hometown love and a little reader participation

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This week, Des Moines was named the Best Place to Raise a Family by Forbes. So to celebrate, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things about this city. There's lots to love.
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Now for the reader participation ... this is for you, my dear readers who've been here for awhile but never say hi. What do you love about where you live?

14 comments:

  1. That would be me...I live in Grandview Heights, Ohio...a hip, small suburb of Coluumbus. I love it here. You can walk to just about any where you want to go...even the kids walk to school (No school busses). It's also safe here because we look out for each other. It's a 100 year old community so the houses are old..I love that...our city has charm.

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  2. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's basically amazing. It's a college town. We are home to Colorado State University. There are bike paths and bike lanes everywhere. There are so many good local restaurants, you don't even need to bother with any chains. Also, the weather is great. We get snow but it doesn't stick around long enough to feel oppressive, and it's hot in the summer. Oh, also, you can camp and hike in Poudre canyon and drive to the mountains quickly enough. All that said I have to move next month. Oh well, Madison, Wisconsin here I come!

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  3. I live in Baltimore, MD. I love the history of this city. It's a big city, with a quirky, small-town feel. They don't call it Charm City for nothing!

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  4. Ah! i have been wanting to move to des moines for so long now. it just seems to get better and better! I currently live in the west suburbs of chicago (my husband grew up here) and while I don't always LOVE it, there is a lot to like about it. my town is one of those quaint and perfect looking suburbs with a cute downtown. we live within walking distance of a duck pond and a target, and as the mom of a toddler that's pretty much heaven. :)it's also great to live within driving/commuter train distance of chicago, even though we don't always take advantage of it. pretty much anything you could ever want to do, eat, or see is right there. and the beautiful lake michigan too!

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  5. Hey! Also a resident of Fort Collins, aka Fort Fun Baby!!! Yes, you can bike everywhere, you don't have to lock your car, everyone has dogs, thrift stores sell Patagonia and Dansko's, cool boutique stores in old town, non-profit coffee shops, seconds from great hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, climbing, etc., the only hospital in town is "mother friendly" meaning they strive to complete your birth wishes to a T, awesome breweries on every corner (not quite, but...), and all of this without the pretentiousness of Boulder (a town which I still LOVE despite the sometimes snobby feel). ;) Come visit, people!!!

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  6. hello!
    I live in Mount Pleasant, SC which is just one mile over the bridge from Charleston, SC. I love being close to the beach and close to downtown Charleston where I find inspiration around every single historic turn.

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  7. Oh now, why did you have to go and do that? I already get homesick for Iowa regularly. Now you have to tell me it's the best place to raise kids? (Of course, I already suspected that...)

    That being said, there are some things I love about the place where I live, El Cerrito, CA. It's in on the east side of the SF Bay, so we have access to San Francisco (though we rarely go there) and Berkeley and Oakland are like extensions of our town in many ways. So we have access to all the big urban stuff but what I love about my town is that it's got its own small town feel. It seems like everyone knows each other. I can walk everywhere -- school, preschool, library, grocery store, book store, parks, restaurants -- there are times when I got 3 or 4 days without driving my car and I don't even realize it until later. There are lots of different kinds of people. And though I don't love the weather in the summer because it never gets hot enough, it's hard to beat it in the winter.

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  8. wow- Des Moines looks way cool, J! I wanna move there with you!!

    Let's see, what do us gypsies call home??? Mexico City? Nah, it's okay. Philadephia is awesome, def consider that a great city. Lake Tahoe is divine. Arcada, California is wonderful.

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  9. Hey! I live in Des Moines, too! You're the first local crafter I've run into in Blogland.It's a pleasure to meet you...

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  10. Those pictures are beautiful - makes me wanting to travel! :)
    I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I love that the land is so flat you can go anywhere on your bike - from one end of the city to the other, in just an hour or two.
    I also like that we get all the seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn...and we get a little more summer than I'm used to, growing up in wintery Sweden.
    I love that you can take a walk on your own without being afraid.
    I love the fact that the water is so clean you can drink the water straight from the tap.
    <3

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  11. I live in Saint Paul, MN and what I love most about it is the quaint big city feel it has. AND I love the farmer market!

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  12. Killer pictures of our great city! Did you take these?

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  13. I'm from Sacramento, CA. I love it here and can't imagine raising a family anywhere. We've got awesome weather most of the year, a happening art scene and the most diverse restuarant offerings I've seen outside of D.C. I love that it's one of the most diverse cities in the country and has a pretty low cost of living (relative to the rest of California). Did I mention that we're also only an hour and a half from Tahoe and San Francisco and only an hour from Napa? Go Sac!

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  14. Hello! I found your blog a few weeks ago and decided to start reading through your old entries this morning. I hope you don't mind!

    I love your blog. So beautiful. So fun. So honest.

    I just moved to Los Angeles in late September. I'm still learning my way around, but I love that I live in one of the few areas where you can actually walk around. I'm right by UCLA and often walk around Westwood Village here. I also walk down Westwood and Santa Monica Boulevards for miles. I love it.

    It's also great to have the Pacific Ocean just 5 miles away. Oh, and *lots* of yarn shops, which is surprising for a place that scarcely gets cold enough to wear long sleeves (I'm an East Coast gal, originally).

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