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Old 08-28-2006, 02:47 PM
 
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We are looking to make a life change and move to a different community. We are seeking an area with four seasons, not too hot in the summer, snow in the winter, higher elevation is fine. We are looking for a forward-thinking, "green" community, wisely managing growth, with good environmental policies and healthy air and water. We need access to healthy, local, organic foods and a moderate quantity of arts and entertainment. Outdoor cafes, some class and style and good public transportation, with bike and pedestrian friendly roads would be a plus. Population size at a max of 50,000. We're self-employed so the job scene isn't critical but we would like to purchase a home for a reasonable amount ($300K max), not at hugely inflated values. We're liberal, childfree and prefer a community that is open-minded with lots of recreation and great surrounding wilderness. Is there any place in Nevada that fits this description?

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Old 08-29-2006, 09:44 AM
 
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WOW! You aren't asking for much. You eliminated most of Nevada. I have been in Vegas over 30 yrs. and you eliminated all of southern NV. Ely north is your best bet, so you are now looking at Ely, Elko on the east side of the state and Carson City (our capital), Lake Tahoe and the Reno area (Reno is well over your 50,000 mark). Good luck on your search. NV is beautiful in places, very rugged in others and like most other areas has its good and not so good people.
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:34 PM
 
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I agree with topscout, what you are looking for is not in Nevada. If you really want to live in Nevada it sounds like you will be much happier in Northern Nevada, like the Reno area. Stear clear of Las Vegas - it's totally not what you are wanting.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:18 AM
 
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I agree with the other posters, you just aren't going to find what your are looking for in a city/town with 50k or less in Nevada.

In my opinion, your best bet is Sparks, NV which is Reno's neighbor to the Northeast. Their population is around 75k people. They have the convenience of a bigger city thanks to their close proximity to Reno (Current population: 210k). They have a great Farmer's Market in the center of downtown (known locally as Victorian Square) every Thursday during the summer. Victorian Square hosts several events through the year such as Hot August Nights, Best in the West Rib Cookoff, Hometowne Christmas Parade, etc. Their public transportation is fairly comprehensive via RTC Ride and they are currently building a new, larger and more modern transit center in Victorian Square. Sparks also has quite a few neighborhood parks (be sure to check out the Sparks Marina) and a developed system of walking trails. I lived in Sparks for a few years and always found my neighbors to be friendly and welcoming.

As far as an active Arts community, shopping for organic foods, etc., these things will be more easily found in Reno. Reno is a very short bus ride/drive away. Currently there is Trader Joe's and Wild Oats Market, and Whole Foods is under construction. You should also enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art....the building alone is a work of art IMO. During the entire month of July Reno has a huge festival called Artown. In addition, there are quite a few galleries and condo projects sprouting up in downtown Reno. One project that comes to mind is Arterra, which is not only environmentally friendly, but is going to house an art gallery on the bottom floor.

Here are some sites you might find helpful...Good luck!!

www.ci.sparks.nv.us (broken link)
www.sparks-nevada-living.com
www.rtcwashoe.com
www.renoisartown.com
www.nevadaart.org
www.arterra-home.com (broken link)
www.reno.com

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Old 10-09-2006, 03:55 PM
 
Location: California
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We are looking for a forward-thinking, "green" community, wisely managing growth, with good environmental policies and healthy air and water.
I've been looking for this all my life and haven't found it yet, so please let me know when you do.

As to organic veggies, the best way is to grow your own. This isn't that hard and you'll be much happier with the results that you get, plus free from all the hassles of depending on someone else for your food.

Healthy air and water is the reason I finally decided to move from here - have been watering veggies by hand since they started dumping fluoride in the public water supplies 18 months ago - though am still in the process of finding anywhere any better. Having looked in Eastern Washington, Boise, New Mexico, and a long look in Colorado, I'm starting over and checking out Nevada, in some of the smaller communities.

My dream is to build a passive solar home, the first step being to find the site and location. The right water is a big deal of course. I've been almost set on a place a number of times, but not yet been sufficiently satisfied or felt comfortable.

The national political climate is a huge factor too, that scares the heck out of me and who knows what is going to happen. Maybe there is nothing at all we can do about that, but at least I'd rather continue on with what is possible in my own way of living, and enjoy making the most of it in the meantime.

Keep me posted.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:13 PM
 
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Yeah, I want to go there too. Did I mention I also want cheap housing but well built. Very little regulations but a responsive Government. Dog parks but cheap taxes and good night life. Very little traffic too, not much congestion is also desired. That European feel would be just right. The Lil San Fran that nobody knows about.

You might try Missoula, MT. About the right size. Has some of your wishes. Houses aren't exactly cheap, don't know about the Government part. Was one place I looked at. Been there few times, way back when. Sort of liked the place. Maybe a bit like a Cambridge / Woodstock in the mountains. Has a bit of that socialist feel to the place. Bookstores, coffee, cafes, etc. Might be a few Closet Communists too. They like to Organize and have things like Neighborhood Committees. I don't remember it being that cold in winter.

There was another one up in B.C., Canada. I think it was called Delta, used to sell a lot of software to them.

If anybody finds this dream place, be sure to let the rest of us know about it, so we can all go and rapidly increase the population to at least one million strong.

If we do it exactly right, should not ruin it in the process.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Think Colorado, for sure, nevada is out.
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:13 PM
 
Location: California
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Nevada is quickly out for me too.
I just found out their gold mines spew out tons of mercury through their smoke stacks each year.
Yikes.

Missoula looks good, but only 30 percent sunshine in the winters.

//www.city-data.com/city/Missoula-Montana.html
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