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Old 08-06-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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The opinion on Tucson seems to run the gamut, from "wonderful" to "ghetto".

Of course, this is probably speaking to specific areas which may fall into either of the two categories.

In terms of living a safe, simple and productive life {employment needs to be considered}, is the Tuscon area only for the semi-retired or for those interested in job, social and leisure elements combined?

How much worse or better is Tucson than the downtown areas of Phoenix?

What are the areas of Tucson that have moderately priced houses, yet incorporates the elements above?
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Old 08-06-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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The opinion on Tucson seems to run the gamut, from "wonderful" to "ghetto".

Because of the great influx of people, I guess that Tucson has become either a love-it or hate-it town, based pretty much on your age, skills, income, previous experiences, and personal wants and needs.

Of course, this is probably speaking to specific areas which may fall into either of the two categories.

Correct.

In terms of living a safe, simple and productive life {employment needs to be considered}, is the Tuscon area only for the semi-retired or for those interested in job, social and leisure elements combined?

Tucson has been a university town for over 100 years, so there is much youthful energy here, and the semi-retired (or retired) just happen to be another major part of it. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has also been in that mix since 1927, and the age differences are what help to make Tucson's job, social and leisure elements "wonderful".

How much worse or better is Tucson than the downtown areas of Phoenix?

Not exactly sure how you mean that, and it also depends on who you talk to, but Tucson's downtown area is being revitalized due to longtime neglect. Downtown is actually like a mall of its own, complete with shopping and restaurants, but is mainly alive and happening during the work week. There is a beautiful historical district, and many people do live there, and many will tell you they absolutely love it.

What are the areas of Tucson that have moderately priced houses, yet incorporates the elements above?

There are many pockets of both good and bad, and one needs to seek out their own areas for these "wonderful" nuggets, which do exist. Others here have given several links to aid your search. The very best to you.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Beautifully stated, ZonyPony!

One additional point . . . How much worse or better is Tucson than the downtown areas of Phoenix?

Would anyone compare Los Angeles with Bakersfield? New York City to Albany?
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Beautifully stated, ZonyPony!

One additional point . . . How much worse or better is Tucson than the downtown areas of Phoenix?

Would anyone compare Los Angeles with Bakersfield? New York City to Albany?
Downtown Los Angeles with Bakersfield? LOL.. I think I can do a better job comparing downtown Gila Bend to downtown Seattle!
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Downtown Los Angeles with Bakersfield? LOL.. I think I can do a better job comparing downtown Gila Bend to downtown Seattle!
Come on, Mike . . . I was still on my first cup of coffee. ! ! ! !
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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I believe it is because Tucson can be both 'wonderful' or 'ghettto' depending on where you are. If you have the money (300K + homes) the Foothills is very nice. There are also many bad areas in Tucson, and there are pockets of "ghetto" throughout Tucson. It is very easy to be in a nice area, drive 2 miles down the road and be in a shady area. And it seems the bad areas have grown signifigantly in the last 10 years. There is definitely an increasing problem with violence here in my opinion. TPD recently announced they are adding more officers at night to crack down on violent crime. Check out azstarnet.com for local news.
That being said, there are many nice, relatively safe areas here as well. The desert has beauty in its own way, especially now during the monsoon rains when everything greens up. It's not for everyone though, and can be pretty dry and drab at times.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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Tucson is geographically huge, enough to have something for everyone. My daughter, who grew up in Tucson but went to ASU and now lives in Phoenix, calls it "Bohemian." Whatever.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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There are no "accurate" views. Everything in life is a matter of perception.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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There are no "accurate" views. Everything in life is a matter of perception.

I perceive Sierra's statement to be accurate.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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I perceive Sierra's statement to be accurate.
You'll learn to agree with Sierra one of these days! Whoever hasn't has been kicked in the rear!
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