Moving to Phoenix from New York

Many years ago when I made my pilgrimage from the east coast to Phoenix, I did so as a young, adventurous college student with as much experience with the southwest as Arizona Highways Magazine could give me.  Cactus silhouetting quiet, peaceful desert vistas, sunsets that could hardly be rivaled by the coastal sunsets of my youth, southwest influenced architecture and design; these were the things that made up my expectations.  I knew Arizona would be something completely foreign to my then life-long experience with Long Island, New York, but really, I had no earthly idea how different it would be. The Phoenix metropolitan area has grown up around me over the past couple of decades. The culture shock I experienced then, would be much less severe now. “The Valley” –  Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Goodyear and Avondale -has maintained its southwest feel, while developing a theater and art scene, technology hubs, competitive sports teams and arena’s, diverse educational opportunities, museums,  ethnic foods of all cultures, and an ever expanding light rail system to take you to the sites and amenities that make Phoenix a great city. And, yes, it has its share of quiet, peaceful vistas and beautiful sunsets. Here is a sampling of some of what Phoenix has to offer:

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