Relocating to Lindale Texas
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#1 Dec 31, 2012
I am considering relocating to the Lindale area, would you recommend it?
Since: Sep 11
#2 Jan 4, 2013
I would, I love the Lindale area. If you have kids, Lindale ISD is an exemplary school district and one of the top school districts in the state.
#3 Jan 14, 2013
Escaped Smith County/Tyler Texas a few years ago. If you are moving to that area from somewhere else in the state or country, here is what you can expect:
DO expect to be called for jury duty about twice a year. Only about a thousand people in Smith County are available for Jury Duty,'cause everybody else either didn't register to vote or has been convicted of "theft by check." You will sit in a big dingy room for a couple of hours while the local lawyers and judges diddle around, then probably get sent home, after wasting your and your employer's time.
DO expect more traffic congestion than is normal for a city the size of Tyler. The traffic management system in Tyler is a joke. In some parts of town (South Broadway/Loop 323 you will spend more time sitting at red lights than moving.
DON'T expect much help from county officials for anything, unless you are "somebody," e.g. a lawyer, or from one of Tyler's old, rich families.
DO expect to get the book thrown at you if you are ever in any kind of legal trouble. DON'T expect much help if you are a member of your family has mental health problems or has a hard time staying out of trouble.
DON'T expect decent county roads. Smith County likes to spend a lot of money keeping people in jail, but doesn't like to keep up it's roads (see above).
DO expect a lot of drug abuse, welfare recipients, fat people, and tattoos.
Lindale seems nice, though. Good luck.
#4 May 3, 2013
Bitter much? Honestly, the entire Tyler area has grown exponentially since I was a child. I live outside of Austin now but my entire family is in ETX. My sister LOVES Lindale and her family is very happy there. There is no more drug use there than anywhere else. Traffic is horrible but it's not worse than Austin and there's a lot to do there. Lindale is very family oriented. My biggest complaint about the Tyler area is that ethnic restaurants don't generally do well there so don't get your hopes up there. It's a very beautiful place full of very friendly people!
Side note: They don't call jurors by the voter registry anymore. They haven't done that since the 80s. All you need now is a state issued id or driver's license.
#5 Mar 30, 2014
We looked into Lindale, they have really good schools - very well rated, not a lot of traffic - close enough to Tyler for shopping, but not in all the traffic - the people were REALLY, really nice, Kay Florence/Quitman is an EXCELLENT realtor - patient, knowledgeable, fun and VERY, VERY honest...lots of cute houses and quick access to i20. As far as drug stuff, way less than we do in North Texas and the crime ratings were MUCH lower than where we are now and if it weren't for one really creepy family law attorney in Tyler, we would be there now. Seems like they have the whole father's rights thing going strong in Smith County. Shame, we would have really liked to have moved there and were looking into opening a small shop. Try neighborhood scout or http://www.homefacts.com/ to check schools, crime and other info on a particular town or address.
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