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LV: living arrangements, online job posting sites, local area, minor property crime, drug offenses

 
 
Old 10-08-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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Newbie transplant here and after searching the forums I still have some questions.

Will be moving to Las Vegas this month and am finalizing living arrangements. My husband has already re-located and is living with friends. Looking at housing that is near Durango/95 but is not in a gated community. How important is it that far North to be in a gated community? Is that area on the edge of becoming a bad area? I know everyone posts that North of Craig is OK, but lately I've been hearing to stay North of the Beltway. It gives the impression that the bad areas are sneaking northward.

In the Jobs category I have two questions. My husband already has a job, but I am looking for one. What opportunities in Finance are there in the NW? Most of my hunting looks like they are downtown or SW. If there's not much we may look for a house in the Cheyenne/215 area. The second job related question is, where do locals look for job postings? In my current area we have several online job posting sites that only serve the local area. Any of those down there?

And last but not least, any words to allay my fears for our safety? I currently live in a very safe, small town. Pardon my thoughts, but Las Vegas seems to me like my family will all be dead in a year from either drive by's or being mowed down at a bus stop (sorry, just been reading the headlines). I know my thoughts are irrational and we really do need to move to LV for my husbands job. I've heard many good and many bad things and hope the good will far outweigh the bad. I was particularly shocked when my husband said I might have bums trying to sell me things at stoplights and to NOT roll down my window if they tried to tell me my tire was flat... Never encountered that before and I most certainly would have fallen for it!
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Newbie transplant here and after searching the forums I still have some questions.

Will be moving to Las Vegas this month and am finalizing living arrangements. My husband has already re-located and is living with friends. Looking at housing that is near Durango/95 but is not in a gated community. How important is it that far North to be in a gated community? Is that area on the edge of becoming a bad area? I know everyone posts that North of Craig is OK, but lately I've been hearing to stay North of the Beltway. It gives the impression that the bad areas are sneaking northward.

In the Jobs category I have two questions. My husband already has a job, but I am looking for one. What opportunities in Finance are there in the NW? Most of my hunting looks like they are downtown or SW. If there's not much we may look for a house in the Cheyenne/215 area. The second job related question is, where do locals look for job postings? In my current area we have several online job posting sites that only serve the local area. Any of those down there?

And last but not least, any words to allay my fears for our safety? I currently live in a very safe, small town. Pardon my thoughts, but Las Vegas seems to me like my family will all be dead in a year from either drive by's or being mowed down at a bus stop (sorry, just been reading the headlines). I know my thoughts are irrational and we really do need to move to LV for my husbands job. I've heard many good and many bad things and hope the good will far outweigh the bad. I was particularly shocked when my husband said I might have bums trying to sell me things at stoplights and to NOT roll down my window if they tried to tell me my tire was flat... Never encountered that before and I most certainly would have fallen for it!
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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You just been WAITIN to use that smiley haven't you momx2


to the OP...use the normal caution that you would use in any city larger then 25000 people.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: central, between Pepe's Tacos and Roberto's
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Newbie transplant here and after searching the forums I still have some questions.

Will be moving to Las Vegas this month and am finalizing living arrangements. My husband has already re-located and is living with friends. Looking at housing that is near Durango/95 but is not in a gated community. How important is it that far North to be in a gated community? Is that area on the edge of becoming a bad area? I know everyone posts that North of Craig is OK, but lately I've been hearing to stay North of the Beltway. It gives the impression that the bad areas are sneaking northward.
95 and Durango is a very safe area. Very little crime to speak of, and what crime there is around here is minor property crime and maybe small drug offenses.

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In the Jobs category I have two questions. My husband already has a job, but I am looking for one. What opportunities in Finance are there in the NW? Most of my hunting looks like they are downtown or SW. If there's not much we may look for a house in the Cheyenne/215 area. The second job related question is, where do locals look for job postings? In my current area we have several online job posting sites that only serve the local area. Any of those down there?
Finance is a tough one out here. What type of position are you looking for, analyst or accounting? Qualifications? Analyst jobs will likely be limited to casinos and gaming related companies. Accounting jobs open up the door a bit wider. Also keep in mind that Vegas is a relatively small place, area wise. One can easily live in the northwest and work in the southwest and never drive more than 30-40 miles a day total.

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And last but not least, any words to allay my fears for our safety? I currently live in a very safe, small town. Pardon my thoughts, but Las Vegas seems to me like my family will all be dead in a year from either drive by's or being mowed down at a bus stop (sorry, just been reading the headlines). I know my thoughts are irrational and we really do need to move to LV for my husbands job. I've heard many good and many bad things and hope the good will far outweigh the bad. I was particularly shocked when my husband said I might have bums trying to sell me things at stoplights and to NOT roll down my window if they tried to tell me my tire was flat... Never encountered that before and I most certainly would have fallen for it!
If it bleeds it leads. One must always remember this about the media (in larger cities anyway). The news never reports good news. As far as the bums go, if you are around the strip or near a major intersection like Sahara and Decatur then they may try and mooch some change from you as you sit in the left hand turn lane, but being that you are in your car and they are spending the day on the median you are likely much safer than they are. Never heard of a bum attacking a potential source of $0.25, even when denied. Of course the firefighters and the Nation of Islam guys do it to, so it must be working, right?
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Stinker...dyni

Actually dirtbikegirl, take dyni's advice...it's good
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:20 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Newbie transplant here and after searching the forums I still have some questions.

Will be moving to Las Vegas this month and am finalizing living arrangements. My husband has already re-located and is living with friends. Looking at housing that is near Durango/95 but is not in a gated community. How important is it that far North to be in a gated community? Is that area on the edge of becoming a bad area? I know everyone posts that North of Craig is OK, but lately I've been hearing to stay North of the Beltway. It gives the impression that the bad areas are sneaking northward.
Your context is badly busted. "North of Craig" is used in the context of North Las Vegas. That starfs 4 or 5 miles east of Durango and 95...and the "North of" remark starts a couple of miles east of there.

You can get hit by a meteorite anywhere. Get used to it.

Gates are an illusion. They provide no particular safety. The only useful thing they do is cut traffic...at the cost of being a nuisance when you are going and coming.

That area is reasonably nice. As always the more expensive tracts are nicer than the less expensive ones. If buying I would be careful of renter dominated neighborhoods. If Renting don't worry about it.

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In the Jobs category I have two questions. My husband already has a job, but I am looking for one. What opportunities in Finance are there in the NW? Most of my hunting looks like they are downtown or SW. If there's not much we may look for a house in the Cheyenne/215 area. The second job related question is, where do locals look for job postings? In my current area we have several online job posting sites that only serve the local area. Any of those down there?
The RJ. Monster.com. The regular places. I know of no local list other than the RJ that has any great claims.

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And last but not least, any words to allay my fears for our safety? I currently live in a very safe, small town. Pardon my thoughts, but Las Vegas seems to me like my family will all be dead in a year from either drive by's or being mowed down at a bus stop (sorry, just been reading the headlines). I know my thoughts are irrational and we really do need to move to LV for my husbands job. I've heard many good and many bad things and hope the good will far outweigh the bad. I was particularly shocked when my husband said I might have bums trying to sell me things at stoplights and to NOT roll down my window if they tried to tell me my tire was flat... Never encountered that before and I most certainly would have fallen for it!
I would point out that most very safe small towns are not...It is more that what happens is widely known and therefore not so scarey.

I have seen a couple of bums soliciting contributions in the last month. Generally at freeway stops. I am an RE Agent so often on the road. So that is twice out of perhaps a thousand or two thousand intersections. Neither attempted to sell anything.

I did exchange waves with our local air guitar player at Sahara and Fort Apache. But he solicits nothing.

In twelve years here no one has ever told me my tire was flat except another motorist who was, it turns out, wrong.

You have to simply get over the nerves. The area is fine. Crime is reasonably low. The neighbors are nice. Relax, Enjoy,
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: central, between Pepe's Tacos and Roberto's
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Your context is badly busted. "North of Craig" is used in the context of North Las Vegas. That starfs 4 or 5 miles east of Durango and 95...and the "North of" remark starts a couple of miles east of there.

You can get hit by a meteorite anywhere. Get used to it.

Gates are an illusion. They provide no particular safety. The only useful thing they do is cut traffic...at the cost of being a nuisance when you are going and coming.

That area is reasonably nice. As always the more expensive tracts are nicer than the less expensive ones. If buying I would be careful of renter dominated neighborhoods. If Renting don't worry about it.



The RJ. Monster.com. The regular places. I know of no local list other than the RJ that has any great claims.



I would point out that most very safe small towns are not...It is more that what happens is widely known and therefore not so scarey.

I have seen a couple of bums soliciting contributions in the last month. Generally at freeway stops. I am an RE Agent so often on the road. So that is twice out of perhaps a thousand or two thousand intersections. Neither attempted to sell anything.

I did exchange waves with our local air guitar player at Sahara and Fort Apache. But he solicits nothing.

In twelve years here no one has ever told me my tire was flat except another motorist who was, it turns out, wrong.

You have to simply get over the nerves. The area is fine. Crime is reasonably low. The neighbors are nice. Relax, Enjoy,
LOL, Mr. Happiness. When I leased my Infiniti he was hanging out at the Prestige dealership. I always give him a wave when I pass him by.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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and there's also the guy that lives on the traffic island [now at Alta and MLK...] altho I really think he lives at Charleston and MLK and only WORKS on the one at Alta and MLK.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Olecapt said it all. That's a good area, and crime here is no worse than where you're from. It's just a matter of larger numbers, but it's also spread over a larger area. Small town safety is an illusion. The same 2½% criminal element exists in any group, town, country, school, church, or Boy Scout Troop, anywhere. You've been reading too many newspapers and watching too much TV. Sensationalism is the way they sell papers or attract an audience. After 32 years in the media, and being married to a disillusioned news reporter for 31, I can tell you that anything you read or hear is usually an out and out lie, or at best, extremely exaggerated.

What do you mean by "finance"? What exactly do you want to do, and who do you want to do it for?
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Newbie transplant here and after searching the forums I still have some questions.

Will be moving to Las Vegas this month and am finalizing living arrangements. My husband has already re-located and is living with friends. Looking at housing that is near Durango/95 but is not in a gated community. How important is it that far North to be in a gated community? Is that area on the edge of becoming a bad area? I know everyone posts that North of Craig is OK, but lately I've been hearing to stay North of the Beltway. It gives the impression that the bad areas are sneaking northward.

In the Jobs category I have two questions. My husband already has a job, but I am looking for one. What opportunities in Finance are there in the NW? Most of my hunting looks like they are downtown or SW. If there's not much we may look for a house in the Cheyenne/215 area. The second job related question is, where do locals look for job postings? In my current area we have several online job posting sites that only serve the local area. Any of those down there?

And last but not least, any words to allay my fears for our safety? I currently live in a very safe, small town. Pardon my thoughts, but Las Vegas seems to me like my family will all be dead in a year from either drive by's or being mowed down at a bus stop (sorry, just been reading the headlines). I know my thoughts are irrational and we really do need to move to LV for my husbands job. I've heard many good and many bad things and hope the good will far outweigh the bad. I was particularly shocked when my husband said I might have bums trying to sell me things at stoplights and to NOT roll down my window if they tried to tell me my tire was flat... Never encountered that before and I most certainly would have fallen for it!
They still do drive bys in Vegas? I thought that was back in the 80s.
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