Fresno is the worst city I have ever lived in. Fresno is hot in the summertime and the public transportation system sucks. The bus system is slow and many times unreliable and does not get too many stops on time. Not much to do in Fresno. When I lived in Fresno I didn't drive so I had to rely on the public bus. Which sucked. I was only living in Fresno because I was in a program here. The program required me to move here. The only thing I like about Fresno is that it has a lot of chain businesses and restaurants. This city had many chain businesses and restaurants that the city I moved here from did not have. After the program was over I moved back to the city I moved here from. I realized that Fresno was not for me.
Fresno sucks period. no real attractions what so ever and everything is not really diverse as people say it is. Theres so much trash around the street and to many gang violence and gang wannabe's so. the city is a hopeless mess, very cheap city, people are complete assholes sometimes, and don't forget the amount of homeless people on the streets, pretty depressing i would say. over all The community tries to hard to convince other people that their city is the best but in reality its just some trashy junk yard with no culture, and don't get me started on the education system.
I've lived here my whole life and can't wait to read. Being the daughter of a police officer in this city, I know how terrible the crime is here. In short, it can be summed up by two things: homeless people and gang members. The homeless people are absolutely everywhere, as we have the highest ratio of homed people to homeless people in the nation. The gangs are so bad that shootings occur incredibly often, as do robberies and petty theft.
The weather is unbearable hot in the summer, and barely cold in the winter. 100+ F every day, all day with our lowest winter being in the 50s.
Overall, we don't have much culture. We have had many art museums try to open up...and then within a year or two close down because of the lack of income. The tower district is filled with actors and musicians, but that's the only portion of the town with creativity... and it's also filled with homeless people. I was in a childrens play there once about seven years ago, and just rememer always seeing bums sleeping on the lawn around the theater, or it smelling gross because they would pee on the walls.
The education you can get depends soley on whether or not your in the Clovis Unified School District or not-- which is in Fresno because of a weird territory thing decades ago-- as Fresno Unified is notorious for being horrible.
My family relocated to the San Joaquin valley just before I went away to college. We lived in a smaller city called Tulare which is about a half an hour south of Fresno. We are Portuguese and Armenian, so the area had historic ties for us. As a graduating senior, I traveled to Fresno for work, recreation, time with friends, and events. For someone on the edge of independence, Fresno presents some really inviting qualities. It also has its downside. For a city of 120,000 people, I thought Fresno was fun, but best enjoyed in a group.
My favorite part of the city was the Old Mission District. The focal point of the City of Fresno composes blocks upon blocks of 19th century Mexican Catholic-inspired monolithic buildings. This area is perfect for long, hot hours spent exploring. I do mean hot! This part of the valley, though close to the snow-covered Sierras, hits the 95-100 degree mark and stays there! Fresno is a city that has experienced immense growth in the past few decades, and would appear a little "dirty and dusty" to people from other states. There is however, a certain laid-back charm.
As far as things to do in Fresno; the shopping is unbeatable. There are LA shopping influences and a large college population that demands malls, theaters, theme parks, social venues, and high-end services. There is vast wealth in Fresno, but also extreme poverty. Fresno has been noted as being the city in the U.S. with the most car thefts per capita many years running. This is why I would suggest always having fun in the city with groups of friends. There is a gang presence, and residents pretty much agree that the municipal government hasn't done an effective job of helping this melting-pot city function ethnically. It's an absolutely beautiful city with a rich history, but common sense caution is needed almost everywhere!
I was born and raised in the Clovis/Fresno Area. I am 38 and I have lived in this area for probably 90% of my life. First let me say that I have never heard of a KKK cross burning in Clovis during my lifetime. Yes Clovis used to be a racist town however, it hasn't been anything close to what Robinhood was saying in at least the past 30 years. From my experience, I would guess he/she is not having a very good life and is looking for someone to blame for their hardships.
That being said, I have lived in 7 different states due to being military. I have also lived in 5 different communities in California. Fresno is a big city. Housing is a bit better in the central valley than elsewhere. Wages are pretty much stuck at about a dollar or so above the minimum wage unless you are in the upper regions of education or you work in some capacity for the government. Construction is feast or famine, but I think its worse here because of the low wages and the crazy restrictions from agencies like the EPA. Its also not very friendly because of the high license fees and other regulations. Agriculture is huge here, if you didn't know, and with that comes the influx of illegal migrants. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of people who have migrated here legally, but there is a huge market for the illegals because they are willing to work in substandard conditions for little pay, which hurts everyone in the area. However, California, along with many other states, are catering to the illegals as well, at least in word. Cheap labor, and regardless what anyone says, cheap votes, and the illegals are conned into thinking the politicians care about them and makes them more apt to stay, even when their employers are inhumane to them.
Gangs are pretty bad here in certain areas. Drugs and theft seem to be pretty high. If you have a truck, make sure you have locks on your tailgates. Law enforcement here is not the most honorable at times, but there are always a few bad apples in every bag. Most of them do the best they can with what they are given and will return the same amount of respect they are given, and do not try and take advantage of the authority they are given. They have a job to do and it is not an easy one. Chief Dyer, who was mentioned in a previous review, is the Police Chief of Fresno PD. I do not know him personally, but I know a few people who do, both LE and civilian. He is not an angel by any means, and nobody is. Early in his career, he made some bad choices, like any young person does with too much authority. But, when he first became the Chief, it all came out in the media and he copped to it...no pun intended. Fresno PD is a big agency and I think he has done a great job. He hasn't done a perfect job, but a great job. Especially for the size and problems Fresno has. And in at least the recent history, I have not known or heard of him truly being racist or discriminatory in any way. There will always be claims because you can't please all the people all the time.
There are some really good schools here and I think if you stay to the north side of town, or the east side of town, to include Clovis, you will be just as safe as most other places. Sports are pretty big here and a lot of talent has been harvested from the local schools here. Temperatures usually range from the mid 30s in the winter to high 90s in the summer. There are usually about 25 or so days per year that are above 100. There is a very diverse population here and there is quite a bit to do. And there are a few really good sushi places here.
I have 12 years before I retire from my profession and I can leave California. I do not like living in this state. From where I have lived, San Luis Obispo is the best place to live, but if you cant live there, Fresno/Clovis isn't so bad.
When will it end. Bottom line, Fresno is a racist and discriminatory city. Its police chief is racist and its transit system discriminates against the disabled. As long as these attitudes are allowed to exist this country will country will continue to deteriorate like a cancer. If you are not convinced do a search on the current police chief and the many many many complaints regarding this persons character. Look at its city council makeup. Not one woman is on the city council. The city of Clovis still has kkk cross burnings. Their ideology and approach to doing business is still at least 30 years behind the times.
I traveled to Fresno, CA a few years ago. I absolutely fell in love with the feel of the city. It has a great mix of old architecture and modern buildings. I stayed with a friend and found the neighborhoods to be really warm and friendly. There seemed to be a lot of great places to put down roots and to raise a family. I visited many of the main neighborhoods including the Old Fig Garden. It is one of the most historic and prestigious neighborhoods in the city. It would be an absolutely fabulous place to live. Plus, they have an amazing Christmas Tree Lane that is a must see if you are in Fresno during the holidays.
Another thing that I found interesting about Fresno was the many museums that are in the city. There is something for everyone and are a must see on your vacation. Another attraction that I truly loved was the Forestiere Underground Gardens. They are a spectacular subterranean garden that is lighted with well placed skylights. They are truly an interesting sight and should be added to your to do list. Plus, you definitely have to check out the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. I love zoos so I had to put this on my list and I was not disappointed. It was a fun experience and I would recommend going to see it. The admission was only $7 which I thought was very affordable.
The nightlife was also quite good. I went to Tokyo Garden Fresno which had a live band and sushi. It was very fun. They also have karaoke which would have been a blast. I wasn't able to go on karaoke night and was very disappointed. Try to go on karaoke night if you are in town. I also went to the Crossroads nightclub while I was in town and they have great live entertainment. They even have comedy acts which I had the pleasure of seeing. It was a great act. Overall, I would recommend visiting Fresno, CA. It has a lot to offer any tourist or someone looking for a place to live.
Fresno is a beautiful city that I've had the pleasure of traveling to a few times over the past 10 years. The city itself is very charming, featuring a mix of old and new architecture, and the Fresno weather is perfect. I'm an outdoor enthusiast, and Fresno features some truly unique nature attractions. I visited the Shinzen Japanese Garden, which is one of the most beautiful garden areas I've ever experienced. I also saw the Forestiere Underground Gardens, a unique stop that features caverns and rooms carved from rock by a Sicilian immigrant.
The Fresno culture is very liberal, as you would expect from California, but the arts and musical offerings are splendid. The Tower District offers a stunning Farmer's Market and plenty of street festivals throughout the year. All the best in Fresno nightlife, restaurants and bars is also located in this area. If you don't own a car or simply want to save gas, the Fresno Public Transportation system works quite well, once you've studied the maps enough to understand the bus routes.