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Which city shall I move to?

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jodibonney
msg: 1

Sun, Mar 21, 2004, 8:40am

Greetings all,

I have enjoyed reading all the friendly advice and info people give each other on this site. I plan to relocate to Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

in a few months. Can't wait to leave the northeast and all the snow we've had. Not to mention unbearably humid summers in the past few years. I like the year-round climate of both Phoenix and Tucson. And the friendliness. I have to decide soon which of the two cities to live in.
I would love input about either place. Anything I may not have thought of?

At first glance, Tucson is more charming. I like the way the natural look of the desert is used in landscaping. And the views of mountains from all around town. In Tucson, I like the fact that there are lots of community activities listed in the weekly paper. For example, one can take inexpensive swing dance lessons (not only at a commercial dance school) in Tucson. If things like that exists in Phoenix, I didn't get to see it on my short visit there. I looked in Phoenix's weekly entertainment paper but saw no community events listed. I have spent more time in Tucson than Phoenix, so it's hard to judge Phoenix. I love the desert museum in Tucson, but of course, I could drive down there once in awhile if I lived up in Phoenix. One good thing about Phoenix is that most people I talked with who live in the center of the city have not seen scorpions in the house. The comparable central area in Tucson is much smaller, leaving me with fewer housing options there, since I am terrified of seeing a scorpion inside! And worried about my tiny pets.
Any thoughts? Thanks!
NickCoons
msg: 2

Sun, Mar 21, 2004, 10:58am

<Greetings all,>

Welcome to Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

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<Anything I may not have thought of?>

I would compare the Phoenix area with the Tucson area, not just the two cities within their own boundaries. Tucson is very much by itself, though there are a few surrounding areas. Phoenix is has plenty of surrounding cities, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Anthem, Apache Junction, and the list goes on. So you may not find the things in Phoenix that you like about Tucson, but they are likely to be right next to Phoenix.

<At first glance, Tucson is more charming. I like the way the natural look of the desert is used in landscaping.>

You will see more and more of this on the outer edges of the Phoenix area, like north Scottsdale, or out in Gilbert.

<And the views of mountains from all around town.>

The Metro Phoenix area is in a valley, so it is surrounded entirely by mountains: South Mountain
South Mountain(so'wth MAWN-ti'n)

Serving as the "exclamation point" of pride, South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the world. The 16,500-acre park is home to more than 300 species of plant life and a variety of fauna, including rabbits, foxes, coyotes, snakes, lizards and birds.

, Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains(soo-pe'r-STI'-shu'n MAWN-ti'n)

A large mountain range making up the eastern edge of the Phoenix valley.

, etc.. and is dotted throughout with some smaller ones, like Camelback Mountain and Piestewa (Squaw) Peak.

<In Tucson, I like the fact that there are lots of community activities listed in the weekly paper.>

You will see more of this in the smaller cities (like Tempe) than you will in Phoenix.

<One good thing about Phoenix is that most people I talked with who live in the center of the city have not seen scorpions in the house. The comparable central area in Tucson is much smaller, leaving me with fewer housing options there, since I am terrified of seeing a scorpion inside! And worried about my tiny pets.
Any thoughts?>

The closer you live to natural desert landscaping, the more likely you are to see scorpions. I know you like that type of landscaping, so there will likely have to be a trade-off of some sort.

I've been to Tucson plenty of times, but I've never lived there, so I can't compare what it's like to live in Tucson vs. living in the Phoenix area. I just know that everything you've mentioned that you like about Tucson is readily available in the Phoenix area as well.
jodibonney
msg: 3

Thu, Mar 25, 2004, 5:42am

Greetings,
I'd just like to thank you, Nick, for all the information you shared in answer to my Phoenix/Tucson question. It is nice the way you commented on each part of my note! Thanks so much for taking the time to do that. You confirm my feeling about friendliness in Arizona.
Peace, Jodi
ChocolateOrDeath
msg: 4

Thu, Jul 22, 2004, 10:30am

My wife put it quite succinctly: Tucson is a hick town and Phoenix is a modern city.

I love the mountain in Tucson though. No view like that in Phoenix, sorry. The North area nearest the mountains is where you want to be.
ChocolateOrDeath
msg: 5

Thu, Jul 22, 2004, 10:35am

You mentioned about friendly. I came from Michigan and I was shocked at how rude people are here at least when it comes to driving. I will see people sitting in their car, waiting to exit a gas station and almost always someone just pulls right in front of them and doesn't let them out.

On the highway you can be in the fast lane about to pass someone. The car behind that car will often just pull out in front of you then go 1 mile an hour faster than the car you wanted to pass rather than let you pass first. Amazingly inconsiderate.

Also, I have never seen so many people just throwing their children in the car with no seatbelt or child seat!! This ignorance just amazes me.

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