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Old 03-20-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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Is fort collins a good place for two younger twenty somethings in the restaurant industry and their dogs to relocate to? We are coming from Texas and I've been all over this site (believe me haha) trying to find the best fit for us and our price range.

Is fort collins a pretty chill place with a good restaurant scene? Also, is the city geared more toward families or does it have a spot for a younger demographic. I heard that there was a college there, so I'm hoping that might make things better for us since rentals are actually available!

Thank you!
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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There are lots of restaurants here, but rentals are a bit tough to find right now. Vacancies are pretty low and rents are increasing. There is a university here. Most leases in town run August 1 to July 31, but right now is the time when most students are pre-leasing for their lodging for next school year, so this is the time to secure housing.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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You might want to read through this website a little more, as it sounds like you don't really know very much about Fort Collins. There's all kinds of information here, and many of the same questions seem to pop up again and again, so odds are someone has already asked most of the things you will want to ask.
Enjoy.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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ride bicycles in heavy traffic.
Only people from Wyoming consider Fort Collins "heavy traffic".
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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It would be perfect for you. There are thousands of twenty somethings working in restaurants and retail struggling to pay high rents so they can hike around the mountains or ride bicycles in heavy traffic. We even have a Texas Roadhouse or Serious Texas BBQ for you to plug into since they always have new help.

Bring lots of dogs (big ones) because if you don't people will think you are from Texas and not California and that will make you stick out and think you voted for GW. Also socializing around marijuana sharing, $5-$6 pints of over hopped beer, $1000.00 bicycles or tragic underemployment stories are great ways to connect with natives and Cali-plants . Do all this and the chill kids will think your ice!

Don't bring many possessions because you won't have room for them and it is easier to move back where you came from when your money is gone along with the fantasy.

Count the big Uhaul box trucks heading towards Colorado and the little Uhaul trailers leaving on your way here to help the drive go faster.
A lot of texans have large dogs and didn't vote for bush, either of them. I think it's pretty important for people moving from places to new ones and people who never go anywhere but where they are from to remember not to judge people based on their states politicos. Esp. since those people are already relocating.

Theres a really weird animosity I've been getting from Colorado. I love it and I'm going regardless, but I have read on here a lot of messages tinged with a whole lot of "not welcome" attitude. Not necessarily to my posts, but in general. Wtf is up with that?

I mean, one thing I can say about texas is that, despite what you see in magazines and television, the people who live here are always happy to meet someone from someplace new. At least in houston and from what I've discovered in living here my whole life.

Is this weird animosity a constant? Sorry for the rant, but I had to ask.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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Theres a really weird animosity I've been getting from Colorado. I love it and I'm going regardless, but I have read on here a lot of messages tinged with a whole lot of "not welcome" attitude. Not necessarily to my posts, but in general. Wtf is up with that?


Is this weird animosity a constant? Sorry for the rant, but I had to ask.
Well if you're going solely on this site, you have to remember that most of posters here are older, and usually a little more crotchety. Colorado old-timers still have a pretty Cowboy, libertarian, leave me alone, and stay off my land type of mentality. They've seen expansive growth in the state (which has led to a lot of positives that they may not realize are because of the growth).

Also many people in Colorado are a little biased against Texans, mainly because some have big personalities, and aren't really embarrassed or ashamed to come to CO and clog up the mountain roads with poor driving or fall all over the black diamond ski runs while wearing starter jackets and jeans. Yes, they are stereo types, but CO gets enough Texans visiting each year to somewhat justify them.
But it's mainly just the tourists, if you're coming to live in the state, and don't make a big deal of the fact that you're from Texas, and are willing to assimilate a little, no one will really care. I would probably suggest getting your plates changed sooner rather than later though.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Default Not been my experience....

I moved to FoCo 14 months ago and haven't encountered any negative 'tude at all. I'm guessing the transition isn't as easy for everyone...moving is a huge change for folks, especially doing it later in life, as we did. (in our 50s). We moved alot in younger years and love the challenges it brings, getting to know a new place and it's culture/vibe and people. Just come with a positive outlook and you will love it here. I was fortunate to have the company I have worked for for 19 years expand to Northern Colorado, but my husband has struggled to find employment. The job market is pretty tough up here, but if you can find a decent job or 2.. life is good . Happy Hunting!
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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I would probably suggest getting your plates changed sooner rather than later though.
Sadly ... uh ... yeah.

I'm not "from" anywhere, because I've lived in a lot of places -- all of which were "home," when I lived there.

But I did move to CO from CA, and ... in my first week, here ... with my CA plates on my car ... a white van full of people aggressively chased after my wife and me for no reason at all.

I called the Police, while it was happening, and gave them the license plate info of the van.

When I got back home, I talked with a neighbor, who -- similarly -- advised me to lose the out-of-state license plates.

I hadn't faced that sort of prejudice and hostility anywhere else, but ... that neither means that it's unique TO this area, nor that it's typical OF this area.

Either way, though ... it really sucked
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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Nerda, If you have concerns about the society in FC, which you reasonably should, then you really need to check it out first before moving. It's a different place. The appearence and initial vibe are very appealing and this leads a lot of people to just jump on in. I live in 3 different states, Portland Oregon, Sarasota Florida and Fort Collins, and here is what makes it different:
Only in Fort Collins can I stand in a grocery store line and NO one casually visits with anyone.
Only in fort Collins do I have neighbors that I only know from sidewalk conversations.
Only in Fort Collins can I go to the same resturaunt several times and not "know" the server.
Only in Fort Collins do I hear about how " great" Fort Collins is.

On the positive, it is a very clean and organized town. The stores are busy and the restaraunts full. Lots of parks and people riding bicycles.

If you want to be slightly entertained and need to be in " the top 10 citys", it can be great. If you are looking for friendliness, wholesomeness, and openness, then you might be dissapointed.

Why do I live here? I am one of the fortunate with a good job and some investments here that allow me to spend time in my other places. If the money ever dries up, I'll be happy to let the wind blow me far away from here.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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Only in Fort Collins can I stand in a grocery store line and NO one casually visits with anyone.
Only in fort Collins do I have neighbors that I only know from sidewalk conversations.
Only in Fort Collins can I go to the same resturaunt several times and not "know" the server.
Only in Fort Collins do I hear about how " great" Fort Collins is.
I live in Portland, I can say that almost all of those things happen here as well. (except for the only in Portland do I hear about how great Portland is, apparently the NYTimes thinks that as well, but the people here are very big cheerleaders of their own town).

There are grouchy and antisocial people everywhere, it's kind of what we're becoming as a plugged in/smartphone society.
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