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Moving to Fresno....Maybe

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Moving to Fresno....Maybe

Hi All-

I have a potential job opportunity in Fresno, but have never been to the area. Do any of you lifers have any input that would be helpful? For example, would you move here if you had the chance? Sell me on the idea...

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11. Re: Moving to Fresno....Maybe

It appears TravelsOverSummer has not been following the changes in Fresno in the last few years.

As I posted above Fresno now has a lower violent crime rate than in San Francisco or Sacramento. I posted the info in another thread but can make it available here if anyone is curious.

14 days straight of high temperatures has happened. But as I said the annual average of over 100 degree days is only 35 days a year.

The dining has also obviously changed since their last visit. Lots of new chains but also many quality independent restaurants opened around the area. A few of my favorites are the Cracked Pepper Bistro

http://www.crackedpepperbistro.com/

The Chefs Table (which is run by someone who 3 years ago was named a Rising Star Chef by the SF Chronicle newspaper and also was featured in Sunset magazine last year)

http://www.chefstablefresno.com/home.asp

and Trellio owned by the former sommelier at the 5-star Elderberry House.

www.treliorestaurant.com/trelio_home.htm

Conservative area, yes. But there is also a strong liberal component to the area. Fresno is the smallest of the 6 cities with a radio station carrying the broadcasts of the liberal Pacifica Network from Berkeley. Until just recently it was also home to an Air America affiliate.

And for what its worth, Fresno is home to the 6th oldest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in the US.

http://www.reelpride.com

The arts are only based around the University? LOL, I guess that would be news to the 300 of us at a Black Tie fundraiser for the Fresno Art Museum on Saturday. The museum has been around since 1948 and is independent of either Fresno State Univ or Fresno Pacific University.

http://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/

And of course there is Artes Americas with Latino Art

http://www.arteamericas.org/

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum

http://www.fresnomet.org/

And a friend of mine went to ArtHop last night. That is a monthly gallery tour usually hitting over 50 different locations.

http://www.fresnoarts.org/arthop.htm

Yes Fresno has seen a lot of big box stores open but my wife and I usually shop at smaller stores that also opened like Coach, Anthropologie, Jos A Bank, and others along with the local boutiques my wife likes.

I think you can find "quality of life" lots of places. It really depends upon each person. If they need the big urban atmosphere or other things that may not be at a certain level in Fresno then of course someone won't be happy. But we are all unique in what is important and how we spend our time.

In my travels I've found Fresno matches up quite well with other cities of its population size like Omaha, Dayton, Albany, etc. Its not world class like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York, but few places are.

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12. Re: Moving to Fresno....Maybe

I moved to Fresno from Chicago in the 80's after college for a job opp. I also thought I would only stay for a "few years" Those few years ended up being 18 years! I have now been away for over four years and can honestly say that I really miss it.

The weather is really top notch. Even on the days that the temperature soars over 100 degrees the humidity is so low that the heat index is in the 90's. You are never far from the coast or the mountains, and we hiked and backpaked all over the Sierras when we lived there. People are super friendly and always willing to help and with a smile to boot. Mortgages and cost of living are much less then the other major cities in the state while earnings are comparable if not higher in some fields. (heck for that alone it was worth living there and taking road trips or long weekends to other wonderful places up and down the state)

Outdoor activities abound, you don't have to deal with big traffic jams and hour long commutes to work, schools are good, and I always felt safe and would even take my daily runs at 4-5am.

I honestly would not hesitate one minute if I had the opportunity to move back to the area.

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13. Re: Moving to Fresno....Maybe

A lot of time has passed since February. Are you still considering moving to Fresno? Most of the posts are right on about all that Fresno has to offer. I have lived here all of my adult life with the exception of two years that I lived in Connecticut due to a job relocation. I loved New England, loved it for the differences from Fresno, but am glad to be back home around family. The only thing I would mention that others forgot is the rich agriculture here in the Central Valley. During the summer Farmer's Markets abound with so much produce you can't eat it fast enough! Fresno State also has a good Farmer's Market on campus all student run. There are also many road-side stands during the appropriate seasons. Right now fresh strawberries and blackberries as well as other produce from the field. We are certainly spoiled as we recently drove to Colorado for a relative's wedding. One of the hotels we stayed at along the way had a continental breakfast with cereal, toast, fruit. We were expecting fruit like we're used to here. It was a huge bowl of canned fruit coctail. It was like that most everywhere we went. We couldn't wait to get back to the valley and get our fresh fruits. What is the job you are considering? If you do come, mention where you will be working as we Fresnans can give you more specifics depending on where you will be working. Good luck.

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