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Old 05-11-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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The good:

1) It's close to so many great places, like the Kenai.
2) Plenty of stuff to do, very hard to be bored here
3) Lots of good quality high paying jobs
4) Friendly people
5) A moderate climate

the bad:

1) The city itself is rather ugly. Of course five minutes in any direction and you're in the wilderness so its all good.

2) High food and gas prices

3) Lots of homeless people
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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The good:

1) It's close to so many great places, like the Kenai.
2) Plenty of stuff to do, very hard to be bored here
3) Lots of good quality high paying jobs
4) Friendly people
5) A moderate climate

the bad:

1) The city itself is rather ugly. Of course five minutes in any direction and you're in the wilderness so its all good.

2) High food and gas prices

3) Lots of homeless people
Lots of homeless people becuase everything up here is extremely expensvie and rent/mortgage takes the cake. The rent rates are such a huge problem that there was a gov inititive not to long ago regarding rent prices and homelessness.

Something has to be done about the cost of housing in anchorage, maybe the answer is to create more section 8 housing if land lords want to keep price gouging.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Lots of homeless people becuase everything up here is extremely expensvie and rent/mortgage takes the cake. The rent rates are such a huge problem that there was a gov inititive not to long ago regarding rent prices and homelessness.

Something has to be done about the cost of housing in anchorage, maybe the answer is to create more section 8 housing if land lords want to keep price gouging.
Seriously do more research on what section 8 is and supports....it is for low income people...in our state right now the section 8 allows a 2 bedroom apartment to house 8 people! people who do not pay taxes or contribute in any way to the income of the town/state ....it costs the state and town to have section 8 rentals!~
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Lots of homeless people becuase everything up here is extremely expensvie and rent/mortgage takes the cake. The rent rates are such a huge problem that there was a gov inititive not to long ago regarding rent prices and homelessness.

Something has to be done about the cost of housing in anchorage, maybe the answer is to create more section 8 housing if land lords want to keep price gouging.

Sounds like you would like a more socialistic society. Rent is high just about everywhere the jobs pay well. Montana, Washington, Oregon, CA..... all the places I have lived in. I hear rent and homes and land are cheap in Oklahoma. Maybe you can move there?
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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Sounds like you would like a more socialistic society. Rent is high just about everywhere the jobs pay well. Montana, Washington, Oregon, CA..... all the places I have lived in. I hear rent and homes and land are cheap in Oklahoma. Maybe you can move there?
I'm not homeless, just because im not homeless does not mean I cant acknowledge the problem. Also just because some are making good money in any given area does not mean everyone is so I still say its price gouging. And even if I am making good money does not mean I want to be pissing i all away in rent.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:58 PM
 
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Ok the things I love about Anchorage are...

-the beauty, all year round its pretty here
-the wildlife
-no one is trying to impress others, people are just down to earth
-the peace and quiet
-the ocean nearby and gorgeous drives
-the SUMMERS!!! I love the summer here. Its so fun to have it light for so long.


Things I dislike

-the winters... you have snow from October to April and then its just like spring for a few months then it is October before you know it
-The distance from everywhere... to fly ANYWHERE is $500+ and you cannot drive anywhere different in a short time. So not the same road trips you could do in the lower 48
-Not very great shopping. Yes they have all the basics, but it gets old after a while
-Alaska is just behind on things and most places dont ship here very cheap


Overall I dont like it here enough to stay long term. But for a few years or so, its an amazing experience!
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Lots of homeless people becuase everything up here is extremely expensvie and rent/mortgage takes the cake. The rent rates are such a huge problem that there was a gov inititive not to long ago regarding rent prices and homelessness.

Something has to be done about the cost of housing in anchorage, maybe the answer is to create more section 8 housing if land lords want to keep price gouging.


I think a lot of the homeless problem here is partically because there are a lot of people here who don't viewing living outside as a problem. Many actually like it. This is the easiest place I've seen to be homeles in, because of the many open spaces.

But I stand by what I said. Anchorage is a fantastic place to live, mainly because of it's proximity to so much beauty and because of the friendly people here.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:48 PM
 
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I think a lot of the homeless problem here is partically because there are a lot of people here who don't viewing living outside as a problem. Many actually like it. This is the easiest place I've seen to be homeles in, because of the many open spaces.

But I stand by what I said. Anchorage is a fantastic place to live, mainly because of it's proximity to so much beauty and because of the friendly people here.
Until its winter time, homelessness is deadly and the housing for homeless is grossly inadaquate and inconsistant. I would rather be homeless in sandiego.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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I've met many people who don't want a "home" and who say it's actually easier in the winter, mainly because because the areas they camp in aren't as crowded.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Until its winter time, homelessness is deadly and the housing for homeless is grossly inadequate and inconsistent . I would rather be homeless in San Diego.
LOL, i have to agree. I tell DH all the time that I'd save up my panhandling cash and buy a ticket to somewhere Warm!!

No sense in living in this place where you will die in the winter from exposure.

(of course if a homeless person was resourceful, they'd be able to live off the land here, as in Alaska, but it would not be easy)
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