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    What needs changing in Ames first?

    This is a carryover from another thread, but I'd really like peoples thoughts on what needs changing most in Ames.
    I'd vote for the new Mall first.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    A series of tunnels going under, or bridges going over Elwood for after football games.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    The mindset of anti-growth people.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    A series of tunnels going under, or bridges going over Elwood for after football games.
    I think it's University now



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    There are so many problems with Ames it is hard to know where to start...

    Traffic is horrible for a small town
    Housing prices are a joke
    There are no good jobs in town
    The only thing Ames has going for it other than ISU is there are some good restaraunts.


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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkcrawford View Post
    I think it's University now
    I refuse to acknowledge that...



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    I don't understand why we don't develop the areas near I-35 more. Seems like a no-brainer to me. Ankeny got it figured out... why can't we?


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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    The retail needs to improve. Ames is essentially Ottumwa with a Big 12 University in it.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I don't understand why we don't develop the areas near I-35 more. Seems like a no-brainer to me. Ankeny got it figured out... why can't we?
    I think with them building the mall out there that's inevitable. And then you will have one of the worst urban sprawls in America for a city the size of Ames...


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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    The retail needs to improve. Ames is essentially Ottumwa with a Big 12 University in it.
    EGADS! I love Ames and don't love Ottumwa. I can see the comparison, but Ames is much farther ahead in my mind



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    I think Ames needs a water park of some kind. And if they could build some kind of a resturant that has a Buffet style atmosphere that would also be good.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    The City has started building an aquatic center that will open in summer '09.



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Ames is essentially Ottumwa .
    Really? So Ames is an old river town that was basically supported by packing houses and an old Manufacturing plant that makes tractors, that is full of meth labs and pot smokers. Yep I really see the comparison there. Almost identical



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    The City has started building an aquatic center that will open in summer '09.

    great now we need a Buffet style resturant!



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    Re: What needs changing in Ames first?

    You know what would be the coolest thing for Iowa State...as you come down into the valley (when coming in from des moines) a bunch of billboards saying

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    I think right now there is only on sign on I-35 and it might be a trailer that says ISU. I know it would take farmers giving up their land but I always think as you come into the valley there should be something other than seeing the barilla plant.



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