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Old 03-07-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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I feel like most people think Riverside is just hot, smogy, and dumpy. Does anyone love riverside?
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Are you getting this from people who actually live there, or the C-D naysayer battalion?
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Yeah --- I LOVE Riverside!
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Is that enthusiastic enough for you?

I was born in San Diego, grew up in Valley Center and Vista, and went to college in San Diego, and lived in Fallbrook for years. I've lived near the coast in La Costa and a couple of blocks from the beach in Oceanside. I've lived downtown in the Gaslamp District and on Cortez Hill, and in Banker's Hill and North Park, at various times. I've also lived in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and I spent a year in school in Santa Maria. So I have experienced most of Southern California, with a brief stay in Central California.

After living in all those places I know that the two most important qualities for me are an area that gets plenty of sunshine, and that has lots of historic homes and buildings, with an historic core downtown area. Riverside and Redlands are the only two cities that I know of in Southern California that fit those criteria perfectly. So for me, yeah, I love Riverside.

I also love Fallbrook, and lived there longer than any other place - I love it's oak trees and vegetation, the small town atmosphere, the little downtown area, and the community spirit. But it has fewer historic homes and buildings than Riverside or Redlands...
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I love downtown Riverside! Every time I go up there it seems really great, with the historic stuff (Mission Inn, museums, parks, etc) as well as a bunch of good restaurants.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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Yep! I love Riverside - came here for college 13 years ago and have pretty much been here ever since, except for two years living in South Orange County (which I liked but would still prefer living in Riverside). Riverside has one of the best downtowns in SoCal (and it's only getting better), great proximity to the rest of Southern California, great climate, great people. I could go on
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I love Riverside because
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I'm not there anymore!




I kid, I kid.

It is a very underrated city, never gets the rep it truly deserves. It's real, and not pretentious, which is all I could ever ask for. Not ashamed to be from there in the least (LSHS '01 FTW).
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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well, it's official. My husband was offered the job on Wednesday and he accepted it. We are moving to Riverside. He was out there this week and he thought it was fine, of course they put him up in the Mission Inn! I think we will aim for the Wood Streets.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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Great neighborhood, you'll love it. Welcome to Riverside!
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: The Jewel of the Inland Empire
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Here's hoping that you love your new neighborhood and new city.

Personally, the only time I loved Riverside was when I was a kid (because we were in a great area) and when I left it as an adult. Like everything else in this state, your opinion is shaped by where you are and if you're willing to put some effort into making a bad situation good. We were in a so-so area when we bought our condo in the downtown area and sadly, it went downhill due to the economy. Thankfully tho', we made the best of our situation and as long as we kept the inside of our home a pleasant atmosphere to be, we could enjoy our living in Riverside while we waited to move.

The Wood streets are filled with beautiful homes. I remember my parents driving us through there on Christmas when we were kids. During the summer, check out the Music in the Park in the various Riverside parks.
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