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Old 04-27-2018, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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I'm interested in everyone's thoughts on the small- to mid-sized cities in the Great Plains/Midwest region (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and even Iowa, but let's not get into a debate about region) that you think have nice downtown areas or non-downtown districts. In my opinion there are quite a few in this region that are overlooked, and so I want to hear what others have to say. This can be for reasons from aesthetics and building layout to amenities and nightlife; anything that you think makes the area nice.
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Northern United States
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Des Moines and Omaha are known for having very nice downtown areas that have been revitalized.
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Not sure what counts as midsize but in addition to the reputation of Omaha and Des Moines mentioned above, Tulsa also has a good rep.

I'm sure many of the college towns are decent as well.
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Old 04-28-2018, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Omaha, Des Moines, Madison, Grand Rapids are nice, but for some of the smaller cities with nice downtowns these would include Peoria, Springfield, Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Champaign, even La Crosse all have decent downtowns.
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Any of the college towns will have a decent downtown.
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Old 04-28-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I stopped in Omaha for a night on a cross country drive. It exceeded my expectations and had a good bit of charm to it. It has nice waterfront parks and decent downtown to walk around.
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