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Old 01-12-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Trying to find a suitable town in which to live. I thought of CA's Central Valley, but am told it is quite Ugly and violent in most areas (Stockton, Fresno, Sacramento, and Bakersfield). I glanced in the Portland, OR forums because of the public transportation, but I'm reading a lot of negativity in the forums - people there seem to have issues; not happy, for some reason, or another. I do miss CA, but I don't miss the Homeless issue in that state. CA takes great care of the homeless, and they flock there for the care and the weather (S California).

A friend lives in Las Vegas; it seems, very few parts of that city are safe. In Reno, I think to look West of Virginia for an apartment. I'm a Down Town type of guy. I won't buy a house yet, I want to get a "feel" for the city first.

In the US, I've lived on both coasts, and El Paso, TX. I also lived in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. I do love Mexico, but Mexican Americans are afraid to cross the border now due to the violence in Juarez. I'm currently in the Northeast, I hate it. I graduated in Philadelphia, I also didn't like. After traveling around the globe, I settled in San Francisco, CA; great when I first moved there, awful as I was leaving. I was very happy in Mexico before the violence got out of hand. My short stint in El Paso was short for 3 reasons; the city is going no where, and lacks most services one finds in large cities; also, the populace is extremely dumb, seemed smarter in Mexico.

Now, my questions about Reno, is it a flat city? I love to ride my bike. Is most of the Down Town violence east of Virginia? Is Reno a friendly town; that is, at least a smile or nod as one passes another? How Hispanic-friendly is the city?

I saw the Web Cam shots in Reno, it looks as if the city is asleep. Maybe I need a different location to view. I read earlier the Down Town is ugly, wanna see ugly? Go to El Paso or Juarez. My current city, Rochester ain't too pretty most of the year, the trees in Fall are what I missed most about the East. This city is also quite violent for a small city, but I live on the border of Greece, NY; a lot safer.

As for climate, I'm in one of the coldest in this country. I love to walk, residential areas, parks, or hike; and bike. But I do not like water recreation.

Thanks for the response,

-s
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Now, my questions about Reno, is it a flat city? I love to ride my bike. Is most of the Down Town violence east of Virginia? Is Reno a friendly town; that is, at least a smile or nod as one passes another? How Hispanic-friendly is the city?
Yes, most fo Reno is flat. It's in a valley (Truckee Meadows) and is surrounded by mountains. There is plenty of hiking, skiing, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities in the surrounding mountains.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Excellent! Thanks so much for the reply. I'll feel comfortable with a mountain bike in Reno.

Now the open questions are: which part of downtown is safer? East or West.
How friendly is Reno to strangers? Here in the Northeast, people tend to be afraid of strangers. I know there is a Hispanic community in Reno, but how friendly are Reno natives to the Educated Hispanics? Yes, some people are taken aback when I correct their condescending behavior. Finally, is there a site that displays current photos of Downtown Reno? As was said before I am used to ugly cities.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Don't live downtown unless you are homeless, or get into the cool highrise apartment. Southwest of downtown is great, otherwise cross I80 and live near the University, but not east of it.
the Northeast where you are from is cold and insular, the west is open and friendly, you will like it.
Nobody gives a hoot if you are Hispanic, Black, Monglian or Slobovian, they do care if you wear what ever you are as a badge. A Hispanic must be from Hispania, which has not existed since the Visigoths drove the Romans out. Try specificity, like are you Puerto Rican, Spanish, Costa Rican.
If you correct condescending behavior, sooner or later you will get punched in the nose.
Downtown Reno is Ugly, 20 miles in any direction is beautiful, just don't die of exposure or thirst, a bad habit non Nevadans have in the desert.

Speaking of Condescending, My friend stunningly beautiful friend Maria, is very condescending to anyone who calls her Hispanic, she is Panamanian, and rather proud of it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Thank you so much Clarks. I get a bit paranoid due to the constant belief from others that I am "below" due to my ethnicity. I can let this one go. I don't wear my flag or colors anyway.

The more appreciated comment is on downtown. I saw 2 different high-rise complexes on the Web worth checking out. I also saw a few apartments listed as "southwest," but I don't know if the brokers were just trying to get commission or not on them. Can anyone trust a sales pitch these desperate days? Per the maps, they were only a few blocks from I-80, but south of it; southwest, but still downtown. I feel safer high-rise apartments also.

I'll live if I don't see Reno before arriving this summer; if ugly, but functioning - good. A city that is Ugly and completely abandoned is what gets to me. I can find beauty among ashes in any environment. Rochester, NY "ain't gonna win no beauty contest" either, the river, along with many parks make up for that. Most of the Truckee I've seen was on the CA side during a visit to Tahoe.

Odd, with Las Vegas being on the list of America's Richest cities, why is poverty an issue there? San Francisco too? El Paso is on the poorest list; filled with poverty, but is very safe.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Remember, locals don't go downtown, downtown is for the gamblers.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Parts of downtown are actually nice. I would definitely look at one of the highrises downtown, IDK if youre looking to buy or rent but you can get some amazing deals for less than 100k. And downtown especially by the river is a great area; movie theater, coffee shops, shops, restaurants, bars, live music, etc. There is a month-long thing called artown which is great. Look at the Arlington Towers, Park Towers, Riverside Towers, The Palladio, The Montage, and maybe even the Belvedere. Other areas you could look into are: Wells Ave, a pleasant little bungalow district w/ some cool thrift shops and such, the main hispanic area in Reno. Also the area west of the University is where a lot of students live and close to downtown. SW Reno is beautiful and upscale w/ some big old homes and lots of greenery, and a few apartments. All these neighborhoods are walkable and definitely bikeable to downtown.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Going to any Downtown today is a Gamble; yes, on your safety. I feel I can breeze by on a bike if I wish. I also tend not to venture outdoors after dark.

I'll look into the aforementioned complexes, hopefully a place with easy access to the river. I'll also look to the SW, which sounds excellent. I do not need an area with a lot of Hispanics, just an area with a lot of people socializing. My friends are from different countries around the world. One misses a lot with no cultural variety - ghettos. Being a former CA resident, my friends there were; (now, virtual) Asian, Hispanic, European, and African. I never have that again, I just need to be in an open-minded environment. I won't buy a place yet, I need to get a feel of Reno first.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Remember, locals don't go downtown, downtown is for the gamblers.
not true, again. Things are not black and white, like you so tend to state them as a lot of the time.

I do not gamble at all, and I go downtown for the night life.

OP: Downtown is dirty in some parts, but near the truckee river I think it's real nice. They do wine walks and such by the river, even if you aren't interested in water sports, do you find the water pretty? I personally wouldn't live down there... there are plenty of nicer spots that are close enough to downtown...

I wouldn't consider it flat either, i mean sure the valley floor is flat, but i live in the north valleys, which is a higher elevation. surrounded by brown ugly mountains is the case, until the winter then it gets pretty with the snow.

lots of trails to take your bike on if that's what you like. also there are places you can go to do some downhill/extreme mountain biking if that interests you.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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I bike to keep my arteries clear. I also walk, a lot for the same reason. I lived a year at the foot of the Rocky Mountain range in the US, the Franklins; hills won't hurt me.

I don't gamble either, I stepped foot in an AC casino, and played the "one armed bandit" on a ferry to Nova Scotia; that was the end of my gambling days.

Overall, I am a nature lover, vegan vegetarian, tree hugger, what ever we're called now. The river will possibly be my refuge; although, a lake with waterfowl will rank higher. It doesn't get cold in Nevada, considering where I live now. In Chihuahua and El Paso, we
had snow flurries the first week of the year, people just went into panic mode. Here in Rochester, there is more than enough to build snow people. Without snow, I'm a hiker in the mountains.

There won't be much night life for me, I stay indoors after dark.

Thank you so much Mr./Ms. Green Eyes 5
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