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Old 03-26-2016, 06:15 PM
 
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We just moved to the Quad Cities and I have to say that this place is uniquely awful on just about every level. Housing is grossly overpriced, roads are in despicable condition, people are genuinely rude, tornadoes roll through town once every couple of months, the wind blows constantly, air quality is atrocious, and the crime rate is ridiculously high. Not sure what the draw is here, but I can definitely say that we won't be here long. To anyone looking to relocate here by choice, I would urge you to please think again and do your research. If I could go back in time, I definitely would have never relocated here. Now, I will just have to bide my time and move on. I will chalk this one up as another mistake and valuable life lesson learned. Hopefully this post will save some other poor soul the misery I am now experiencing.
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:37 AM
 
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We started up a biodynamic seed farm in the central south part of Iowa, quite a remote location with pretty much nothing to do. If you're not 80, id say to not move here, even if you are 80, its still too boring and cold to live here. Its awesome for what we are doing, which is growing our acreage with perennials and leaving to other land we own in CO and AZ, during the appropriate seasons. Iowa summers are too hot and winters are too cold, I'm from the milder climate of Maryland and then moved to Portland OR and those climates are much more preferable to me than Iowa. Very very uneducated part of the US. There is a corrupt group of people in this little town and they gangstalk, harass, and gossip in the most insane manner because they are all very very bored human beings. The things that this corrupt group is doing to control the power structure of the town is atrocious. Land and homes are cheap here though and I love owning so much nice flat green, productive farmland. The gmo chemical sprayers all of my neighbors use near my land kind of killjoy my farming every year. After living all over the world, it is a time warp to live here, its trippy how old fashioned the people around here are. I miss seeing nonwhites and younger cool people my age, so much, please enjoy life people and stay the heck out of rural Iowa, if you have a standard of living that includes anything other than staring at cows and grass all day.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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I haven't done any research but the above comment about tornados is absurd. So is complaining of boredom after moving to rural Iowa. As far as the crime in davenport, a quick google search should have given you all the info you needed. Yes, Davenport has a high crime rate for a city its size. It's no secret however...
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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We just moved to the Quad Cities and I have to say that this place is uniquely awful on just about every level. Housing is grossly overpriced, roads are in despicable condition, people are genuinely rude, tornadoes roll through town once every couple of months, the wind blows constantly, air quality is atrocious, and the crime rate is ridiculously high. Not sure what the draw is here, but I can definitely say that we won't be here long. To anyone looking to relocate here by choice, I would urge you to please think again and do your research. If I could go back in time, I definitely would have never relocated here. Now, I will just have to bide my time and move on. I will chalk this one up as another mistake and valuable life lesson learned. Hopefully this post will save some other poor soul the misery I am now experiencing.
Curious where is it you moved from, to be in the Quad Cities?

Just moved there, and already figured out it's awful? Nothing like expecting instant gratification I suppose. I personally would never choose to live in the Quad City area. As you mentioned, the crime rate, and the size in general, would be enough to keep me away. I don't care to be in such a populated area, I can drive across my town in 10 minutes or so, just the way I like it.

Tough to find midwestern cities that don't have rough roads, the freeze/thaw cycles they get are pretty hard on them. While I don't live in the Quad Cities, I am not too far from there. The roads in my town aren't the greatest either, but I guess I can live with them.

Whoever told you that tornadoes roll through every couple of months is feeding you garbage. While it can happen, I've lived in the area all my life, don't really ever recall the Quad Cities getting hit with multiple tornadoes until this spring, it's not usually an annual occurrence. We do have our share of windy days, especially in the spring. Fall/winter can be windy at times as well. The change of seasons definitely affects the weather wildly at times. Summers aren't generally windy all the time, thunderstorms are mainly when you get higher winds. A gentle breeze in the summer is a welcome relief. I'm with you, I hate windy days. I believe I read somewhere that Iowa is the tenth windiest state in the nation, must be why we are at, or near the top in wind produced energy.

Sorry to read your disappointment with Quad Cities, hope you find the utopia you're looking for at some point in time.

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, AZ
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Quad Cities = JADORT

Just
Another
Dirty
Old
River
Town

Iowa has a lot of those!
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:00 PM
 
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Curious where is it you moved from, to be in the Quad Cities?

Just moved there, and already figured out it's awful? Nothing like expecting instant gratification I suppose. I personally would never choose to live in the Quad City area. As you mentioned, the crime rate, and the size in general, would be enough to keep me away. I don't care to be in such a populated area, I can drive across my town in 10 minutes or so, just the way I like it.

Tough to find midwestern cities that don't have rough roads, the freeze/thaw cycles they get are pretty hard on them. While I don't live in the Quad Cities, I am not too far from there. The roads in my town aren't the greatest either, but I guess I can live with them.

Whoever told you that tornadoes roll through every couple of months is feeding you garbage. While it can happen, I've lived in the area all my life, don't really ever recall the Quad Cities getting hit with multiple tornadoes until this spring, it's not usually an annual occurrence. We do have our share of windy days, especially in the spring. Fall/winter can be windy at times as well. The change of seasons definitely affects the weather wildly at times. Summers aren't generally windy all the time, thunderstorms are mainly when you get higher winds. A gentle breeze in the summer is a welcome relief. I'm with you, I hate windy days. I believe I read somewhere that Iowa is the tenth windiest state in the nation, must be why we are at, or near the top in wind produced energy.

Sorry to read your disappointment with Quad Cities, hope you find the utopia you're looking for at some point in time.

Typical response from your typical Iowan...."embrace the suck". OK, I admit my comment on the tornadoes was a bit inaccurate. It's not a tornado every couple of months, it's an average of 3 tornadoes per year. Since tornado season runs about 7 months of the year, that's a tornado every 2.5 months. Citing my source: Moderator cut: link removed, competitor site


The reason its tough to find midwestern "cities" (really towns) without rough roads is because nobody fixes them. Simple as that. I grew up in upstate NY and I can tell you that they would have drawn and quartered local government officials for roads being as bad as they are here. But the typical Iowa response is to make excuses and blindly accept failure. Instead of fixing roads in this town, they actually setup construction zones to paint shamrocks on the broken roads....seriously....no joke....shamrocks. Taxpayer money well spent!! See, I'm learning the Iowa way!!! More shamrocks!! More potholes!! I haven't spent my yearly allocation on tie rods and front end alignments!

And here's another lesson I've learned...if a native Iowan ever asks you how you like the quad cities, don't ever be honest with them and say that you really don't like it that much. They'll practically spit in your face and kick you in the gnads. Just be polite and say, "oh yeah...it's great...i love the river boats and casino".

Here's a tip from an outsider......hold your elected officials accountable and when something sucks, say it sucks! Don't lie to yourself and swoon your way into submission. For crying out loud! No wonder why there are so many Subaru driving liberals up here. It's a total mindset. Sorry....I will not understand it. Yeah....yeah...yeah....go ahead and post your responses....."well then leave us in our misery"...."don't let the door hit you in the arse".....whatever. Just biding my time and then moving on.

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Old 04-10-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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It always amazes me when someone such as you, wcgtrr88, move to a new area, and do nothing but complain. If where you came from is so much better, why did you leave in the first place? I work with a guy who moved here from California, he at first thought he found the "garden of eden" for him. He then wondered why he couldn't find/keep any friends, turns out he likes do nothing but complain about his "garden of eden" now. He likes to talk about how much better things in Cali. were. He does love the fact he can actually drive somewhere in just a few minutes, where it might have taken him an hour, or more in Cali.

I really don't care how much you dislike Iowa, it's not my problem. Mocking me for being a "typical" Iowan just shows me that you have an attitude that it's got to be your way, or the high-way so to speak. It's no wonder you're making so many new friends here. lol

Things are definitely not perfect here, but obviously they weren't where you came from either, or you wouldn't be here eh? I can imagine your cost of living is considerably less in Iowa compared to New York. With the money you're saving, it shouldn't be too hard to afford some new shocks, and a front end alignment once in a while huh?

Don't worry, when you do leave, you won't be leaving me in misery, I kind of like my little place in world, to each his own I guess.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa (and the upper Midwest) just isn't for everyone.

We aren't big fans of people with a lot of 'tude. See the election map. Trump lost Iowa, MN, WI, ND/SD, and soon Nebraska.

No...we're not real slick and cool here...but likewise, we don't tend to fall for slick either.

Maybe some people need to locate to states where people more easily get along with, and believe in, those that operate well in the Reality TV world.

We like to keep it real here in the midwest.

Just an observation.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:06 AM
 
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We just moved to the Quad Cities and I have to say that this place is uniquely awful on just about every level. Housing is grossly overpriced, roads are in despicable condition, people are genuinely rude
I was with you about the Quad Cities being awful, until you started detailing some of your reasons.

Facts are facts. The Quad Cities has some of the cheapest housing in the nation. Granted, that's because nobody wants to live there, which drives down real estate prices...but it's a fact nevertheless. If you're paying big bucks for living expenses in the Quad Cities, it's because you're not very good at shopping around. There's PLENTY of cheap housing around Davenport and Rock Island.

Also, the people of the Quad Cities are many different things, but rudeness is not a common trait. They might be a bunch of simpletons hopelessly stuck in the 1950s with no vision for the future, but they're not rude. In fact, they're probably some of the friendliest people you'll meet anywhere. That's mostly what keeps me from bolting to a different area.

The job market and local economy suck. The surroundings are quite depressing. The local mentality is backwards-thinking and small-minded. There's very little to do most months of the year. But, it's a cheap place to live and the people are friendly, so long as you show them common courtesy in return. I don't disagree with your premise that the QC area is awful. Unfortunately, you've cited the wrong reasons.

If you think houses are too expensive in the Quad Cities and the people are too rude, good luck finding happiness in those categories anywhere else.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Iowa (and the upper Midwest) just isn't for everyone.

We aren't big fans of people with a lot of 'tude. See the election map. Trump lost Iowa, MN, WI, ND/SD, and soon Nebraska.

No...we're not real slick and cool here...but likewise, we don't tend to fall for slick either.

Maybe some people need to locate to states where people more easily get along with, and believe in, those that operate well in the Reality TV world.

We like to keep it real here in the midwest.

Just an observation.

Slight correction. Trump hasn't lost in South Dakota, YET. Our primary is June 7, the last day of the primary season along with California. For the first time in my memory, how we vote here will probably be relevant to who will become the nominee. I think Cruz will "cruise" to a win here on the GOP side making your prediction accurate.


We're a very conservative state, but on the Democrat side I think Sanders will win. Devout Socialist or not. Other than the reservation vote and some straight ticket women Democratic voters, Clinton followers are few and far between. I honestly can say that I don't personally know a single male that's voting for her.
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