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Old 02-21-2008, 05:27 PM
 
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There's alot of construction work on I-10 going on, and will go on for a number of years so the depending on where this is happening determines how bad at a particular spot it is.

What's laughable is that I-10 in Tucson was built during the Einsenhower administration. Want to know how many freeways have been built since?

0.

Want to know how many are planned?

0.

And this from a city over a million in population and growing.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:30 PM
 
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galove, east of Houghton is Excellent, Civano is ok from what I hear. But Civano is right off of Houghton...Houghton is going to be going throu major 4 lane constuction for a couple years...ouch. If you guys like east of Houghton try some of the many developments off of broadway or speedway east of Houghton. Another good area is off of Tanque Verde ( castle rock, or castle lake development) good luck !
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:55 PM
 
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We looked at Civano, but didn't like the enormous power lines running behind the homes.
I was wondering what in the world you were talking about even the first time I read this, but decided not to say anything until I make sure how it is. I'm buying a house next door and was in the area today. The day is gorgeous and I decided to drive along the Eastern edge of Civano. The power lines in question are located at least a few hundred feet from the last row of existing homes. They might become a problem for Civano North Ridge (then again, Pepper Viner are not known for being dummies in this town), but certainly not for the existing neighborhood.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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galove, east of Houghton is Excellent, Civano is ok from what I hear. But Civano is right off of Houghton...Houghton is going to be going throu major 4 lane constuction for a couple years...ouch. If you guys like east of Houghton try some of the many developments off of broadway or speedway east of Houghton. Another good area is off of Tanque Verde ( castle rock, or castle lake development) good luck !
Well, whenever the widening of Houghton happens, it's gonna extend all the way from I-10 to Speedway (could be even Tanque Verde) and will be done in 3 phases. It's gonna have 6 lanes, not 4. At least that's the plan. Based on what I read the first stretch of the work will be from I-10 to Rita Rd.

The front part of Civano is very close to the road, but definitely not the whole neighborhood. Another detail that may not be known to out-of-towners is that Civano is extremely vocal and influential neighborhood, many times to a point of being annoying. I'd bet on them making sure the new pavement of Houghton is as quiet as it can possibly be!

I'd second your opinion about the Tanque Verde area. The Lakes of Castle Rock is a beautiful community.
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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Arizona is now 49th in the US for education. It's such a shame. Not enough tax dollars going back in to the schools. Isn't part of the proceeds the the lottery supposed to go to our educational system? What about proceeds from the casinos?
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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If you like the eastside be sure to look at Silverado Hills (Broadway east of Houghton) it's got great sidewalks for walking and enjoying the mountain views and they preserved the washes as open areas between the houses.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:27 AM
 
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[The power lines in question are located at least a few hundred feet from the last row of existing homes. They might become a problem for Civano North Ridge (then again, Pepper Viner are not known for being dummies in this town), but certainly not for the existing neighborhood.[/quote]

That's where we were looking and they are right out the back door-quite an eye sore. But, yes, I think there are probably existing homes where your view isn't tainted by them.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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We moved to Tucson / Oro Valley in 2001 from the Research Triangle area in North Carolina and quite frankly are itching to go back. At the time, there were quite a few lucrative jobs in the area and we received a too-good-to-pass-up offer. In the surface Tucson looked good but there is quite a bit of crime (cross-border crime and gangs) and we are very disappointed with the local experience. Our son is in one of the few good schools in the area, but on the whole education stinks. Taxes here are much lower than North Carolina but you get what you pay for. Yeah it gets hot in the summer, but it is more humid than you think.

Be careful of the many tract developments in the area, crooked contractors have run amok over the past 10 years or so. Our development has had lots of issues with construction defects. We live in Oro Valley and I have a 45 minute drive (each way) in to work. The traffic in / around the NW side of town is hellacious, plus the cops stake out all the routes into and out of Oro Valley (like La Canada) so you are stuck driving ridiculously low speed limits.
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I think these are pretty specific questions that I've not seen answers to in other posts. I hear that the schools are horrible, but WHAT is horrible? Is it violence, curriculum, teachers, drugs???

I'm concerned about not having a challenging curriculum--AP courses, second languages, etc. I'm also wondering if schools in the Marana or Vail Districts experience crime and drug issues. I understand it is in all schools, but is it a real concern in those districts?

Thanks for all your input.
It almost seems like your yelling!
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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The K-12 education system in AZ is bad and it's going to get worse. They are planning additional cuts on top of what they already have cut. My advice, if you care about kids education you should consider not moving here. It's that simple. My wife and I love Southern AZ for its natural beauty, culture, etc... but we are moving out of state before our kids start school because we owe them better than the worst schools in the US. Our new rank on per-pupil spending is #50. And they actually do want to cut funding further. They apparently will not raise taxes to improve education quality under any circumstances, even if it means relegating our kids to a 3rd-World quality school system.

There are a couple of good charter schools here in town, but you have to keep in mind that the VAST MAJORITY of the schools are absolutely terrible. Before you move, ask yourself if you really want to live in community that doesn't value education at all.

Move here when you are ready to retire. It's what everyone else does.
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