Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

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  1. BringBackJohnny

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    #1 BringBackJohnny, Jul 14, 2014
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  2. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

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    It won't be more than a couple decades and Adel to Altoona and Norwalk to Alleman will be full.
     
  3. Gunnerclone

    Gunnerclone Well-Known Member

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    What surprises me is that Ankeny hasn't been bigger than Dubuque for the past 15 years.
     
  4. Gunnerclone

    Gunnerclone Well-Known Member

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    And with this comes Ichibon Cyclone Power.
     
  5. BeachAve

    BeachAve Active Member

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    I think Ames really missed the boat the last 40 years in development. But that's a tired worn out issue
     
  6. tm3308

    tm3308 Well-Known Member

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    The metro definitely keeps growing. Eventually it'll level off (there's always going to be a certain percentage of farmers), but it's ridiculous. Waukee was a 2A/3A school like 15 years ago; now it's the fourth-biggest school in the state and still skyrocketing.
     
  7. Farnsworth

    Farnsworth Well-Known Member

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    but but but but but SMART growth!!!
     
  8. 00clone

    00clone Well-Known Member

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    There's hope. Iowa City also was horrible for growth assuming they'd always have the university and the hospital(s), so Coralville stole all the growth. IC got the message when the Iowa River Landing took Von Maur out of the IC mall (even though they were leaving anyway) and the hospital built a big ol' clinic there. Unfortunately, they only partly got the message, because now they have just added a 3rd, so it's the U, the hospital(s) and Marc Moen.
     
  9. BringBackJohnny

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    I think what throws me off is you go to Dubuque and you have a city center with tall buildings, bridges, governmental works, etc. Ankeny does not have that city center feel so it is kind of sneaky big.
     
  10. Clonefan32

    Clonefan32 Well-Known Member

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    This was my first thought as well-- "wait, it isn't already bigger than Dubuque?"
     
  11. mj4cy

    mj4cy Asst. Regional Manager

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    Yeah, after living in Ames for 20+ years, it was evident they were getting passed by.

    Think of all the millions of dollars that went to Ankeny, DSM, and WDSM for shopping that Ames never bothered to provide. For years, my family would head to Des Moines for "real shopping"
     
  12. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I hope Johnston has reached it's peak in population.
     
  13. mj4cy

    mj4cy Asst. Regional Manager

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    Doubtful. The city owns a ton of land that is farmland right now.
     
  14. dahliaclone

    dahliaclone Well-Known Member

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    Ames has had numerous opps (it seems) to take advantage of growth. With the enrollment continuing to grow, won't Ames by default have to expand in some areas, regardless? They are already with more and more retail and restaurants along Duff.
     
  15. cybsball20

    cybsball20 Well-Known Member

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    I know a lot of people live here, but come 430 I can't wait to get the hell out of Ankeny.

    Ames may not be growing faster than Ankeny, but it's not really a commutable city to Des Moines. Ames does have MUCH more character and does seem to think their growth out a little more than Ankeny. The traffic patterns in Ankeny are some of the worst I have ever experienced.
     
  16. TRZA

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    Obligatory size isn't everything post.
     
  17. Buster28

    Buster28 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think many of the DM burbs have reached their peak, or even come close. Growth has been constant and rapid, especially west, for the last quarter century. It's important to remember that this growth is relative. There is no comparison with the growth seen in California cities, especially in the 80s and 90s, or Texas cities today. But I believe it's possible that either West Des Moines or Ankeny (possibly both) could be approaching 100,000 well within three decades. Iowa's growth (when it's happened) has always been relatively slow and even our fastest growing medium sized cities will take time to double in size. Unless Iowa has some sort of unforeseen economic boom (like North Dakota currently sees), the slower growth rates will continue. This isn't necessarily bad, as I don't think we want here what's been happening in some Texas communities: going from 35,000 to 135,000 or more in 10 years and such.
     
  18. isufbcurt

    isufbcurt Well-Known Member

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    I for one am glad Ames missed the boat. It bothers me that farmers around where I live in North Ames have sold out to developers and there are 2 (possibly 3) large subdivisions going in around us. Luckily we own the wooded area that surrounds our property so we can shield ourselves from them.
     
  19. cybsball20

    cybsball20 Well-Known Member

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    One of the interesting things that I have seen around where I live (Wakonda Club area) is that people are buying some of the older, small houses and demolishing them to build new. With the growth downtown there is also a demand to have NICE housing near downtown. It's been fun to watch the property values grow just in the short time I have been there.
     
  20. ribsnwhiskey

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    For good measure, Ames just hit the 50K population mark in 2001. Before that, there weren't many options for development. And Ankeny is just a commuter suburb for Des Moines, so it's not really shocking to see it grow. Ames has improved immensely in the last 10 years.
     

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