagine if one does not like it, one may be happier in some densely populated mass of asphalt, concrete, steel and people.

As far as liking or not liking a place. It is all in what you bring to the table. Everyplace has some good (even Vegas) and some bad. What you pay attention to depends on you.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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As far as liking or not liking a place. It is all in what you bring to the table. Everyplace has some good (even Vegas) and some bad. What you pay attention to depends on you.
The problem though, is that the negatives far outweigh the positives. I think most would agree and most of the professional-type transplants don't take to it too well, thinking of the next move.

Like I said, our firm couldn't get quality people to accept our offers and move to Reno...be it from nearby California or from a further away state.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: CA Coast
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I see no negatives to Reno when compared to other cities. If your firm is having a tough time getting quality people to come to work in Reno, you are about the lone ranger. Companies from all over the US are coming to Reno, and have been for 20 years. That is what has fueled the growth.

If you don't like a place, that iis fine, but don't state their is something intrinsically wrong unless you detail it.

Lets look at your response;
Question 1 - it is a gambling town and it is also a distribution hub. Another thing that says it eloquently is that all of the taller buildings are hotel-casinos decked out in NEON. It is easy to get a job here if you are in a profession because it is growing and they need them so badly. I had the best job I've ever had here (responsibility, title, money) but couldn't see putting down roots. It was gross. A lot of professionals leave, or try to. Our firm couldn't attract a lot of people because it was, well, Reno...

Locals don't go down town, so the gambling is not something they have to deal with. Last time few times I went into a casino, I walked to the show room, saw the show and walked out. No big deal.

Professionals do very well, since it is a distribution hub there are lots of jobs


Question 2 - people are easy to talk to and interact with. The quality is lacking, though. So is the depth. Everyone will tell you this is a "transient town." So, since people don't stay, the investment on their part is minimal. This is the first place where I had a bunch of people at work I'd go to lunch with and hang out with outside of work...but, the day I resigned and moved on, it's like these friendships never existed. Like Vegas, there is a certain hardness to the people.

That has much more to do with you than with the people in Reno. We just moved out of the area and we are in constant contact with our friends in Reno. Several have come by our new home to visit in the month since we completed it. GIGO.

Question 3 - it's clean enough but it looks very parched with the sagebrush and all. At least Las Vegas has some more dramatic mountain backdrops for scenery. For beauty, you have to go to Lake Tahoe which is gorgeous, as we all know. It is hard to believe that is a mere 40 miles away. Reno would be completely unsalvageable without access to Tahoe and other nearby Sierra escapes.

The Sierra is nice, Tahoe is pretty, but there are grand landscapes within Nevada, there are high mountains, trout streams, aspen forests hundreds of miles from the Sierra. The desert may be an acquired taste for those accustomed to cloyingly green landscapes, but it is a great place to wander in. "Nevada; where geology rules the day and astronomy rules the night".
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