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Old 05-07-2022, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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I have found that they are far more active on Skyscrapercity. The Milwaukee local forum there has had 99,000 posts and 20 million views, by far the most activity of any Midwest city on Skyscrapercity, while the Madison forum has had 5,000 posts/887k views and Green Bay has had 22,000 posts/2 million views well ahead of cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Kansas City, St Louis, and Cincinnati by sheer number of posts and views. For some reason Wisconsinites are very active on Skyscrapercity, but not here. I usually post questions to Skyscrapercity when I want a quick and detailed response on places in Wisconsin. It is a fantastic state.

For Milwaukee they even have subforums on local politics, transportation, non-development related news and off-topic stuff, retail, the Hop Streetcar, and parks and greenways. The passion for the folks over there actually helped convinced me to take a trip to Milwaukee last year and definitely plan to go back! Btw, I am in Virginia so glad to hear about another Virginian with interest in Wisconsin. I too speak German and have family in Germany I visit every year. I have a couple books on Milwaukee in particular and it's fascinating the history of German immigration there and how it was once known as das Deutsch-Athen Amerikas. Eau Claire is definitely a place I would like to visit someday as well. Good luck!
I gotta believe this post will be gone very soon.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:16 AM
 
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Exactly!

I think you should consider Illinois, or border of Illinois/Wisconsin.

WHAT is with the apathy of the entire State of Wisconsites to contribute on these forums? Maybe that's a sign that this is a YAWN kind of State.

But, maybe that's what you're looking for?!?

As for me, I'm fortunate enough as a Milwaukeean to be close enough to Illinois. Heck, I just got back from going there for dinner tonight.... Go to The Shanty, in Wadsworth, Illinois..... Fabulous!

Actually, I did try moving to Milwaukee (from Dubuque) back in 2020, and I will admit that THAT was a disaster. Of course, it would have helped if we weren't in the middle of a global pandemic, otherwise things might have worked out better and I might still be there today. But yeah, I did have to move back to Dbq partly due to covid.



I ended up hating Milwaukee so much that I came running back to Dubuque a few months later! I did not like the way Milwaukee people/Wisconsinites handled Covid, and not to mention all that civil unrest in Kenosha and other places, but I'm not going to get into that right now. Having said that, Eau Claire does seem much, much better than Milwaukee, but probably not too much different from Dubuque in terms of topography and demographics (though Eau Claire seems more globally diverse than Dbq with more people from around the world).



Everybody on Citydata and Reddit thinks that their city/state has "the worst drivers." I suppose since I live in Iowa, Iowa has the worst drivers. But when I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin had the worst drivers. The best way to sum it up is:
Milwaukee/Madison drivers = fast, impatient, aggressive, selfish
Dubuque/Iowa divers = slow, stupid, oblivious (no turn signals), unpredictable, completely distracted



Eau Claire drivers seem like straight-A students compared to those two places, but I guess once I stay there long enough, I'll encounter bad drivers there too :/. Can't do much about that, I guess.


As others have mentioned, it does seem like Wisconsin's citydata forum isn't really that active, for whatever reason, so that's one reason for the lack of responsive. But thank you to all those who have responded thus far.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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KlaresWasser4189, good morning!

The only thing I heard about Dubuque was its casinos (my Milwaukee-area father was a horrible gambler!)... And my co-worker here who recently moved from Platteville just now told me she was never a big fan of Dubuque; yet added there were some nice wineries.

I imagine if you were trying to move, or explore new areas during the pandemic would have definitely made it challenging. Hopefully now that it SEEMS we are regaining a sense of normalcy, that you can continue to find a place to find happiness, if you still "need" to move.

As far as Kenosha, I was actually in the court room at his sentencing! I work in the court and jail system, and happened to have off on that Friday day, so I took a little trip to see the courtroom, and ended up witnessing a piece of Wisconsin history!!

I go back and forth between the Wisconsin and the Illinois forums. Not sure why the Wisconsin one is not so "fun" for the contributors to engage... Well, I hope you find what you're looking for. Life is too short not to!
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Old 05-11-2022, 04:55 PM
 
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The art scene in Eau Claire is bustling.

My husband grew up there and his family are all still living in Eau Claire. It used to be a typical Midwest city, but I think it's really embraced its artsy side.

It's a pretty safe and friendly place, generally speaking, in my experience. Scenic, too. I'd definitely have no problem living there.

Good luck to you! Hope it all works out well.
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Default Eau Claire

Hello,

Hope it isn't too late but happy to share an opinion I gave comparing Eau Claire to Colorado from last summer. I moved to Minneapolis a few months ago, but would happily settle in Eau Claire long term as it is my favorite place on earth


My hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin matches a lot of the things you're looking for. I frequent the Front Range area of Colorado multiple times a year so I can probably give a good comparison.

Every time I come out to Colorado I'm shocked by how brown and gray it is. I've been there several times in the last two years and could only see the mountains clearly 2 days of the 15. The rest of the days, pollution and wildfire smoke blocked that view unfortunately.

While the hills here cannot compare to mountains, they are very green and scenic, even in this dry summer. This area is not flat like people think most of the Midwest is. I can go hiking on a trail half a mile from my house rather than drive an hour just to get into real nature, as my Colorado relatives have to do. There is also a lot more water here. Downtown Eau Claire lies at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, both of which blow the Poudre and South Platte out of the water. The whole downtown area has come alive in the last 10 years with breweries, apartments, businesses, new pedestrian bridges, and a performing arts center. There are also bike trails along both rivers that go across town. While not as vibrant as downtown FoCo, it has a lot of upward momentum. The city is home to several music festivals and calls itself "The Music Capital of the North".

Eau Claire is around 70,000 people and the surrounding area is around 150,000 people. This is the perfect size for offering mostly anything someone would need. Minneapolis-St. Paul is also only 70 miles away for day trips or concerts. This area leans somewhat left as it's a college town, but not nearly to the extent of Boulder. More just a live and let live culture, which definitely feels more purple than both rural and urban areas. Plus people here are much friendlier and love striking up conversations with strangers. To boot, my family's three bedroom home has a mortgage about half the cost of my cousin's rent for a one-bedroom in the Denver suburbs. Also, I like the older neighborhoods with huge mature trees here, which are much more architecturally interesting than the cookie cutter earth tones on treeless tiny plots all over Colorado.

If you can handle more of a real winter, I'd highly recommend Eau Claire. Getting outside, finding hobbies, and travelling when possible are the best ways to thrive in winter. The summers and falls are absolutely gorgeous! There are plenty of outdoor activities year round. I also really enjoy camping and hiking at state parks in the area and visiting all the waterfalls along the Lake Superior shore in Minnesota, about a three hour drive north. South of Eau Claire is a very hilly region called the Driftless Area (often compared to New England), and to the north lies the pine forests of the Northwoods. So much to enjoy about this area!

Eau Claire has gotten some national recognition lately as well:

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https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nat...m=social-media

https://www.outsideonline.com/advent...st-towns-2015/

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Old 06-14-2022, 12:53 AM
 
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I went to graduate school in 1992 in Menominee which is close to Eau Claire. It’s really a beautiful area but even coming from Kenosha the winters were really cold plus the amount of snow was incredible. Lots may have changed in 30 years but I would look at the weather statistics and see if they are acceptable to you.
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Old 07-17-2022, 04:23 PM
 
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My familiarity with Eau Claire is mostly from being a resident of the infamous Eau Claire Academy in 1984-1985. However, I find the city itself to also be of interest, and I've kept up on trends there, especially public transit.

Eau Claire Transit is better, and worse, now than it was then. The route to Chippewa Falls was abolished in 1985. However, the routes within Eau Claire and its suburb Altoona run later in the evening, until 10 PM or so rather than 6 PM as in the 1980s/1990s. Buses have never run on Sundays except possibly in ancient times (to me anything before 1975 or so is ancient, LOL). They are building a new transit center which will have apartments over it.

It appears Eau Claire is much more diverse than it was in the 1980s. Back then it was mostly white, and the few black people in town were very conspicuous and and sometimes harassed. My understanding is that is not the case nowadays.

The old London Square Mall is no more (how sad). Some monstrosity called Oakwood took its place, and Rocky Rococo Pizza has a location in the food court.

If you do move to E. C., take a look at 550 N. Dewey St., where they still torment teenagers.... Just don't get too close, the "core staff" (essentially guards) mess with outsiders who get too close to their property.
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Old 09-10-2022, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I'm sure you've already moved but thought I'd give my 2 cents. I live in Eau Claire and have lived here for 12 years. I like it, a lot. There are tons of things to do in the area, especially during the warmer months, but you have to look for them because they're not readily advertised.

Rent is super expensive (compared to the past few years) as lots of developers have started new projects and jacked up rent. However, it's not as expensive as living in The Cities or Madison.

Healthcare jobs are plentiful but there are many jobs, just not fantastic pay. Outside of healthcare facilities, the university is the other major draw.

Overall Eau Claire is a peaceful town and you'll enjoy it. Crime is low and people are pretty chill.
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Old 09-14-2022, 03:44 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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I used to travel for a living and became highly acquainted with all areas of the State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is an acquired taste indeed. Madison is full of the typically liberal driven college attitude town if that's your thing. Eau Claire is a beautiful town as you say with a LOT one can do for activities and not far from the great Northland which has tons to do. However, I have to admit, were it me moving up that way, La Crosse would be my 1st choice. I find the sheer beauty of that Driftless area coupled with its proximity the Mississippi, the rolling hills and the town itself, like Eau Claire has so many activities you can enjoy. There are several good choices when dealing with that area of the north to be sure. To me SE Wisconsin has pretty much become an extension of Chicago, which, I'm sorry to say isn't a good thing. Never cared for its influences frankly so can easily understand your distain for Milwaukee. Milwaukee has become somewhat of a "stepchild" for Wisconsin to deal with. My preferences have always leaned towards the North, so choose anything up that way and no doubt you'll be very happy indeed. For what it's worth, Dubuque is a rather interesting place beyond what some post it as. Especially if one is raising kids or wants a town that is involved with its success, they've had a good track record over the last 20 years and running.
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Old 09-14-2022, 09:25 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I used to travel for a living and became highly acquainted with all areas of the State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is an acquired taste indeed. Madison is full of the typically liberal driven college attitude town if that's your thing. Eau Claire is a beautiful town as you say with a LOT one can do for activities and not far from the great Northland which has tons to do. However, I have to admit, were it me moving up that way, La Crosse would be my 1st choice. I find the sheer beauty of that Driftless area coupled with its proximity the Mississippi, the rolling hills and the town itself, like Eau Claire has so many activities you can enjoy. There are several good choices when dealing with that area of the north to be sure. To me SE Wisconsin has pretty much become an extension of Chicago, which, I'm sorry to say isn't a good thing. Never cared for its influences frankly so can easily understand your distain for Milwaukee. Milwaukee has become somewhat of a "stepchild" for Wisconsin to deal with. My preferences have always leaned towards the North, so choose anything up that way and no doubt you'll be very happy indeed. For what it's worth, Dubuque is a rather interesting place beyond what some post it as. Especially if one is raising kids or wants a town that is involved with its success, they've had a good track record over the last 20 years and running.
Yeah, fair take. Except the opinion on Milwaukee. La Crosse is great in its way. Madison and Milwaukee are clear 1/2 (culturally and economically they're the engines for the entire state, according to all the economic, job growth, tax and economic data). But LaCrosse is a contender for 3 (not economically, but culturally to live in). Eau Claire in top 5 easily. One of my great friends from Boston moved back to Milwaukee (WI based family) and adores Milwaukee. Many do. It's high up on my potential retirement destinations. A proximity to Chicago is a huge plus, and a very competant airport. Eau Claire is nice for its size, but its a tiny tiny city, really a big town (at best) most places. I like it. La Crosse, I'm drawn to, despite the tweaker prevelance.

If you want a very small city with "some" culture, Eau Claire definitely can work. It's high on the list of "next level" Wisconsin "ciites".
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