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    Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    I always take these with a grain of salt since they change so much each year but nice read.

    Best Places to Live 2010 - Top 100: City details: Ames, IA - from MONEY Magazine



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I always take these with a grain of salt since they change so much each year but nice read.

    Best Places to Live 2010 - Top 100: City details: Ames, IA - from MONEY Magazine

    "a bustling shopping district" WHAT?



    Evidently I missed this disrict when I was back visiting earlier this spring.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    They are talking about downtown.



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Seems likes Ames wins awards like this frequently. Someone should keep tabs on these, and have 'em linked every time some national pundit calls Ames a **** hole.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    I still don't know what they are talking about. Ames offers alot of great things IMO and I like Ames. But to say Ames has a bustling shopping district is absurd.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by GoShow97 View Post
    "a bustling shopping district" WHAT?



    Evidently I missed this disrict when I was back visiting earlier this spring.
    LOL my thoughts exactly.



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Downtown has been pretty busy every time I've been there in the past couple years. Not necessarily a "bustling shopping district", but far from dead.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Seems likes Ames wins awards like this frequently. Someone should keep tabs on these, and have 'em linked every time some national pundit calls Ames a **** hole.
    Clearly anyone who calls Ames a ****hole hasn't been to Ames or has an agenda that skews their objectivity. I've spent the last 8 years of my life traveling in the US, and I can tell you, as you alrady know, Ames is way above average. So anyone who slags on Ames is not being objective.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    All depends what you're looking for in a town.



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    West Des Moines was number 75 as well, IMO I think WDM should be higher



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by GoShow97 View Post
    Clearly anyone who calls Ames a ****hole hasn't been to Ames or has an agenda that skews their objectivity. I've spent the last 8 years of my life traveling in the US, and I can tell you, as you alrady know, Ames is way above average. So anyone who slags on Ames is not being objective.
    I think most people who slag Ames are just ignorant. They've never been there, and harbor negative stereotypes of Iowa.

    Or they're Hawk fans, and like you said, have an agenda.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlleyAddict View Post
    West Des Moines was number 75 as well, IMO I think WDM should be higher
    Agreed. I figured I would have been ahead of IC (68)



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by AlleyAddict View Post
    West Des Moines was number 75 as well, IMO I think WDM should be higher
    I would assume the criteria for the list includes offerings for higher ed. Ames has a university...hard for W DM to complete there. Ames housing is probably a bit cheaper. Schools might rank higher? Ames also has cultural amenties...e.g..CY Auditorium...that W DM doesn't (because a lot of things are in DM).

    I'm not saying a person might not personally prefer W DM, but I don't know how subjective the rankings are. It may be more, plug in the info and see what pops out.


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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by AlleyAddict View Post
    West Des Moines was number 75 as well, IMO I think WDM should be higher




    This is why it's kind of a joke. In 2009 Ankeny was #62, Bettendorf was #80, and Urbandale was #42

    The 3 that are listed this year were not even in the top 100 last year. Also, how much different is Urbandale and WDM? Your telling me Ames went from 100+ to #9 in one year? Yeah ok.



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    Re: Ames #9 best place to live-Small

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Downtown has been pretty busy every time I've been there in the past couple years. Not necessarily a "bustling shopping district", but far from dead.
    People would be surprised how busy Main Street is during the day on any given week day. it is not packed solid, but most stores are doing decent business. Compared to "Main Streets" of other towns of similar size, I'd say Ames' is definitely "bustling."



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