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Old 11-01-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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OP, have you ever BEEN to the QC? If you are moving your family all the way out there, it may be worth the expense of a scouting trip before making the move. There is only so much you can find out without seeing it in person-especially if the "feel" of an area is important to you. You can fly into Chicago and then its about a 2 hour drive. I have been to Seattle several times and it is WAAY different. Depending on where you are coming from, it may be a much smaller metro area than what you are used to.

I like the area, especially the IA side, but then again I am comfortable with my Midwestern suburban lifestyle which replicates itself very well in places like QC.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Davenport,IA
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Do you know where will you live at ? I'm looking for a roommate, I live in Davenport
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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The area around Palmer is somewhat walkable, and you could walk down to Greatest Grains, which is where a lot of people shop for organic foods. The local HyVees (accessible by bus) have a Health Market with a selection of organic and natural foods, and there are some items at Schnucks as well. Target has very little these days, but the prices on what they have (minus produce most of the time) are okay. Check out the Freight House Farmer's Market, it's a nice one that is year round, though certainly much bigger in the summer when it's outdoors. Some of the farmers there have CSAs, otherwise there are area farmers with CSAs as well. They aren't as well advertised as in some other cities, but they are still there. I don't think there's a lot in the way of buses in and out of town, though I could be wrong. This place in Milan might work, Quad City For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Listing - QCFSBO.com and they do have bus service at least to that side of the river, but it might be a very long bus ride.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Default Milan to Davenport Commute.

Taking a bus from Milan to Davenport in my experience is roughly a 2 hour bus ride. The main issue however is the difference in transportation systems. On the IL side of the river buses start around 5am and stop around 8pm on weekdays. On the Iowa side of the river they start around 6am and stop around 5pm. When you are talking about a long commute this is a big deal. The Quad city metro if you have only driven through it is much different to live in than to just be on the interstate and zoom past. If you are not used to Midwest winters I HEAVILY suggest having a car to live in the city with a family. You do not want to be standing at a bus stop in a snow storm or in sub-zero wind chills. In the summer, spring and fall it works out very nicely, but for winter alone, bring a car. If you would like an idea on housing costs I would suggest checking out melfosterco.com They are probably the biggest real estate firm in town and offer a user friendly way to look for housing.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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The local HyVees (accessible by bus) have a Health Market with a selection of organic and natural foods, and there are some items at Schnucks as well.
The buses run for like four hours out of the day. If you're relying on mass transit to get around the Quad City area, pack a lunch. The schedules are awful and the routes are very weird. Maybe just buy a bike and use the sidewalks (if you can find one) to get around.

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