How Is Amarillo Explained To An Outsider? Check This Out.
When you're getting ready to move to a new place, the first thing you want to know about is...well, everything about the city and what you're getting into.
I did it when I moved to Austin, I did it when I moved here. I wanted to know what was around, what's the housing like, the cost of living, things to do, etc. Admittedly, I spent a lot of time researching the youth baseball teams in the area for my boys as well.
It's always interesting though after you've been in a place for a while and gotten a feel for it to see how others would describe the city to someone in a similar situation. I was doing my daily read of Reddit and came across this post.
The first thing that stood out to me was, where in Michigan are you coming from? Just like any state, cities can greatly vary within states. It was interesting to see the things they asked about, it kind of gives you a read on what their interests are.
One person gave a response that stood out to me because it was something very similar to what I was told by a person before moving here.
That line about Amarillo being a big small town really stood out. I was told that by someone and couldn't figure out what it meant. Now that I'm here, I get it. I say to my wife sometimes when we're on the highway, "doesn't this feel like one of those random cities you drive through on a road trip?". It feels like it's here, now it's gone as fast as you found it. Does that even make any sense?
However, you don't realize just how deep Amarillo is and how much is packed into this little city of ours unless you get off the highway. It's definitely a "big small town".
Our next comment to the OP stated:
I love how they took all the things they asked about and gave some very solid, honest answers about what they could find here and expect. I will say there is one part of that comment that really stood out to me. The part where they said,
"West Texas has a very specific way of going about things. People will either want nothing to do with you or give you the shirt off their back."
I gotta tell ya that couldn't be truer if it tried. We've been fortunate to deal with more of the "shirt off their back" type of people here, but have definitely run into plenty of "want nothing to do with you" types of people as well. Fortunately, it's more the former than the latter.
Our next review of the city comes from someone who appears to be a bit jaded.
I can't put much stock into this answer. It really just comes off as someone who's going through a tough time in life and needs to vent. I do however hope things get better for them.
The last one I want to highlight is something I wish I would've been able to get as far as advice. Granted, I didn't think about posting on a social forum to ask these questions, but this is a pretty darn accurate response about housing and areas to live.
The way the user broke down each quadrant of Amarillo is pretty spot on. There doesn't seem to be a whole ton of "opinion" with this comment, just some pretty well-known facts about the area.
So if you've ever wondered how residents view the 806, I'd say this thread was a pretty good representation. There were quite a few other comments and you can check them out here if you wish.