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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 May 16th, 2006, 03:32 PM   #81
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9/10. For a city of this size, I'm extremely impressed. The skyline doesnt have the tired look that many smaller American skylines have. And the beautiful street level setting is an added bonus.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #82
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[QUOTE=Accura]. The skyline doesnt have the tired look that many smaller American skylines have.

Instead of using the word tired in your statement, I think you should've said
older and more recognized.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 07:07 AM   #83
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Gordon, how do "hundreds of cities" beat our skyline when we were ranked #73 (out of 681 cities) in the world? Des Moines gets a ten, partially because it's my home and partially because it has the best US skyline for any city its size and in height beats huge cities like Phoenix and, until recently, Baltimore.

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Old May 20th, 2006, 09:54 PM   #84
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Wasn't there a plan to build something called the Iowa World Trade Center some 10-15 years ago? IIRC it was supposed to be the tallest Midwestern building outside of Chicago at just a shade under 1,000 feet tall but for some reason or another it didn't work out.

Anyway DSM gets an 8 from me. I lived there many years ago and I must say its skyline is the most underrated in the Midwest. I don't think they'll get any more anytime soon, but 2-3 more skyscrapers in the 400-500 foot range would really enhance the skyline.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #85
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Yes, The Iowa World Trade Center (which would have been around 80 stories) was around back in the late 80's due to funding shortages and feasibility of it anyway. Speaking of adding buildings, we do have wo proposals of 10 ten buildings (one resdential and retail, the other spec. office and retail) and a 13 story building about to break ground next the Hotel Fort Des Moines to replace an old parking garge. It wil have some retail ground level, 7 stories parking garge (hidden behain a mesh wall) and 5 stories office.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 12:00 AM   #86
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Its decent for it's size, but that doesn't make it actually look any better. add in the fact that the most predominant building is pretty ugly. I just really don't like midsized American cities.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 12:54 AM   #87
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7/10.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 10:57 AM   #88
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i cannot for a second believe that people are giving this 'skyline' a 10 or anything above a 4 to be honest

are you kidding me?

there's like 5 buildings and they are on the same block!
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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #89
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Spent a long freeeeeezzzzzzzing winter there in '92 - '93 and had the BEST time. Des Moines is a fantastic place with a great skyline. Just wish my city had a few more talls like DM.

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Old May 28th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #90
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Quote:
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i cannot for a second believe that people are giving this 'skyline' a 10 or anything above a 4 to be honest

are you kidding me?

there's like 5 buildings and they are on the same block!
Quality over quantity, dude. It's all about the form. Just because it doesn't have anything super tall doesn't mean it's not great. Bigger isn't always better.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 05:41 PM   #91
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6,5/10
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Old August 6th, 2006, 12:55 AM   #92
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quite nice.. 9
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Old October 7th, 2006, 09:55 PM   #93
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Far from perfect and architecture is very standard. Still 7/10
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Old October 7th, 2006, 11:33 PM   #94
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Not bad. quality*size/city size= 8/10
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Old October 13th, 2006, 06:06 AM   #95
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Here are some newer shots from the summer:










We also have new 13 story mixed-use project under construction right now:


For a city with 195,000 (Metro 540,000)...I think we are doing very well Downtown. I can't wait to see it when it hits one million people.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 07:32 AM   #96
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Maybe the best in America for a city its size. 9/10
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Old October 15th, 2006, 04:58 AM   #97
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real good pics man
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Old October 15th, 2006, 05:33 AM   #98
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Hreat city never new they had such a nice skyline in Iowa. Very nice i love the cities tallest building what is it called?
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Old October 15th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #99
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Hreat city never new they had such a nice skyline in Iowa. Very nice i love the cities tallest building what is it called?
It's called 801 Grand. It's also known as the Principal Tower (it's mostly occupied by the Principal Financial Group). It's 630 ft. tall and was completed in 1991.

I'll bring the photos I posted on the last page over...

Here are some newer shots from the summer (2006):










We also have new 13 story mixed-use project under construction right now:


For a city with 195,000 (Metro 540,000)...I think we are doing very well Downtown. I can't wait to see it when it hits one million people.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #100
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Here's three more that I took in September...

From the east bank of the Des Moines River...

View from 10th and Mulberry (Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters):

Newest addition to the Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters (opens officially in December):
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