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As a proud Des Moines resident that hated moving away from Des Moines' Mini-Renaissance, I was thrilled that the buses moved off of Walnut St.
After moving only one hour from Memphis, I have enjoyed several day-trips down to Memphis and they have revitalized a ped-mall/trolley along their historic main st. It looks similar to Walnut St with gigantic brick sidewalks and street surface. (I attached pics below of Memphis and DSM, few good ones of Memphis) Locally owned restaurants, lofts, apartments, and shops have filled in along the sidewalks including patios that are always buzzing around lunch, dinner and all weekend. It is a quieter, yet desireable area that really mirrors the look/feel of Walnut St in DSM.
Des Moines is planning a setting like this, but currently without the trolley (Which I prefer the trolley because they want the new district to connect Western Gateway, Court Ave, and the East Village)
Do you think DSM could close the street and put a back-and-fourth trolley for those ten blocks that would better connect the other three areas of the downtown?
Do any of you know of any other great examples of spaces like this? Or have any of you been to Memphis' Main Street? I am really excited to see what DSM does with this space, so sorry for geeking out about civil engineering. I don't get to talk to Iowans very often.
I'm not sure if it would work. I've never been to Memphis, but I have been impressed with the strides downtown DSM has made when I visit. It would be cool if they could make it work.
There's a proposal to put gondolas where I live to avoid causing traffic problems with cars which I think would be awesome.
Haha! Where the heck do you live? Cedar Rapids flood again? (Joking people, it was DSM in '93, killed the city for a decade)
haha, no. I live in texas in the austin area. i was living in DSM in '93. what a mess. our house didn't have running water for 2 weeks.
Nice, I am applying for a graduate program at UT for fall of 2014. In '93 I was 6, but it is one of my first memories: helping AE Dairy hand out bottled water. Crazy times. It is AMAZING to me how much DSM has taken off since about 2003. When I was in High School I think I went downtown twice. Now there are dozens of reasons for people of all ages to get downtown every year.
I haven't lived there since '95, but I almost never went downtown either. Where did you go to HS? I went to Roosevelt. Good luck with UT. It's a great school. If you end up going, I'm gonna come hang out with you and be the creepy old guy hitting on college girls.
Waukee in 2005. Before it turned into Valley 2.0. I always liked Roosevelt grads, some of the best of the metro.
Old? You and me both man. I'll be a Ph.D student if I get in, so I'll be 27, almost 28 by then. We can both be the old creepy guys, maybe we can find an Indian student and make it the tri-fecta of creepy for college girls.
haha. i like your thinking.
Perk you graduated in '95? Why did I think you were younger than that....
And Roosevelt? A rough rider, really
Yep, I'm 36, man. And don't you talk about my rough riders. you will be beaten.
Don't really have much to say about them.....
How was the athletics when you were in school? They aren't so hot and havent been since I've been in Des Moines (6 years)
Not sure. I don't check up on what they have done. We were the best soccer team in the state when I was there.
My old man went there and they were really good in football and basketball back when he was there. They built Hoover because Roosevelt had gotten too many students and I don't think they've ever been good at many sports since then.
also, check your inbox, swag.
Wouldn't expect anything less!
Not sure if a trolley would really work for connecting all those areas, but some well lit walkways between them could look really nice, I've only live here a couple years, and considering I came here after living in IC for 6 years, I've been pleasantly surprised with the downtown scene.
The more I think about it, I am cooling on the trolley idea. My thought was it would be a good alternative during bad weather, but the skywalks solve that problem. I do like the idea of not having the car traffic that Court Ave has though; I think ped-malls are nice
I am glad you have been pleased with downtown, it has been a lot of fun to see how surprised people are when they come to Des Moines these days. Great government-community-corporate partnerships can transform a city in 10 years.
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