“Iowa City or Cedar Rapids?” is often the thought of recently graduated students from my alma mater, Coe College.
Many out-of-state students who have decided to live in Iowa post graduation struggle with this question as they compare the vibrant nightlife of Iowa City to the affordability of Cedar Rapids. As I joyously announced my victory at securing cheap housing in Iowa City, many of my friends who currently live in Cedar Rapids voiced their envy at my proximity to “a city where there’s something to do.”
I fell in love with the heritage and culture in Cedar Rapids four years ago on my first visit to Zindrick’s, a restaurant in the Czech Village. And as my love grew so did my frustration. I saw that many fellow college students were blind to the things CR offered and instead went straight to the bar scene in Iowa City.
I completely understood where they were coming from. In frustration, I used to say, “Name one place to go in Cedar Rapids, after 11pm, that is not a bar.”
My answers resounded with echoes of Walmart and Perkins.
I made an effort to be familiar with Cedar Rapids and, over time, became a sort of tour guide for things college students and “young professionals” would be interested in. And now, with moving to Iowa City, I see a unique opportunity presented to me.
I could answer that question for my peers. And why stop there? Why not be able to answer that question for everyone interested in the pros and cons of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids?
I want to be able to answer the question, “Iowa City or Cedar Rapids?” for all age groups, personality types and financial situations.
But I need some help; and this is where you come in.
I want you to share your love, and frustrations, with the city you live and work in!
What is the difference between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids?
Which city does nightlife better? Which has better housing and job opportunities? Are they so close to each other that they can merge into a singular identity? What city has history and which city has better ethnic dining?
[I want the tourism boards of the cities to either fret or drool over the comments on this post. So write as much or as little as you want!]
Here are some questions to get you started:
What do you think the main difference are between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids?
- What draws you to either or both cities?
- What changes do you want to see take place in either city?
- Why do you, or have you, lived or worked in that city?
And no doubt you have more to say!