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    "America's Cool College Towns"

    No mention of an Iowa town...but an interesting topic...I have been to three from this article (Boulder, Madison & Ann Arbor) and have enjoyed all three towns...

    America's cool college towns - CNN.com



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    I really hope you wern't expecting to see Iowa City or especially Ames on that list...



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    I really hope you wern't expecting to see Iowa City or especially Ames on that list...
    that's kind of a dick thing to say.

    I've spent a lot of time in Madison and it doesn't have much on Ames except population and the enjoyment of their fart aroma.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    that's kind of a dick thing to say.

    I've spent a lot of time in Madison and it doesn't have much on Ames except population and the enjoyment of their fart aroma.
    And 2 good sized lakes.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrok View Post
    And 2 good sized lakes.
    that are a complete pain in the *** to drive around



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrok View Post
    And 2 good sized lakes.
    Which are only usable for things that are fun for about 6 months of the year (4 if you don't own a drysuit).


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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrok View Post
    And 2 good sized lakes.
    So The University of Okoboji should be on that list as they have 6 lakes? Honestly I have been to Madison as well and other than Halloween weekend it seemed like Ames to me. I am not saying Ames should be on there, but Madison shouldnt be either

    (Yes I know the U of Okoboji doesnt actually exist)


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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    that's kind of a dick thing to say.

    I've spent a lot of time in Madison and it doesn't have much on Ames except population and the enjoyment of their fart aroma.

    Hey now, easy on the dick comments. I didn't say anything about Madison being a great town, all I meant is that Ames and Iowa City don't compare to a lot of college towns out there. There's nothing wrong with either of them and they are decent towns but there also isn't anything special about them. ISU's campus is way underrated and gets left out of a lot of polls like this, but as far as Ames as a college town, it's pretty mediocre.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    Hey now, easy on the dick comments. I didn't say anything about Madison being a great town, all I meant is that Ames and Iowa City don't compare to a lot of college towns out there. There's nothing wrong with either of them and they are decent towns but there also isn't anything special about them. ISU's campus is way underrated and gets left out of a lot of polls like this, but as far as Ames as a college town, it's pretty mediocre.
    This is true...I do agree with you. And I am not ripping either campus (if EIU is actually a campus)! Or for that matter UNI's...very nice campus...but the towns they are all located in do not really stand out from many other towns in the USA. I like all three towns...but would I travel to visit any of them? Doubt it.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    I've been to 6 of these places...this is a pretty eclectic list. A few comments:

    + Chapel Hill is nice
    + Not sure I would call Austin a "town"
    + Oxford is very similar to Ames IMO except its downtown is closer to campus and more quaint
    + I would rate Charlottesville as the best on this last (of the 6 I have been to)...far and away



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Just thinking...I am surprised Athens, GA did not make this list just based upon reading the article.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    It takes numbers, i.e...decent sized population... to create "cool college towns"...at least to the level to get on a list like this. Both Des Moines and ISU would have benefited greatly if the university had been established in the state capital, rather than in Ames.

    Pls don't take this as an Ames vs DSM thing. It is just an observation that I believe is pretty universally understood. ie.....increase population = increased amenities.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    No mention of an Iowa town...but an interesting topic...I have been to three from this article (Boulder, Madison & Ann Arbor) and have enjoyed all three towns...

    America's cool college towns - CNN.com

    Boulder, Colorado (University of Colorado)
    In a town that always pops up on "healthiest cities in America" lists, bike trails are abundant and outdoor options are endless.
    The Wild West begins along Baseline Road in Boulder, in the foothills of the Rockies known as the Flatirons, for their sharply angled faces. Rent climbing shoes from Neptune Mountaineering, whose in-store museum features dozens of ice axes and an early pair of Rossignol skis.
    Local taste: The Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, built in the 1800s as a Methodist retreat, now serves up salmon with salsa verde on a wraparound porch. The on-site summer-camp-type cottages provide eagle-eye views toward the flatlands.


    That town reeks of pot.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    It takes numbers, i.e...decent sized population... to create "cool college towns"...at least to the level to get on a list like this. Both Des Moines and ISU would have benefited greatly if the university had been established in the state capital, rather than in Ames.

    Pls don't take this as an Ames vs DSM thing. It is just an observation that I believe is pretty universally understood. ie.....increase population = increased amenities.
    This is spot on. I think the benefits to both DSM and ISU would be huge if the school would have been located in the capital city.



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    Re: "America's Cool College Towns"

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    It takes numbers, i.e...decent sized population... to create "cool college towns"...at least to the level to get on a list like this. Both Des Moines and ISU would have benefited greatly if the university had been established in the state capital, rather than in Ames.

    Pls don't take this as an Ames vs DSM thing. It is just an observation that I believe is pretty universally understood. ie.....increase population = increased amenities.
    Sure there would be some mutual benefits to having a large university in a large city, but then I don't think it could be considered a "college town." UW is in Seattle, but I didn't consider Seattle a "college town."



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