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View Poll Results: Des Moines
10 39 12.11%
9.5 16 4.97%
9 28 8.70%
8.5 27 8.39%
8 31 9.63%
7.5 36 11.18%
7 48 14.91%
6.5 18 5.59%
6 21 6.52%
5.5 6 1.86%
5 12 3.73%
4.5 4 1.24%
4 7 2.17%
3.5 4 1.24%
3 and lower 25 7.76%
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 06:05 AM   #21
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 06:12 AM   #22
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OK, so we're rating skylines. On a scale of 1-10, Des Moines is a 10? The best score possible?

I give Manhattan a 10. I like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Whatever criteria you use to rate a skyline, I don't see how Des Moines can be given the same rating as Manhattan.
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 06:35 AM   #23
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for its size it would be a 10. Compare it to another city of its size. A city can have a skyline thats a 10 without a worlds tallest skyscraper. To me what counts is height, architecture, and organization. 1. It has height, espescially for a metro of 500,000. 2. It has great architecture. I love 80s PoMo, so Des Moines is nice. 3. It is organized nicely and it has a great focal point.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 12:19 PM   #24
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For the size of Des Moines(200,000 in city, 500,000 metro)---I'd like you to point out a city center with a similiar population that has as many tall buildings as Des Moines. Des Moines has more of an impressive skyline than a lot of cities many times its size. DMRyan and myself have started a website devoted to the Des Moines Metro and Iowa Development. It's still a work in progress. The forums have a lot of pics and news. absolutedsm.com Come visit and tell us what you think!
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Old September 21st, 2004, 12:45 PM   #25
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Des Moines has several nice buildings that come together to produce a nice, but small, skyline. As for the remarks that it is impressive for the size of the metro, while this may be true, does it compare to that of the Gold Coast (Australia, city: about 450,000 - 500,000)? A very different situation I would think.

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Old September 22nd, 2004, 01:07 AM   #26
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It's actually not to bad. 8.5.
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 01:33 AM   #27
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This is an impressive 8.5 easily. All it needs is a couple of nice mid-risers placed in just the right spots to fill it out, and you've got yourself another Charlotte. I'm impressed! This skyline beats out some cities twice its size. BTW, what is the name of the tallest building? Is it a Bank of America?
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 08:40 PM   #28
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The tallest building in Des Moines is 801 Grand. The Principal Financial Group built it in 1991. They have a whole campus downtown with over 9,000 employees, including one of my favorites being the "Z" building designed by Cesar Pelli in 1995 pictured below.


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Old September 22nd, 2004, 08:50 PM   #29
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I drove through Des Moines once and nearly drove off of the road when I came to downtown!!!! Granted, it isn't great, but for it's metro's size (comparable to Fort Wayne, Indiana), it is a pleasant surprise!

BTW, what pro sports teams do people from Iowa follow? Chicago, St. Louis, MSP? Dare I say Indy?
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 10:11 PM   #30
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Family I have in Iowa always did follow Chicago teams. I don't know if that's the case for everybody though.
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Old September 24th, 2004, 08:35 AM   #31
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For baseball...it's for sure the Cubs. The AAA team in Des Moines is the Iowa Cubs. That has a big influence. I think for football its probably a mix of all the nearby cities...KC, MSP, CHI, and STL. I would say Chicago is probably has the biggest "share".
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Old November 15th, 2004, 06:43 AM   #32
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Agreed. It's above the mean, but certainly not worthy of a 10. 6.5/10
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Old January 5th, 2005, 02:21 AM   #33
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9/10. I like it. A LOT.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 05:18 AM   #34
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Great for a small city: 8.5
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Old January 5th, 2005, 09:30 PM   #35
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10s? I agree with the anti-cheesehead that there's no way this city deserves a 10. I don't think the amount of buildings relative to a city's population should weigh very heavily in judging a skyline. How does the fact that Des Moines is a fairly small city somehow make its skyline look *better*? That fact alone doesn't make the skyline higher, denser, or more aesthetically pleasing above and beyond what it already is. I don't get it, really.

A reasonably tight cluster worth a 6.0.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 12:56 AM   #36
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I´ve always loved this type of skyline-small, concentrated and not nececerely that tall-a surprise! Great mix of buildings!

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Old January 6th, 2005, 05:54 AM   #37
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Nice signature tower. A little sparse, but still attractive. A 7.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #38
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I'm surprised by this Iowa just doesn't seem like the type of state for such a great skyline
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Old January 8th, 2005, 06:33 AM   #39
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not a ten by a long shot.
This is another one of those cities that you can take one building out and the skyline looks dinky. 801 is a cool building...but its really one of two tall buildings..the other being Ruan. The skyline is nice for a city its size, but its not that amazing. The downtown looks kinda small too. Anyway, Des Moines is still a really cool town in the Midwest..especially a city coming from Iowa.
The Capitol building is faboulous.
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Old February 11th, 2005, 08:32 AM   #40
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Indeed 10s should be reserved for Hong Kong, New York, Singapore, Shanghai, maybe chicago etc, give me a break 10, 9, 8, even 7 for Des Moines? Des Moines should recieve a 6, hundreds of citys beat out Des Moines skyline
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