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    ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    I know that's not based on restaurants and bars within walking distance. ISU has got to be dead last in that category.



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    ISU is not a town; Ames is.


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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    I think 8 of the 10 were either in the Big 12 or B1G, interesting...



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    That's got to be about the most unrealistic ranking I've ever seen. I grew up in Ames, I love Ames...but its pretty much a **** college town.



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    OK, what is that picture even of for Iowa City? First, it's like an artist's rendering or something, and I'm pretty sure that building doesn't even exist...spent 5 minutes scouring aerial images, got nothing. My first thought was that it was one of the non-winning bidders for the Chauncey property, but it isn't one of those...



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    That's got to be about the most unrealistic ranking I've ever seen. I grew up in Ames, I love Ames...but its pretty much a **** college town.

    It's by the american institute for economic research. It's economic strength, not 'duude, this town can party', like playboy's college town rankings.



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    That's got to be about the most unrealistic ranking I've ever seen. I grew up in Ames, I love Ames...but its pretty much a **** college town.
    College towns brah...Madison ranks #2 in the college small metros. Look at the expanded rankings and they make A LOT more sense.


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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Ames also recently just made a list Forbes put together of the top 25 places to retire, it makes a lot of these types of lists.

    Ames, Iowa - The 25 Best Places To Retire In 2013 - Forbes



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Ames is nice anywhere east of south dakota and south of bloomgton. you get beyond those roads and ames becomes the same as west des moines.


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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    OK, what is that picture even of for Iowa City? First, it's like an artist's rendering or something, and I'm pretty sure that building doesn't even exist...spent 5 minutes scouring aerial images, got nothing. My first thought was that it was one of the non-winning bidders for the Chauncey property, but it isn't one of those...
    The building pictured as "Iowa City" looks like the Davis Brown building in downtown Des Moines.



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Iowa City is run by the salaries of the medical staff of the U of Iowa Hospitals. That money pit for the state drives their economy

    --that is why they have more restaurants, cultural outlets. The thousands of high-paying salaries of the U of I hospital

    It ain't because some hick Hawk fans from Dundee, IA decend on Iowa City on a football saturday

    Ames is quant and nice in its' own right.

    Both have great tailgating for FB--but completely different. Ames is a giant midway or two--wide open and fun.

    IC has dozens of pockets of areas for tailgating--some cozy and fun, unless you're a stranger to the area and don't know anyone on gameday, then it's no fun at all.



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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    I think that may be the first time I have seen Dundee brought up on this forum. Dundee, back porch to Backbone State Park.


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    Re: ISU #2 Best College Town (Iowa City #4)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    That's got to be about the most unrealistic ranking I've ever seen. I grew up in Ames, I love Ames...but its pretty much a **** college town.
    Interesting, I grew up in Ames too and think it's a pretty good college town. As another poster said, this isn't a list of top party schools. Low unemployment, low crime, beautiful campus.



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