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Old 04-14-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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I'm from Longview, and lived in probably every part of the Longview/Kelso area, save from the Highlands and South K. However, I had friends who lived there, and I would stay the night with them sometimes.

The good:
-The Lake is gorgeous and a great recreational resource. You can fish, run, and kayak there. In the summer, they have the fourth of July festival, which can be fun.
- Easy commute to Vancouver
- The trees are pretty
-The library is nice, with good teen and youth programs.
- Red Leaf is a great coffee shop that even has a children's play center
- The area is getting a lot of people coming in from Vancouver and Portland, which is bringing more money to the area. However, these people all work in Vancouver and Portland, driving up the housing market, but the Longview economy can't really afford it.

The Bad:
- Jobs
-Economy
- Rampant Homelessness. This has become an issue within the past 5 or so years, there are homeless camps everywhere, along the river, under all the bridges, in vacant land. I was running with my dog a few years ago and stumbled on a homeless camp 2 minutes from my house behind some trees. Scared the crap out of some poor man who was sleeping!
- DRUGS. Omg, the drugs are out of control. I have seen needles and crack pipes in every single park in the area, even though they have crews that go and clean them up.
- The schools are pretty terrible.
- Mental Health. Overall, depression and schizophrenia are very high in Longview. I worked in the local community mental health agency, and honestly, the amount of mental health problems is much higher than elsewhere. There are a lot of unmedicated schizophrenic people.
-Access to help for special needs. There is literally ONE doctor that diagnoses Autism in Longview, and no practitioners to help them.
- The hospital. There is one hospital for Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, Toutle, Kalama, and Woodland. It is your only choice, and it's not a good one.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:49 PM
 
Location: WA
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Longview (or Kalama) was in the national news today and not in a good way....

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-sta...sabled-vehicle
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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I was looking at Longview as a relocation from the Tacoma area. WA state schools are so-so all over the state so I would not expect miracles from a smaller town. I was wondering if teenagers utilize the community college for events or classes? Is there public transportation around town? And or the person who posted about teachers - are there teaching jobs for K-8 educators in the area? WA state keeps saying there is such a need for teachers....how easy is it to get hired in or near Longview?
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:09 PM
 
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There are buses around Longview, but they don't go everywhere. I'm not sure they go up in the hills, and the better areas to live are in the hills, like Columbia Heights or Beacon Hill.

The schools are hit and miss. Beacon Hill (elementary) is technically a Kelso school, but is good. I'd check out Great Schools ratings, I've found them to be pretty accurate.

There aren't a lot of jobs in general in the area. I am not a teacher, but have teacher friends that had to go to Vancouver for jobs.

I'd say if you wanted to be near or around Longview, go to Woodland.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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Hi,

Im so glad your post isn't from 2012, my name is Veronica, Im from Los Angeles, CA and me and my family plan to move to Longview, I am doing some research and so far im rethinking ... perhaps Longview is not for us, please tell me beautiful things, safe communities, good school, great job opportunities, I look forward hearing back from you

v.cisneros801@live.com
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:43 PM
 
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Hi,

My name is Veronica, I plan on moving to longview from LA, is it really that bad ? Longview just seem so perfect

v.cisneros801@live.com
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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I was looking at Longview as a relocation from the Tacoma area. WA state schools are so-so all over the state so I would not expect miracles from a smaller town. I was wondering if teenagers utilize the community college for events or classes? Is there public transportation around town? And or the person who posted about teachers - are there teaching jobs for K-8 educators in the area? WA state keeps saying there is such a need for teachers....how easy is it to get hired in or near Longview?
I work in the Vancouver area with a teacher who commutes from Longview. Her kids are in the Longview schools and she is fine with them. She keeps threatening to quit and find a job in the Longview schools but hasn't done so yet. Not because there aren't jobs, but I think she is just settled in and doesn't really mind the 35 minute commute down to the North Vancouver area.

It's a blue collar area so schools aren't going to be like they are in say Mercer Island, obviously. But they are decently run and have decent resources. It's probably as good as anyplace to find teaching jobs because it is far enough away from any major city to disuade urbanites from Puget Sound or Portland from applying.
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