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Old 10-05-2007, 05:53 PM
 
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The people are decent. Most folks are ready to smile at you. They don't do the wave on the road thing like the south but they are not unfriendly either.
TootsieWootsie made a good comment too about the wildlife. You don't have to go far to see deer, raccoon, possum and the like. And there's squirrels in just about every yard!
Lots of trees here, as the cities are situated between and around two rivers. The Mississippi and on the Il side, the Rock. The Rock used to be one of the last known wild rivers in the states.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Quad Cities
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Default Quad Cities - lacking arts and not a good place to live - sorry, you are wrong

You must not frequent the same places I do or attend the events that I attend, because I do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. Also, the Illinois Quad Cities is one of the most liberal and Democrat oriented cities in the Quad Cities. And, yes, Michael Moore movies did play at the local theaters - although, I don't know that watching a Michael Moore Movie is an earned badge for being on the liberal side or what Michael Moore has to do with really anything.

Now, getting to the Art of things
-Figge Art Museum
-Quad City Arts Organization
-Quad City Arts Gallery
-Visiting Artist Series by Quad City Arts
-Midwest Writing Center
-Bucktown Center for the Arts
-MidCoast Arts Organization
-Two annual Art Strolls featuring local galleries, artists at work, art for
sale, and working artist studios - Spring and Fall
-Riverssance Festival of Fine Art - September
-Beaux Arts Festival in Spring and Fall - Spring and Fall
-Left Bank Art League and Left Bank Art Fair - Summer
-Adler Theatre - Broadway productions, musical peformances, dance
troupes
-Capital Theatre - music performances
-Ballet Quad Cities
-Opera Quad City
-Quad City Symphony - oldest symphony in Iowa
-Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse - Professional Musical Production
-Playcrafters Barn Theatre - local theatre group
-Music Guild - local theatre group
-i wireless center concert arena
-Various Art galleries with local and national art for sale
-Various Art classes at Bucktown Center for the Arts and Figge Art
Museum
-Lots and lots of small, orginal local theatre groups and art oriented festivals and events
-St. Ambrose University Galvin Fine Arts Center
-Augustana College Centennial Hall
-Western Illinois University Quad Cities
-Black Hawk and Scott Community Colleges

Quad Cities voted by Forbes Magazine as 4th for cost-of-living, Davenport and Rock Island named Most Liveable Cities in 2008 by the US Conference of Mayors. We are also home to two major hospitals Genesis and Trinity with 9 hosptials. They have been ranked top in specific medical field technologies. We are home to the Deere and Company World Headquarters, among other major employers. Median sales price for an existing single-family home is $87,100. New construction is around $100,000 average.

2008-2009 Statistics
Total Population 400,000:


Empolyment by Industry:
Manufacturing 15.7 %
Wholesale & Retail Trade 13.8 %
Health Care and Professional Services 13.8%
Education 12.6%
Professional Service 12.6%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 6.8%
Public Administration & Government 6.6%
Construction 5.7%
Transportation, Communication, Utilities 5.7%
Agriculture 3.5%
Personal Services 2.9%
Entertainment & Recreation 2.2%
Active Military Duty 2.1%

Sorry, lived in Chicago for awhile and came back - found a high paying job, bought a beautiful home, lots to do and great friends. Plus, if I want to visit Chicago it is only a 2 1/2 hour drive. My income goes farther here than in Chicago and I have more disposable income. I enjoy and take part in many of the visual and performing arts-related events that are available in the Quad Cities. It is a beautiful area - although the winters get a bit tiresome.

Live in the Quad Cities and love it! Check out this website Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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I grew up in the QC, specifically Milan from 1983 to 1997, Moline 97-98, Silvis 98-99, Davenport, 99-99.

The entire place is a little behind the times fashion wise, there's a mild bit of racism, though there is a lot of diversity. There are gang problems in Rock Island and some of Davenport.

Moline and Davenport are the better "city" type areas to live in. Rock Island has some of the better bars downtown. Moline has some night life and bars too. Davenport is a bit more artsy and it's downtown is decent. Bettendorf is the quiet suburby area, with little to do, but quite safe.

Best schools are in Moline and Bettendorf for K-12. Great higher education won't be found anywhere really, so it's best for kids to go to school at UIUC or Chicago. The 3 hour drive makes it worth it.

Stay away from Silvis and East Moline, they are garbage.

Nicer country like or laid back areas are Geneseo, Orion, and Port Byron, though if you live here expect to do a lot of driving to the main QC areas to see movies or do the best shopping.

QC can be a nice place to grow up, if you don't mind the behind the times feel.

Also incomes are a little lower, but fine for raising a family. Expect to see older cars from 10-20 years back pretty often, as there won't be lots of people with newer cars.

Compared to Champaign/Urbana, the QC does have life to it, but it's just not as well off financially for the middle class.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Utopia
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That's hard to answer here as there really is not distinct personality for each one. I can say that Rock Island has The District where the bars/clubs are downtown. Basically lots of college and 30 year olds, I think.
But, to me, they are pretty much all alike really.
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Quad Cities, IA
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I grew up in the QC, specifically Milan from 1983 to 1997, Moline 97-98, Silvis 98-99, Davenport, 99-99.

The entire place is a little behind the times fashion wise,
QC can be a nice place to grow up, if you don't mind the behind the times feel.

Also incomes are a little lower, but fine for raising a family. Expect to see older cars from 10-20 years back pretty often, as there won't be lots of people with newer cars.
LOL thats a load of crap. You make it sound like we live in caves, and still use horseback express to deliver mail. Is the QC Paris, France when it comes to fashion, no, but it's not Mayberry either. Plenty of night life, bars, casino's. The I wireless center gets nationally known concerts that compare with any city I've been to. The Eagles, Ozzy osbourne, Eric Clapton, Cher, Page and Plant, Eminem, 50 cent are just a few off the top of my head that have been here recently. Davenport just built the Figge Art Museum that has art exhibits from all over the world. There seems to be a huge street festival every other week, Bix Fest, River Roots Live, Blues/Rib Fest, Gumbo Ya Ya, You maka my weekend. There's a nice mix of nationally known chain restaurants, but still theres many good local authentic cuisine. Moline has great authentic Mexican restaurants. Plenty of malls and shopping.

As far as the cars part. Most of the 20 year old cars I see here, are driven by collectors who restore them, not old beaters with mufflers falling off. Thats just a stupid comment. We have car dealerships here too. There's no more old cars here than anywhere else.
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I do not agree at all. Moline and Milan are NOT cities of 100,000 population like Davenport.

Illinois and Iowa ARE THE #1 AND #2 corn producers in America. I don't care how you paint it, these are four towns surrounded by cornfields, ranches and seperated by the Mississippi River. Each town is unique. Each town offers something the others do not.

What QC is not: Chicago, NYC, DC, LA, PHILLY, BOSTON, or any other large metropolitan area. Town are far and few between. Farms are 1000+ acres so you con't walk "next door" to a neighbor unless you want to walk a mile. Emergency services are not very near unless you iive close to a city that has it.

The good news is you can see the stars at night, hear the cows low and hear the crickets chirp. There is a downside to rural living just as there is a downside to living in a mega-metropolitan city. It is a culture shock to move from the Atlantic Ocean to a cornfield. If you come with the spirit of adventure and learning, you will adapt just fine, but it you compare where you were to where you are you will probably be bitterly disappointed. But you can find the big city lights, food and shopping in Chicago. It's a short couple hours from Moline.

The Quad Cities are not the end of the world.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I have never seen a cow and rarely heard crickets in Davenport. You're just further perpetuating stereotypes that simply aren't true.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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I am very sorry you feel deprived. You don't know what you've' missed.

Illinois also exports hogs, beef, grains, soybeans and other farm products. I"ve spent time in Iowa among the corn, cows, horses, etc. You have a great state fair. The year I was there the electric milking machine was a big hitl. I met an Amish farmer in a horse and buggy with a wife and half of his 12 kids - it wasn't too far from Davenport. Neither was the preacher who sold blue movide because his congregants didn't support his lifestyle. I thought at the time they probably didn't approve of his black Caddy. I had a young calf, a twin, follow me around one day; head butted for attention. No one told him he wasn't a big puppy or that he was going to the "golden arches" one day. Just snippets of iowa life.

Iowa isn't any better, nor any worse than any other state in the Midwest that produces massive amounts of farm products like Illinois. According to FEMA Iowa City floods; it did in 2008 and 2010 and that sis why I don't recommend a new resident to move there until they know the area. Most people do not want to drive 60 miles to work. I'm told Iowa taxes are higher than Illinois. I didn't see a lot of difference in the cost of gas, food or motels when I crossed the river.

Illinois is a green state. You'll find heavily forested areas among the rolling hills and high bluffs in Central Illinois. When you move away from the rivers, the frtile black soil begins to flatten. This is where you find the Interstate routes and the miles and miles of farms and ranches. If you get out of the cities away from traffic, stop, turn off the radio and listen you can hear crickets, coyote, night birds, owl, and you can even watch the grass grow during a gentle rain; but you can't do it on concrete.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Rock Island
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I do not agree at all. Moline and Milan are NOT cities of 100,000 population like Davenport.

Illinois and Iowa ARE THE #1 AND #2 corn producers in America. I don't care how you paint it, these are four towns surrounded by cornfields, ranches and seperated by the Mississippi River. Each town is unique. Each town offers something the others do not.

What QC is not: Chicago, NYC, DC, LA, PHILLY, BOSTON, or any other large metropolitan area. Town are far and few between. Farms are 1000+ acres so you con't walk "next door" to a neighbor unless you want to walk a mile. Emergency services are not very near unless you iive close to a city that has it.

The good news is you can see the stars at night, hear the cows low and hear the crickets chirp. There is a downside to rural living just as there is a downside to living in a mega-metropolitan city. It is a culture shock to move from the Atlantic Ocean to a cornfield. If you come with the spirit of adventure and learning, you will adapt just fine, but it you compare where you were to where you are you will probably be bitterly disappointed. But you can find the big city lights, food and shopping in Chicago. It's a short couple hours from Moline.

The Quad Cities are not the end of the world.
I do agree with some of your above statements. I can not argue that IA and IL have an agricultural background and that the QCA is not some large metropolitan area. However, your analysis of the QCA metro area seems like you have not been to the QCA in 50 years. This is truly one area that shares resources and people here work and play on both sides of the river. There is nothing really unique about the main five cities that anchor this area; other than maybe demographics.
I have noticed on city data that you always say that this is not one area and I am not really trying to change your mind. But at times you come off like your opinion is law; and opinion is like MOD CUTeverbody's got one. I kind look at the QCA like this, I am not comparing it to NYC but there are five boroughs that make up New York City. There is no anchor city in NYC just like the QCA and that is one area. So explain to me how this is not one area or is NYC not one area because it does not have an anchor city? (Again, I am not saying that the QCA is in the same league as NYC. But the QCA is structured similarly to NYC. Meaning there are five cities/towns that make up the QCA just like NYC and there is no anchor city).

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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The diff between NYC and the Quad Cities is not the lack of an anchor city. The later is located in two states. It is no different than NY and NJ or any other two states where residents work and shop in both states.

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