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Old 06-16-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Bentonville, AR
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Op said less than a million. Kc is close to 2 million.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Tulsa maybe?
Columbia, Mo is pretty good place to find a job and their downtown is pretty vibrant for only a metro area of 300,000
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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Madison, Des Moines, Duluth, Rochester MN for the upper Midwest.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I think the only thing Omaha has going for it in terms of downtown is the old market. I -love- the old market, but otherwise, downtown was very run down and dumpy, definitely not as nice "from the ground" as Des Moines (other than the old market, but between the court district, the east village, and the western gateway, Des Moines has a good retort to the old market.) I also don't think Omaha "from the sky" (the skyline) is as nice as Des Moines.

Des Moines is not without its problems. It has too much empty space in a lot of its buildings and the Kaleidoscope-at-the-hub mall is in really bad shape. So Des Moines is not perfect, and has a lot it needs to improve upon. But Des Moines has a lot going for it too. More and more art, music, and culture all the time, renovation all over the place, a new riverwalk-arch bridge, a ton of new residences and restaurants, and a skyline that I think takes -anyone- else in the mid-size class (1mil-250k metro) and even several cities in the large class.

I've never been to Madison, so I can't speak to "Madison from the ground", but I like it "from the sky", and I hear that it's got a lot of great things going for it. I -really- want to check it out. I also want to check out a bunch of other cities that are very similar in size to Des Moines, such as Provo-Orem, Wichita, Boise, and Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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Madison looks good on the numbers too. It's got 198,000 people living within 5 miles of the city center, an unusually high number in a metro area that small. It's got strong public transit use, a good indicator that people are coming through the downtown. Between the state government and the university there's a good jobs base. And it's gorgeous.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Honolulu immediately comes to mind. If you include Waikiki then HNL really runs away with this imo.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:44 AM
 
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Spokane downtown for being a small city has alot going for it like River Park Square is thriving with stores like Macy's ,Nordstroms and Apple stores. Spokane has theaters ,areanas and a covention center downtown.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:28 AM
 
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Tulsa, Honolulu, & Anchorage.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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Albany, Ny is pretty impressive for a smaller city, as well as Portland Me, and Fargo ND.
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