A group of my friends from St. Louis recently traveled to DSM to run in the DSM marathon this past fall. They stayed in an Airbnb just west of downtown in the South of Grand area. They couldn't stop raving about DSM. These are people that travel frequently for work and pleasure. I myself as a very recent retiree am in the process of moving to Ames. If I were younger, I would choose DSM over Ames. But as a retiree, I feel Ames is an ideal retiree location.