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Old 09-12-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Transplant from a major city in the south here. Southern born and raised for 25 years and I think I have found my permanent home here in Des Moines and here is why.

1. Friendly people: folks here are very hospitable and easy to talk to. Iowa is not lacking in social skills! Iowans are just pleasant folks to deal with really.

2. Live atmosphere: Iowa is population wise the smallest state I have ever lived in. Des Moines is the smallest city I have ever lived in but man yall really pack a powerful punch! The state fair here is the best I have ever seen, the farmers market is also the best I have ever seen. The car shows are the best in America. The downtown club scene blows any city similar size out the water. There is always major concerts and events going on. The skywalk is so extensive and the city is growing so much. Des Moines is the biggest small city I have ever been to. Sure the town shuts down on Sunday but that is a nice change from the hustle and bustle that goes on here Monday thru saturday. I am accustomed to large cities like Atlanta and Dallas and somehow small little Des Moines Iowa satisfies my big city sweet tooth.

Crime and gangs: I know DM has issues with both of these. There ARE rough neighborhoods in DM but they are so small and well defined. Down south, you can robbed or carjacked pretty much anywhere so you have to be on guard and be smart. Our ghettos are so large and expansive some of them are almost as big as des moines the entire city! Some of our suburbs even have gang violence that makes the 6th avenue corridor look like urbandale. So it's nice living in a city and metro that is this safe for the most part.

Food and culture: so many great restaurants and unique places in des moines. I can't name them all if you have lived here you already know.

Morals and public service: Des Moines has more programs and opportunities to help the poor and homeless than I have ever seen. It just blows me away how many programs there are for the poor and homeless here and the people that run these programs and donate to them truly are passionate about making a difference. Everywhere I go I hear Christian music playing and it's ok to be openly Christian here. I just love it man.

Cleanliness: why is downtown and east village always so clean? I have a hard time even seeing a single cigarette butt on the sidewalk and I see people smoking! It makes no sense.

Raygun and zombie burger: Nuff said.

So in short Iowans I'm sorry for letting the secret out I just can't help myself I love iowa I think I finally found home.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:29 AM
 
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IATransplant, glad you've found this little slice of heaven and made it all your own! Thank you for sharing your experiences and observations.
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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RonnieJonez' attempt at performance art. Gotta love it.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:19 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Default I Love Des Moines Iowa

I love Des Moines Iowa
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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RonnieJonez' attempt at performance art. Gotta love it.

lmao
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:45 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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Transplant from a major city in the south here. Southern born and raised for 25 years and I think I have found my permanent home here in Des Moines and here is why.

1. Friendly people: folks here are very hospitable and easy to talk to. Iowa is not lacking in social skills! Iowans are just pleasant folks to deal with really.

2. Live atmosphere: Iowa is population wise the smallest state I have ever lived in. Des Moines is the smallest city I have ever lived in but man yall really pack a powerful punch! The state fair here is the best I have ever seen, the farmers market is also the best I have ever seen. The car shows are the best in America. The downtown club scene blows any city similar size out the water. There is always major concerts and events going on. The skywalk is so extensive and the city is growing so much. Des Moines is the biggest small city I have ever been to. Sure the town shuts down on Sunday but that is a nice change from the hustle and bustle that goes on here Monday thru saturday. I am accustomed to large cities like Atlanta and Dallas and somehow small little Des Moines Iowa satisfies my big city sweet tooth.

Crime and gangs: I know DM has issues with both of these. There ARE rough neighborhoods in DM but they are so small and well defined. Down south, you can robbed or carjacked pretty much anywhere so you have to be on guard and be smart. Our ghettos are so large and expansive some of them are almost as big as des moines the entire city! Some of our suburbs even have gang violence that makes the 6th avenue corridor look like urbandale. So it's nice living in a city and metro that is this safe for the most part.

Food and culture: so many great restaurants and unique places in des moines. I can't name them all if you have lived here you already know.

Morals and public service: Des Moines has more programs and opportunities to help the poor and homeless than I have ever seen. It just blows me away how many programs there are for the poor and homeless here and the people that run these programs and donate to them truly are passionate about making a difference. Everywhere I go I hear Christian music playing and it's ok to be openly Christian here. I just love it man.

Cleanliness: why is downtown and east village always so clean? I have a hard time even seeing a single cigarette butt on the sidewalk and I see people smoking! It makes no sense.

Raygun and zombie burger: Nuff said.

So in short Iowans I'm sorry for letting the secret out I just can't help myself I love iowa I think I finally found home.
How did you happen to pick Iowa to move to?
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:43 PM
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Location: Des Moines Metro
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I moved here three years ago. I like Des Moines!

I'll just add that there are events all over the city on most weekends, as well as activities going on nearby, such as harvesting native prairie seeds in Elkhart. I had a bad cold, or I would've volunteered for that. It's really neat to see areas where the native prairie species have been replanted, and the monarch butterflies are migrating through Iowa right now. It was a good weekend to have been outside!

And this is not a sarcastic post in the least. Before I moved here, I used to think of Iowa as being flat with miles and miles of corn fields, but I've come to appreciate the beauty of the rural areas and the terrain for long bicycle rides.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:58 PM
 
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I moved here three years ago. I like Des Moines!

I'll just add that there are events all over the city on most weekends, as well as activities going on nearby, such as harvesting native prairie seeds in Elkhart. I had a bad cold, or I would've volunteered for that. It's really neat to see areas where the native prairie species have been replanted, and the monarch butterflies are migrating through Iowa right now. It was a good weekend to have been outside!

And this is not a sarcastic post in the least. Before I moved here, I used to think of Iowa as being flat with miles and miles of corn fields, but I've come to appreciate the beauty of the rural areas and the terrain for long bicycle rides.

Five plants that help.
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:32 PM
 
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I love Iowa too! Are there more scenic places to live? Sure. Are there places with better weather? Sure. Are there places with more activities and entertainment? Sure. But is there a better place to live? No, IMO. For me, the people are kind, polite, actually care about others (whether they know you or not), and it is a nice relaxing pace of life. Life in Iowa is not big or adventurous or flashy. It's just calm, safe and quiet. The life is not for everyone but I get the Iowan pride that many have. And as an 'outsider' (not born or raised in Iowa- although I never felt judged for this ) I also have that same level of pride for Iowa - as it is a truly special place. I am hoping to return someday...
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:17 PM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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Never been there, but have friends there who swear I would like it and Iowa.
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