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Old 07-24-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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I am looking to relocate to Az in Feb of 2012. I have my eyes on Tempe but am willing to try Mesa... I am open to all "honest" opinions. I need to be near the light rail because I have no car. Being from New York I think that I have earned my stripes... I would appreciate all and any info that is shared.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Just a tip.
I have met many that relocated from the east where they live in a small area and take public transit everywhere.
Many never had a car or learned to drive.
Plan on it, this is not the east coast by all means and it's just not set up the same.
Living without a car in the west is almost stupid.
The last east coaster I met that moved to AZ lasted 4 months without a car.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'd have to agree with the above (and I grew up on Long Island, then lived in downtown Philly for many years). This is a car required area, unless you want to be very, very limited.

In regard to the light rail, the areas of Mesa that are close to light rail stops are not neighborhoods that are pleasant, attractive or desirable. Tempe areas near the light rail stops are better, but not cheap (from what I understand) for rentals. And definitely oriented to the college crowd at ASU. It might suit you for living there, but you will want a car. Eventually - quickly, I'd predict.

Keep in mind that limiting yourself to public transportation is going to make it DAMN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE to find a job here.

I like Phoenix - a lot. I've lived here since 1989. But Several years ago, I had a medical condition that required me to give up my driver's license for 6 months (no, folks, it was NOT a DUI ). That six months was the unhappiest time I had in the entire 20+ years I've lived here. And I had a husband to play chauffeur, when I needed it. Still, I felt entirely dependent and like a prisoner in my own home.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'm planning to move from Dallas to Phoenix soon. I work for a company based there, so I've visited 6-7 times over the last year for business. I know I couldn't survive there without a car. It's a sprawling metropolis much the same way it is here in Dallas/Ft Worth. I'm not familiar with the rail system there, but from what I'm reading, it sounds kind of like the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) rail system here. Although DART is expanding, it's still a limited means of transportation to many people living here. Mainly because the metro area is so large and spread out.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Please trust the advise, plan for a car Here, Good Luck !
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Default Thank you

Thanks everyone, a car is what I am planning on getting. I mentioned the light rail because I didn't know when I would be getting a car but driving I will be doing. I just need to get out the city it is crazy here.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: SoCal/PHX/HHI
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It's easier than it sounds, and yeah, get a car.

<--Hometown = The Bronx, NYC.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Bordentown
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I just moved here from the NYC area. Newark, NJ to be exact. It's been 3 weeks that I'm here and I live in Tempe. I would agree that NYC is crazy. I love Tempe. I was miserable for 2 days while I was without a car and was basically a prisoner here. :-P
I love it here so far and would not trade living here for NYC.
If you are planning on moving in 2012, I would advise you coming out here first and looking at the apartments. I did just that because what you see online is not what is really represented. Come out here, rent a car, and drive around a little. Visit all the apartment complexes you're interested in seeing, first, before moving.
Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Lightbulb A million thanks...

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I just moved here from the NYC area. Newark, NJ to be exact. It's been 3 weeks that I'm here and I live in Tempe. I would agree that NYC is crazy. I love Tempe. I was miserable for 2 days while I was without a car and was basically a prisoner here. :-P
I love it here so far and would not trade living here for NYC.
If you are planning on moving in 2012, I would advise you coming out here first and looking at the apartments. I did just that because what you see online is not what is really represented. Come out here, rent a car, and drive around a little. Visit all the apartment complexes you're interested in seeing, first, before moving.
Best of luck to you!
Thank You a million times. I have a few friends that live out there in Tempe and they are not retirees. They are my age range and have been there a total of seven years now. I have been in contact constantly via Facebook and pics, they have been a tremendous help. I found this site to give me a second opinion and that is what I got. Again I truly thank all the honest opinions that I have received.

Arizona Here comes the Bronx!!!!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I'm chuckling at all the NYC transplants here, because, hey, guess where I'm moving from in two weeks? Well, North Jersey, anyway. I've been researching transportation extensively, as I haven't owned a car in five years. While I have realized that I'll eventually have to buy a car in Arizona (mostly for my sanity,) I'm trying to put it off as long as possible. After living in my car in L.A. for 15 years, I'm not in that much of a hurry. Apart from the light rail, as far as I can tell, the bus system seems usable:

Providing Public Transportation Alternatives for the Greater Phoenix Metro Area | Valley Metro |

Unlike L.A.'s useless bus system. Also, one thing I noticed is that bike commuting is big around Tempe, which I think is largely a result of thousands of car-less college students. So there seem to be a lot of bike lanes, and organizations like the Bicycle Cellar that provide services for bike commuters:

The Bicycle Cellar

One thing I've been doing for 5 years in NY/NJ is run commuting, since I run anyway. I take public transportation to work, change clothes after work, and run home with my clothes in a pack. Tempe is going to be even better for that.

Also, there are six zipcar locations near ASU:

Zipcar Arizona State University - Zipcar is easier than Arizona State University car rental and car ownership

Anyway, ask me again in a few months how I'm coping without a car.
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