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Old 05-20-2014, 02:42 PM
 
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Let me be more general then - any Iowa "body of water" - any of them - of any type.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Let me be more general then - any Iowa "body of water" - any of them - of any type.
Have you ever been to Okoboji or Clear Lake? I"m guessing, not.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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Oy - Cedar Falls/Waterloo is far from scenic in my opinion. My husband who is a war vet and served in Iraq marvels at how much some parts of Waterloo remind him of the impoverished parts of Iraq. It's not cute or quaint. Also - terrible shopping.
I agree. Waterloo is a dump by any standard.

BTW, my job takes me there multiple times every month, so I'm not judging the town on an outmoded opinion. I was there today, and it still depresses me to no end.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Oy - Cedar Falls/Waterloo is far from scenic in my opinion. My husband who is a war vet and served in Iraq marvels at how much some parts of Waterloo remind him of the impoverished parts of Iraq. It's not cute or quaint. Also - terrible shopping.
I'll have to disagree with this statement about downtown Cedar Falls. Main Street downtown has several nice boutiques/art galleries/eateries/historical buildings and a very nice river front, with many hiking trails. You also have the influence of the University of Northern Iowa there, though the downtown is far enough away to avoid an influx of college kids.

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As far as Waterloo is concerned, I'm not crazy about the city either, but it's very different from Cedar Falls, which I was referring to in my original post on this thread.

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Old 05-24-2014, 12:39 AM
 
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Have you ever been to Okoboji or Clear Lake? I"m guessing, not.
Have you? I'm guessing not.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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There are so many better places to look for the perfect small town. Places that have great weather, scenery, or low state taxes.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Have you ever been to Okoboji or Clear Lake? I"m guessing, not.
Are you kidding? A fish might have pooped in one of those lakes.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Have you? I'm guessing not.
We spend many a summer weekend up in Clear Lake including this past Memorial weekend so I'd say I'm pretty qualified to opine on the matter.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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We liked Grinnell when we visited a few times. Nice little college town. Very small, though.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:45 PM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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Lake Wobegon only exists on PBS. There is no similar place on this planet.

I've settled in Chicago for the duration (my duration): not a bad place to live, lots going on, but be careful on the subways.

If I were 30 years younger, I would consider the NorthWest: Portland, Spokane, Seattle, Vancouver CA.
I don't know the current cost of living in Seattle, but with its mix of sea and land, I remember it as a very attractive city.
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