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Old 06-15-2007, 07:56 PM
Location: CA Coast
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Reno has the 10th best Opera in the nation
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:36 AM
Location: Nevada 'bound in 4 more days!
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Karla I dont know if you have moved yet or are still in the market for a job... but I just landed a job with the State of Nevada and moving in from out of State.... I dont know what your field is but I would check that option out. Good benefits... which is really important especially when a family is involved.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:30 AM
Location: Clarksville, TN
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i didnt know that reno had an opera...wow.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:45 PM
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Awesome pictures!

Originally Posted by Tim Currie View Post
Ok shoot.... I don't live there. Buuut..my mom lives right outside of town and I'm pretty familiar with the area.

First of all, it's waaaay different than So Cal life. And that's one of the things I like. I used to think it was a dirty old small town with a bunch of casinos. But it has grown a lot in the last 10 years. Now there is a ton of new retail and housing. Most of the big chain retail and restaurants are in Reno these days. There's also a ton of people from California that moved in. So I guess what I mean is it is much more like Ca than it used to be.

What I like:

- the natural terrain. i really like the scenery of the high desert, maybe just cause it is very different than Northern Ca/Sacramento where I live.(though real similar to SoCal)
- not as crowded/crazy paced as Ca, less traffic, etc.
- friendly people. some might consider them "redneck" or "backwards" (like my upity sister from the Bay Area....) but I think that's pretty ignorant. They're generally a lot more traditional and conservative than Ca folks. and a lot friendlier.
- weather. very much similiar to Northern Ca but a little bit cooler overall and a little bit of snow in winter. well, and dryer.
- I like the Western...."wild west" feel to Northern NV, I think its "neat"

And you say you're into the outdoors and don't like rain. Well you'll get lot's of sunny weather in Reno and a ton of places to explore outside.

Hiking, camping, biking, fishing, horses (my mom gets wild horses...cool), you can do plenty of that, waay more opportunities and better places to do all those in Reno than So Cal. You've got the eastern Sierra Nevada RIGHT there, easy access to Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, and the vast open places to explore in the high desert if you go east or north.

Don't know about schools I dont have kids.

Anyway, I really like the area and like that my mom is there so I can visit. I might consider living there but I'm younger and have no kids and want a bigger city to live in at this point in my life, and Reno does not provide that.

Do you like the look of this?

View of the hills/mtns to the east of Reno/Virginia City
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k127/timmys88Z/view.jpg (broken link)

Looking west towards the Sierra Nevada... Reno is to the right of the picture.
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k127/timmys88Z/hills.jpg (broken link)

Pyramid Lake...all to yourself.
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k127/timmys88Z/lake.jpg (broken link)
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:02 PM
Location: Red Rock
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Just to add to this thread. Early on there was a question about Reno area schools. The University of Nevada, also known as UNR is an excellent school. It has top notch mining, engineering and nursing schools among others. It also has a very good medical school. The Truckee Meadows Community College also provides good two year trade and transfer programs. I haven't kept up with the tuition costs....you can Google that.
However, the grade school through high school situation has been under stress. Prior to the mortgage bust there was major growth in the Reno area mostly from Californian's attracted by relatively good housing prices plus low taxes. Beware though, if you come from Middle America... Reno's housing, gas and other living expenses may shock you and there aren't a lot of high paying 'jobs', so be sure to bring an appropriate high paying career credential/skill set or else lots of money. Don't count on social service safety nets to save you.
The Washoe County School District has responded well to the growth but only within it's financial means. New schools have been built, but not enough to keep up with demand. Many schools have to resort to multi-track year round sessions. School bonds to build more, spend more and tax more are offered seemingly with every election cycle, along with other public service tax increase propositions to provide all the amenities and services former Californian's became accustomed to before they could no longer afford to live there. NV oldtimers mostly vote against these new taxes.
Alas, eventually there will be enough votes to tax and spend and build all the necessities required of the California life style...it just hasn't happened, yet. Maybe the current mortgage collapse fiasco will stop the migration from California, at least for awhile.
As for the educational quality of the Washoe County school system, it's generally very good, there are certainly better school systems yet plenty of worse ones. Parents involved in their children's education get the best results from any school system.
As for what I like about the Reno/Sparks area, my top likes are, all the recreational opportunities, greater personal freedom than exists in more congested states and lower overall taxes for my personal situation, ymmv.....your mileage may vary.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:33 PM
Location: Reno, NV
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Very few bugs and no fleas. Animals like it here.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:17 PM
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I like Sparks because it has a forward looking government, one that is committed to management of growth in a controlled and effective way. There are many opportunities for a person who likes wildlife to explore in our own neighborhoods without havin to go any distance at all. Also, a well planned access to shopping, entertainment and medical needs. The community recognizes the needs of all ages in planning and offering free or very low cost entertainment, activitiesd and particpation volunteer opportunities.
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:38 PM
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Likes: Leaving Reno/Sparkansas
Proximity to Tahoe

Dislikes: Coming back
Rude/Discourteous drivers
Ineffective police force
Poorly educated populace
Lack of culture/entertainment
Cookie cutter suburbs everywhere
Casinos and the trashy crowd they attract
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:26 PM
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Originally Posted by estevanker View Post
Likes: Leaving Reno/Sparkansas
Proximity to Tahoe

Dislikes: Coming back
Rude/Discourteous drivers
Ineffective police force
Poorly educated populace
Lack of culture/entertainment
Cookie cutter suburbs everywhere
Casinos and the trashy crowd they attract

Windy? That's so funny. Whenever someone mentions the wind it reminds me of the day my dad told me how windy Reno was. Dad, I live here. It's not THAT windy. It can get some good wind storms going but it's not like it's every day and in the summer, i WELCOME those breezes.

The dislikes that you mention... i mean really that stuff is lots of places. Dont' go downtown if you dont like the trashy casino people! I am curious to know why you think the police force is ineffective, you must have first hand experience with this? and the culture/entertainment is hard to find but that's also a lot of places at least in the western states. im curious to know where you're from and where you're going, since you are so excited to be out of here.

By the way the rudest drives have to be in California and the most ANNOYING drivers are in the Carolinas. And I dont know who you associate yourself with but my crowd is very educated. It's all in what you make of it. Some places are not for everyone. I hope you do better where you're going.
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