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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    What would be awesome is if they made Welch Ave a pedestrian street from Lincoln Way to Pizza Pit
    I agree, they should close off Welch from Lincoln to at least Chamberlain starting at like 9:00pm on Thu/Fri/Sat.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    I would say honestly that we are better than Ohio State's only because you HAVE to have someone drive or take a taxi to get to the bars from anywhere near campus. Their bar scene is a couple miles away minimum.
    Was thinking more of "college town" in the sense of a small town that revolves around the campus, so not really Columbus. If you have been to Lawrence or Manhattan for example, both of their entertainment district areas blow Ames' away and it is not even close.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Campustown was dead to me when Lumpys closed.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    I wish we had a Campustown similar to Aggieville in Manhattan. Had a blast when we were down there this past fall



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneFan85 View Post
    Here are the renderings from their website. It looks like there is a lot of room for other businesses on the first floor, and that they are moving their operations to the second and third floor. Looks like it could be a great thing for Campustown.

    http://www.kingland.com/our-company/...ry/thumbnails/

    2nd or 3rd floor. One of those floors will be rented out for offices as well. Could be a really nice economic improvement for everyone but the imaginary coffee shops.


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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    The whole first floor of the new building will be retail... No one seems to get that.

    There will be as much if not more retail space in the brand new building than there was in the old dumps there.

    This is a major improvement for Campustown. If you have been to literally any other major college town anywhere, their bar district is significantly better than ours. I bet even BYU has a better bar district.
    Yeah, but what about the bars.....the ones the young football players hang out in....


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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    1 block east will have 2 new 6 story buildings with retail on first floor and student housing above. Campustown is going to be incredibly better in the next few years. Obviously a few developers see untapped potential or they wouldnt invest millions in it. Makes matty goodman look like small fries.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by ribsnwhiskey View Post
    You guys all prefer campustown remain a **** hole? At least Kingland is doing something. They are an Iowa company started by ISU grads and employ ISU students and they are expanding and thats a bad thing?
    This part i would somewhat agree with.

    Campustown needs massive redevelopment, my main problem with some proposals in the past is that they were given goals by ames officials to be more 'everyone' oriented. If they razed the entire block on the west side of welch and lincoln way and redeveloped it with an entertainment focus (bars and restaurants, maybe a theater or some other entertainment option), i think everyone would be better off.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    I agree, they should close off Welch from Lincoln to at least Chamberlain starting at like 9:00pm on Thu/Fri/Sat.
    So we can have riots every nice weekend? There's a reason they haven't turned that block into a pedestrian mall. It's to minimize congregations.

    And for the folks complaining that the bars in Campustown suck, start your own. Most of those establishments were started by people who thought the same thing.


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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    For those interested here are some renderings of the projects currently underway. Overall, the projects will add more retail than is currently there and increase the density in campustown as well as improve the asthetics.

    Site of old campus book store


    Site of First National bank building



    Kingland Systems



    Site next to Outlaws on Chamberlain


    There's a pretty good boom going on in campustown right now. There's the new dorm tower getting built on Lincoln Way too and a project coming soon by Kum and Go, along with other possible projects.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    Was thinking more of "college town" in the sense of a small town that revolves around the campus, so not really Columbus. If you have been to Lawrence or Manhattan for example, both of their entertainment district areas blow Ames' away and it is not even close.
    Manhattan's bar district is cleaner, but that's about the main difference.

    Campustown looks like ****, but the bars are as good of a time as any other college town I've been to. Renovations are needed immediately, but this idea that it's just miles behind other places in terms of a good time confuses me.


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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyched View Post
    I wish we had a Campustown similar to Aggieville in Manhattan. Had a blast when we were down there this past fall
    I must be the only one who thought Aggieville was way too tame. It was a lot nicer than Campustown, but it wasn't any more fun, if that makes sense. It almost seemed too sterile at times.

    That said, if Campustown could look like Aggieville and maintain the current/always attitude, we'd be really onto something.


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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Anything that makes Campustown look like less of a dump is a good thing.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    Great. Right after I graduate all this stuff is starting to get put up.



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    Re: Just drove by campus town

    How anyone can think this is a bad thing for Campustown is beyond me.



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