ad2330 wrote:Grew up in Omaha, attended UNL and since relocated to DFW. I currently live in Fort Worth, TX about a mile from TCU, and have for the past 2 1/2 years. Fort Worth is a great city, especially the downtown, but I'm longing to get back to Omaha and will have the opportunity to do so in the spring. Moving away has given me the greatest appreciation for what Omaha has to offer. Such a great size and EASY going life. People think big cities are so amazing but I'm telling you, it's just controlled chaos (not always controlled). Don't even get me going on TRAFFIC. If Omaha could pick up a professional team, whether it be NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB or whatever, I think we'd considerably raise the bar as a city. It would provide such great entertainment and camaraderie among our city. Every time I come home I see something new that has popped up and from my college days, Lincoln downtown has absolutely taken off! Anyways, Omaha is great and once I move back I don't plan on ever leaving again. What a great place to call home!
I totally agree...I have gained such a great appreciation for what the Omaha metro has to offer. Â I moved to Dubuque, IA and currently Cedar Rapids, IA, and although I like the mix of cities in eastern Iowa, they pale in comparison to Omaha. Â I am also looking forward to moving back to Omaha this winter/spring, once I get a job. Â I realize that I took many things for granted when I lived in Omaha previously. Â It is just all the little things of having different restaurants to eat at, concerts and games at the CenturyLink Center, Vala's pumpkin patch to visit, the zoo, Holiday Lighting Festival and fireworks and so much more. Â Another thing that I have noticed is the lack of public art in the other cities. Â Sometimes I know that I didn't appreciate the public art in Omaha, but Cedar Rapids for one has a lack of any public art. Â Omaha does have a lot more traffic than either of these cities but the roads are designed much better (interstates to get around instead of highways and regular city streets). Â I didn't realize how much of a difference the interstate makes for getting around town until I moved. Â The stop and go traffic on city streets just to get to work gets to be a pain. Â Overall I am very anxious to move back to what I and many others feel is a great hidden gem of a city in Omaha. Â I am very excited for the direction that Omaha has headed over the past decade and anxious to be a part of an excellent community with great future growth.