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Old 06-16-2016, 04:23 PM
 
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I'm contemplating packing up my kids and moving from California to Longview. I'd like to know the good, the bad and the ugly.
Any input is appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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Okay, but what do you expect to find or hope for in Longview, or Longview to "be like? I could write a book, or at least a short essay, lol, but what do you want? What is important? What's the change you want to escape, if any? I guess I also mean, they're thousands of place to move to, so what is it about Longview in particular to you expecting, if any? Thanks

There have been threads about Longview on the Tyler Sub-Forum, since it a very close neighbor to Tyler, if you would like to "skim over/thru them"

Oh Well:

Have you been there at all?
Do you need to work?
If so what skills do you have?
Are you aware of the extreme heat and humidity of Northeast Texas?
Home school/private school/public school?
Medical facilities important?
Shopping?
Nightlife, lol
Amusement parks?
Outdoor activities?
Museums? Arts/Entertainment?
Access to major cities - DFW (Dallas Fort Worth)?

Just as suggestions

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Old 06-17-2016, 07:01 AM
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Location: Wonderland
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What is it about Longview that attracts you to that particular town? What do you hope to find there?
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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Only interesting thing I know about Longview: it was the home of two Best Actor Oscar winners: Forest Whittaker and Matthew McConaughey.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:00 PM
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The OP has not returned. So be it.
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Old 06-30-2016, 04:28 PM
 
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Sorry y'all couldn't find my post to respond.....
Have you been there at all? No. I've been to Dallas and Houston (both too big and too crowded)
Do you need to work? I am retired, on a fixed income - working isn't an issue
If so what skills do you have?
Are you aware of the extreme heat and humidity of Northeast Texas? Yep. Lived in North Carolina for awhile, so humidity isn't an issue for me.
Home school/private school/public school? Public schools.
Medical facilities important? Yes, with two kids (one a teenager) I'll most certainly need access to doctors.
Shopping? Not a big shopper, grocery stores, Sears......
Nightlife, lol - couldn't care less
Amusement parks? - not high on the list
Outdoor activities? - in this heat? Are you kidding? Seriously - spring and fall outings for the kids
Museums? Arts/Entertainment? - yes
Access to major cities - DFW (Dallas Fort Worth)? Only care about proximity to airports.
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:41 PM
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Sorry y'all couldn't find my post to respond.....
Have you been there at all? No. I've been to Dallas and Houston (both too big and too crowded)
Do you need to work? I am retired, on a fixed income - working isn't an issue
If so what skills do you have?
Are you aware of the extreme heat and humidity of Northeast Texas? Yep. Lived in North Carolina for awhile, so humidity isn't an issue for me.
Home school/private school/public school? Public schools.
Medical facilities important? Yes, with two kids (one a teenager) I'll most certainly need access to doctors.
Shopping? Not a big shopper, grocery stores, Sears......
Nightlife, lol - couldn't care less
Amusement parks? - not high on the list
Outdoor activities? - in this heat? Are you kidding? Seriously - spring and fall outings for the kids
Museums? Arts/Entertainment? - yes
Access to major cities - DFW (Dallas Fort Worth)? Only care about proximity to airports.
OK this is helpful - thanks.

You might like northeast Texas since you seem to like smaller cities. There are several smaller cities in NE Texas including Longview.

I lived in NC as well - love that state. I do want to let you know that Texas heat is much more intense than NC heat -even on the coast. I do suggest that you come visit NE Texas in August. Seriously. Not trying to discourage you but it helps to really know what you're getting into. Remember that whatever you're feeling in August, you will also feel in July and September. No letup. We had 30 days of over 100 degree temps last year - and it wasn't a particularly hot summer.

Public schools in Longview don't tend to be as good as public schools in Tyler. Sad but true. Tyler has more school options as well.

Both cities will have good medical facilities.

Both Tyler and Longview have good shopping - including for basics. Tyler has more shopping of all sorts, including basics.

Tyler has more in the way of arts and culture and museums. Longview isn't big into this sort of thing.

Tyler is considerably closer to Dallas than Longview.

I have lived in both cities, and that's why I seem to prefer Tyler - because I DO prefer Tyler over Longview. That's not to say that Longview sucks - it's a decent town with some positives. For one thing, it is more laid back than Tyler, and has better traffic flow. Cost of living and real estate is about the same.

Longview has a more blue collar base and feel and Tyler has a more white collar professional base and feel.

If you have more questions, and feel I can help, I'll be glad to!
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Old 07-01-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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I'm planning on coming the end of July. I'll bring plenty of warm weather clothes......I know this is a silly question, but....dress code = casual?
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Houston(Screwston),TX
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I don't know why people are bringing up Tyler since she didn't ask about Tyler.

OP, I grew up in Longview so I can tell you all you need to know about my hometown.

There's 4 public high schools that serve the area.
Longview High School, Pine Tree HS, Spring Hill HS, Hallsville HS

Parks/outdoor activies in Longview:
Lear Park (probably the best park in the city)
Akin Park(nice neighborhood park, nothing AMAZING about it but it's a nice quaint park in a good neighborhood)
Ingram Park
Hinsley Park
Teague Park( duck feeding, has an Amphitheater, a nice little pond, a nice little getaway park for picnics, does have some homeless people but they don't bother anybody and they should be able to enjoy a park as well)
Caddo Lake (close to a hour from Longview, but it's the only natural lake in the state of Texas and truly one of a kind in the state)
Thomas Falls Zip line(27 miles north of Longview near Ore City)
Lake Cherokee
Lake O' The Pines(48 mins from Longview, use to go fishing and camping with my father growing up. GOOD TIMES!)
Pinecrest Golf Course
Alpine Golf Course
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center(this is fairly new and is still in construction but it's an expansive project that will enhance the city once completed)
Paul Boorman Trail
Cargill Long Park Trail

Museums:
Longview Museum of Fine Arts (surprisingly a nice arts museum in the middle of East Texas)
Gregg County historical museum
Longview W.O.W. (hands on museum aimed at children)
East Texas Oil Museum(located in Kilgore about 20 or 15 mins from Longview)

Festivals/Events:
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
Artwalk Longview
Texas Shakespear Festival (in Kilgore, a 15 min drive)
Hot Texas Balloon Race(this is truly unique to Longview, at any given day you can look up and see a Hot Air Balloon above your neighborhood, it's the Hot Air Balloon capitol of Texas)

Longview has great food especially when it comes to country cooking/bbq/soul food. Doesn't have a diverse cuisine scene but the restaurants that are there(especially the local eateries) are a gem.

Restaurants/eats:
Butcher Shop(best bakery section in the city as well)
Juicy's
Dudley's Cajun Cafe
Carter's BBQ
Bootlegger's Grill
Mi Casita
Chillum Grill
Lil Thai House
Unc's Bar B Cue
Texas Best Smokehouse
The Catch(fairly new but great food)
Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin
Tuscan Pig Italian Kitchen
El Sombrero
Pizza King
Cotton Patch Cafe
El Rincon
Jack's Natural Food and Store(one of the few VERY FEW healthy options in the city for eating)
Divine Catering
Fat Boyzzz

You really can't go wrong with LOCAL restaurants in Longview, stay away from chains!

Longview has one mall
Maude Cobb Convention Center and Belcher Center is where most of the concerts and events are held in the city
Lots and lots of Trees and rolling hils
Longview is served by 2 hospitals (Longview Regional Center and Good Shepard Medical center) LRC seems to be the better one.

Crime honestly is above state average but unless your a drug dealer or in that lifestyle crime will not effect you. Just make sure you know the area of the city your moving to avoid crime. I grew up in a area that was close to some of the most "dangerous" parts of the city and I never been a victim of crime because I wasn't involved in that lifestyle.

In comparison to other cities in East Texas, Longview seems to be the most "liberal" open minded city in the region. Now that's in comparison to East Texas so you can take that with a grain of salt.

Longview is very religious to the point it tends to be a little annoying to me(just my opinion). It's mostly southern Baptist in the city.

New construction and infrastructure improvements are popping up all on the northside of the city and being completely ignored on the southside of town. I grew up on the southside of town so that's one of the ugly sides of the city which is it tends to ignore the predominately black and brown communities in the city.

One of my biggest gripes against Longview is the fact it doesn't do much to try to embark on a tourist industry. It's centrally located in East Texas and sits right off I-20 in between DFW and Shreveport. You would think a city in a prime location would take advantage of that and try to build more grander projects like a Zoo,Amusement Park or something that can attract more visitors to the city.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:31 PM
 
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You did a complete great most positive not biased assessment of Longview. I responded directly in detail about Longview, only the items poster asked about, she did ask about Tyler. I responded a second time, 14 days after no one else responded. I've been around in and out of Longview all my long life, relatives there, and Longview is covered in the TV news in this general area on all 4 stations.
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