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Old 07-30-2016, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Ahhh! Honestly, I really dislike Eureka and Arcata. To put it as nicely as possible. That area is inundated with homeless people. And I've seen homeless in the Bay Area and in downtown Redding, where it's bad. Eureka and Arcata take the cake as far as homeless everywhere.

Plus, you just can't understand how a community that is very much into and financed by marijuana, is affected by that industry, until you see it first hand.

My impression of that, is a community that lets their property go to hell. The entire area is full of homes that have not been maintained. There are various theories - that they don't want people to know how much they are actually worth, so they let their properties rot in the salt air. Or they are so high all the time, that they don't pay attention to the fact that their properties are rotting in the salt air. Whatever the reason, properties in that area are rotting away for the most part.

Also, I swear, you can't go anywhere without smelling pot. That may bother you or it may not. But, this also means that most people you encounter are high. Maybe that will bother you or not. But, to me, even as an ex-pot-smoking-ex-hippy, I would rather not deal with everyone wherever I go - who are high.

Plus, there is about zero affordable housing in Eureka and their Section 8 list is closed.

But, honestly, even if they called me tomorrow and said they could offer me a better deal than I have in CC, I would not take it. I don't like it there. Bottom line. Even if there is a little more to do there.

And there isn't any better medical or dental benefits there than here.

And Eureka is still super isolated from anywhere else. The drive from Eureka to anywhere civilized, like Santa Rosa, is still a long and isolated drive.

So, nope. Eureka would not be better than Crescent City. If I move away from here, I'd go all the way to Santa Rosa. I'd never move to Eureka or Arcata instead. I think you just have to really be into the pot industry to live there. And I didn't think I'd believe that about the place. But, I live up here now, and have visited there with the intent on possibly moving there, and even when I visited there, the local paper that day had a front page article about the pot industry.

Oh, and I didn't even mention the pit bulls. You'll see little hippy girls all over Arcata walking their pit bulls. I've never seen so many pit bulls in my life being walked in one town at the same time. Are they rescuing them as something noble? Are they also part of the pot industry mentality or security? I don't know. But, it was weird. Lots of high hippy types (which I used to be) with pit bulls, and still smoking lots of pot with lots of tattoos.

It's a very weird area, unless you're into all of that. I'm pretty open-minded, but it creeps me out. It's a bizarre time-warp culture where most of the inhabitants are mentally impaired most of the time.

Just weird and creepy.

That was a long way around telling you that no, Eureka won't work for me.
It's been a long time since I been to Eureka. (1987) It sounds like things have really gone down hill there.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: southeast Wisconsin
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Ahhh! Honestly, I really dislike Eureka and Arcata. To put it as nicely as possible. That area is inundated with homeless people. And I've seen homeless in the Bay Area and in downtown Redding, where it's bad. Eureka and Arcata take the cake as far as homeless everywhere.

Plus, you just can't understand how a community that is very much into and financed by marijuana, is affected by that industry, until you see it first hand.

My impression of that, is a community that lets their property go to hell. The entire area is full of homes that have not been maintained. There are various theories - that they don't want people to know how much they are actually worth, so they let their properties rot in the salt air. Or they are so high all the time, that they don't pay attention to the fact that their properties are rotting in the salt air. Whatever the reason, properties in that area are rotting away for the most part.

Also, I swear, you can't go anywhere without smelling pot. That may bother you or it may not. But, this also means that most people you encounter are high. Maybe that will bother you or not. But, to me, even as an ex-pot-smoking-ex-hippy, I would rather not deal with everyone wherever I go - who are high.

Plus, there is about zero affordable housing in Eureka and their Section 8 list is closed.

But, honestly, even if they called me tomorrow and said they could offer me a better deal than I have in CC, I would not take it. I don't like it there. Bottom line. Even if there is a little more to do there.

And there isn't any better medical or dental benefits there than here.

And Eureka is still super isolated from anywhere else. The drive from Eureka to anywhere civilized, like Santa Rosa, is still a long and isolated drive.

So, nope. Eureka would not be better than Crescent City. If I move away from here, I'd go all the way to Santa Rosa. I'd never move to Eureka or Arcata instead. I think you just have to really be into the pot industry to live there. And I didn't think I'd believe that about the place. But, I live up here now, and have visited there with the intent on possibly moving there, and even when I visited there, the local paper that day had a front page article about the pot industry.

Oh, and I didn't even mention the pit bulls. You'll see little hippy girls all over Arcata walking their pit bulls. I've never seen so many pit bulls in my life being walked in one town at the same time. Are they rescuing them as something noble? Are they also part of the pot industry mentality or security? I don't know. But, it was weird. Lots of high hippy types (which I used to be) with pit bulls, and still smoking lots of pot with lots of tattoos.

It's a very weird area, unless you're into all of that. I'm pretty open-minded, but it creeps me out. It's a bizarre time-warp culture where most of the inhabitants are mentally impaired most of the time.

Just weird and creepy.

That was a long way around telling you that no, Eureka won't work for me.
Exactly the impression my hubby and I got. After visiting both towns, walking around a bit, we just felt like we wanted to go home and take a bath. There was some woman in Eureka carrying her dog (with one arm under its front legs, so it just dangled in her arms) and she was staggering around in the middle of the street cussing at the top of her lungs. Shopping at the mall was ok, though.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Oddly enough, CC is growing on me again, so I may stay. But, I'm hoping to put a camper on my truck, so I can travel a bit. The hardest thing to adjust to here for me, is the lack of things I loved doing in the Bay Area. I love to take classes and go on group bus day trips, and there is nothing like that here.

But, I'm getting into making crafts and will start selling at the local farmers markets, so I'll have a social outlet there, and I got a plot in one of the community gardens, so I'm starting to garden again and chatting with other gardeners, etc. I've made a friend I can go shopping with, etc., occasionally. And I love taking my dog to the beach - we went today and it was wonderful. Chatted with a guy there with his dog, too. I've found people to be friendly here, it's easy to chat with strangers here and there.

I like the cool weather, and just as we were about to leave the sunny and breezy beach with temps around 70 degrees today at about 4pm, I think, the fog started rolling in.

At any rate, it's a big adjustment to go from having the entertainment options in the Bay Area, including tons of classes to choose from - to pretty much zilch. And not much in the way of shopping options, either.

But, if I moved away from here, I think I would really miss the good things - hardly anyone on the beaches and nobody bugging me about my dog being off leash, no traffic, no lines, no crowds, no parking meters, mild temps year-round.

You just don't get it all in one place - great shopping/entertainment and no traffic and empty beaches.

I've been here almost 2 years, and I'm just finally feeling like I've gotten comfortable with the pace here. I'm finally getting my zen on :-)

And you gotta love that I could plant Chinese snow peas in July.

Oh, and as far as nobody having wood burning fire places... I can't believe that nobody has one, because I see firewood for sale around town. But, I wouldn't be surprised if many people don't want to deal with chopping, buying, stacking, drying, dealing with the mess bringing wood inside - that having a real wood-burning fireplace means. I got real sick of it when I got older and had wood-burning fireplaces in WA. And even if I did, I'd still put in an insert because they're more efficient and you can get some where you can still see the fire.
I was just wondering how you were acclimating to CC, NoMoreSnow. It seems you have really been enjoying the best parts of CC. It sounds like a big upgrade from the oppressive heat of Redding.

Regarding the lack of shopping/entertainment and no traffic empty beaches, yeah, I hear you. They are pretty much polar opposites. Monterey is the closest I've found an while not perfect, its pretty darn close for us.

I hear you regarding Humboldt on all fronts... as and old hippie myself.

Derek
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Different strokes for different folks. I (and my pit bull) will never leave Eureka.
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Different strokes for different folks. I (and my pit bull) will never leave Eureka.
I hear ya, Eureka!

It's gonna be interesting when the laws change to legalize the primary industry. I wonder if grow houses will become a thing of the past? No need to hide it inside when it will be like growing tobacco or any other cash crop. Big ag may end up dominating the market at some stage.

Derek
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:47 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I hear ya, Eureka!

It's gonna be interesting when the laws change to legalize the primary industry. I wonder if grow houses will become a thing of the past? No need to hide it inside when it will be like growing tobacco or any other cash crop. Big ag may end up dominating the market at some stage.

Derek
Hello, Taxation! That should go far to patch up the state budget....
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