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Old 07-25-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Basic rules of the Middle West:

1. If you're looking to move to a top notch gigantic city that has everything a gigantic city should have and more, then you're talking about Chicago.

2. If you're looking to move to a top notch large city that has everything a big city should have and more, then you're talking about Minneapolis

3. If you're looking to move to a top notch middle sized city that has everything a middle sized city should have and more, then you're talking about Madison.

4. If you're looking to move to a top notch good sized city that everything a good sized city should have and more, then you are talking about Ann Arbor.

5. If you're looking to move to a top notch small city that everything a small city should have an more, then you're talking about Iowa City.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Basic rules of the Middle West:

1. If you're looking to move to a top notch gigantic city that has everything a gigantic city should have and more, then you're talking about Chicago.

2. If you're looking to move to a top notch large city that has everything a big city should have and more, then you're talking about Minneapolis

3. If you're looking to move to a top notch middle sized city that has everything a middle sized city should have and more, then you're talking about Madison.

4. If you're looking to move to a top notch good sized city that everything a good sized city should have and more, then you are talking about Ann Arbor.

5. If you're looking to move to a top notch small city that everything a small city should have an more, then you're talking about Iowa City.
Your Ann Arbor statement is false and your Minneapolis statement is half true.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Your Ann Arbor statement is false and your Minneapolis statement is half true.
I hope that means I was at least on tract with Chicago, Madison, and Iowa City
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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I am moving from outside of NYC to Iowa city- Coralville area and I have had the same concerns. Read a lot about people being unfriendly and oddly enough despite what people may think, New Yorkers are very welcoming. I am just worried about being bored!
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: In Denial
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I think Iowa City is a great place to live in Iowa!
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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Default Welcome!

Iowa City is great - and Iowans are super friendly so don't worry about not knowing anyone. Also I've used Meetup . com to look for new friends when I'm in a new city. Hope that helps
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:21 PM
 
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I have lived all over the United States, including both New York City and upstate New York (Ithaca and Cooperstown) and Iowa City is one of the BEST places I have ever lived. I loved it. (Yes, I enjoyed both NYC and Coop, too.)

Here's what I did while I lived in Iowa City:
- my house was right on the Iowa River just south of town. We had a canoe and could take it out on the river about 4 months out of the year (when it wasn't too low or too high). The rest of the year there was bird watching and hiking. Watching a hail storm on the river is one of the most beautiful memories I have.
- The annual outdoor Shakespearean theater festival in one of the many City parks is SO wonderful!
- There's an independent bookstore downtown - I forget it's name, but it is wonderful and they're happy to have you browse.
- Downtown is a pedestrian mall. You can sit and people watch and see every race/country of origin/type of person represented. Strangers often say hi.
- When I was there the City or University (?) had sponsored a display of statues scattered around town. Funny!
- Restaurants in town represent most cuisines. Feel like Thai today? OK!
- There are tons of free lectures and workshops sponsored by the University, churches, library, and other community organizations. I learned how to make bobbin lace through a fiber arts group there.
- There's SO much to see in the surrounding area - Kalona, the Amana Colonies, the Hoover site, and so on.

I have no patience with people who say in ANY context "the people were so unfriendly there." EVERYWHERE you go you're going to have to find people who do what you like to do and make friends with them. Everywhere you go there will be people who aren't interested in you and who don't interest you. Iowa City has a diverse population with lots to do and it's in an interesting area. It's easy to meet people.

From my POV it's gotten overpopulated, but that's just my personal POV.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Quad Cities, IA
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You should have no problem meeting people and making friends here. Iowa City is a pretty liberal college town, full of transplants from all over the U.S. I don't buy the , Iowans are unfriendly towards outsiders attitude that a lot of people have on here. I'm originally from Phoenix, and had no trouble finding people with the same interests in Davenport, Ia (Quad Cities). Sometimes, you will have to make the first move though. Join a club, a softball league, gym, go to museums, festivals. Go out and meet people. People won't just knock on your door and introduce themselves. I find a lot of people who say they moved here and can't make friends, really aren't trying. They sit at home don't do anything, don't get involved in the community, then wonder why they don't meet anyone.
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