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Old 03-19-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Hello,

I've been living in downtown chicago for the past few years, and have the opportunity to take a job in Des Moines. I have never been to Des Moines, but I grew up in Davenport, so I know how that is.

How is Des Moines compared to these 2 cities? In Davenport, there was a lot of trailer trash, obesity, and old decrepit buildings...Not hating, but I grew up there, I know how it is. I only go back there because my friends and family live there. So if it's anything like Davenport, I don't know if I would want to live there.

My wife is afraid of the move, as she's lived in Chicago her entire life and thinks that she would be bored out of her mind in Des Moines.

So. Opinions? Is there stuff to do to keep us occupied? I understand rent is extremely low, but would it be worth it if there are less boutiques, stores, bar variety, and concerts?

Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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Well, for one, that's not how Davenport is...
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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Yeah, Davenport is just one big city of decrepit buildings, trailer trash, and fat motherfukers. </sarcasm>
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Des Moines is no Chicago...by a long shot.

Des Moines' metro area is a little over 1/2 a million people, while Chicago is reaching near 10 million (That means Chicago is almost 20x bigger than Des Moines!).

If you're into a fast-paced/city lifestyle than Des Moines/Iowa in general is not for you. Des Moines is much more of a family-oriented mini-city. Boredom in Des Moines can be an issue, especially if you're from Chicago and are used to world-class events, and such.

There is one thing that Des Moines gets Chicago on though- raising a family. If you planned on having children in the next couple of years, then living in a house in Des Moines would probably be better than raising children in a Chicago high-rise. But it's all what you're into: Slow? Or fast?

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Old 03-20-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Plymouth,Michigan/Quad Cities, (IA/IL)
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Hello,



How is Des Moines compared to these 2 cities? In Davenport, there was a lot of trailer trash, obesity, and old decrepit buildings...Not hating, but I grew up there, I know how it is. I only go back there because my friends and family live there. So if it's anything like Davenport, I don't know if I would want to live there.
Excuse me?!? No that is not how Davenport is. Oh, right, I guess you were talking about your home and neighborhood..


Well, most of Davenport isn't that way.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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My wife is afraid of the move, as she's lived in Chicago her entire life and thinks that she would be bored out of her mind in Des Moines.

So. Opinions? Is there stuff to do to keep us occupied? I understand rent is extremely low, but would it be worth it if there are less boutiques, stores, bar variety, and concerts?

Thanks!
There is a lot to "keep you occupied" in DM and I have former neighbors who were lifelong NYC residents move here and were very, very happy with their move. I currently had a friend who lived in a high rise on Michigan Avenue before moving to DM, and also is very happy.

I'm sure there are those with different experiences, but no place can be right for everyone.

As for the stores, bars, concerts, etc...of course there is less of each than Chicago, but at some point, how much is enough? I can tell you that you wont' be naked, thirsty, or without live music options any night of the week in DM, but I guess it depends to what level you must have of each of these things to make you happy.

I'll refer you to this thread that contains some DM websites that might help you get a flavor of the city.
//www.city-data.com/forum/iowa/900587-helpful-des-moines-related-websites.html

Good luck.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Yeah, Davenport is just one big city of decrepit buildings, trailer trash, and fat motherfukers.


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Old 05-18-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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I have lived in both Des Moines and Davenport, but have only been to Chicago a couple of times.

Davenport and Des Moines are not much alike. I think I'll get blasted by some, but Des Moines is highly preferable to Davenport. I think that if you are able to deal with a slower pace, you will be fine in Des Moines. The city has a lot to offer- Downtown is developing well, full of entertainment options, restaraunts, bars, nightclubs, and the Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market is incredible. I love Jordan Creek out in West Des Moines. The mall has some great stuff that Davenport doesn't offer, like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma and great places to eat like the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's and Bravo Italiano.

Des Moines to me seems to be cleaner than Davenport, and Des Moines metro residents have more of a sense of pride in where they live than people who live in Davenport do. Davenport is making strides to improve and offer more to its residents, but it seems less progressive than Des Moines. I moved to Des Moines in 2000 and absolutely hated it. It seemed dumpy, dirty, and run down. There are undesirable areas (as you would find anywhere) but over the last 10 years, the positive change and growth in Des Moines has been astounding.

I think Davenport is working to change for the better. I know there is a lot going on downtown, the Figge, an IMAX theater and such. However, one thing that makes Davenport less appealing to me is all the abandoned buildings sprinkled through town and the lack of growth and new construction. There are new houses and neighborhoods being built all throughout the Des Moines metro area.

I have lived in several places other than Des Moines and Davenport, so I'm not trying to prop one place up while bashing another. Just giving an honest opinion of what I've seen, while comparing to other places I've lived including Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado and St. Louis, MO.

I think it just comes down to Des Moines residents having more pride in where they live and being more progressive than in Davenport. Like I said, if you can handle less big-city amenities and glamour, you will be fine in Des Moines.
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