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Old 11-10-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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The speed camaras on I-235 don't ticket you unless you're 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Is that beyond anyone's self-control? If you can't handle that, we'd just a soon you don't drive through.
A major flaw in the camera system is getting a ticket when you aren't speeding. For instance, if you are doing the speed limit but someone zooms past you at 20 mph over as you are both passing the camera, the camera will snap a pic of both of you, and you both get a ticket.

The red light cams in Clive and the mobile speed units (that is a unmanned car that is parked on streets to catch speeders) and now spped limit cams. It is getting to feel like we are being watched.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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One thing I never got used to about Iowa when I lived there was the Big Brother mentality of the various layers of government there. You'd think a highly rural/suburban area with a long agricultural tradition and low population density would have a limited government/pro-freedom mentality. Yet goverments there seemed to be highly regulation-oriented (and I don't mean just business regulations).

What gives?

So, for me, it was the worst of both worlds: lack of urban amenities (good restaurants, museums, etc.) plus Big Brother/big city-type regulatory environment (gun control, restrictions on home schooling, high taxes, etc.).
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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One thing I never got used to about Iowa when I lived there was the Big Brother mentality of the various layers of government there. You'd think a highly rural/suburban area with a long agricultural tradition and low population density would have a limited government/pro-freedom mentality. Yet goverments there seemed to be highly regulation-oriented (and I don't mean just business regulations).

What gives?

So, for me, it was the worst of both worlds: lack of urban amenities (good restaurants, museums, etc.) plus Big Brother/big city-type regulatory environment (gun control, restrictions on home schooling, high taxes, etc.).
That's true of Dubuque. I am right now stuck in there and can't wait when i get out from there. The city got new employer - IBM employing in downtown. Yet there are no any national chain there. There are some independent restaurants and sandwich shops but most of them are uncompetitive and worthless and would it be nice to see them compete with national chains or get out of business. All because the city put red tape and decided who is allowed to do business there.

Its annoying getting to work at 7:00 and getting out at 5:00 when you have an annoying bank tower playing old lady cimbalom trying to pretend to be a tourist town in 19th century.

There are everywhere posters protesting planned parenthood, LGBT activities for employees are silenced, and my white friend co-worker who dates black girl gets eyeballed everywhere he goes to. Terrible town!

The landlords lend here crappy apartments with broken old kitchen stoves and refrigerators like they thought they still lived in Medival Times and those were luxuries rather than necessities. Yet they go very firm about rules what can you cannot do and what they can do (like satellite installation), they show occupied units to new renters and often enter apartments without properly obtaining your consent first or issuing announcement in advance to let you be aware.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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I don't think we are talking about the same things.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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Close down all of the factory farms. Iowa = vegetables, grains.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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I don't think we are talking about the same things.
Close but not the same. Urban development spurs liberal values while low dense farm communities conservative social values. Dubuque is financially democratic but socially conservative. Thats ugly combination to me. And I expect many towns in Iowa to be like maybe with exception of DM, IC.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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A major flaw in the camera system is getting a ticket when you aren't speeding. For instance, if you are doing the speed limit but someone zooms past you at 20 mph over as you are both passing the camera, the camera will snap a pic of both of you, and you both get a ticket.
This 'flaw' you describe is a total urban legend. The speed cameras take a minimum of 2 photos when any instance of a speeding violation is detected. Markings are also placed on the pavement where speed cameras are in use. By using these pavement markings, the offending vehicle is discernable by noting which vehicle has transversed the greater distance between photographs.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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One thing I never got used to about Iowa when I lived there was the Big Brother mentality of the various layers of government there. You'd think a highly rural/suburban area with a long agricultural tradition and low population density would have a limited government/pro-freedom mentality. Yet goverments there seemed to be highly regulation-oriented (and I don't mean just business regulations).

What gives?

So, for me, it was the worst of both worlds: lack of urban amenities (good restaurants, museums, etc.) plus Big Brother/big city-type regulatory environment (gun control, restrictions on home schooling, high taxes, etc.).
Totally agreed, even the general population feels like Big Brother. Neighbors can seem extra vigilant if you don't have ties to the state originally, it's like you've entered foreign territory. The biggest holiday is the Iowa-Iowa State game, usually best to at least feign some interest.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:42 AM
 
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Install some industrial sized air fresheners next to the factories in Cedar Rapids.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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This 'flaw' you describe is a total urban legend. The speed cameras take a minimum of 2 photos when any instance of a speeding violation is detected. Markings are also placed on the pavement where speed cameras are in use. By using these pavement markings, the offending vehicle is discernable by noting which vehicle has transversed the greater distance between photographs.
Interesting, as the first I heard of this "urban legend" was on a local TV news broadcast in a report about the pros and cons of the cameras.

We also have the pleasure of a mobile speed unit, an unmanned car, parked at various places around the metro to catch speeders.
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