Bishkek is a lovely city to live in. I can't really recommend it for tourists, since it's pretty boring, but for everyday life, it's a good city. Of course, I'm talking from a foreigner's perspective with enough money to eat at a restaurant, have a washing machine, and buy soft toilet paper.
Every time I read about other Central Asian countries, especially Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, I'm even happier we live here. We don't have police checking our passports every day. We've never been stopped by anyone. I don't think that would have been the case in Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan. We had no trouble getting a year-long multiple-entry visa. Many people can even get a visa upon arrival in the country. Don't try that in Kazakhstan. The people are pleasant and friendly, and while careful, don't seem to be overly concerned about government oppression.
All in all, I'm glad we ended up here in Bishkek. Who knew it would be such a great place to live? I can see us staying here for a long time.