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CANDACE

Fort Smith, AR

#1 Aug 26, 2013
My family is looking for a place to relocate. The drug problems in our town are out of control and we want away from it. I know drugs are everywhere but I'm just curious what kind of town El Dorado is. Even the surrounding communities. I looked the town website up and it looks like a beautiful place. But I'm sure any town can be "churched" up with the right pictures. I would like any information and advice on the town. Thank you.
TGIF

Conway, AR

#2 Aug 26, 2013
CANDACE wrote:
My family is looking for a place to relocate. The drug problems in our town are out of control and we want away from it. I know drugs are everywhere but I'm just curious what kind of town El Dorado is. Even the surrounding communities. I looked the town website up and it looks like a beautiful place. But I'm sure any town can be "churched" up with the right pictures. I would like any information and advice on the town. Thank you.
I'm semi-retired and after livig in El Dorado for 49 years, I moved away because of the drug problems and the incompetence of the City Council of doing anything to improve the city. You're right, any place can be "churched up" and be made to look like its a beautiful place.
El Dorado has lost 1,500 jobs in the last 3-4 years and the City only cares about its image to the rest of the state. El Dorado needs jobs and very few good paying jobs are left with no propects of getting any. For instance, given the problems that the city has, the City Council recently talked about when you should put out your garbage to be picked up. This is the mindset of most in El Dorado.
Since moving my family & my business out of El Dorado, I do not regret it. There are better cities in South Arkansas to move to. Only when the job picture improves, will the city improve.
eldo

El Dorado, AR

#3 Aug 26, 2013
CANDACE wrote:
My family is looking for a place to relocate. The drug problems in our town are out of control and we want away from it. I know drugs are everywhere but I'm just curious what kind of town El Dorado is. Even the surrounding communities. I looked the town website up and it looks like a beautiful place. But I'm sure any town can be "churched" up with the right pictures. I would like any information and advice on the town. Thank you.
its great if you would like to be surrounded by negros and methamphetamine.

Since: Aug 13

El Dorado, AR

#4 Aug 26, 2013
The town is OK but that's it no jobs to really speak of biggest thing to happen here in the 3 yrs I've been here is tj maxx lol I really wouldn't suggest moving here unless sitting on ur couch watching TV is ur idea of fun cause there is nothing else
resident with sense

Memphis, TN

#5 Aug 26, 2013
TGIF wrote:
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I'm semi-retired and after livig in El Dorado for 49 years, I moved away because of the drug problems and the incompetence of the City Council of doing anything to improve the city. You're right, any place can be "churched up" and be made to look like its a beautiful place.
El Dorado has lost 1,500 jobs in the last 3-4 years and the City only cares about its image to the rest of the state. El Dorado needs jobs and very few good paying jobs are left with no propects of getting any. For instance, given the problems that the city has, the City Council recently talked about when you should put out your garbage to be picked up. This is the mindset of most in El Dorado.
Since moving my family & my business out of El Dorado, I do not regret it. There are better cities in South Arkansas to move to. Only when the job picture improves, will the city improve.
All of this is a complete fabrication. And I've lived here for 35 years.

We do have a high minority rate, a moderate drug problem in the minority community and prescription problem in the middle class, and we have a really low violent crime rate (with a majority of it coming from the minority community. Avoid the south and southeastern side of town, and you'll like it here.
Joel

El Dorado, AR

#6 Aug 26, 2013
Drugs are everywhere and meth is a plague here but also everywhere else.
El Dorado gets a bad rap by a lot of the posters on this site....probably because its easy to think the grass is greener elsewhere. If you have skills or are a professional
In your field, the jobs are here. If you want to be paid highly and you have no skills, then there are "no jobs" here...any there aren't any jobs elsewhere for those people
( even though they don't know that )! There are good people that live here and having lived in multiple cities up to 1+ million pop, I like it here better than anywhere else!
Paula

United States

#7 Aug 26, 2013
But we have a gas cartel. We are a lucky captive audience in el do
TGIF

Conway, AR

#8 Aug 26, 2013
resident with sense wrote:
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All of this is a complete fabrication. And I've lived here for 35 years.
We do have a high minority rate, a moderate drug problem in the minority community and prescription problem in the middle class, and we have a really low violent crime rate (with a majority of it coming from the minority community. Avoid the south and southeastern side of town, and you'll like it here.
First of all, you have NO idea of who I am, or what I experienced in El Dorado. For several years, I had a unique look at the state of El Dorado and how it has declined over the past 20 years. I couldn't figure out why El Dorado was (or is) declining, but for the final 9 years that I lived there, I finally figured out as to why. I was afforded (in those last 9 years) a very close look at the city that I called home for nearly half a century. As I read the news and talking with people who still live there (or out in the county), I see things haven't changed. The city is still in decline, the City Council is ABSOLUTELY clueless as to how to remedy the situation, because they're too busy worrying about being a "festival city". They've made NO attempt to get good paying jobs back in the city, and they don't seem to care. I've said on here MANY times that the current City Council needs to be voted out and replace them with foward-thinking individuals who actually care about growing the city.

Mayor Hash has got to the biggest joke in Arkansas and the council is just as clueless as he is. I'll say it again...VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT !

As for MY background, I grew up in El Dorado, graduated high school in El Dorado and raised a family in El Dorado. Its sad to see my former hometown in the shape that its in and I won't return until it improves... which I don't see happening in my lifetime.
Joel

El Dorado, AR

#9 Aug 26, 2013
They are about finished implementing the "plan", now we can see the results.
for real

El Dorado, AR

#10 Aug 26, 2013
resident with sense wrote:
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All of this is a complete fabrication. And I've lived here for 35 years.
We do have a high minority rate, a moderate drug problem in the minority community and prescription problem in the middle class, and we have a really low violent crime rate (with a majority of it coming from the minority community. Avoid the south and southeastern side of town, and you'll like it here.
I wish it were really so. I have lived in this area o state for over 29 yrs. I have lived in Eldorado for 7 yrs and it is not a good place to live. Jobs are few, crime is high, and its all over town. City council ignores filthy conditions of poperties and uses sales tax for residential garbage collection for ????. It gives users in county cans but not towns, it lets small businesses in county use residential cans while making city businesses use city service. It was not bad before we put ALL our attention to downtown and letr rest just hang. I like it but may have to move as is getting crazy all over town.
reality

El Dorado, AR

#11 Aug 27, 2013
CANDACE wrote:
My family is looking for a place to relocate. The drug problems in our town are out of control and we want away from it. I know drugs are everywhere but I'm just curious what kind of town El Dorado is. Even the surrounding communities. I looked the town website up and it looks like a beautiful place. But I'm sure any town can be "churched" up with the right pictures. I would like any information and advice on the town. Thank you.
Our town is over 50% black. Drugs are a serious problem here. El Dorado is pretty much a welfare town. It has been in a major decline over the past decade and will most likely be continuing in that direction, and if not, the white population will be going steadily downward. We have a lot to offer for a small town though. But I mean quantity, not quality. The quality of everything is severely poor. Most people that live here are stuck here because of family. We still live happy lives but it isn't always easy when you have to drive almost two hours to get any decent shopping done or get good/healthy food for your family. Our town is also covered in political and financial corruption, with big business owners acting like mob bosses and controlling everything that goes on. You could move here and be perfectly happy but also ridiculously limited. There is so much better in our state.

You should seriously consider looking at what we call "North West" Arkansas. Areas like Fayetteville and Springdale are amazing. There is a large but very spread out population up there. UofA is there, as well as the best grade school and high schools in the state. It is beautiful up there too, with lots of lakes and mountains very unlike the flatland we have here. North East Arkansas is nice as well, and so are areas in the middle like Conway and Hot Springs. But many of us went to UofA in Fayetteville for college so we know first hand how amazing it is. El Dorado is an armpit in comparison.
reality

El Dorado, AR

#12 Aug 27, 2013
CANDACE wrote:
My family is looking for a place to relocate. The drug problems in our town are out of control and we want away from it. I know drugs are everywhere but I'm just curious what kind of town El Dorado is. Even the surrounding communities. I looked the town website up and it looks like a beautiful place. But I'm sure any town can be "churched" up with the right pictures. I would like any information and advice on the town. Thank you.
I'm forgetting to mention that we also have real estate that is just as expensive as some of the nicest, fastest growing places in the state. A lot of people think this is ridiculous because our town is in decline, others will lie outright and say its not true. Its called denial. Gas is jacked up too. Like I said... corrupt.
big man

United States

#13 Aug 27, 2013
El Dorado has positives and negatives like any town in the nation and the world its up to the individual of making a decision whether they want to move here because there are problems everywhere in the world not just only here in El Dorado yes this town desperately needs jobs so does other small towns and even metropolitan cities so again its up to the individual to make the decision to relocate here there are problems in other towns big and small there is no such thing I'd a perfect town
CANDACE

Fort Smith, AR

#14 Aug 27, 2013
Thank you all for the iformation. It sounds like I would be moving to an area almost exactly like where I'm trying to get away from. This is a mostly white and cherokee town with the only crime being drug relatd or "you slept with my woman? Im shootin your a**!". Meth used to be the huge problem but now it is presription pills.....it's an epidemic.
right

El Dorado, AR

#16 Aug 27, 2013
big man wrote:
El Dorado has positives and negatives like any town in the nation and the world its up to the individual of making a decision whether they want to move here because there are problems everywhere in the world not just only here in El Dorado yes this town desperately needs jobs so does other small towns and even metropolitan cities so again its up to the individual to make the decision to relocate here there are problems in other towns big and small there is no such thing I'd a perfect town
No such thing as a perfect town is damn right. Doesn't make it any less true that some places are better or worse than others.
Shame

El Dorado, AR

#17 Aug 27, 2013
If you have kids, they can get the El Dorado Promise. Hope they are smart enough to get in the AP classes and away from GenPop street rats.
typical

Cabot, AR

#18 Aug 27, 2013
CANDACE wrote:
Thank you all for the iformation. It sounds like I would be moving to an area almost exactly like where I'm trying to get away from. This is a mostly white and cherokee town with the only crime being drug relatd or "you slept with my woman? Im shootin your a**!". Meth used to be the huge problem but now it is presription pills.....it's an epidemic.
Actually, El Dorado is not near as bad as most towns concerning drugs. Our problem is that we're a small town of 20,000, where most people know each other personally. This makes such "newsworthy" drug problems seem more escalated than they really are (because people remember the publicly charged much longer). El Dorado is actually a pleasant small town with lower crime rate (especially violent crimes).
resident with sense

Cabot, AR

#19 Aug 27, 2013
for real wrote:
<quoted text>I wish it were really so. I have lived in this area o state for over 29 yrs. I have lived in Eldorado for 7 yrs and it is not a good place to live. Jobs are few, crime is high, and its all over town. City council ignores filthy conditions of poperties and uses sales tax for residential garbage collection for ????. It gives users in county cans but not towns, it lets small businesses in county use residential cans while making city businesses use city service. It was not bad before we put ALL our attention to downtown and letr rest just hang. I like it but may have to move as is getting crazy all over town.
My post "was really true." Apparently, you are selling yourself short with the activities that you're involved in, if you actually feel "jobs are few and crime is high." This is just a complete fabrication. Large corporations across the country are cutting employees. Though Great Lakes is experiencing layoffs, Murphy Oil and USA, Deltin, Deltic, Amercable, and El Dorado Chemical are all hiring. And crime is as low as its been here in over 2 decades. Look it up. The City Council just passed the enforcement of an ordinance to fine people who do not properly secure their trash for pickup, and our town just certified a new Keep El Dorado Beautiful Committee, that was approved by Governor Beebe. New roads have been paved, smart declines have been made to rogue business owners, we have new downtown improvements that have been attracting businesses downtown, retail companies moving in, and industrial jobs bringing in high volume jobs. It does seem unethical that our city and county are in the real estate business, imminent domain properties to build public facilities, and use outsourced contractors to save pennies on the dollar than do business locally, but this is a real epidemic facing all parts of the nation. We just can't afford to do that here, as our current businesses that are already here are being alienated by our local government. Other than this flaw, El Dorado is a great place to live.
Dale

El Dorado, AR

#20 Aug 27, 2013
El Dorado is a.. tolerable... place to live. That is the best way I know to describe it. You can be happy here. Then again, if you are a happy person you can be happy anywhere. But being happy and having a good disposition are different things than contentment. That is harder to come by in a town where everything except the people is of low quality. El Dorado is not a good town, definitely not a great one. It is a pretty bad place, really. Could definitely be worse. My goodness it could be worse. Pine Bluff is a great example of that. But really, El Dorado is kind of crap. I've been happy living here but happier that my job is relocating me just North of Little Rock. I believe Arkansas is a great state and a state most people don't think of as wonderful or beautiful but it really is, just not in this area.
actually

Oklahoma City, OK

#21 Aug 28, 2013
Dale wrote:
El Dorado is a.. tolerable... place to live. That is the best way I know to describe it. You can be happy here. Then again, if you are a happy person you can be happy anywhere. But being happy and having a good disposition are different things than contentment. That is harder to come by in a town where everything except the people is of low quality. El Dorado is not a good town, definitely not a great one. It is a pretty bad place, really. Could definitely be worse. My goodness it could be worse. Pine Bluff is a great example of that. But really, El Dorado is kind of crap. I've been happy living here but happier that my job is relocating me just North of Little Rock. I believe Arkansas is a great state and a state most people don't think of as wonderful or beautiful but it really is, just not in this area.
Depending on your interest, as well as your definition of "crap." If you form your opinion on the restaurant industryby analyzing Applebees, Good Times, etc., then YEAH...food selection here is "crap." If you form your opinion based on analyzing Town House, House of Wylie, Fay Rays, La Bellas, etc., El Dorado is definitely better than "good." Because of many pessimists that enjoy complaining about trivial things, or just making "crap" up, rather than enjoying the things El Dorado does have to offer, I'd disagree with you on the quality of some people in this town. Little Rock us by far a worse place to live, depending by what you base it on. For a small town, and having to deal with high state taxes for this part of the country, El Dorado does a pretty good job of staying around the "good" consensus.

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