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Old 12-11-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Hey,

I am looking for an insider's perspective of what the people are like in Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area and the general culture of Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area. Obviously not everyone in the city is going to be the exact same but I believe if you live in any mid sized major metropolitan city long enough you will find there to be a certain type of person who is drawn to this city and a general consensus mentality of the city. For example, I currently live in Minneapolis Minnesota and have lived here for four years. I would say that most people whom live here are either from the Minneapolis suburbs, Milwaukee or grew up in out state Minnesota/Wisconsin. Most people here enjoy sportsman's activities (hunting, fishing, etc.) or boating unless you are extremely cosmopolitan. Additionally, the city is hugely family orientated and many activities in the cities focus around this. Finally, because there are so many medium to large sized companies here there is a huge suburban population with relatively little lower class and thus low crime.

So what would you say are things are some cultural things about Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area or the types of people who live there? Is there even a strong culture in Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area? BTW I don't necessarily mean ethnic culture but the culture that is specific to the city.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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imo...the first words that come to mind are
independent
isolationist
outwardly liberal
inwardly conservative
willing to accept others unless they are pushy
automotive oriented ie;willing and want to travel across town for whatever we want.
commuting...we gripe about it but think nothing of doing it.
not really "neighborly". polite, speak when spoken to just before we enter the door of our abode.
just my opinion after 20 years here.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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compared to the east coast i feel people here are more outwardly friendly and non confrontational.

where i grew up if you had an issue with the people next door you went over and told them about it. my nosey neighbor will chat about the day outside, then go inside and type up an email when they have an issue that might introduce an opposite opinion. I find i'm not alone in experiencing this...

i also agree that people stop being accepting when you push for your way. i get the feeling car dealers in phx make a killing on the people who are non confrontational and don't fight back....
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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In Scottsdale, the stereotypical and general mentality of residents is similar to what you would see in wealthier areas of Orange County. Many residents are very image conscious and materialistic. Per capita, the Phoenix area has a greater number of plastic surgeons than any other metropolitan area in the country, including Los Angeles. People are relatively standoffish and tend to form pretty solid cliques. From my experience, a number of people in the Phoenix area are very passive-agressive and don't respond well to people who "tell it like it is."

On the bright side, many people are very laid back, friendly, and enjoy a more carefree lifestyle.

So all in all, I would say the stereotypical Phoenician is the exact opposite of the stereotypical East Coast resident.
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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Lots of Californians here - like me - that still like the Beach and all the things to do in California, but enjoy more of the laid-back feeling of Arizona, and wanted the left-coast mentality left behind.

I found that lots of us that moved here from California voted for Obama, but are more tolerant to centrist or conservative views than just the leftist, pro-gay, Welfare-state mentality that we left behind.

No arguments that Phoenix is conservative, but it's not redneck like Texas or Oklahoma-------
Except for all the idiots in the gigantic pick-up trucks!!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Except for all the idiots in the gigantic pick-up trucks!!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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I would say your stereo-typical Phoenician is a call center worker, non college degreed, a sheepish like mentality, law-abiding, with roots from an extra boring place in the Mid-west, and has at least one relative, who does Meth.

I would still live there. The negative comments about California are spot on.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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[quote=homlish560;6519456]Lots of Californians here - like me - that still like the Beach and all the things to do in California, but enjoy more of the laid-back feeling of Arizona, and wanted the left-coast mentality left behind.

I found that lots of us that moved here from California voted for Obama, but are more tolerant to centrist or conservative views than just the leftist, pro-gay, Welfare-state mentality that we left behind.

No arguments that Phoenix is conservative, but it's not redneck like Texas or Oklahoma-------
Except for all the idiots in the gigantic pick-up trucks!!!!!![/quote]

now that's just funny! For several years I lived less than 2 blocks from the gay bar that was on Camelback just west of 7th Ave., 'course I can't recall the name now....but it was always interesting to see the parking lot, lots of "gigantic pick-up trucks", construction trucks, SUV's.....
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Lots of Californians here - like me - that still like the Beach and all the things to do in California, but enjoy more of the laid-back feeling of Arizona, and wanted the left-coast mentality left behind.

I found that lots of us that moved here from California voted for Obama, but are more tolerant to centrist or conservative views than just the leftist, pro-gay, Welfare-state mentality that we left behind.

No arguments that Phoenix is conservative, but it's not redneck like Texas or Oklahoma-------
Except for all the idiots in the gigantic pick-up trucks!!!!!![/quote]

now that's just funny! For several years I lived less than 2 blocks from the gay bar that was on Camelback just west of 7th Ave., 'course I can't recall the name now....but it was always interesting to see the parking lot, lots of "gigantic pick-up trucks", construction trucks, SUV's.....
Why should sexual preference affect political views or vehicle tastes? Is it a package thing? I would think most guys - gay or straight - would prefer a 4wd pickup over a pink Miata.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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I would say your stereo-typical Phoenician is a call center worker, non college degreed, a sheepish like mentality, law-abiding, with roots from an extra boring place in the Mid-west, and has at least one relative, who does Meth.

I would still live there. The negative comments about California are spot on.
Wow.
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