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Old 01-10-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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I'm planning to move back to Tahoe area and Reno seems like the most affordable option in the area. Seems like it will be up and coming due to big money coming in for data centers and factories, and also due to the increasing cost of Bay area/Sacramento pushing people further east. I was there for a night in the casino area and was really blown away, some of the best people watching I've experienced in the US haha.. it struck me as a seedier, smaller Vegas stuck back in the 70's/80's. I loved it and was also a bit terrified. But Tahoe is awesome as well so I think it'd work since its nearby.

It seems like Reno is in the midst of, or planning to move its focus away from strictly gambling/casinos to a more robust economy down the road. What is your opinion of the people, the culture, the future, etc.?
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Reno
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I'm planning to move back to Tahoe area and Reno seems like the most affordable option in the area. Seems like it will be up and coming due to big money coming in for data centers and factories, and also due to the increasing cost of Bay area/Sacramento pushing people further east. I was there for a night in the casino area and was really blown away, some of the best people watching I've experienced in the US haha.. it struck me as a seedier, smaller Vegas stuck back in the 70's/80's. I loved it and was also a bit terrified. But Tahoe is awesome as well so I think it'd work since its nearby.

It seems like Reno is in the midst of, or planning to move its focus away from strictly gambling/casinos to a more robust economy down the road. What is your opinion of the people, the culture, the future, etc.?
The success of the Indian casinos in Northern California (Thunder Valley and Redhawk) affected the number of gamblers coming from Sacramento and the Bay Area to Reno and pretty much forced Reno's hand in shifting its focus from gambling. I would say we're past the "in the midst of" stage that you mentioned. Gambling as the driving economic force here is past tense.

You'll find many different opinions on this, but I believe Reno clearly is headed in the right direction. People complain often about the increase in housing prices, but that's the result in part of a significantly improved economy here. Businesses want to operate here and people want to live here.

I've found the people to be generally friendly, and culture is what you make of it. There certainly are cultural options here, though fewer than in Sacramento or the Bay Area. Again, you'll find people who aren't as happy with Reno - some have come on this site with the sole purpose of trashing the area - and it certainly is not without its problems, but I'm pleased with where it is and where it's going.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:23 AM
 
Location: NNV
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Totally agree with the above. The city of Sacramento is twice as large population wise as the city of Reno and the Sacramento Metropolitan Area (which includes the foothills and forests to the Nevada border) has 5 times the population as the Reno/Sparks Metropolitan Area. So it's a little unfair to compare the two.

We did like the Reno area better than the Prescott/Prescott Valley area (less diverse) and the Medford/Ashland area (a little isolated, main airport is in Portland).

The old main downtown is a little seedy and the better casinos are outside that area. People still judge Reno from that. There is "gentrification" going on (around the Truckee River and south from there) which is nice. Overall there is progress.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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Cool thanks for the info! It does seem to be headed in the right direction, hopefully I can get in there before the rental prices are at california prices

After travelling all around coastal california, I was really amazed by how friendly and relaxed the people were in Tahoe, it was like night and day. Of course, its a tiny resort town compared to sprawling metro areas so again not quite a fair comparison but still. Wasn't really in Reno long enough to see how everyday people interact and such but it was a good vibe.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:45 PM
 
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The people in Reno are very friendly and nice.

The large area of the city and metro area is new and clean but most tourists don't get to see it. They only saw the seedy part of Downtown around the casino and think that is all Reno to offer.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:07 PM
 
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... it struck me as a seedier, smaller Vegas stuck back in the 70's/80's.
In a nutshell.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Reno
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In a nutshell.
The casino area downtown? Yes. The other 99 percent of the area? Not even close.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Reno, Nv
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Here's my take, and I am one of those people who hate it here, and am looking forward to leaving this place behind me once and for all (trust me, I did not want to come back). I was raised here throughout the 80's, and early 90's. I didn't mind being here when I was a kid, as an adult though, I hate it. I only say this because I moved to an area in the mid 90's that I fell in love with, then came back, and didn't like what I saw. I didn't see the changes happen slowly, like when casinos started dying, or when businesses closed, and the buildings are still vacant. Outer areas, and communities are popping up and doing ok, because I think they want to prove that they don't need Reno "proper" to thrive. Here are What my thoughts are, housing demand happened way too fast, and nobody knew how to deal with it at the time. The Reno/Sparks area weren't prepared for the sudden population boom, and the landlords took full advantage of that. Now that there are now housing planned communities coming in, things might not be so crazy in the near future. So now, there is this cross section of people that live here, who are bitter about what their lives have ended up like because of everything that has happened recently, and people who are happy about the sudden growth.
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:55 PM
 
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So its growing.. but businesses are closing? Housing prices are an issue nationwide so not such a big concern of mine given the last places I've lived, and Reno is still relatively cheap from what I see. Not sure if wages in the area are gona pick up with the prices though, thats the big question. I'm hopeful due to the proximity to bay area and big name companies like google and tesla opening up nearby.
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Reno, Nv
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Tesla is the main reason why housing has more than doubled in the past 2 years, and greedy landlords. Businesses are always closing here, but more do come in. Downtown, and within downtown limits always seems to take the hit hardest, and I'm not taking about just the casinos. Reno has always been a boom or bust city, we are just in a boom right now. About 5 or 6 years ago, it was in a bit of a bust.
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