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Old 12-06-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Eh. As a long-time resident of the IC area now living in Ames, I think I'm pretty qualified to tell you that you're basically right in your assumptions. Ames feels like a much smaller town than Iowa City (and it is smaller, but it's very noticeable) and Campustown in no way compares to downtown IC. I've noticed a totally different vibe in Ames, it seems less liberal and artsy. There are bars, there are cafés, and there are restaurants, but they're more spread out and there are less of them. If you want a college town and have a choice between the two, go for Iowa City. Ames might work for you but it's just not as satisfying as a college town, in my opinion.
thanks for the input. i'm not going anywhere but I did attend Iowa so I know the IC/C area fairly well. I see you used to live in C'ville which gets its own share of benefit from proximity to the campus. Do you think Coralville is actually more collegiate than Ames?
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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thanks for the input. i'm not going anywhere but I did attend Iowa so I know the IC/C area fairly well. I see you used to live in C'ville which gets its own share of benefit from proximity to the campus. Do you think Coralville is actually more collegiate than Ames?
Hmm, tough question. I'd say Ames is more like a college town than Coralville, but they're similar. Actually, if you put UI's campus in Town Square Coralville and added some bars and restaurants, it might be close. They both have a more suburban, big-box-chain-store feel to them. And despite Ames being over twice as large, it doesn't really feel that way. There are a few parts of Ames that Coralville can't compare to, (the older parts, like Main Street) but overall it's pretty equal.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hmm, tough question. I'd say Ames is more like a college town than Coralville, but they're similar. Actually, if you put UI's campus in Town Square Coralville and added some bars and restaurants, it might be close. They both have a more suburban, big-box-chain-store feel to them. And despite Ames being over twice as large, it doesn't really feel that way. There are a few parts of Ames that Coralville can't compare to, (the older parts, like Main Street) but overall it's pretty equal.
hey, not being able to sit in a romantically darkened restaurant with picture windows overlooking the Iowa River at the Power Company alone might put Ames at a disadvantage.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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hey, not being able to sit in a romantically darkened restaurant with picture windows overlooking the Iowa River at the Power Company alone might put Ames at a disadvantage.
Of course

And Coralville's mall is better too. I could go on but I won't, I'll miss it too much...
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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Ames is by far the best choice. It offers excellent public schools. A small town with bigger town amenities like college sports, and culturla events.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:33 PM
 
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Well, I have an update to my original post. We did end up locating in Ankeny. The commute is fantastic, 18 minutes flat from door to door getting from my house to my office in downtown Des Moines. I was surprised that "rush hour" is virtually non-existent on 35 and 235 between Ankeny and Downtown. I have never had to slow down to a crawl as I have when I lived elsewhere. So far, we are happy with our decision.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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That's what you get from a metro that's basically rebuilt and widened their entire freeway/interstate network the past 10 years.
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