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Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:51 pm

Found this article very interesting on Dubuque (I lived there for a little over 2 years). The district is similar to what Jobbers Canyon was to Omaha. At one time, the Millwork district in Dubuque was the largest in the nation.

This Dubuque, Iowa Master Plan Is a Rust Belt Victory

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby Brad » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:56 pm

Wow, that's Awesome!
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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:11 pm

Brad wrote:Wow, that's Awesome!

Yeah especially for a city of only 60,000 and only 90,000 in the metro. Dubuque has some really great old buildings and churches. If anyone has a chance, I highly recommend visiting what I believe is the prettiest city in the state of Iowa.

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:27 pm

Here are a few pictures of Dubuque:

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby nativeomahan » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:36 pm

Downtown Dubuque is absolutely gorgeous. Reminds me more of Pittsburgh than Iowa. And they have a very user friendly riverfront.

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby Joe_Sovereign » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:47 pm

The have all the old buildings downtown because the downtown area has been a |expletive| for so long. Glad they didn't tear everything down and now there is a chance for repurposing all those old buildings.

There is a definite Pennsylvania/Ohio rustbelt feel to that part of Iowa and extending into Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby garyomaha » Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:42 pm

Yes, driving into the city from the north, south, or especially the east brings a beautiful view. I lived in Dubuque in the 80s and loved it. One downside at that time was there was every highway in and out was 2-lane -- but since then, they've upgraded several 4-lane highways. Another downside was, there were a lot of bats! The downtown area, where I lived for awhile, was walkable, although the west side of town was up a STEEP bluff. The west side of town could be Chain Store Anywhere -- but downtown largely holds its charm, although it's changed over time (whose downtown hasn't?). I think the movie F.I.S.T. was filmed in the warehouse district mentioned here.

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby Seth » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:17 pm

If I could find a good job in my field, Dubuque is a town we'd love to move to. I've always like the setting on the bluff, and there are enough affordable 100-year-old houses for me to find one worth restoring. The biggest problem with these small towns is the lack of middle-class professional jobs these days.

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:30 pm

They did have a ton of new jobs for IBM, but now that their business is down, they have diminished their workforce in Dubuque. They even moved in to renovate the old Roshek Department store building (similar to Brandeis)

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Re: Dubuque, IA Master Plan

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:43 pm

This old brewery recently caught on fire in Dubuque. There were talks to demolish the building due to the damage sustained, but hopefully they are able to save this. I wish Omaha still had some of these old brewery buildings like this.

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