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Old 05-10-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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Hello yall,
I'm from Nashville and am moving to SLC in under two weeks to help a buddy out with his business. Other than him, I know nobody in the area. I am a 34 yr old single man that likes nightlife and has spent the last ten years as bartender and concert promoter in Memphis and Nashville. I will not have a vehicle, have some savings to burn up until I start making money. I'll be renting, hopefully with a roommate. So, here's where I need advice:

1) How is your local public transit? Does it run late? (couldn't find times online)
2) How/Where is the fun nightlife?
3) Bad Neighborhoods?
4) How's the dating scene?
5) Other than LDS, what's the general vibe of the city? (young, college, hipster, hippy)
6) Anyone know of a room to rent near downtown area?
7) Any words of wisdom you could pass on to someone who knows NOTHING but what I read online about SLC?

Thanks Yall
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, wa
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For the public transit, you can find routes and times online here: Utah Transit Authority
I do know that trax doesn't run much after 11:00 pm, wish they would extend that. Also Sunday public transit is limited even more. Otherwise checking some of the bus routes, which I've not really used, might help you determine a location that would work well? Most nightlife is downtown, I'd say it's a no brainer that you want to be around there somewhere if you can find a place that works.

I was married when I moved here so can't help much on the dating scene.

Vibe is pretty outdoorsy, but there feels like a pretty strong counter culture to the general lds vibe around the city core. I'm not sure what that all entails, but between downtown, sugarhouse, etc, there's some interesting places and people.

ksl.com is generally a better place to look for rooms than craigslist I believe, it seems to be the go to classified for the city.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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1) How is your local public transit? Does it run late? (couldn't find times online)
It's good for a small city - it doesn't run terribly late. Not past midnight. The city is very bicycle friendly though. Tons of bike lanes.
2) How/Where is the fun nightlife?
Downtown. It's also good. It's no NYC or LV, but we know how to have fun. Beer is only 3.2% ABV, but it just means you can spend more time drinking before you get drunk. Try to look at the silver lining.
3) Bad Neighborhoods?
Eh...ish. They're not bad as in you'll get robbed and murdered, but Rose Park, Glendale and just about anything near Redwood Road or I-15 and north of about 6200 South is going to be rougher looking and older. More property crime in those areas. More apartments with tons of people living in them. Just overall less desirable.
4) How's the dating scene?
Are you smart, successful and attractive? Then it's great! If not, eh.. it can be rougher. Women in SLC are generally attractive and successful and tend to be somewhat picky, but as a pretty typical dude I had no issues before I married. If you're out of shape, uneducated and make $10 an hour, you likely won't get many dates.
5) Other than LDS, what's the general vibe of the city? (young, college, hipster, hippy)
Downtown has lots of young-urban-profession types. Suburbs are super family oriented and more LDS. The university is semi-hipster.
6) Anyone know of a room to rent near downtown area?
Like the other person said - check out the KSL Classifieds
7) Any words of wisdom you could pass on to someone who knows NOTHING but what I read online about SLC?
Lots of local bars, good singles scene, tons of outdoors stuff, plenty of cheap and free events all year long (especially in the summer), fantastic job market - if you aren't picky. Salt Lake is kind of a hidden single person's dream. Don't judge the Mormons as being weird because other than how we choose to worship, we're just like you, some of us just don't drink. Explore the outdoors. If you don't you're not making life here worth it.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Search here for a room to rent. Stay near downtown, university or sugarhouse. Suburbs are full of families and you'll have to drive or take public transport downtown for nightlife/activities.

This is a very dry climate. Your eyes, lips, skin & hair might need moisture. Our air quality gets really bad during the winter months. Search this forum, you'll find info about that.

Our city is laid out on a grid system. I've only ever lived here so it makes perfect sense to me.

Will you be working for your buddy in his business endeavors for your future income? Or will you be looking elsewhere for employment? That might have an impact on your decision as to where you'd like to live.

Good luck.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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THANKS everyone for your well thought-out and informative replies. I've been here 4 days and really like your city. It's a nice mix of fun and friendliness. I've never been to a place so friendly. I met your entire african-american population yesterday ... He was very nice too.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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LOL. There are actually quite a few African Americans living here in UT. Albeit, we aren't talking Philly population or anything, but a decent amount for Utah at least.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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THANKS everyone for your well thought-out and informative replies. I've been here 4 days and really like your city. It's a nice mix of fun and friendliness. I've never been to a place so friendly. I met your entire african-american population yesterday ... He was very nice too.
That's only true because the Jazz (NBA team) are on break right now ... It'll grow about ten-fold in October, when the players move back to Salt Lake I kid, I kid. According to the 2010 census, 2.7% of Salt Lakers responded as being Black or African American.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I met your entire african-american population yesterday ... He was very nice too.
You met my nephew? Cool! Glad you've liked Salt Lake so far!
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Originally Posted by mvn2SLC View Post
THANKS everyone for your well thought-out and informative replies. I've been here 4 days and really like your city. It's a nice mix of fun and friendliness. I've never been to a place so friendly. I met your entire african-american population yesterday ... He was very nice too.
LOL Love your sense of humor.
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