and while the ISU campus is attractive, Ames as a city not only doesn't compare with the best of B 12 college towns like Boulder, Austin, or Lawrence......it also can't compare to Iowa City as a college town.DMRyan said:There's not a whole lot to it. It's a nice small college city. It's clean and fairly progressive, but compared to other Big 12 college towns, it would stack up as one of the worst...with the exception of Manhatten, Kansas.
It's got a few buildings in the 7-10 story range, but no discernable skyline to speak of. Ames would be a much stronger college town if its traditional downtown weren't seperated from the University and the campus town.
I don't think anyone who knows Ames well would even consider making an argument against this. Both Ames and IC have similar enrollment and relatively close overall populations, but like DMRyan said, Ames suffers because the community is divided. Campustown here..."Downtown" Main Street over here. I'd be very confident that had Ames, in it's development stages, combined the two, it would be much closer to IC in terms of nightlife/vitality/etc. However, this is not the case, and helps one to appreciate the differences betweent the two.edsg25 said:and while the ISU campus is attractive, Ames as a city not only doesn't compare with the best of B 12 college towns like Boulder, Austin, or Lawrence......it also can't compare to Iowa City as a college town.
BTW....ISU is a beautiful setting, rather traditonal, built on greenery, but on a personal level, I prefer Iowa: the dramatic setting on hills on both sides of the river, the way it blends into Iowa City with every nook and cranny, the stately setting of the Old Capital and the Pentacrest.