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Old 05-01-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Wherever I go...
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Just wanted to thank the original poster for sharing these images. I did look at the stickied images thread, but there didn't seem to be a lot of Quad City photos in it - though there were some beautiful pictures which lets me know that I'll very much enjoy exploring more areas of Iowa once we move there!

These, however, help me get to see more of the area to which we'll be moving, and I really appreciate that!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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This is basically supposed to be along the lines of the recent Iowa City photo thread. I feel that each major Iowa city should have a thread like this to show people that we're not all living on farms or towns with one street.
I've also posted this in the Illinois forum, and a couple other places around the internet. Please feel free to add your Quad City pictures if you've got them.

The Quad Cities are a metro area on the Mississippi River consisting of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois. The MSA population is 376,000, and we're one of the few bi-state metros with population pretty evenly split between the two states. At around 100,000, Davenport is the largest city in the metro, but there really is no dominant city.

Downtown Davenport:






Downtown Rock Island:





Downtown Moline (During the Taste of the Quad Cities):


Downtown Bettendorf (Dominated by Isle of Capri Casino/Hotel):


The Quad Cities have grown up around the Mississippi, and we are beginning to really refocus on it as the area tries to reinvent itself. The 80's farm crisis hit the area hard (lost 30,000 jobs) but we are definitely in the midst of a rebirth.






The I-74 Bridge:


The Centennial Bridge:

The Arsenal Bridge was built in 1896, near the site of the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi. Its still a working swing span drawbridge.




Downtown Davenport has been working on a number of projects over the last 5-6 years to revitalize downtown, including the $113 million River Renaissance project. Part of RR was the $48.5M Figge Art Museum designed by David Chipperfield:




There has also been a number of new residential projects in both downtown Davenport and Rock Island:





Davenport's newly renovated riverfront baseball stadium:





A couple of nearby attractions include Maquoketa Caves and Wildcat Den State Park:



The rest of these are mostly some of the festivals and events that are hosted throughout the year:












What is that being constructed in the background and do you have any photos of the Kone Centre in Downtown Moline at night??
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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What is that being constructed in the background and do you have any photos of the Kone Centre in Downtown Moline at night??
The tower in the picture is the 2nd Isle of Capri hotel tower that can be seen in a previous picture. I don't yet have any night time images of the new Kone building. I had semi-retired from taking these kind of pictures, but I'm getting back into it now.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Was one of the pics from the Bix 7? I do wish they would work with the Casino in Bettendorf to extend the river trail beyond to the east.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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Was one of the pics from the Bix 7? I do wish they would work with the Casino in Bettendorf to extend the river trail beyond to the east.
Yes, the picture between the Bob the Builder balloon and the hockey game is of the start of the Bix7, as 15,000 or so people run up the Brady Street hill.

The riverfront trail has now been extended past the casino and it is possible to get from it to the Duck Creek trail where it goes underneath Highway 67. Davenport also just completed a bridge that extends the west end of the riverfront trail across the Mississippi backwaters from Credit Island to South Concord Street, with the eventual goal of connecting to the west end of the Duck Creek trail.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: SC
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Looks like a good place to visit.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:43 AM
 
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Looks like a good place to visit.
The photos here sure do look nice, but it's only because all the depressing decay (and there's a ton of it in the Quad Cities) has been cropped out or just not photographed at all. Downtown Davenport is still a sad joke despite the millions they've poured into making it less dumpy. The same goes for downtown Moline and Rock Island.

It's just a backwards area with nothing really remarkable to offer. I'm a little surprised the population has managed to stagnate. This looks every bit like a metro that is losing 30,000 residents every census cycle. Yet, there are apparently enough births/move-ins to keep the Quad Cities where it has been stuck for decades.
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Hyperbole:
n. noun
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton

Unfortunately, when you use Hyperbole as in "Downtown Davenport is still a sad joke despite the millions they've poured into making it less dumpy" it really invalidates your point to those who have looked around the area and actually have seen growth and revitalization. Why do you have such an axe to grind towards the Quad Cities? It's hard to stomach your comparisons making the QC seem like East St. Louis; maybe you wouldn't get such a strong response from those of us who think you are inaccurate if you were more specific. Painting with such a broad brush prevents discussions because it often sets up a false foundation.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:19 AM
 
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Unfortunately, when you use Hyperbole as in "Downtown Davenport is still a sad joke despite the millions they've poured into making it less dumpy" it really invalidates your point to those who have looked around the area and actually have seen growth and revitalization. Why do you have such an axe to grind towards the Quad Cities? It's hard to stomach your comparisons making the QC seem like East St. Louis; maybe you wouldn't get such a strong response from those of us who think you are inaccurate if you were more specific. Painting with such a broad brush prevents discussions because it often sets up a false foundation.
Calling downtown Davenport a sad joke isn't hyperbole. It's an observation. There's nothing much located there to make it exciting (i.e. it's sad and depressing) and it isn't a destination most people would take seriously (i.e. it's a joke) for tourism/entertainment. There's no hyperbole in my original statement.

So they've renovated a few dumpy buildings and turned them into apartment complexes? That's not really adding much in the way of jobs or tourism to the downtown area. In fact, it's an admission that downtown Davenport can't find new businesses to replace all these empty buildings where old businesses once were, so they'll just convert the central business district into another housing division. Ever been in downtown Davenport on a random Tuesday afternoon or Thursday night? It's a pretty dead place regardless of the time of day.

If your standards and expectations about such things are low, I can see where downtown Davenport might not be all that bad. For most people who have been to actual cities, though, downtown Davenport is still a long way from being exciting.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Default Room for growth & improvement-Yes. Sad joke (of a city) NO

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Calling downtown Davenport a sad joke isn't hyperbole. It's an observation. There's nothing much located there to make it exciting (i.e. it's sad and depressing) and it isn't a destination most people would take seriously (i.e. it's a joke) for tourism/entertainment. There's no hyperbole in my original statement.

So they've renovated a few dumpy buildings and turned them into apartment complexes? That's not really adding much in the way of jobs or tourism to the downtown area. In fact, it's an admission that downtown Davenport can't find new businesses to replace all these empty buildings where old businesses once were, so they'll just convert the central business district into another housing division. Ever been in downtown Davenport on a random Tuesday afternoon or Thursday night? It's a pretty dead place regardless of the time of day.

If your standards and expectations about such things are low, I can see where downtown Davenport might not be all that bad. For most people who have been to actual cities, though, downtown Davenport is still a long way from being exciting.
Thank you for being more specific. Your point about how lively downtown is may have validity.

I look beyond just the main downtown streets. Figge Museum, riverfront, the stadium, the east side reviving, all the growth (some would call it sprawl?) between 53rd and I-80. So it may be mediocre for nightime dining and drinking, but I certainly don't see a "sad joke". I can see where you feel Dubuque has a more appealing dining and drinking scene, but that's not my thing. My thing is biking, walking or jogging and Davenport has a much nicer river front for that than Dubuque does.

Regarding turning the old businesses into residential; that is a tried and true recipe for bringing revitalization into downtown. If there are no customers, how does a business survive? And as far as how downtown looks. Maybe it's not great (it's certainly not Church St in Burlington VT.) but it certainly is holding on and getting a bit better as time goes on. There are many industrial cities that would gladly switch places with Davenport. And as far as having been to actual cities, yes I have been to many. Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Madison, and many more. So I continue to not agree with your point of view, but I will check out downtown more thoroughly next time I'm there and see if my critical eye sees things more like you do.
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