... and for the perverted crowd
... and for the perverted crowd
I think Ames is improving honestly. Its a slow process but I think once more agressive youth get into power positions in local govts there will be more change. Having Des Moines not so far away is nice as well. I lived in Janesville, WI for 4 years and there was nothing to do there and the town kind of sucked when I first moved there. Over time they made alot of progressive changes and having Madison only 45 minutes away helped alot. With Ames, you get to live in the small quiet town with friendly folks and a relaxed atmosphere. If you want some hustle bustle and bigger night life, go to Des Moines. I can see the draw of big city schools dont get me wrong, but I love Ames. Having been gone for this many years I miss it alot. Going to school at ISU in a small town you tend to get alot of notice and its a family in alot of ways and that creates draw to a lot of parents with student athletes. The education is stellar too.
Either I am easily impressed or I don't have a clue. :confused:
I think Ames is a top ten college town in the Midwest. Great values, fun time, lots to do, lots to eat and lots to drink.
What Ames isn't is a 19 year old bar party every night in the campus town district... and I applaud that (even though I believe you should be able to drink when you are 18 AND have a HS diploma).
If I could find that one job in Ames worth my time/energy/money to move, I would ... It is my most favorite town in Iowa.
But to the topic at hand... it is a good question to ask. My short story reply is that Dan didn't have the recruiters he needed or the support from the AD when we were 'peaking'
If I remember correctly, weren't there some assistant coaches that left around this time frame?
Let face it, it is the assistant coaches that do the recruiting. The head coach coach just closes the deal.
I agree with you for the most part. Ames is about 20 years off from being a suburb of Des Moines (Polk city now it will keep creeping Northward) sounds far away but it will come quicker than you think, I thik then you'll see some big changes. I've been waiting 10 years for Downtown Des Moines to come out of its slumber and it has.
I agree. Things ARE changing...slowly. The new mall on I35 will be breaking ground this summer. And around it, we should eventually see a lot of restaurants and another home improvement store. North Grand should start renovation work this summer as well. And, then new aquatic center should be ready for summer 2009. These things will make Ames more of a regional shopping/entertainment center, drawing in people from surrounding communities (instead of watching them drive past to Ankeny and DM). Oh, and the USDA is just finishing a huge building by I35 that will add a bunch of high paying jobs to the city. All of these things will help improve the tax base and allow the city to finance new projects.
Next up is Campustown. This will eventually be a project between ISU and Ames. I'm betting that the first block or two of Welch will be blocked off from traffic making more of a plaza there. There's some landscaping to be done, but I don't know that it is major.
I loved Ames and would have loved to live there but problem is not a lot of jobs there and the ones that do come up are either low paying or lots of competition due to having a bunch of qualified grads in town. It's a great town.
I like the bars are 21 and over because the 18-20 crowd doesn't belong in them. I used to think they did until I turned 21 and started to notice that incoming freshman are annoying and those first 2 years a lot of changes happen like getting past the whole HS social phase and learning what it is really like to be on your own and having new responsibilities to deal with. How many of you your last 2 years in college found the mostly under age parties not as much fun anymore and the bar scene much better? The 2 environments from a maturity standpoint just seemed much different to me.
Saying Ames is not better than Lawrence or Columbia is like saying Aplington is better than Parkersburg, or Sac City is better than Rockwell City. Its stupid.
(people from Aplington/Parkersburg Sac/Rockwell feel free to fight amongst yourselves)
I'd live in Ames in a second if the opportunity arose. It would probably be easier to talk my wife into season tix that way! :wink:
The biggest kicker now, which apparently is news to me, is getting that new I-35 mall passed (that thing has only been talked about and mostly voted down for about 10 years - it's nice to see that thing finally pass). You're really going to start seeing Ames east of Duff finally begin to develop as there's actually a commercial driver there now (is it going to be near 16th or US 30, or are they going to build a new interchange?). South Duff definitely looks different than when I graduated 5 years ago, but a lot of that development really started about 10 years ago with the expansion of the K-Mart lot and the new movie theater they put there, and the new Target they put up the road. Ames is definitely changing for the better and it'll be interesting to see what it's like 5 and 10 years down the road.
I totally agree that it isn't even close to Lawrence, Columbia or IC in those aspects. And let's face it, these 17-23 year old athletes place a very high importance on those types of things. Add in very little success overall, virtually no history and average to below average facilities and you have an almost impossible situation to recruit top athlete to.
With that said, I would move to Ames in a heartbeat if my wife was on board. Unfortunately she is from the south and absolutely cannot stand the cold (I have a hard time with it now as well).
Parkersburg is twice the size of Aplington, but Aplington is better.
AMES NEEDS THE NEW MALL and Campus Town retooled. (we used to call it Dogtown). What's the matter with the Ames City Council If they had their way we'd still be using a horse and buggy with no cars allowed.
As for Mac...He blew his chance and is paying for it. The opportunity with there, but he couldn't get through the door.