5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Tri-Cities
I love the Tri-Cities. It has a charm, it's small yet big. You have everything you need without the overcrowding. We're constantly making national lists for things like "Best Places to Live" or "Safest Places to Live."
If I could write a "What You Need to Know Before Moving to Tri-Cities, Washington" handbook, it would go as follows.
Chicago may be the "Windy City", but my local bias would say Tri-Cities could give it a run for its money. I don't know if anyone gets it worse than the people by the Southridge area. When you drive from Richland to Pasco, you can feel it whip your car around.
They may be minor league teams, but the Tri-Cities is in love with its sports teams. Their love for the Americans is absolutely rabid. You see it everywhere; people wear the jerseys, have the bumper stickers, and PACK the Toyota Center. They're also pretty supportive of their Dust Devils and Fever.
Obviously, I know we have trees. That sentiment comes from all my friends back east who would comment on how much it must rain over here... Yep. I learned quickly how different eastern Washington is.
I love shopping around in Tri-Cities. The Uptown, Burden Boulevard, Downtown Kennewick... They have a lot of antique stores, one coffee shop, a big expensive shoe store and about 600 bars. There's a bar every square foot almost! I guess that empowers the consumer with variety.
Being as Kennewick has the most roundabouts per capita, you'd think the population as a whole would be good at driving through them. You could say we're getting there with a lot of room to grow...