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    Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    I knew Ankeny was growing fast but had no idea it would soon be bigger than Dubuque. I think the comparison of those two cities is really fascinating. They seem to be very opposite despite being roughly the same size.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...tone/12614295/

    Not being from central IA I think it amazing how fast the DSM suburbs are growing.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    Not being from central IA I think it amazing how fast the DSM are growing.
    It won't be more than a couple decades and Adel to Altoona and Norwalk to Alleman will be full.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

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


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    It won't be more than a couple decades and Adel to Altoona and Norwalk to Alleman will be full.
    And with this comes Ichibon Cyclone Power.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

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



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    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.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by BeachAve View Post
    I think Ames really missed the boat the last 40 years in development. But that's a tired worn out issue
    but but but but but SMART growth!!!



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by BeachAve View Post
    I think Ames really missed the boat the last 40 years in development. But that's a tired worn out issue

    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.





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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnerclone View Post
    What surprises me is that Ankeny hasn't been bigger than Dubuque for the past 15 years.
    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.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnerclone View Post
    What surprises me is that Ankeny hasn't been bigger than Dubuque for the past 15 years.
    This was my first thought as well-- "wait, it isn't already bigger than Dubuque?"



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    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"


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

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



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I hope Johnston has reached it's peak in population.
    Doubtful. The city owns a ton of land that is farmland right now.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    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.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    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.



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