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August 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

Well, you knew it was coming, and I must admit that this one was much easier to write.  It was so easy to write that I had to force myself to cut it short, somewhere over 5,000 words, and break it into separate articles.

Now, in fairness, I’m not trying to bash Las Vegas for sport.  I tried to love it.  Really, I did.

Think about it, I loved the town so much that I picked up and moved here at great expense.  I lived here for 4 years and tried everything I could (including moving 3 times within the city) to make it work.  Most of you out there who claim to love Las Vegas, and think that I am crucifying it for no reason probably cannot say the same.

I didn’t sit around talking about moving to Vegas.  I got off my ass and did it.  I came, I saw, I lived it, I immersed myself, and I experienced it all first-hand.

There is a portion of the population out there who simply prefer that the myth of Las Vegas stay intact.  There is another group that makes money by living in and/or promoting Las Vegas for their own financial gain.

Both of these groups hate what I do, and will probably be offended by this list.  That’s not my problem.  If you are solidly in the “I Heart Las Vegas” camp, then this is not Sunday reading in which you will want to partake.  Consider this fair warning.

For everyone else — take this list for what it is.

My honest, unabashed opinion.

1) The Weather

Far and away the biggest reason that I could not continue to live in Las Vegas.

In general, a planet must have three things to support life:  Liquid water, nutritious soil, and an energy source.

Las Vegas really only has one of the above … the sun as an energy source.

It only rains 4 inches each year in Las Vegas.  To put this into perspective, the national average for US cities is 40 inches … roughly 10 times the amount that falls in Vegas.  The lack of water combined with high heat makes life inhospitable for most carbon-based life forms.  I suppose this is why it’s called the desert.  It’s nearly deserted of natural life.

Sure, you can stay indoors in the air conditioning for 6 months out of the year … but then you must endure such pleasantries as constantly recycled air, nosebleeds, dry eyes, dry skin, and a general discomfort that just feels inexplicably “wrong”.  Humans weren’t meant to live in artificial climate bubbles.  I mean, John Travolta needs to do so for health reasons, but the rest of us need not endure such an indignity.

While Vegas winters are better, they are only moderately so.  You still have sunny, dry weather, but instead of heat — an omnipresent cold wind blows that makes outdoor activities almost as unpleasant as they are in the summer.

Hot, dry weather also negatively correlates to mental activities such as reading and writing.  I firmly believe that the weather explains the general “dimness” of the Vegas population and I don’t think it only affects natives.  After only a few years, I began finding it much harder to concentrate and maintain my own creative endeavors.  Las Vegas isn’t conducive to thinking or creating, it is conducive to partying, kicking ass, and mindlessly screaming “Vegas Baby!”.

I understand why tourists find the climate acceptable, and I myself find the weather perfectly tolerable for a few weeks at a time.  The novelty, however, does wear off.  Trust me.  105 degrees is cute for a week.  On the 90th straight day, it’s just oppressive.

There are 8-12 weeks out of the year where Las Vegas climate is “perfect” in the traditional sense, but these three months are simply not enough to balance out 9 months of misery.

Even if everything else in Las Vegas were great, the weather would have eventually made the town unlivable for me.

Your mileage will certainly vary.

2) The People

This competed for the top spot, but I had to give it #2 because I do still have about a dozen friends in town, and there are some good people in Vegas … although they are very few and far between.

Las Vegas’ reputation causes it to attract what I consider to be the bottom 10% of the US population.  These are basically people who could not be successful anywhere else, mixed with country/suburban folks who are convinced that they can wash away their unglamorous pasts by bathing themselves in the bright neon of the Vegas Strip.

Frank Sinatra once sang about New York that if you could “make it there, you could make in anywhere”, and to some extent, I agree.  New York is a highly competitive Darwinian place where you must try very hard to stand out from the crowd.  In general, posers and the untalented get weeded out quickly.

Las Vegas is the polar opposite of New York.  It tends to attract a demographic of people who simply cannot make it “there” — “there” being defined as any place that demands competence.

Lost your medical license in Chicago?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  We’re so desperate, we’ll take anyone.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Fondled one too many underaged girls as a history teacher in Boston?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  If you have a pulse, you can teach here.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Can’t make change for a dollar?  Come to Las Vegas where none of our cashiers can make change for a dollar.  You’ll fit right in.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Too lazy to learn the English language?  Hey, you’re just the type of person we’ve been looking for.  Buy one of our houses, then put a car up on blocks on the front yard.  Please.

People often move to Las Vegas to re-invent themselves, and while this may not seem like a bad thing, it leads to a city without an identity because so many people here have an identity crisis.

In addition to those seeking out a more glamourous existence for themselves, the city also attracts a very large number of people with “get rich quick” mentalities.  These people are convinced that they are going to come to Vegas and win a ton of cash right off the bat, and when this fails to happen (as it always does), they tend to become bitter, angry, and rude.

The last group of people that Las Vegas seems to attract is weirdos.

Now, there are generally two types of weirdos in the world:

  1. Introverted intellectuals, creative types, vegetarians, and the socially awkward;
  2. Creepy people of low intellect and stalker proclivities who seem like they probably have at least three decomposing bodies in their basement;

Las Vegas has a large number of weirdos, but absolutely zero of them are from category #1, and 100% of them are from category #2.

Places like Austin, Olympia, Portland, and Berkeley attract more of the former, while Las Vegas only attracts the latter.  I don’t know why this is.

Between the phony go-getter PR types, the aging degenerates, the third-world transplants, the scammers, the painfully illiterate, and the just plain creepy-weird … I was never completely comfortable in Las Vegas.

If you fall into one of the above groups, then boy, do I have a city for you.

Buy one of our houses, please.

3) Lack of Employment Opportunities

Las Vegas has a single industry, and currently, that industry is in trouble.  I read about a cattle call for a cocktail waitress opening a few months ago that drew nearly 500 applicants, and when 500 people are competing over a waitress job, you know that times are bad.

Perhaps the hotels will make a huge comeback, but even if they do, that still only leaves one industry.

Tourism.

While everybody loves the Vegas tourist corridor, I think it is unrealistic to expect the service industry to support a city as large as Vegas.  There simply has to be more diversity in industry for a major metropolitan area to thrive.

Technology, finance, manufacturing … all of these things are missing in Vegas, and it is eventually going to lead to the collapse of the city.

When online gambling begins to devour brick and mortar gambling, and it will, two million people will not be able to pay their mortgages on the back of pool parties.  It simply cannot be done.

As of right now, there are literally zero employment opportunities in Vegas.  Hell, even strippers are fleeing the city.

Since major casinos more or less control the Las Vegas government, large corporations across the country (rightfully or mistakenly) are hesitant to move any of their own operations here because the city is viewed by the rest of the nation as a gigantic scam.  Nobody takes Vegas seriously as a “real” city.

Citibank moved some of their credit card operations to Las Vegas many years ago, but only on the condition that they did not have to use a Las Vegas street address.  Thus, “The Lakes, Nevada” was born.  Legitimate businesses are ashamed to be associated with Vegas, and it’s really hard to blame them.

Las Vegas’ reputation is not one that is likely to attract jobs in the future, and this will mean that more and more people will be competing over fewer and fewer jobs.  This demand/supply imbalance will lead to lower wages, less benefits, and greater employee abuse.

We are already seeing these effects today.

That $90,000 house in Henderson you have your eye on is not that great of a bargain if your income is $0.

In short, if you need a job to survive and don’t already have one or one lined up, it is in your best interest to stay as far away from Las Vegas as possible.

It’s bad right now, and it’s only going to get worse.

4) Healthcare

Even though housing is relatively cheap, the reason why I do not recommend people to retire in Las Vegas is because of our healthcare system.

With the depressing state of healthcare and the local media’s outright war on pain relief, you must be prepared to die slowly and painfully should you fall ill in this town.

When it comes to medical professionals, Las Vegas attracts the worst of the worst.  Think about it, what Harvard Medical Graduate at the top of his class would want to come to Las Vegas to practice?  Why would they be attracted to a gambling town in the middle of the desert?

The answer is, they wouldn’t be attracted to the town, and in general … they don’t move to Las Vegas.

I had a doctor’s appointment in early July, and the waiting room was like a scene out of an anti-communist propaganda film.  I was the only English-speaker in the room (including the staff), and the place was so filthy that I kept waiting for a live chicken to run by my feet.  When I finally saw the doctor, he listened to me for about 30 seconds, scribbled out an ordered test on a piece of paper, and promptly left the room.  That was the last I saw of him.  My insurance was billed $120 for the 30 second visit.  It was coded as a “Comprehensive Physical Exam”.

Why didn’t I complain about this visit in a previous blog article?

Because it was the best, most complete goddamn physical I have ever received in this town.

When I was hospitalized several months ago, I saw my attending physician once in the three day stay, yet was billed for 5 consultations.

Like most things in Vegas, healthcare is run as just another get-rich-quick scheme.  There is no “care” per-se, just massive amounts of billing for procedures that are either rushed or never performed at all.  If you’ve ever seen The Simpsons, you’ve seen a typical Vegas physician … Dr. Nick Riviera.  Sometimes art does imitate life.

We don’t get many top-notch cardiologists concerned about patient care in this town.  The only higher-end specialists generally interested in practicing in Vegas are plastic surgeons who can make a substantial amount of quick money firming butts, puffing lips, and lifting breasts.

If you want bigger tits, then Vegas is the right town for you.  If you have health needs that require frequent trips to a physician, you are better off moving to Cuba than Las Vegas.  I mean this with all sincerity and without a hint of sarcasm.

I turned 42 this year, and because of some specific ailments, it is likely that I will need more health care and pain relief as I get further into middle age.  The knowledge that I would not get adequate levels of either was another key decision in my own move.

Please, if you have any health problems at all, don’t move to Las Vegas.  I would even go as far as to advise you not to visit Las Vegas.

Don’t find out the hard way that I am right about this point.  By then it may be too late.

5) The Gestapo

The incident that happened to me on my way to the emergency room in March was probably the single largest event that caused me to turn against Las Vegas quickly.

The Trevon Cole (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article) and the Costo (Erik Scott) shootings in the months that followed simply reinforced what I already knew.

Las Vegas cops are completely out of control.

Two weeks ago, when I encountered a newly-robbed lady crying in a Smith’s parking lot … it was sort of the last straw.

During the last several months living in Las Vegas, I became paranoid. I wrote a few negative articles about the Metropolitan Police Department, and I knew that I was probably on borrowed time.  It’s not hard to match a blog post up with a specific incident report, and after my emergency room visit, I figured that the LVMPD had pegged me through license plates and utility bills.  They were going to get either myself or my family, and it wasn’t a matter of “if”, it was a matter of “when”.

It also didn’t help that the people who lived in my house before me had (allegedly) been drug dealers.  We twice got a visit from law enforcement trying to serve an arrest warrant on the previous occupants, and on both occasions we had to present ID to prove that we were not the suspects.

This was going to escalate.  I was aware that, in Las Vegas, previous occupants being “bad” guys was more than enough probable cause to bust down my door at any time, and I knew that  a member of my family could easily be shot for making a “furtive move”.  I lived in fear of it.  I felt like a Neon Anne Frank.

At the moment, Las Vegas is overstaffed with police due to hiring increases made during the higher-flying days of Vegas, and these officers need to make busts and seizures to fund their operations.  Now that tax revenues have dropped, law enforcement has turned to “creative financing” to continue paying salaries.  This is the reason that cops are issuing $500 tickets to people rushing to the hospital.

Houses in the valley are being raided left and right (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article), people are being injured and killed, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is actively encouraging citizens to “report” their neighbors if they see anything out-of-sorts. These “reports” are then taken before a judge who rubber-stamps “ICE Squad” no-knock raids.

It’s chilling.

I am making no exaggerations when I say that 2010 Las Vegas is a 100% police state.  Literally.  The police run the town and are able to do whatever they wish with complete impunity.  This includes killing people in cold blood.

The Las Vegas Police force is comprised mostly of out-of-town recruits who have no ties to the community whatsoever.  Most of them come to Vegas to train so that someday they may be able to join the force of a real city.  This makes the LVMPD a de-facto occupation force, and the people of the city are their guinea pigs.  Their training tools.  Their crash test dummies.

In my opinion, the LVMPD treats the citizens of Las Vegas with the same general mindset that American Troops treat the citizens of Bagdad.  With contempt, suspicion, and a low value on their life.

I’ve had several encounters with Las Vegas police officers during my tenure in the city, and every single encounter was nothing less than unprofessional.

I suppose the arguement could be made that I was the problem, but I think that this is an erroneous assumption.  When I am in the presense of police officers, I do the whole “yes sir, no sir” Eddie Haskel routine.  I’m as polite and deferential as they come.  Also, contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate police because I’m a criminal who has been repeatedly busted.  I’ve gotten a couple of tickets, but I’ve never actually been arrested.  I don’t dislike cops because they have interfered with my crime sprees.  I don’t really commit crimes.

Las Vegas cops really are hostile, insecure, severely unintelligent, violent people.  Perhaps not all of them, but certainly every one of them that I ever met.

In my opinion, the presence of a police state should be a deal-breaker, and a barrier to any intelligent person even thinking about calling Las Vegas home.

6) Transit

I tried for years to use my own shoe leather to get around, but Las Vegas is just not a walkable city on any level.  The blocks are a half mile long, many do not have crosswalks, and both drivers and cops are outwardly hostile toward pedestrians.

For instance, on many occasions, I’ve seen police set up jaywalking stings on ultra-long blocks that did not have crosswalks.  In order for someone to cross the street, they would literally have to walk half a mile to a mile to the next stoplight, and the police knew that these folks would try to dart across the street instead of taking the 10-20 minute detour.  It was like shooting fish in a barrel.  Instead of convincing the city to come out and paint crosswalks for public safety, the LVMPD decided to use poor municipal planning for revenue instead.  It’s a typical Las Vegas solution to a typical Las Vegas problem.

I’ve also tried riding my bicycle to get around but here again … it was not feasible.  Most Las Vegas drivers are transplants from suburban or rural areas, and they react with overt hostility at the sight of bicycles.  They honk their horns at riders, scream out of windows, throw things, and the whole endeavor is just too dangerous to sustain.

What this means is that the only alternative to automobile transit in Las Vegas is the CAT bus system.

Unfortunately, CAT buses are among the least reliable I have ever ridden.  I am not trying to be mean, but the number of wheelchair-bound people that use the bus on a daily basis renders the system useless for all able-bodied people trying to get to work or quack appointments on time.

In addition, when it is 110 degrees outside, waiting at a bus stop is just not something that is possible unless you want to arrive at your destination smelling like Courtney Love’s unshaven armpit.

Of course, there is always the monorail, but unless you live near the 3 mile system (less than .1% of the Vegas population), you are similarly out of luck.

Simply put, there exists no dependable method of mass transit in Las Vegas.

This is unforgivable for a metropolitan area of 2 million people.

7) Education

To call Las Vegas schools “education” is probably an insult to the word “education”.  In reality, Vegas schools are taxpayer funded babysitting services where 19-year-old Filipino women are paid in banana peels to stand guard over 9 year old girls wearing tight pants with the words “Cum Slut” embroidered on the ass because mommy figured it was never too soon to prepare them to work the pole.

Seriously, while some far-flung suburbs have the odd decent school … overall … Vegas schools are so bad that they’re laughable.

Like doctors, you have to wonder what would make a teacher pack up and move to a gambling-only destination like Las Vegas to teach.  Also like doctors, the answer is that they are probably too under-qualified to do so anywhere else.

Nevada ranks dead-last in High School graduation rates.  51st out of 51 (including Washington DC).  Only about 4 in 10 students graduate.  In every other education metric, Nevada consistently ranks at or near the bottom.

Since there are few “thinking” jobs in Las Vegas, there is little or no motivation for kids to learn.  Also, for the same reasons, there is little to no motivation for the state to teach.

This town needs bartenders, waitresses, strippers, dealers, and maids … not rocket scientists and pharmaceutical researchers.  We need “baby mommas” who will push out as many little Hectors as possible so that the Encore doesn’t run out of minimum-wage dishwashers.  Las Vegas is a very, very anti-intellectual town and we have no use for book learnin’.  As such, we do not invest in that which we do not need.

Las Vegas schools exist to provide public daycare for casino workers, and to churn out new generations of poorly-paid hotel and casino workers.  That’s it, nothing more.

In this respect, they fulfill their goals flawlessly.

If such a life for your children appeals to you, by all means move here and enroll them in one of our babysitting services.  If you expect them to learn how to read, write, or make change for a dollar … move as far from this town as geographically possible.

8) Housing

In 2005, I considered buying a house here.

Seriously.

Fortunately, before signing a contract, I did what I’ve always done.  I became highly skeptical.  I threw away academia, I threw away the advice of “experts”, and I analyzed the situation using my own best judgement.  This has always served me far better than following the advice of supposedly smart people and “experts”.

I drove around, looked at the miles and miles of vacant land sitting only 3 miles from the Strip, and realized that a scam was afoot.  Las Vegas real estate was being spammed to idiots like the Nigerian lottery, and if a single homebuyer had bothered to spend a few days honestly assessing the situation, he/she should have been able to deduce that everything they were being told was a lie and a fraud.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, Las Vegas does not attract the best and the brightest.  It attracts the greedy and the stupid.  Nowhere is this more evident than our housing market.

After my own research, I decided that there was no way in hell that I would buy a home in Vegas.  Supply greatly outstripped demand.

Of course, everyone told me that I was crazy.  “They aren’t building any more land!” people SCREAMED.

Why did they scream this?

Because people like to live their lives by clichés.  It’s tidy and it prevents them from having to think.  Cute clichés prevent people from having to justify their own irrational behavior.  As long as the cliché sounds wise, most people don’t question them.

Every time people told me that no more land was being made in Las Vegas, I replied “they don’t need to, there’s more than enough empty land in the Mojave Desert to last for the next 10,000 years.”

Even though my words made perfect sense, nobody listened to me because my rebuttal made for a shitty cliché.  Remember, cliché > reason.  Always.

By 2007, I remained the lone naysayer in Vegas as it pertained to real estate, and I received the exact same reception.  “You’re negative, you’re a misanthrope, you just don’t want to listen to the experts, etc, etc, etc.”

Well guys, it’s 2010 … where are your “experts” now?  Are they still standing beside you, smiling while stroking your cock and telling you what a genius you are for investing in Summerlin?

No.

I’ll tell you where they are … they are out there telling a new class of suckers what a GREAT DEAL your nearly-foreclosed home is.  The exact same person that sold you your house is waiting for you to get thrown out onto the street so that they can stick another California slumlord in the back of their car and take them on a “Foreclosure Tour” to make another 6% commission.

While I was busy being negative and misanthropic, your real estate agent was busy blowing smoke up your ass.  She was grinning, cheerful, and she told how your house would appreciate while your kids attended GREAT schools.

Do you still think optimism is a virtue, or like most other things in Las Vegas, do you realize that it’s just a tool to separate you from your money?

Now, since I have been proven right on just about … well, everything … have any … ANY of the optimists who shit down my neck come back and said “you were right”.

No.  Not one.  Not one, single, solitary one.

Nobody wants to admit that the “experts” were a bunch of naked emperors.  People don’t easily concede their own stupidity and gullibility.  Instead they just chalk it up to “bad timing”.  It’s far more digestable.

Most of the houses in Las Vegas are still owned by California trend-slaves who never met a geographic area they didn’t take a massive shit on before abandoning it in like yesterday’s MacBook.

I recently cruised back through my old West Side neighborhood, and the place looked like a McMansion ghetto.  “For Sale” signs were on every fourth house, and there were 5 cars crammed into 3 car driveways.  The middle-class is not moving to Las Vegas, and larger investment properties in the valley are often occupied by 2-3 lower income families.

If you want to buy a house to live out the rest of your life, Las Vegas now offers a relatively high bang for your buck.  The caveat is that your neighbors will still be absentee California fuckwipe landlords who still have three shakes left in their pecker before they are finished pissing all over Las Vegas.  Forget the notion of a real neighborhood.

If you are even remotely considering buying property in Las Vegas for short-term or investment purposes, then bend over.  You’re about to get gleefully butt-slammed by the most friendly lady you ever met.  You’ll probably fall for her spiel too.  After all, we’re not making any more land.

History shall repeat itself with the Las Vegas housing market.  It will once again be hyped up, and it will once again crash.

When thinking of Las Vegas real estate, remember the wise words of George Walker Bush.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me … you can’t get fooled again.

9) Crime

My car has been broken into, my home has been burglarized, and I’ve had so many things stolen in Las Vegas that I just stopped keeping track.

Once, while playing in a poker tournament at the Hilton, I came out to find that all of the reflectors had been stripped from my bicycle.  Reflectors are roughly 25 cents each, yet not even these cheap items were off-limits to thieves in Las Vegas.  While I was preparing to move, I took a small bag of my boxer shorts out to the driveway, went back inside so that I could get the keys to open my car, and when I returned … the bag was gone.  Someone literally stole my used underwear from my driveway in under 2 minutes.  Theft in Vegas is rampant.  If you take a shit on the sidewalk and turn your back for 5 seconds, chances are high that someone will steal your fecal matter.  It’s really that bad.

Las Vegas is a desperate city, and as the local depression worsens, it’s only a matter of time before people begin robbing each other on city sidewalks.  In some areas, this already happens.  Mark my words, as McMansion Ghettos continue to sprawl outward, this crime will eventually spread to places like Summerlin and Henderson as well.

Las Vegas does not post official crime stats that would place it among the most dangerous cities in the USA, and in my opinion, this is because the overwhelming majority of crimes in the city goes unreported.  Of all of the thefts I have been the victim of in Las Vegas, I’ve never reported a single one of them.  I don’t think I am unique in this respect.  When the cops are bigger criminals than the criminals themselves, who do you turn to?

In Las Vegas, the answer is “no one”.

Las Vegas has all of the drawbacks of anarchy without any of the benefits.  There’s really no central protection authority in the city, but if you dare attempt to protect yourself, the Gestapo will throw you in a cage or shoot you in the face.

Las Vegas works for casino owners, local government employees, and the very wealthy, but everyone else is pretty much on their own.

If you are middle class or below, and you live in central Vegas long enough, you will be the victim of crime.  Probably multiple times.

Hopefully, like me, most of it will be petty crime … but you have to stay alert and vigilant.

The LVCVA won’t tell you this in their slick promotional marketing, but it’s something you need to know.

10) English as a Second Language

If you have ever read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Big Book of Delusional Fiction (sometimes referred to as “The Bible”), you will get a hypothetical example of why “diversity” is not all it’s cracked up to be.  If people in a specific geographical region cannot agree on a common language, then the entire society becomes a confusing mess.

Frankly, I’m not sure why this problem exists anywhere.  Assuming you have a population which is all but the most severely of retarded, the solution is obvious.  Instead of people having to learn 12 different languages, one specific language should be assigned to a geographic area, and everyone with the intent of living in that area should learn to speak that language.

It just makes good common sense.

I remember going to a bakery on Desert Inn Road and asking the clerk if the turnovers in his case contained fruit.  He continously shrugged as I repeated the word “fruit”, “fruit”, “fruit”, and before giving up, I decided to try the Spanish version of the word … “frutas”.

As soon as the word came out of my mouth, he lit up and said “si si frutas!”.

He thought it was kind of funny, but I felt that it was nothing short of sad that a fellow citizen could not understand what I was saying until I added “as” to the end of a common English word.  In my opinion, it was just plain lazy, and an outright disgrace.

If I moved to France, I would learn French.  If I moved to Korea, I would learn Korean.  If I moved to California, I would learn to interject the word “amazing” into as many sentences as possible.  Adopting a local language instead of expecting locals to learn yours is just the right thing to do.  I cannot believe that any rational person would dispute this notion.

Unfortunately, due to an addiction to cheap, exploitable labor … this third-world, intellectually void language mish-mash is not only accepted … but it is actively encouraged in the City of Las Vegas.  In many parts (possibly the majority) of the Vegas Valley, it can be quite challenging to find someone who speaks even the most basic English.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Las Vegas tripled the quality of its healthcare, it would be indistinguishable from Mexico.

So there you have it.

Since this list was rather long, allow me to summarize.

If you are considering moving to Las Vegas, please consider the following:

There are no jobs, our schools rank last in the nation, our healthcare is quite possibly the worst this side of Bangladesh, our occupying police force is constantly looking for people to kill, we have no usable mass transit, our streets are perpetually clogged with depressed and drunk people, panhandlers and bums are appearing everywhere, we have a corrupt government which will never be held accountable due to our transient population, our power monopoly constantly rapes us with the blessing of our corrupt government, and there is only one industry and that industry is failing.

Aside from these issues, Las Vegas is an excellent place to live.

Please consider moving here and buying one of our houses.

Thank you.

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136 comments to 10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

  • Steve Saunders

    Just wanted to say that I highly enjoyed reading this piece. Well done, sir. And your handling of some of the commenters is, as kids today say, epic. Love it.

    I will also say that moving from Vegas to Seattle is a massive step up, but I’m rather biased on the whole thing and miss Seattle terribly.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Jaysus

    Very funny, poignant writing – i think you nailed it

  • GingerZeppelin

    I grew up in Vegas. I went to school in Vegas and had some amazing teachers (I’m a SoCalian now, so I have to interject amazing wherever I can) I went to UNLV, put myself through school, thanks to the generous tips of wrinkly, old, drunks playing craps, and drinking an overabundance of 7 and 7’s throwing red chips on my tray. So for that, thank you and goodnight…packed up the U-haul and moved to greener pastures.
    I wholeheartedly agree with your article, and would like to add number eleven to the list.
    Minimalls: Seriously, how many CVS’s, Walgreens, and Rite-Aids can they jam on one block? Then to boost the economy, let’s put some craptastic small business that sells lighter fluid and batteries right next to it because the gigantic stadium sized FREE parking right next to said drug store will draw customers. It’s really important to have Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Marshall’s on every city block too. Forget walking there, the repressive sun limits any exposure to vitamin D or “fresh” air, so in your car you go half a block to buy a designer discount outfit at Marshall’s, shower caddy at BB and Beyond, TP at Target, home repair items for your foreclosed home, and don’t forget to buy cigarettes at the AM/PM across the street.
    I’m glad I moved away to Los Angeles and I’m sure Las Vegas was happy to see me go. The beach is amazing, the hiking trails are amazing, the museums are amazing, the houses are amazing, the people are amazing, and it’s just plain awesome dude!

    • Michaelr

      I have lived in Los Angeles, specifically West Hollywood, my whole life. I’ll be turning forty next year. I’m highly considering the move to Vegas. Being almost 40, spent all my years, chasing my dreams.(To no Avail) Yes, Los Angeles is nice, BUT only nice when EITHER your a beautiful women,or very FAMOUS or RICH. Otherwise YOU COULD BE THE NICEST GUY ON THE PLANET, NO WOMEN(UNDER 70 O.K 65!) WILL GIVE YOU THE TIME OF DAY! People(mostly), are all driving with anger,and are always on their cell phones, or busy. I’m considering Santa Monica beach, possible. Being straight, West Hollywood (gay, now being the majority) is REALLY very unconfortable, for me!

  • My2Sense

    VegasRex/SeattleRex, will you marry me? Better yet, will your article marry me? I love it (and your rebuttals) that much. I’m a rare creature known as a “Vegas native” (God help me). I read the comments to the article and thought the same thing as you said – the “love Vegas” responses are almost universally vulgar and lacking in intellectual depth, and as a whole, they prove your point almost better than you can. (Haha Beavis, it’s the big fake (o)(o) that keep me coming back!) It’s almost comical that the people who defend it are generally not living here – coincidence? I think not. It is possible that the lack of intelligence may be caused by the lack of oxygen since very little will grow here due to the combination of scorching heat and less-than-zero water availability.

    But Vegas isn’t wholly without merit. We have beautiful skies, great food, tons of drive-through anythings for the lazy among us, lots of free parking…oh, and California is close. That is, if you ever leave the comfort of your forced-air, under-valued, poorly-made tract home that isn’t even close to what is was worth when you purchased it 10 years ago. I’m counting the days to when I can purcase my freedom from this town and declare myself “Vegas-Free, Baby!”

  • Brian

    I lived in Vegas for a year and a half. Immediately after moving there I knew I had made a mistake. I remember reading this post when it first was published. It reaffirmed all of my thoughts and fears about the horrible place that is Las Vegas. Your points are SO spot on. I credit this article with cementing my decision to get out. I have been out of LV for 2 years now and am only recently starting to get over the nightmare that was my 1.5 years living in Vegas.

    • sammy

      Hey Brian, i thinking of moving to LV, but now not so sure, please email i would like to know more. ie by the way im a dv man w/o kids an i will be going alone.

      sam

      • Michaelr

        I never got married and no kids. I UNFORTUNATELY have good taste in women. AGAIN, unless your amongst top 3% in $! I have 38 years experience, I’ll never find quality in Los Angeles.

  • John

    Wow, What an eye-opener! I’ve been to Vegas once – for a week (this past December) , and loved every second of it! It was the best vacation of our Lives! Liked it so much, I’ve been considering retiring there! I’m from a cold weather state so warm weather seems like such a luxury! We were walking in short sleaves the whole week we were there – although locals didn’t consider it very warm ( 50-65ish most days).
    I think I’ll spend more time there, and feel the reality of it out; or maybe not – just keep it the magical place for occassional visits to the wonderland. Thanks for the great insights, but to those visitors it’s the brightest place on earth. I guess it’s the old cliche’ ‘great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there’. Still – I wonder… .. .

  • Kelara

    I really appreciate this article and I am so very grateful that I found it. I was planning to move to Las Vegas before the end of this year. Now after reading your article and the comments I am pretty sure that is a “No Go”. Now I am faced with finding somewhere else to move since I badly want to leave Chicago for somewhere warmer. Thanks so much for being so blunt and honest. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Molly

    this is so on point it’s hilarious. I could not have written this better- I have lived here since just January 2012 and have experienced all of the above in full force and absolutely HATE it here. thanks for posting!

  • Nicola

    Just read your article..need to sell my beautiful home in Ca. And was looking for a new destination..Vegas was cheap, someplace new..after reeding your comments and those of others…It’s sooooo not happening..thanx

  • Sam

    I nearly moved tthere five years ago but to work in Las Vegas’ one non-gambling industry, Defense. I then was offered a job in DC and also kind of regretted it, not I don’t. I now realize how lucky I am.

    What about Reno? Is it nearly as bad?

    • Vegas Argot

      Oh no, Reno is a great place to live! It’s about an 8 hour drive north, and it couldn’t be more different! I grew up in Reno, and moved to Las Vegas thinking it would be an awesome change, and it’s everything VegasRex says it is. I’ve been here almost 8 years now and I haven’t made what I’d call a true friend.

  • Tom

    Hilarious! and sad. Having visited many many times and almost bought a house there, I started smelling the same reality and pulled out. Thankfully as 2 years later the ball dropped on housing and it continues. Despite the experts calling rock bottom every 6 months. I think its shaved off a good 20% since last time an expert told me its hit rock bottom now and I’d be crazy not to buy.

    I like Vegas .. to visit. But after a week the whole environment gets to me and I feel sick. Not just the ding ding ding of machines either but the dirty feeling of dust in every pore, no fresh air and depressed leathery faces …. it has no soul. But its great for 40 year old musicians who pretend to be on the comeback trail (though they never were) get paid more money for Casino gigs then they did washing dished in Iowa and the stripper girlfreind pays the rent.

    I have noticed the general IQ is less than perfect. Painfull … watching them mess up a simple task and then just walk away. Who cares … “this is the first and last time I will see this guy” is the attitude. Fuck em … NEXT!

    Las Vegas is a toilet … people come from all direction to dump for a breif period then off they go. Its where people go to do things they wouldnt consider doing anywhere else. Speaking of which the city’s sewer system obviously was not designed for the current mass of hotel suites. PEEEYEEEEWWWWWW

  • Suntracker

    Well these are all very recycled complaints. I have lived here 11 years, I am an artist, and live in a gorgeous little house that overlooks the valley and sits by the mountains. I married a construction worker and we spend our free time out cruising the deserts. The most inspiring and breath taking visuals I have ever seen have been out here in the desert. I know many talented artists here, and the music scene gets better every year. It takes a strong, independent, desert-lover to be happy here. This is not some cushiony place to bounce into hoping for a water cooler coddling from everyone you rub up against while you snivel your way through the day. I would say that being a nature loving artist would not put me in the category of agreeing with every whim of establishment and flashy business but this sounds like an individual case of licking one’s wounds. If you are going to move to ANY city, take an extended tour of the place first, and don’t ever make up your mind about anything based on someone else’s overly bitter or a little too dreamy take on things.

    • John

      Suntracker, I couldn’t have said it better myself. It seems a lot of these postings are from people that didn’t do much research, or planning. I have been to Vegas 11 times and absolutely love the whole valley area. I don’t go to just gamble, there are so many things to see outside the city. The views in some areas outside the city are breathtaking. I will be 54 in June ,and thinking of retiring in the Vegas valley area. Being from Taxachusetts, I know all about a depressing area!!

    • Natasha

      Suntracker, THANK YOU ! : ) It’s all about going to a place and doing research before you move and some places are not for everybody, and lol there are scammers in every city!

  • The Todd

    While I agree with many of the things that you put into this article, I think that make what you can of any situation. If you are looking for negative things in any place, you will find them. I have lived in Vegas for 22 years, and am not a native. I could sit down and think about all the negative things that exist here, but that would be counter productive to my life. I have a great many friends and have made a great life for myself here. And no, I do not work in a casino. I have a small business. I could list 10 reasons not to live in any major city in the country that I have been to. No place is perfect. It is up to you to make a life that works for yourself wherever you are. It is not the responsiblity of the city that you live in to do it for you. I freely admit that Vegas is not the best destination for most people, but that is not a valid reason to say that it is a dump site for lousy people for the country. Let’s be honest, there are low class lousy people everywhere you go. Even in small town USA, in which I am from in MI. Aunt May, Andy, Barney, and Opie do not exist anymore.

  • Susan

    Interesting list. My daughter and her family have been living in Henderson for over five years and we have bought a house out there and plan to retire.
    1. Yes the weather can be brutal in the summer months. However, there is always a breeze and when you go in the pool and then come out you will actually be cold for a few minutes. This surprised me but is true. Also, it is almost always sunny in LV which is so much nicer than the weather on the East coast.
    2. The education level seems to be lower than I am used to. I am a college grad. Possibly due to a lot of immigrants and the fact that it is a transient community. However, once you find friends like yourself, and according to my daughter it doesn’t take long, you are fine.
    3. Employment is bad just about everywhere but LV has seen more than its far share of grief in this area.
    4. I totally disagree with the comments on health care. My daughter has a brain tumor that was operated on in France. She had the second best surgeon in France who was trained by one of the top surgeons in the world. We were concerned about her care in LV but have found truly excellent doctors especially at the cancer centers. Also her pediatrician is from NY and is just top notch. As far as I am concerned health care there is very good.
    5. I no nothing about the police force so can’t comment on this one.
    6. You are right. LV is not a walkable city but neither are most cities in CA either. There is some local transit that can be used but I don’t know how good it is.
    7. I disagree with this one also. There are some very bad schools in LV, but I have been checking out the schools in Henderson and have found that a lot of the public school rival some here on the East coast as far as rankings are concerned. Also, there are a lot of private and charter schools that are good. Probably not the best public schooling in the country but certainly far from the worst. As for UNLV my understanding is that it is a middle range public university. Again not the best but far from the worst.
    8. Houseing. It is very sad what happened with the housing bubble out there and many people were hurt. However, buying now you get so much more for you money than you do in most places in the country. We got a very nice place for about a third of what it would have cost on the east coast. And, I live the associations out there. Very well run and the HOA fees are so low.
    9. I don’t know a lot about this so can’t really comment. I suppose like any large city you have to be more careful.
    10. This one concerns me the most. So there are a lot of immigrants out there who don’t speak English well. My husband’s grandmother came from Italy and never really learned to speak good English. This happens a lot with immigrants. However, his family made contributions to the community and his father served in WWII and was a very proud American. Let’s not forget that pretty soon more people in America will be native Spanish speakers than there are English speakers. Bringing in new culture and a new way of looking at life is a good thing. Eventually, we all assimilate. I am English and in our very long history for two hundred years England was a dual language country: Saxon and French. Eventually it morphed into one language and that is why English today is made up of 60% French words but prounounced differently. Let’s give those immigrants a break. It is much harder to learn a language as an adult but there children will be fluent Spanish and English speakers and that is a very good thing.
    11. Why I think LV is a good place to move to: the weather is good but for a couple of months in the summer you have to live in AC. However, in the East we do the same thing with heat in the winter and at leave in LV I don’t ahve to shovel snow or constantly repair my home from the winter damage. It is very convenient because it is in the middle of the desert everything you need has to be there somewhere. It is easy to fly in and out of. A good airport with lots of options. I like the mind set of the folks in the West. But, that a personal preference. I am not much of a fan of the strip but there is just so much more to the area. A few negatives from my point of view is the lack of age of the architecture and a lack of history. That is going to be an adjustment, but it was for me when I moved from England to the East coast. All in all perhaps Las Vegas would not be your choice but let’s not just trounce the place. It may not be for you but a lot of folks really like living there. Great entertainment, great food, great designer shopping (if you can afford it), lovely sunny weather and lots to do, affordable housing, and an easier life than in many parts of the country.

    • Jessica

      “Yes the weather can be brutal in the summer months. However, there is always a breeze”

      I would hardly call 100 degree gale force winds a “breeze.” The weather is simply horrid from May through September.

    • luna

      I agree with most of you said I’ve been living in Las Vegas for ten years now, if you’re in a bad place.[like have no job, no friends, no family] then you will be miserable not just in Vegas but every city you go.

  • Tom

    I’ve lived here for six years, having retired and then moved from the midwest. I agree with all of Rex’s ten points although not quite to the same extent. However, saying that if a person came up with a list of the top ten negative points (pick just about any category, e.g. poor quality of education, high crime rate, lack of quality medical care, foreclosures, unemployment, police shootings, deadly automobile accidents, alcoholism, obesity, etc) about cities in the USA, the city of Las Vegas would dominate the top spot on most lists. NV politicians and power brokers have a lengthy history of focusing on low taxes, outrageous salaries for police and firefighters’ unions, low taxes for casinos and the mining industry, all to the detriment of the education system and services for the poor and disabled. As for me I regret the day I chose to move here and look forward to the day I can leave; now if only someone would buy my house that is today worth 1/3 what it cost six years ago. So please, ignore all of the negative comments about Las Vegas and move here and buy a home; after all, maybe you will like living here!

  • Tom

    In a previous post I stated that I generally supported the author’s comments about living in Las Vegas, based upon having lived here for six years following retirement and a move from the midwest. However there are many things I do enjoy about this area, primarily the opportunities for being outdoors. Within an easy drive from the city are beautiful desert canyons, mountains that would cause one to think he was in the Rockies, the Colorado River, Lake Mead, and many state and national parks. If one enjoys hiking and being outdoors year round this is a great place for that. Plus when one wants it all of the excitement of the Strip. There are many great people living here, people raising families and many people volunteering their time to help others, but by its very nature as “Sin City” there are many jerks, criminals, and con men attracted to this city, far more than in a city of comparable size. If you do move here just be certain after getting your NV license plates and driver’s license to make your next stops at a gun store and a place that sells a home security system. And if you have children who will be in the public school system, including the state university system, realize that you now live in a state in which the governor and politicians refuse to provide adequate funding, contributing to large class sizes, low test scores, high dropout rate, etc. Education is not and has never been a priority in NV. Best of luck!

  • M

    I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and I am in the minority (eek) that has graduated high school and gone to college out-of-state. A lot of these are pithy and well-observed points; I disagree with your interpretations in a few places, but perhaps that is the difference between moving here vs being born and growing up here. A lot of your post sounded overly simplified to me, but then again you were living here in a much different capacity at a much different point in your life.

    #1. The weather! It’s a make-or-break factor. I certainly don’t blame you for not liking it. I’m not crazy about it myself, but it’s what I’m used to.

    #2. I’m predisposed to disagree a bit here. Las Vegas is indeed transient and lacks a single, defined culture and identity. Out of both these issues come negative consequences, such as little longevity in smaller businesses, as well as local apathy regarding how the metropolitan area is run. But I find myself missing Vegas people when I’m in older, more established cities. There is an open-mindedness and refreshing directness to people here, and the mix of people from all over the world is one of the most interesting and positive traits of the valley (although its potential is often ignored). Because of the ridiculously caricatured, fetishized image this place has elsewhere, we understand how frustrating it is to make silly assumptions about people based on where they’re from. I’ve never heard a Las Vegan ask a New Yorker if they lived in the Empire State Building, but I have been asked multiple times by New Yorkers (and people from outside Nevada) which hotel I live in (I answer, “The Bellagio,” with a straight face, and they believe me). Whoever you were palling around with in Vegas, they don’t sound like the majority of people I grew up with.

    #3. Sad and pretty much true. Sad especially because of the wealth of different backgrounds we have here. I think a failing of the city is not so much that all these people come here and can’t succeed solely by some fault of their own; they come here and find themselves expected to fit into this do-nothing, change-nothing, keep-casinos-the-most-important system, which they may have overlooked through their rose-tinted glasses.

    #4. Huge problem. We have some superb health care options here. The question is, are they accessible? Not so much. As a side-note, my dad is a product of a fabulous medical education. He didn’t move out here for the “fabulous” health care, though. Just to be close to family. Seeing my father stress out over the inefficiency of our hospitals for years convinced me never to be a doctor.

    #5. I do think our police screw up way too much. But I think the interpretation of them as “Gestapo” is quite a bit off and overly simplistic, as is the police state notion. Instead of power-hungry madmen who do as they please with impunity, they are plagued by bizarre funding practices (and actually quite a bit of understaffing out in the field), which originate outside of the LVMPD. And the fact is we have pretty bad crime in the city. Many officers are not well-trained, and then they get thrust into these situations where they act inappropriately and harshly, either because they just simply lose their cool or because they don’t have other officer support. If they really did run the town, why would they feel the need to turn a blind eye to things like the blatant, illegal prostitution—including international sex trafficking— advertised on and around the Strip? Out of sight of tourists, they can make drug busts, but they are hesitant to do it in more visible locations. Those things just need to be kept quiet when tourists are about… If they were out in force policing in sight of tourists, casinos would be very, very unhappy. They’re made to back off in the right places to perpetuate a more secure image for tourists. They are told where they are allowed to police. So… who ultimately runs the place?

    #6. So true. Transportation sucks. When I’m in St. Louis and locals complain about having only two train lines, I’m like, “WHOAH THIS IS AMAZING, I CAN GO ANYWHERE!”

    #7. Oh man… The Clark County School District is bloated, poorly directed, and overcrowded. School zones are gerrymandered like congressional districts, keeping at-risk kids out of better schools. I have experienced all sorts of schooling. My first elementary school was private because my parents couldn’t deal with the year-round schedule of my zoned school. It was too expensive and they disliked other families in that insular community, so we managed to get a zone variance for a decent public school. But even then we sometimes didn’t have enough books or desks, and so a lot of us sat on the floor and couldn’t take books home to read. Middle school was terrible— 12-year-olds already involved with serious drugs, and teachers doing nothing about it. Our counselor opposed accelerated classes for higher performers. Said it would “make the other kids feel bad” and deliberately hid advanced math and science options from parents (last I heard, she works at Starbucks). That age is a critical point at which kids either become encouraged to learn more, or see school not as a haven, but as a place they simply have to show up. I was very fortunate to get into a magnet program at a high school where we were required to keep our grades up to stay in. It was a positive atmosphere with phenomenal teachers… but it was only a school of 1,500 and still overcrowded. Even we didn’t have enough textbooks or desks sometimes. Our magnet programs set great examples for other schools, but they can’t handle the capacity of this ridiculously huge school district.

    #8. Yup. There was certainly a great time to buy a home here from around 1980-1990, and my parents managed to squeeze right in on the tail end of that period. But it’s not simply that people are “greedy and stupid” for trying to buy homes here. Salespeople are very slick, the immediate deals seem too good to pass up, and lots of people very easily fall prey to the siren song of the American Dream telling them they must own a house to be happy (this is a problem across the nation). Plus the slogan of “no state income tax” attracts folks from states with just the opposite, not considering that means less funding for other services.

    #9. My family doesn’t live in the worst area of town, but even here we can count on there being burglaries, bricks through car windows, and the occasional armed robber fleeing from police and using our backyards as a hideout while being chased by cops with dogs. As a teen I would try just biking around the block, and cars would slow down to bring me plenty of unwanted attention. All I was doing was riding a bike on the sidewalk. I felt threatened just by being female, in public, and alone. That’s not a good thing for young folks to deal with. Still, there are more isolated and quieter areas that don’t deal with such crime.

    #10. My biggest disagreement with your post, and one that I think does have a lot to do with being raised here. My immediate family only speaks English. But I was raised with a constant background noise of Spanish, my friends growing up were often bilingual, and I was encouraged to learn whatever language I wanted to. Because of the incredible diversity you can find here, I had friends who also spoke Korean, Tagalog, French, Vietnamese, Persian, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hebrew, Amharic, Japanese, Hawai’ian, Arabic… This never turned me off of linguistic diversity, motivating me to study several languages. As for the large population of Spanish-speakers who move here without much English capability, I doubt that they do not want to learn English. But second language acquisition as an adult is VERY difficult without constant, supportive educational resources. Do we adequately provide those? Nope. So direct your frustration at the lack of English outreach, rather than the inability of a busy, Spanish-speaking adult to easily and quickly pick up a second language, especially one as difficult as English. Their children learn to speak English and Spanish just fine, and a lot of pressure is placed on those kids to translate for their parents, as well as to prove their English capabilities more often than their monolingual peers. I had friends who spoke perfect English, sounded like any other American kid, loved English literature classes, but because at one point early in their education they were identified as speaking another language at home or being born in another country, even in their senior year of high school they were pulled out of class to take pointless ESL tests. Linguistic diversity isn’t a problem; the problem is that we don’t take the initiative to make it work for us.

    I have very conflicted feelings for my hometown, and I suppose that most people who grow up here do, too. This is the place that made me, one way or another, yet all signs point to me ditching it. I am finishing up college, just spending summers back in town. It looks like I will actually be able to move straight into a different city right after I graduate. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do— I always told myself I hated this place and wanted to leave. I by no means think this is a great place to move to for the foreseeable future (hello, we do not have water). But I don’t think it’s a great place to abandon, either. This city is plagued by problems that extend out into the rest of the state. The gaming lobby, whatever it says, ends up strangling potential growth in other sectors of our economy, and the fact that Nevada could easily be a powerhouse for at least three renewable energy technologies is trumped by the fact that the federal government controls most of the state’s land but won’t move towards developing its infrastructure. Las Vegas could be a center for so much technological innovation, but how often does that come up in conversations in Carson City? Our small but spunky arts district does good business, showing that a fun, intellectual aspect is present here, but the city doesn’t want to boost its profile. After all, it is off the Strip… I don’t know if I’ll come back much. But I do feel a sort of responsibility for this place. It has frustrated me and my family members since my childhood, but I don’t want to punish it by leaving and denying it my business. Still, maybe as a consequence of growing up here, I feel overwhelmed at the thought of finding and organizing enough residents who care enough to make any real change. I am certain about one thing, and that is that cutting all ties to this city will cause harm, not good.

  • Rebel Cat

    Rex, I’ve read this article several times. Each time I read it over, it rings truer. I moved to Las Vegas from New York City five years ago. I bought a home here in 2007, stupidly thinking the market couldn’t get much worse. I decided in late 2010 to let the bank have the damn house back and began saving all my extra cash. I bought a modest, older condo in a “well-established” neighborhood last November, with cash, and enjoy having little more to pay than modest HOA dues and a quarterly property tax bill that costs less than a tank of gas.

    I could really write a novel about what is wrong with the city, or more specifically, its population. I know what you mean when you say it was almost too easy to write your article. Thank you for writing it though; I’ve directed quite a few of my NYC friends to this page when I tire of lamenting the rampant stupidity and overall grossness of the Las Vegas populace. I wish I knew half of this list before I moved here.

    That said, I don’t “hate” Vegas. I’d be gone in a second if I did. I have a decent job (it’s easy to say that on a Sunday afternoon) and a pretty neat little condo. I try to stay out of the way (of the police, especially) and keep my head down, if you know what I mean. I’ve only had a gun pulled on me once and have only pulled mine out once, so I guess that makes me lucky, right?

  • Samir Go

    LV is too hot right now during summer… Buy and drink a lot of soda but find it difficult to sell the tin cans!!!

  • PT109

    Fantastic article and spot on. We have been looking at property down there
    and many folks we know have moved from all over California. Got back yesterday to the bay area and when they opened the door to the back of the plane it was like manna from heaven. We are sick from breathing the blast furnace dry air in that town. The place is full of uptight in your face confrontational people. I talked to three different people in the area and got three horrible reports on how the place is going down hill. People are afraid and live inside their homes like prisoners because of the heat,
    the crime and the cops. I have came to the realization that my paid for older home in the area I live in is really as close to paradise on earth that I will ever experience.

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