Would you recommend Appleton? (Milwaukee, Madison: law school, university, living in)
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To my knowledge, Conkey's Book Store is not closing. However, I believe the coffee shop inside of the store is closing. I could be wrong. Do you have documentation about the closing of Conkey's?
By the way, Cub Foods on the north side of Appleton is closing soon...but Festival Foods will go into that location by June.
We just booked flights out of the Appleton airport this week - because they were CHEAPER than out of Milwaukee. Sometimes that happens! This has been the case with us on numerous occasions.
Yes - Downtown Appleton is drastically changed and I long for the good old days of Downtown Appleton. The city bus passes our house all day long and it is quite empty the last 5 -10 years or so. There is very little retail left downtown.
Have you tried booking a room at one of the downtown hotels? You may be pleasantly surprised. We have found both to be lower than many other hotels.
Gregg, you keep mentioning the government in Appleton. That is something that is subject to change. May I kindly ask you to consider coming back here and running for Outagamie County Executive or Mayor of Appleton? ...or at least running for City Council? You could make a difference...and it is never too late.
As far as anyone moving here, part of the positive is LOCATION. We are near Green Bay, less than an hour to Lake Michigan, about 2 hours to Milwaukee, etc.
I have a relative who works at Conkey's. May or May Not close. Not at liberty to say more. If it does close, that will be sad. Final nail in Downtown Appleton's coffin. As far as Valley Transit is concerned-empty busses running around in circles all day. More taxpayer dollars down the drain there. As far as Appleton leadership is concerned, it started it's long slide downhill in the
70s with Dorthy Johnson and her campaign to stop the Fox River Mall. Remember that circus. Than it was the Parking Ramps. Than the bungled wastewater plant. Than the bungled water treatment plant. Next will be Richmond Terrace. No-I could not never be part of government in Appleton. I am much to liberal. And besides that-most of the "shots" in Appleton are called by a handfull of the wealthy there. Like the Bergstroms. If you have lived there any length of time, you know darn well the average citizen has little if any say in anything that is done in that city. The current leadership in Appleton could best be compared to the current Bush administration. Clueless, arrogant, ignorant, ineffective.
i am going to counter greggb's and some of the others negative views. thanks guys, for being such sticks in the mud. first of all, as far as bad government and wasted tax dollars go... THIS IS AMERICA. budgets and good honest politicians went out the window years ago.
appleton not bike friendly... LOL. i can count the cities major roads on one hand. plus, whats this about downtown being hard to navigate? its CAKE!! there's only one major artery!!
thats enough ranting fornow. original poster, i've lived here for 5-6 years. i moved here on purpose because i like it. appleton has been rated as the safest or nearly the safest metro area in the country every year for the last decade. its hard to find a crummy road here. there are alot of good public and private schools.
there is tons of shopping, much better, btw, than green bay, a city of twice the size. sure, downtown shopping stores might be drying up; personally i do like downtown retail and livelihood. but lets face it, in a city of less than major proportion, it doesnt work anymore. downtowns are drying up all over. BUT we do have a great downtown in a different sense - theres lots of great restaraunts and nightlife. there's an awesome children's museum/playhouse (i have two small kids myself). its CLEAN. lots of parking. and you know what, there really are plenty enough stores on "the avenue". lots of coffee shops too, if you like that sort of thing.
basically it is a city big enough to satisfy shopping and entertainment needs (cant say that about lacrosse), but small enough that there is no traffic and no crime. the economy is good with lots of paper and insurance company business. sure its got lots of faults, what place doesnt. if you dont crave a big city, i highly recommend it.
Hello everyone! I am looking for advise on moving to WI.
My husband and I were recently transferred to Fl. from MI. and as soon as I am done with school we would love to move back north God willing. I was born and raised in MI. and I loved home but when a large pharmaceutical co. started cutting jobs and basically destroyed the econmy of our town we had to move and we miss it so bad. We miss the Fall and Winters.
I actually fell in love with the Door County area ( Gills Rock, Fish Creek, and such) through a book that I read and am now reading to my husband, along with other information I gatherd via the internet. I even have the Door County web site saved to my computer. I hear people say all the time how "The Smokey Mountians are God's country" and the Smokeys are beautiful but they haven't seen anything till the see what little I have seen of Door County. To me it's one of God's most increadible creations and I hear the fishing is fabulouse and that when it snow's IT Really Snows! We want so vey much to move there but I need facts. Like, what are the jobs prospects for RN's like? Is there good health care near by? Are the people friendly? My spouse is a Army brat and is Asian/German decent would his nationality be an issue in such a small community? I personally have had enough of rude, mean and inconsiderate people and believe me Florida is full of them. We are good people who are just looking to live in a peaceful enviroment with some good old fashion morals and values and enjoy what beauty God has created.It seems like WI may have what we long for. To live in Door County is our dream but these questions could use some answers. If anyone could give some advise I/we appreciate it. Please try to give facts and not just opinions. Thanks
Door County is indeed Beautiful!!! And Expensive. You want to move back to Wisconsin. Than I have one suggestion for you. LA CROSSE!!!! It has been reffered to as "God's Country" for a long time. And for good reason. Truly the "Gem" of Wisconsin!!
I must say that I strongly disagree with these statements. I question if you have actually been back in town over the past 10 years! I think Appleton has changed for the better in recent years.
I grew up in Appleton, and lived there for 21 years until moving to NYC and then Milwaukee for the past 10. I have been back in Appleton to visit family and friends monthly for the past 5 years, and I have to say that the city isn't the same as it was when I was growing up. Good! Good for Appleton!
Let's start with downtown - many new restaurants and bars have opened in the past few years and have brought some much-needed culture and diversity to this city. There is a new hotel downtown to give the Paper Valley Hotel some competition. Many buildings have been re-purposed and renovated. I think downtown is more alive now and more safe now than it has ever been. The Children's Museum is a wonderful place for the kids and parents too. There is a beautiful city park near the Lawrence University campus. The Performing Arts Center (PAC) has been a wonderful addition to the city's entertainment offerings, bringing Broadway shows and top class acts to town. Lawrence University, also downtown, and its top rated Conservatory of Music continues to provide wonderful concerts and musical series. Each summer, the Arts Alliance council puts on a juried art show in the city park called Art in the Park. This event is extremely well attended and very popular. In fact, it's gotten so large in recent years that they have extended it to include a non-juried arts and crafts show on the Lawrence University campus called Art Off the Park. I'm sure other postings have mentioned Appleton's Oktoberfest (which, ironically, is held the last weekend in September.) It's a wonderful family event with HUNDREDS of food booths, an arts and crafts show, multiple music stages, and of course beer. There are many family-owned shops on College Avenue that have been in business for decades, including Conkey's Bookstore and Heid Music - two of my personal favorites.
Next, let's talk about the roads. Could they be better? Absolutely. People joke that in Wisconsin, there are only two seasons...Winter, and Road Construction. I think that Appleton and the surrounding Fox River Valley has expanded a great deal over the past 10 years, perhaps too fast for it's own good. I do think road conditions have suffered because of all the new construction that city planners are so focused on... but I challenge you to find a city of similar size in Wisconsin (or MN, IL, MI, OH or IN) whose roads are all in great condition, all of the time, without fail. Go ahead... I'll wait... Mmm Hmm. Thought so. Can't do it? Right. The roads are, on average, good. The road plans make sense for the most part too. Downtown a little confusing with one way streets and strange traffic patterns? You should have been here 20 years ago when that silly downtown mall was built. That really messed things up! Locals are all used to it, and if you move here, you'll get used to it in time as well.
Last, let's talk about the people. Talk about rude! Citizens of Appleton are glad you've moved away, Mr. Grumpy! The people in Appleton are no more rude than in any other place I've ever lived - and that includes New York City and Milwaukee. Midwesterners are quiet but willing to help if asked. They won't butt in on an overheard conversation to offer assistance because in the midwest that is considered rude. They will gladly give the best directions they can, often telling you to follow them if you're walking, or pointing out the route as clearly as they can if you're in a car. Most Appletonians prefer to drive you if you're a guest because sometimes it's easier than talking you through how to get there. Folks will tell you their favorites - pizza, beer, cheese, restaurants, shops, flea markets, rummage sale-ing neighborhoods, types of dogs, football teams, colleges, high school teams, casinos, fishing spots, types of lures, brand of cigarettes, Friday Fish Fry, Pancake 'n Porkie breakfast, way to get to Green Bay, route to the best lake for northern, best ice fishing spot, and the best place to go deer hunting - if you ask. (But, just be warned, they're LYING about the deer hunting spot and the fishing spots -- these things are only passed on to best friends and grandkids. Sorry. ) Folks in Appleton are NOT rude... why should they be? They're just minding their own business at the moment.
So... What other good things can I point out?
* Appleton's airport is very convenient and can get you to a major hub in less than an hour - Chicago or Minneapolis.
* Half an hour away from one of the best teams in the NFL with one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game who is going to play at least one more season!
*Best shopping mall in Northeastern Wisconsin - Fox River Mall.
*Excellent schools, both public and private
*Top rated Major-League farm team, The Timber Rattlers, whose games are generally more exciting and less costly than going to Milwaukee for Brewer Games
*Great parks system, including city parks, county parks, and state parks all in and around Appleton.
*The greatest pizza joint north of Milwaukee - Frank's Pizza Palace on College Ave (IMHO). Try the Special. Yum!
All in all, Appleton is a great town with many improvements made over the last ten years. Is it perfect? Of course not. If you find Perfect, like in the Walgreen's ads, you just let me know where that is because I'd like to visit. But I think on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I'd give Appleton at least a 7 compared to other cities of similar size.
Don't take my word for it, though. Come for a visit!
If you'd like to email me with further questions or want ideas of where to stay and what to do, please feel free to do so.
Appleton's revitalization of the downtown area is impressive. Cafes, bistros, arts and entertainment--it's all there. I could spend hours in Conkey's, and they will soon be opening a coffee/tea co. Being a musician, I prefer Henri's Music over Heid. Henri's Music is just around the corner from College on S. Memorial Drive, and they seem to have better prices. I also like the fact that everyone at Henri's is really into music/instruments so they know what they're talking about. As for restaruants, Good Company on N. Richmond gets high marks from the locals for their restaurant/pub with a quirky atmosphere.
I don't live there. I live in Henderson Nevada. Appleton is a nice place. A nice place to VISIT!!! And for many people, a GREAT palce to live. More power to those who choose it as their home. And more power to those who choose to live in the madness of Chicago!! (Home of the DA ultimate 'Chockers', DA BEARS)!!!!
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