Contributed by HotRodHarley, an ePodunk user.
February 21, 2008
The city is well laid out and easy to find addresses for newcomers. Alleys behind homes/between streets hide the garbage dumpsters which are emptied very regularly helping keep the city fairly clean. Residents, on the whole, are friendly and helpful. On the whole, again, they are welcoming to residents from inside or outside the state. Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist College host a large supply of young people with fresh outlooks. Local law enforcement seems very effective at city & county levels. Newspaper is fairly good despite espousing right wing policymakers and policies.
Despite the friendliness of the locals there is little to do culturally, especially for those on a budget. The 2 biggest events here are the Cowboy Symposium and the Music Festival, both in September. There is also the "4th on Broadway" event annually on the 4th of July. The July event is local music only and there is a heavy representation of heavy metal bands. It is held outside and begins in the morning. By afternoon the July heat makes it fairly unbearable. The September event has entertainers from outside the local area added in. But 3 Dog Night at the 2007 event as headline act shows dated thinking by event promoters. The local symphony, while very talented, costs so much to attend that a 2006 appearance by Itzhak Perlman as guest artist did not sell out. This seems to be an indicator of the lack of support for cultural events by private citizens. In the old West a rich citizen would have bought all remaining tickets and given them away to have a full house.