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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    They still need a better nickname.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    You're obviously in the minority opinion.
    More Iowans chose to not live in Ankeny than live there by a decent margin. I don't know anyone who thinks of it in a positive light when compared to any other suburb.

    Ankeny has the character of a dry, odorless fart if dry, odorless farts had extremely high property taxes.

    When I think of Ankeny, I think of the Cadillac Cimarron.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor View Post
    More Iowans chose to not live in Ankeny than live there by a decent margin. I don't know anyone who thinks of it in a positive light when compared to any other suburb.

    Ankeny has the character of a dry, odorless fart if dry, odorless farts had extremely high property taxes.

    When I think of Ankeny, I think of the Cadillac Cimarron.
    Yet, it's the fastest growing city in the state.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    I know of nobody who likes ankeny or the people (HS students) who live there.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    We lived in Ankeny for about 10 years. It truly is nothing but rooftops and strip malls, there is no downtown and never will be. Therefore the identity of the community is tied up in the schools, especially the high schools.

    And they have the property taxes to prove it. In the time we were there, property taxes went from reasonable to painful, it was completely due to the schools. I thought if you spread out the tax base among an expanding population that taxes would stay steady or possibly go down a bit. Not there.

    There are some nice features there, like the trailhead for the High Trestle trail, and Prairie Ridge is a top notch sports complex. Another plus is the easy drive to Ames.

    Otherwise very little to do there other than school/kids activities, and even with John Deere and a few other local employers, it owes its existence to Des Moines. Which makes their reluctance to be part of Bravo Des Moines and DART pretty puzzling (they're in, but regularly question their commitment).



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    The high school district-related property taxes in Ankeny are really due to three things:

    1. A growing district with the need to build a new elementary every 3 or so years.
    2. The lack of commercial property which is taxed at its full assessed value, as opposed to residential which is taxed at a fraction of its assessed value, means that the city has to tax at a higher rate than others to generate the same level of revenue.
    3. Poor historical management of both the school district's finances (although I think the current school board is doing a much better job) and the city's commercial growth.

    I'm not saying these are good excuses, they're just the facts.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Read this whole thread and agree with alot that has been said:

    1) IMO, Ankeny IS the most soul-less suburb in the Des Moines area. The only thing it has going for it (in my mind) is it proximity to Ames. It was a nice place about 20-25 years ago but it has completely lost its way. The zoning commissioner there had no foresight.

    2) What % of the people who go to Waukee schools have a Waukee address? The massive expansion of that school district can be somewhat attributed to people in WDM and Suburbandale/Clive.

    3) Using the number of big-box hardware stores your suburb has as a point of its superiority is SO Ankeny :) Is there a big-box store or chain restaurant that HASN'T setup shop in that place? I prefer giving my money to a business that keeps that money here.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by timhisu View Post
    Read this whole thread and agree with alot that has been said:

    1) IMO, Ankeny IS the most soul-less suburb in the Des Moines area. The only thing it has going for it (in my mind) is it proximity to Ames. It was a nice place about 20-25 years ago but it has completely lost its way. The zoning commissioner there had no foresight.

    2) What % of the people who go to Waukee schools have a Waukee address? The massive expansion of that school district can be somewhat attributed to people in WDM and Suburbandale/Clive.

    3) Using the number of big-box hardware stores your suburb has as a point of its superiority is SO Ankeny :) Is there a big-box store or chain restaurant that HASN'T setup shop in that place? I prefer giving my money to a business that keeps that money here.
    I have visited most suburbs of Des Moines. Coming from the perspective of living in Chicago for 12 years, they all seem about the same to me. West Des Moines has more malls but that was about it.

    I thought Polk City was nice. Close to the "lake", Tournament Club of Iowa, Bike trail, Jester Park, etc...



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Yet, it's the fastest growing city in the state.
    A lot of people bought Cadillac Cimarrons.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by timhisu View Post
    Read this whole thread and agree with alot that has been said:

    1) IMO, Ankeny IS the most soul-less suburb in the Des Moines area. The only thing it has going for it (in my mind) is it proximity to Ames. It was a nice place about 20-25 years ago but it has completely lost its way. The zoning commissioner there had no foresight.

    2) What % of the people who go to Waukee schools have a Waukee address? The massive expansion of that school district can be somewhat attributed to people in WDM and Suburbandale/Clive.

    3) Using the number of big-box hardware stores your suburb has as a point of its superiority is SO Ankeny :) Is there a big-box store or chain restaurant that HASN'T setup shop in that place? I prefer giving my money to a business that keeps that money here.
    There is no Lowes in Ankeny. All Ankeny has for big box hardware is Menards and Home Depot. But Menards was there in the 90s.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by azepp View Post
    The high school district-related property taxes in Ankeny are really due to three things:

    1. A growing district with the need to build a new elementary every 3 or so years.
    2. The lack of commercial property which is taxed at its full assessed value, as opposed to residential which is taxed at a fraction of its assessed value, means that the city has to tax at a higher rate than others to generate the same level of revenue.
    3. Poor historical management of both the school district's finances (although I think the current school board is doing a much better job) and the city's commercial growth.

    I'm not saying these are good excuses, they're just the facts.
    Um... When I drive through Ankeny, pretty sure I see an endless string of strip malls and chains.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    Um... When I drive through Ankeny, pretty sure I see an endless string of strip malls and chains.
    Yeah when you drive through on 35/Delaware or 69 that's what you see. However, the facts tell a different story and if you ever took a closer look than driving through you might understand that.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Mary's Go Round Lounge, property tax bonanza for whatever town annexes it first.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    There is no Lowes in Ankeny. All Ankeny has for big box hardware is Menards and Home Depot. But Menards was there in the 90s.
    There's a new Farm and Fleet there.

    Desperately needed.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    I don't have a dog in the fight but seems to be a lot of hate for Ankeny and I'm not really understanding why. Ankeny is a lot like other suburbs around Des Moines. It's growing and there are business that want to move in to take advantage of it's expanding population.

    If you don't like box stores and chains, move to Beaverdale. Tell all of your friends about how great Snookies is compared to Dairy Queen. Brag about the character of your historic bungalow. Just don't tell them that your basement leaks, you have large trees that are one storm away from falling on your 50 year old roof, that you actually do most of your shopping in the suburbs that you hate so much, and that Snookies is no different than every other ice cream place in the metro.



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