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View Poll Results: Should Des Moines have a sub forum?
Yes 21 56.76%
No 16 43.24%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-01-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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Once DesMoines has one CR, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque will all want one too. I say leave it the way it is. It isn't like life in Des Moines different from any other city in Iowa. It's pretty much an overgrown Waterloo, Cedar Rapids or Davenport.
Huh? I thought you said Des Moines has a one-industry economy while Cedar Rapids is so lucky to have all those manufacturing jobs.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Once DesMoines has one CR, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque will all want one too. I say leave it the way it is. It isn't like life in Des Moines different from any other city in Iowa. It's pretty much an overgrown Waterloo, Cedar Rapids or Davenport.
yeah...that's why Kiplinger's named it the 9th best city to raise a family.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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The only way I see Cedar Rapids getting a sub-forum is if it also included Iowa City. The Cedar Rapids-Iowa City forum. Otherwise Des Moines is the only city in Iowa that could get a sub-forum.

And zz, how is Des Moines so similar to all those other Iowa cities, only bigger? You were always saying before about how Des Moines lacks industry compared to Cedar Rapids, and now it's suddenly an overgrown Cedar Rapids?

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Old 06-02-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Iowa City/Coralville
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Once DesMoines has one CR, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque will all want one too. I say leave it the way it is. It isn't like life in Des Moines different from any other city in Iowa. It's pretty much an overgrown Waterloo, Cedar Rapids or Davenport.
They have internet access in Waterpoo?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I voted no because Des Moines isn't the dominant metro in the state like say Omaha or Chicago are in their states. The metro is less than double the QC metro, and the city itself has less than double the population of the city of Cedar Rapids. Obviously its the capital city, the largest city, and has an insanely great skyline for its size, but people on the east side of Iowa tend to overlook it a lot.

Also, the threads on the Iowa forum aren't always mostly DSM-based, although right now quite a few are.

On the other hand, if there had to be a subforum, it would definitely be DSM, and I don't think we would need more than one.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Once DesMoines has one CR, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque will all want one too. I say leave it the way it is. It isn't like life in Des Moines different from any other city in Iowa. It's pretty much an overgrown Waterloo, Cedar Rapids or Davenport.

Des Moines has completely unique circustances that seperate itself from all other Iowa cities, and while the other Iowa cities have a good future ahead of them, the city of Des Moines is on a tear right now near the equivalent of Omaha, Austin, and other rapidly progressing cities..

This is another reason why Des Moines is the best potential for a sub-forum, it's development all over the place is rather furocious and the growth rate of the city is at double the national average and is higher than the average sunbelt mid-sized city..

While the other Iowa cities are awesome communities, you have to give Des Moines the credit that it deserves as it is, like Omaha, rapidly approaching to become a large, american-cultural mecca, let alone Iowa's cultural mecca..
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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Iowa City and Dubuque are on tears of their own, and Iowa City is arguably more of a cultural mecca than Des Moines. I would also argue that aside from the big money donations like the sculpture garden, there are several cities in Iowa with arts scenes that rival Des Moines.

I like DSM, but I think sometimes people in the metro and to the west overestimate its dominance in the state. If Chicago wasn't 2 hours to the east, Des Moines would be booming even more than it is, because it would be the place to go for big city amenities for the huge chunk of the Iowa population that lives on the east side of the state. Unfortunately for DSM, Chicago is the dominant city over here, rather than our own state capital.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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I disagree. I think that Des Moines being more remote is one of the things that helps it grow faster. If it was closer to Chicago then it may suffer more problems the way a lot of other cities near Chicago do. Cities further west tend to grow a lot faster.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I wasn't really implying it would be better for Des Moines to be closer to Chicago. I was saying that if Eastern Iowa was closer to DSM than Chicago, Des Moines would be doing even better. Instead when we want a bigger city experience, most people go east instead of west.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I agree with your assessment Quadcity.
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