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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    When I lived in Indiana, I lived in an Indianapolis suburb, but when out of staters asked, I just said Indianapolis? People know Indianapolis, IN. They don't know Carmel, IN.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrocksmypants View Post
    When I lived in Indiana, I lived in an Indianapolis suburb, but when out of staters asked, I just said Indianapolis? People know Indianapolis, IN. They don't know Carmel, IN.
    I know Carmel, I used to live in Zionsville.

    And getting back on topic, I have never really thought too fondly of the Stuart-Menlo area. Just doesn't seem like very many friendly people around there.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Whoever says Iowa City is a good town has probably only been to the west side and downtown/campus. I worked in east Iowa City and it is skeeeeetchy. Even the Subway had that height ruler by the door to measure the height of robbers as they leave.

    As for worst town, there a lot of tiny little towns through the state that are run down and a majority of the residents are drug addicts.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Le Roy is an incorporated city. It counts.


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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhoadhoused View Post
    Haha my hometown. Home of the worlds largest popcorn ball.
    Probably a decent chance I at least know who you are being from Lytton.

    Quote Originally Posted by RunDMCyclone View Post
    There's a sign like that along highway 30 between CR and highway 61 as well (I think it lists even more "exits" than three, despite it just being like five small streets that intersect with it). Can't remember which town it is, but the population has to be less than 100-200. It makes you wonder how someone can approve that sign with a straight face, unless they've lived in the town their entire life and have way too much pride in it.
    I'm pretty sure the Knoke sign was not approved with a straight face.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    In college I started saying I was from CR since no one knew where Marion was and I got tired of explaining it.

    Kind of surprising the number of people who had never heard of CR yet had lived in Iowa their whole life. Seriously the states second largest city and you have not heard of it?



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrocksmypants View Post
    When I lived in Indiana, I lived in an Indianapolis suburb, but when out of staters asked, I just said Indianapolis? People know Indianapolis, IN. They don't know Carmel, IN.
    A lot of people in eastern Iowa (especially in Iowa City) DO know Naperville, Barrington, Wheaton, Warrenville, etc. This year's crop of freshmen aren't the first kids to come from the Chicagoland area. We kind of have a pretty good grasp of where the burbs are now. And again, saying you're from the city because it's easier for people to understand the general area you're coming from is a lot different than acting like you're better than other people because you're from the city.


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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by BallSoHard4Cy View Post
    What constitutes as a town then?
    In Iowa, I don't believe there is a legal definition of town. A city is an area defined by boundaries that has a local government, regardless of population. So in my eyes, I would see a town as any cluster of homes that has a name but is not incorporated (for example, in Story County you have Fernald, Shipley, Iowa Center, and Midvale) as towns, and the ones who are actually incorporated and have a local government as cities (Kelley, McCallsburg, Collins, Zearing, Sheldahl)



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    To me, a cluster of homes with a name is a town. It's a very general term. I've referred to large cities as "a hell of a town".

    A city, is a unit of government in Iowa with set boundaries and a form of government that has been incorporated under the State


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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    In college I started saying I was from CR since no one knew where Marion was and I got tired of explaining it.

    Kind of surprising the number of people who had never heard of CR yet had lived in Iowa their whole life. Seriously the states second largest city and you have not heard of it?
    A lot of people wouldn't be able to find Iowa on an unlabeled map of the U.S. either. It's basic knowledge, but not everyone pays attention to stuff like that. However, it's sometimes even a surprise to these same people that water is wet.


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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    I don't believe that any 18+ year old Iowa native, in college, hasn't heard of Cedar Rapids.


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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    I'll throw newhall into the ring. Thought I was gonna have to fight my way out of the bar I was at with some girls I work with.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Sounds like Shipley in Story County.
    That's exactly what I thought of. I drove by and saw that the school was for sale. I looked it up and it had a 350k price tag or close to that on it. Just the other day I looked and saw it was down to 275k. Someone seems to have attempted a bed and breakfast or something. How sweet would it be to own a gym. (Just dreaming, not thinking about upkeep aspect)

    http://www.hunzikerrealty.com/p/300/38677



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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    That's exactly what I thought of. I drove by and saw that the school was for sale. I looked it up and it had a 350k price tag or close to that on it. Just the other day I looked and saw it was down to 275k. Someone seems to have attempted a bed and breakfast or something. How sweet would it be to own a gym. (Just dreaming, not thinking about upkeep aspect)

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    275k for that. Seems like a good deal.



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    Re: Worst towns in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    That's exactly what I thought of. I drove by and saw that the school was for sale. I looked it up and it had a 350k price tag or close to that on it. Just the other day I looked and saw it was down to 275k. Someone seems to have attempted a bed and breakfast or something. How sweet would it be to own a gym. (Just dreaming, not thinking about upkeep aspect)

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