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Old 07-05-2018, 04:46 PM
 
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I'm considering visiting Iowa City and possibly moving there. When driving cross country, I passed through Iowa a few times though was never able to stop and check it out.

I am a woman, mid sixties. Iowa City comes up in my searching for a neuroscience center along with support and education for nonfiction writing. I am contacting the neuroscience institute and the writing programs for overview information.

What is Iowa City like? Is it liberal, conservative? What about apartment rates and safety? My diet is about 99% vegan and I'm very interested in health and nutrition issues. Are there vegan or vegetarian restaurants in IC?

What do people like, not like about living in this city? Are there good resources here for seniors? What about museums and libraries? Cost of living? Is anyone in this forum involved with the writing programs or the neuroscience institute?

About ten years ago I moved from a very rural high desert area of New Mexico, to Lexington, KY. I was led to believe I could get treatment for a some rare medical disorders here. This proved not to be the case. I became stranded when my savings ran out. This situation may be changing so I'm looking at places to relocate. For both writing and neuroscience, IC is showing with a big thumb's up. I hope to start some conversations here. Thanks for any response

Zoe
Hi! Current resident of Iowa City here. Early forties, married, one child. My thoughts:

Medical - University of Iowa is very good. I just had something taken care of there (not neuro, sorry) and was very pleased. If they can't do it, you're not too far from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Nonfiction Writing - IC is VERY proud that it's a UNESCO City of Literature. Great writing program at the University and offshoots in the community.

Politics - generally liberal. If that's you're thing, there are lots of groups to support. If it's not, people won't bother you. City Council is fairly liberal.

Apartment rates - Not inexpensive, from what I hear. They can't keep up with student demand. (Also, building height/development/renting restrictions in parts of downtown).

Safety - no major issues, especially away from the college/nightlife areas. In my neck of the woods, we have some petty theft - bikes, money from unlocked cars, etc.

Vegan/health and nutrition - as someone else mentioned, there's a co-op, farmer's market, and lots of fresh fruit/vegetable stands in season. There's also an Amish settlement 30 min away where you can get local vegetables/fruit.

Cost of living - not cheap, especially if you're in IC proper.

Senior activities - can't speak to this - I'm not there yet

Museums/libraries - there is a city library, there are a couple museums associated with the university, there's a performing arts center, too. More of all of the above in Cedar Rapids 45 min north of town.

Transportation - there's a bus system that seems pretty comprehensive (and reasonably priced), but I haven't used it.

What I like: slow pace of life, generally friendly, non-intrusive people, easy to get around, uncomplicated, University-affiliated activities.

What I don't like: not enough to do in town, not enough to do close by, lack of "next-level" restaurants/ shopping/cultural attractions. (We moved here from a larger city.)
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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Hi! Current resident of Iowa City here. Early forties, married, one child. My thoughts:

Medical - University of Iowa is very good. I just had something taken care of there (not neuro, sorry) and was very pleased. If they can't do it, you're not too far from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Nonfiction Writing - IC is VERY proud that it's a UNESCO City of Literature. Great writing program at the University and offshoots in the community.

Politics - generally liberal. If that's you're thing, there are lots of groups to support. If it's not, people won't bother you. City Council is fairly liberal.

Apartment rates - Not inexpensive, from what I hear. They can't keep up with student demand. (Also, building height/development/renting restrictions in parts of downtown).

Safety - no major issues, especially away from the college/nightlife areas. In my neck of the woods, we have some petty theft - bikes, money from unlocked cars, etc.

Vegan/health and nutrition - as someone else mentioned, there's a co-op, farmer's market, and lots of fresh fruit/vegetable stands in season. There's also an Amish settlement 30 min away where you can get local vegetables/fruit.

Cost of living - not cheap, especially if you're in IC proper.

Senior activities - can't speak to this - I'm not there yet

Museums/libraries - there is a city library, there are a couple museums associated with the university, there's a performing arts center, too. More of all of the above in Cedar Rapids 45 min north of town.

Transportation - there's a bus system that seems pretty comprehensive (and reasonably priced), but I haven't used it.

What I like: slow pace of life, generally friendly, non-intrusive people, easy to get around, uncomplicated, University-affiliated activities.

What I don't like: not enough to do in town, not enough to do close by, lack of "next-level" restaurants/ shopping/cultural attractions. (We moved here from a larger city.)

Yep, you definitely moved from a much larger city. There's more to do in Iowa City than most anywhere in Iowa. If IC bores you, everywhere else in Iowa will bore you. Only really major outstanding activities not in the IC area that's somewhere else would be the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines or the Iowa Great Lakes in Northern Iowa.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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Yep, you definitely moved from a much larger city. There's more to do in Iowa City than most anywhere in Iowa. If IC bores you, everywhere else in Iowa will bore you. Only really major outstanding activities not in the IC area that's somewhere else would be the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines or the Iowa Great Lakes in Northern Iowa.
Yes, we moved from a larger city in a different part of the country. I like day-to-day living in Iowa, but I miss the mountains, the beach, fresh seafood, a true (non-bar) restaurant scene, that kind of thing.
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