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Old 08-30-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Fl.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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I used to live in Omaha back in the late 70s to the mid 80s. CB was a dump then. Hope the casinos really do help the town as it sorely needs it; it couldn't really have gotten much worse. For those who live in eastern Iowa, CB is a lot like Clinton, only bigger (back when l lived in Omaha anyway).
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:10 AM
 
Location: In Denial
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Well, times they are a' chang'n. I see good times ahead for CB in particular and for the Great Plains as a whole. There is a healthy looking middle class in the Heartland. A far cry from the withered and beaten-down once-upon-a-time middle class folks trying to make a living in the coastal areas.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: IN
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Well, times they are a' chang'n. I see good times ahead for CB in particular and for the Great Plains as a whole. There is a healthy looking middle class in the Heartland. A far cry from the withered and beaten-down once-upon-a-time middle class folks trying to make a living in the coastal areas.
No, most of the Midwest is not in good shape. You haven't traveled very much in the region or you wouldn't say that.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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No, most of the Midwest is not in good shape. You haven't traveled very much in the region or you wouldn't say that.
He said the Great Plains, and the cities there are actually doing quite well right now. I'd just throw in the entire western part of the midwest.

Minneapolis, Des Moines, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Fargo. They all have good economies and are growing very fast.

Why do you think it's not in good shape? The cities are in better shape than most areas of the country.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: IN
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He said the Great Plains, and the cities there are actually doing quite well right now. I'd just throw in the entire western part of the midwest.

Minneapolis, Des Moines, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Fargo. They all have good economies and are growing very fast.

Why do you think it's not in good shape? The cities are in better shape than most areas of the country.
If you are only mentioning the Great Plains West than I mostly agree. The Great Lakes cities and eastern Midwest are certainly not doing as well.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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If you are only mentioning the Great Plains West than I mostly agree. The Great Lakes cities and eastern Midwest are certainly not doing as well.
Even that though is mostly a few cities suddenly representing the entire area.

Yes - cities that are doing poorly:

Gary
Flint
Detroit
Cleveland
Youngstown

Cities that are holding their own, fairly average economies for 2011:

Chicago
Milwaukee
Cincy
Quad Cities
Toledo
St. Louis
Grand Rapids
Fort Wayne

Cities that are doing pretty well, growing:

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids
Dubuque
Madison
Indianapolis
Columbus
Minneapolis

It's a toss up, but I feel like this "the Midwest is a dump" and "mass exodus, failing economy" is because everyone stares at Detroit, Flint and Gary with tunnel vision, and doesn't see the other 50 million people in the Midwest.

The Midwest is a punching bag, but most of it's not that bad. Hell, the Detroit suburbs are some of the nicest in the country, but everyone just looks at the 14% of the metro area that actually live in the city of Detroit. 700,000 out of 5,000,000.

I think it's mostly the fact that the area isn't growing in population really fast that everyone thinks that's a bad thing. Health and economy don't always go hand in hand with gangbusters growing population. Also people look at the weather and in their minds relate that with a negative view on the area, that it's not worthy.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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I need to see more successes from CB before I start to call them a "boom city."

The development around the Mid-America center sadly has been a major disappointment.

I want to see Playland park get moving too, that development is so important for CB and for Omaha. Increased activity on the Iowa side of the bridge will increase the activity on Omaha's side too.

CB does one thing excellently though. I LOVE their public art projects, they are amazing.
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