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Old 12-04-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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My husband and I are heavily considering moving back "home" - we left about 10 years ago to move to WA State but find that we miss our families, the lower cost of living, and the lack of heavy traffic like we experience out here.

I'm curious as to how much the city has changed in the past decade. What have we missed out on?
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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My husband and I are heavily considering moving back "home" - we left about 10 years ago to move to WA State but find that we miss our families, the lower cost of living, and the lack of heavy traffic like we experience out here.

I'm curious as to how much the city has changed in the past decade. What have we missed out on?
Well, you've missed out on many roadway projects, which is good you missed the construction traffic. There is still are quite a few more though.

Since 2000 you've missed out on 3 billion+ in downtown development. (someone correct me if I am off)

And then a whole crap load of suburban developments. It's no different than the growth of any other city.

Sorry to be so vague, but what exactly were you wondering in terms of change?
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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My husband and I are heavily considering moving back "home" - we left about 10 years ago to move to WA State but find that we miss our families, the lower cost of living, and the lack of heavy traffic like we experience out here.

I'm curious as to how much the city has changed in the past decade. What have we missed out on?
I'm in the same boat as you. I left in April of 2002 and now I'm just counting down the days until I can come back.

Probably the biggest thing you missed were the previously mentioned downtown improvements and the First National Tower that replaced the Woodmen as the tallest building in the state.

Oh, and don't forget Midtown Crossing, which just opened.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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Sorry to be so vague, but what exactly were you wondering in terms of change?
Part of the reason why we left was because there just wasn't a whole lot to do back then besides going to the mall, seeing a movie, or drinking with friends. I'm interested in knowing if there's more to do and how the city has changed. I know there's a Costco there now and Starbucks, etc. but how are things looking these days as far as entertainment goes?
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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The Qwest Center has brought in many concerts and events, and made Creighton games a "place" to be on game nights. They hosted NCAA tournament games and even the Olympic swim trials, which will return in 2012.

The Holland Performing Arts Center is a great facility also located downtown.

Of course there is going to be the new baseball stadium downtown (TD Ameritrade Park) for Creighton games and the College World Series. Depends on how you rate this on the entertainment scale, but it will definitely be a big deal when it opens in 2011.

I'm sure there are others that people will think of, but these are definitely three large ones when it comes to entertainment.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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As always, I would strongly suggest starting a thread in the "welcome to Omaha" section of www.EOmahaforums.com.

You will see every bit of Omaha development broken down into geographicals sections of the metro to its individual projects.

To answer your question, yes, there is much more to do. Obviously we can't build mountains or oceans, so that type of thing will always be lacking. Good luck.
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