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View Poll Results: Which part of Alaska would you prefer to live in?
Anchorage 9 47.37%
Juneau 4 21.05%
Other 6 31.58%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-05-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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What do you readers see as the positives and negatives about these two places? (By Anchorage I mean within a half hour drive of downtown. By Juneau, the same, although I know you can't drive much more than a half hour out of town.)

Issues I would like to know...
-weather
-crime (also, how are the police departments)
-hunting/fishing and other outdoor activities
-children's activities, sports
-schools
-parks
-local government (conservative or liberal or mix)

Thanks for your answers.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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What do you readers see as the positives and negatives about these two places? (By Anchorage I mean within a half hour drive of downtown. By Juneau, the same, although I know you can't drive much more than a half hour out of town.)

Issues I would like to know...
-weather
-crime (also, how are the police departments)
-hunting/fishing and other outdoor activities
-children's activities, sports
-schools
-parks
-local government (conservative or liberal or mix)

Thanks for your answers.
I can't really vote for one over the other, but here's some info on Juneau.
  • weather - It's been extra wet lately. We haven't had a good summer for a few years
  • crime - crime is not bad. Where can you go if you rob a bank? The police think highly of themselves. Always wondered why it takes 3 cars at every minor fender bender.
  • hunting/fishing - plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Owning a boat is helpful but not necessary.
  • children's activities - plenty here. P&R has programs for indoor & outdoor soccer, basketball and other youth programs. There is also baseball, softball, football, competitive soccer, sailing and hockey sponsored by clubs and organizations (associated with P&R). There are also non-sports related activities available.
  • schools - they think highly of themselves. When you look at the report card, there are far too many kids who don't graduate high school. That said, you can get your kids an excellent education here. It means you have to fight for your kids, find out who the good teachers are and push for the right classes.
  • parks - there are several parks here, usually associated with a ball field. There are also state and federal parks providing camping, hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
  • local government - the local government is non-partisan, meaning people running for the Assembly, mayor, School Board do not list any political affiliations. IMHO, the city population leans slightly liberal, but it's close to evenly divided (I'm thinking 52% vs 48%). Look at the city's general election results to confirm this. I'd say that the town and Douglas leans more liberal and the valley is more conservative.
Hope this answers some of your questions about Juneau.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I voted other. I don't think I'd live in either place. Nothing to do with crime or weather. Just size.
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Right now the weather in Juneau simply sucks.
Snow, cold, then RAIN, cold, and then a little snow to tease you. And in all honesty, the economy here isn't doing too well either.
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