I love Des Moines and all but the best metro area to raise your family? Really? Des Moines is a series of cookie cutter neighborhoods and chain restaurants. No real identity or character to the city. I guess if you want your children growing up naive and going to school with a bunch of kids of the same social class I guess WDM is the route to go. But we all know it does them zero justice when entering the real world. The only places I would consider letting my children go to school in DM would be either Roosevelt or Lincoln.
I firmly believe I had the best childhood possible and I grew up in the Grande/Bever Ave area (a few blocks from Wellington Heights) in CR. Boy, now that is a neat neighborhood; old money, huge trees, hills and a diverse population. Don't forget if you live there your children goes to the most recognized and best high school in the state. I wouldn't trade it for the world (except the hawkeyes got annoying)
My point is, raising a family in a cookie cutter white collar neighborhood is nice and safe and all but you develop children in an unrealistic representation of life that doesn't prepare them for the real world. Thank God I was raised in SE Cedar Rapids and went to Washington High School.
I don't mean to slam the place, it's really pretty and nice and has an amazing skyline for it's size but it has no culture.
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