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Old 11-17-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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Thanks so much for posting about your trip! My SIL is expecting to have an extended stay in the Quad cities for business in the next couple of months, and we've promised to drive over to see her--I'm glad to know some stuff to do there. We drive through all the time, but haven't ever done more than stop for gas.

Thanks again!
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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Too bad the weather had to change for the worse. This time of year it is usually not so cold.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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One thing I do want to say that I just remembered: that Frontage Road crud on BUS 61 near I-80 is annoying! I've seen those "service" roads or whatever you want to call them in quite a few of Iowa's bigger cities, and I can't see why Iowa thinks it's such a great idea. The traffic levels just don't warrant a parallel road, and the setup seems to require a lot of extra infrastructure. I've lived in some pretty big metros and almost never saw this stuff, and when I did it was a tiny one-off experiment. The extra "lane" is generally integrated into the parking lots.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Where's the Quad Cities Inn?
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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Correction. Quad City Inn. Sorry about the typo.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:59 PM
 
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Correction. Quad City Inn. Sorry about the typo.

I didn't mean it like that..I was just wondering where it's at, I've never heard of it....Googled it. I think it used to be a Motel 6 or something, I recognize it now.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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I didn't think you were grilling me or giving me a hard time. I was legitimately sorry for getting the name of the hotel wrong. Well, sorta - you know what I mean. Interesting if it was once a Motel 6. Some of the design choices were... interesting. It was clearly a low budget hotel from the onset, but it got the job done for me. I wasn't planning on hanging around the hotel much anyway.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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I didn't think you were grilling me or giving me a hard time. I was legitimately sorry for getting the name of the hotel wrong. Well, sorta - you know what I mean. Interesting if it was once a Motel 6. Some of the design choices were... interesting. It was clearly a low budget hotel from the onset, but it got the job done for me. I wasn't planning on hanging around the hotel much anyway.

I Googled it, too, and fuirst thought from the picture was "Motel 6"
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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I'd definitely point someone that wants to get a quick, very affordable taste of what living in the urban/suburban Midwest is like to the Quad Cities. It has some real vibrancy to it. It's not a dead or even dying area.
If your point of comparison is Detroit (which it appears to be) then I suppose the Quad Cities isn't quite as depressing. However, if you've lived in other nearby areas that actually have some vision and a forward-looking economy, the QC isn't all that astonishing. It definitely isn't the worst place in America. It isn't even the worst place in Iowa -- Waterloo wins that title -- but it lacks a "real city" aura that most people seeking an urban environment would demand.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:00 AM
 
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I've been all over the eastern half of the country and lived in several areas, so I have plenty of points of comparison. I was just trying to appreciate the QCs for what they are. It's a metro of less than 400,000 people that lacks what I'd consider a major university.

I still think it's more interesting than Des Moines, and while Iowa City is great, it's small.
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