Campustown Redevelopment

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  1. istater7

    istater7 Well-Known Member

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    It’s a cool bar. They recently started serving food but haven’t had a chance to try it yet
     
  2. Psyclone

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    The Cedar Rapids Fuzzy's is way worse after they lost some good people off their staff. What was a weekly addiction was removed from my list. I figured that one would close way before the one in Ames.
     
  3. Psyclone

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    I like Smokin' Oak better than Blaze. I didn't at first, but after a couple trips to each Smokin' Oak wins. I was there yesterday and it was as packed as I've ever seen it. It surprised me since students are gone. Usually it's not busy and I worry it won't be able to stay open.
     
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    Im curious if that is really the expectation. Because while i grew up in the suburbs i remember even when campustown was less dense 10-15 years ago when i was there i still expected to walk a block or two anytime i went down to welch. Though back then even that was a challenge some nights.
     
  5. bannedman

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    if you didnt walk home drunk from welch to west ames did you really even go to iowa state
     
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  6. mj4cy

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    Did the Welch back to Frederickson Apts a few times. About 30 minutes to Welch and much longer back when directions get a little hazy. Also had to stop a buddy from thinking campus buildings were port-a-potties
     
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  7. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

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    Definitely did the welch to coconino walk a couple times.
     
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  8. harimad

    harimad Well-Known Member

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    How does anything do well on Duff? It's so congested over there. The only way Duff is good is by comparison to the parking situation in Campustown.

    Campustown needs a complete do-over.
     
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  9. Messi

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    You said it yourself. Parking.

    Ames is 66k people. 28k students on campus.

    so there’s 38k Ames residents that when deciding where to spend $ on food or entertainment have to weigh whether they want to worry about off street, meter parking in Campustown or go to Duff and have a free parking lot 20 yards from the front door.
     
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  10. Freebird

    Freebird Well-Known Member

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    Have you ever tried parking there? Most is permit only. I gave up the few times I wanted to park there and just hit a side street. And that was in the summer, good luck when school is actually in session.
     
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    Is the Intermodal Parking facility not free parking after 6pm or something like that? If its permit required all the time, that is a big fail.
     
  12. Angie

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    Yep. Especially when you factor in that a huge portion of that is families, and nobody wants to drag young children blocks and blocks in 8 degree weather for tacos that are generally cold, and a bathroom that was always gross. These are legit issues when you have a five-year-old who wants to touch and climb on everything.
     
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  13. Rise of the Clones

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    Yeah, I've made the walk from Welch all the way to North Dakota. Getting Mr. Burrito on the way makes the walk more enjoyable.
     
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  14. Al_4_State

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    I walked from Welch to the west end of Mortenson a few times. Always made it.

    Except for the one time I headed that direction and ended up in Nevada...
     
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  15. cy4life94

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    Nevada? That’s a long walk. ;)
     
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  16. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    I was lucky enough to get a ride!
     
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  17. Rise of the Clones

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    Lol how did you end up in Nevada? It's like 8 miles east of Ames
     
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  18. DFWClone

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    I have NO idea how smoking oak is still open. I don’t think they can give away pizza there. Must be a money laundering operation.
     
  19. Freebird

    Freebird Well-Known Member

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    Yepm try Which Which. I imagine I will just never go there with kids.
     
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  20. AuH2O

    AuH2O Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you. Not that my family does either a whole lot, but unless it's after 6 on Friday or Saturday we can usually grab a meter spot 3-4 blocks from about anything in campustown. Doesn't bother me as much as the congestion on Duff.
     

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