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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Obligatory size isn't everything post.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    I don't think many of the DM burbs have reached their peak, or even come close. Growth has been constant and rapid, especially west, for the last quarter century. It's important to remember that this growth is relative. There is no comparison with the growth seen in California cities, especially in the 80s and 90s, or Texas cities today. But I believe it's possible that either West Des Moines or Ankeny (possibly both) could be approaching 100,000 well within three decades. Iowa's growth (when it's happened) has always been relatively slow and even our fastest growing medium sized cities will take time to double in size. Unless Iowa has some sort of unforeseen economic boom (like North Dakota currently sees), the slower growth rates will continue. This isn't necessarily bad, as I don't think we want here what's been happening in some Texas communities: going from 35,000 to 135,000 or more in 10 years and such.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    I for one am glad Ames missed the boat. It bothers me that farmers around where I live in North Ames have sold out to developers and there are 2 (possibly 3) large subdivisions going in around us. Luckily we own the wooded area that surrounds our property so we can shield ourselves from them.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    One of the interesting things that I have seen around where I live (Wakonda Club area) is that people are buying some of the older, small houses and demolishing them to build new. With the growth downtown there is also a demand to have NICE housing near downtown. It's been fun to watch the property values grow just in the short time I have been there.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    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"
    For good measure, Ames just hit the 50K population mark in 2001. Before that, there weren't many options for development. And Ankeny is just a commuter suburb for Des Moines, so it's not really shocking to see it grow. Ames has improved immensely in the last 10 years.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    One of the interesting things that I have seen around where I live (Wakonda Club area) is that people are buying some of the older, small houses and demolishing them to build new. With the growth downtown there is also a demand to have NICE housing near downtown. It's been fun to watch the property values grow just in the short time I have been there.
    It will be interesting to see how infilling works over the next couple decades.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    And yet, there's only about 3 streets to get anywhere



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    One of the interesting things that I have seen around where I live (Wakonda Club area) is that people are buying some of the older, small houses and demolishing them to build new. With the growth downtown there is also a demand to have NICE housing near downtown. It's been fun to watch the property values grow just in the short time I have been there.
    Don't get out much, do you?


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post
    And yet, there's only about 3 streets to get anywhere

    Sort of true. Huge improvements to Irvindale, Oralabor has added a turning lane, and put a new exit it at 36th street.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Ankeny is a soulless stretch of town homes and strip malls with little to nothing authentic or organic about it. My least favorite "burb" in the metro.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird View Post
    Ankeny is a soulless stretch of town homes and strip malls with little to nothing authentic or organic about it. My least favorite "burb" in the metro.
    BUT, Ankeny has Wig and Pen. That alone justifies its existence.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    BUT, Ankeny has Wig and Pen. That alone justifies its existence.

    I like living in SW Ankeny. I work in Urbandale and it's an easy drive.

    Also enjoy the proximity to Saylorville Lake, Big Creek, Prairie Meadows/Adventureland, downtown DSM, and getting up to Ames for ISU games.


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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    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.

    What's crazy is that Dubuque used to be the #6 city in IA when I grew up and now it's #10. Other than being manufacturing heavy, it seems a lot of people are moving to Asbury, Peosta, and other "suburbs."



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    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    I like living in SW Ankeny. I work in Urbandale and it's an easy drive.

    Also enjoy the proximity to Saylorville Lake, Big Creek, Prairie Meadows/Adventureland, downtown DSM, and getting up to Ames for ISU games.
    exactly this. I live in SW Ankeny also. I can be anywhere in the metro in under 30 minutes and can get to our tailgating spot in 40.



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    Re: Ankeny soon to be bigger than Dubuque

    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird View Post
    Ankeny is a soulless stretch of town homes and strip malls with little to nothing authentic or organic about it. My least favorite "burb" in the metro.
    Come on, it's better than Bondurant.



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