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Old 07-25-2012, 03:00 PM
Status: "Look out for Iowa State Men's Basketball in 2014/2015!" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Always nice to grab a #1 spot like this!


Link: Best Cities for Families - Kiplinger.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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It's good if that is what you are looking for. Family friendly isn't even on my radar
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:04 AM
Status: "Look out for Iowa State Men's Basketball in 2014/2015!" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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It's good if that is what you are looking for. Family friendly isn't even on my radar
Family focused or not, I'd argue most are looking for (from the article):

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A low unemployment rate, high-paying financial-services jobs and below-average housing costs allow Des Moines residents to enjoy a standard of living that's the envy of their friends in larger cities.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Yes, but this whole "family-friendly" thing is implying the suburbs. Which is true for really any city...just most cities aren't as easily impressed by such rankings as Des Moines is.

Des Moines itself is generally not as family friendly as say, Waukee is.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:01 PM
Status: "Look out for Iowa State Men's Basketball in 2014/2015!" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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The poll isnt "family friendly" it is best for families and it implies the entire metro (not including or excluding any city). If you took out Des Moines, for example, you'd lose too many of the good paying jobs that helps the high ranking.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Good to hear it. Always cool to get ranked at the top in something like that.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Family focused or not, I'd argue most are looking for (from the article):

Yes, those are good things, and make Des Moines a good place to live for many, but that doesn't really have anything to do with the family friendly part. Its good whether you have kids or not
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:33 PM
Status: "Look out for Iowa State Men's Basketball in 2014/2015!" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Yes, those are good things, and make Des Moines a good place to live for many, but that doesn't really have anything to do with the family friendly part. Its good whether you have kids or not
Yes...that was my point. Sorry if it wasn't clear.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Yes...that was my point. Sorry if it wasn't clear.
I guess I wasn't clear either. The article (that I didn't read as I am posting fromy my phone and it wouldn't open) was supposed to be about why DM is a family friendly place. The part you quoted was why it was good for anyone, family or not.

I forget what my point was LOL
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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I think it's very forgotten that most of the east/north sides of Des Moines proper generally look no different than Gary, Indiana. Maybe not quite that bad, and not nearly as dangerous, but it's overall rundown, and there's nothing appealing to families about that.

The suburbs are generally completely different than Des moines itself. That might be the only "big city" thing about DSM, the sharp divide between suburbs/actual city. There's some nice parts in the actual city (even on the far-end of the east side), but overall, it's not nearly as well-kept as the suburbs and looks very old.
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