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Greetings from the flatlands

DecaturHawk

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I've lurked long enough - time to join the board. I guess I just wanted to participate in those "name the city" contests on the "Cities and Places" fourm - I'm a nut for that kind of stuff. I manage the Long Range Planning Division for Decatur, IL, a very gritty midwestern city in the middle of IL. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa Urban and Regional Planning Program (ca. 1987) and have worked in IL, IA, MI, and WI as well as taking time off to do full-time volunteer work. Looking forward to participating.
 

nerudite

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Welcome to Cyburbia... jump into the action any old time. I hope you venture out of the Guess the City threads from time to time, because I'm sure your experience would be helpful to others in the other forums as well. :)
 

Wannaplan?

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Welcome!

How close are you to Joliet? I went to the riverboat casino there eight years ago and was freaked out. That town was dead.
 

BKM

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Hey, DH. Welcome.

For a few short years, I labored under the illusion that I was going to be an electrical engineer and studied at Bradley in Peoria. I remember Decatur.
 

Cardinal

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Welcome! It's good to have another Midwesterner, even if you are only a flatlander. Not a native one, I hope?
 

PlannerByDay

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Welcome to the world of Cyburbia, place online where a planner can have fun and be serious at the same time. Where about did you spend time in MI?
 

SW MI Planner

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Howdy and welcome to the boards!!!

For what it's worth, my husbands best friend is a police officer for Decatur. Small world?
 

Tranplanner

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That "Guess the City" game is addictive, eh? You're welcome to try to stump (not Stumph) us!
 

Jeff

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DecaturHawk said:
I've lurked long enough - time to join the board. I guess I just wanted to participate in those "name the city" contests on the "Cities and Places" fourm - I'm a nut for that kind of stuff.
You had to go and open your mouth. You are now offically the "Name That City" picture poster.

Get to work.
 

SGB

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Welcome! We look forward to your perspective on our wandering wonderings.
 

DecaturHawk

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Thanks for the welcome!

Wow, what a nice welcome. I shoulda joined sooner. Nerudite, I look forward to participating in discussions all over the board. Beaner, I am about 2.5 hours south of Joliet. You must have caught them on a bad night; Joliet is often mentioned here in Illinois as an urban renaissance success story (although they do have much work yet to do).

Howdy back atcha, Huston! BKM: Go Braves! They are my favorite college football team.

Michael S., no, I am not a native to the central IL flatlands. I am from Cedar Rapids IA (anyone who thinks Iowa is the flatlands has never been to central IL or NW Minnesota). Spent 3 years in Platteville and greatly miss Wisconsin. I hope to return there someday?

Josh D., I was City Planner in Ypsilanti, America's most fun city beginning with a "Y" (I've never been to Youngstown, so I guess I can't prove this). El Guapo: is that a German or a Dutch welcome? In either case, thanks.

SW MI Planner: Yes, it's a small world. Even smaller: I am headed up to South Haven next week for a well-deserved vacation. My 5-year old has been dying to go to the beach, so we will spend some time on the dunes (the water will be too cold, but that's OK). We are actually combining the trip with my brother-in-law's graduation from Ferris next weekend.

Tranplanner, thanks for the welcome. I've spent some time in the Maritimes, so please put up a few Canadian cities in the Guess the City game. NHPlanner, I've also spent time in New Hampshire, and I love that state. Ste. Marie's in Manchester is one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen, and I love the view from Rock Rimmon. Hope to visit there again some day.

Thanks again to all of you. Look forward to corresponding.
 

SW MI Planner

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Just got even *more* smaller.... I went to Eastern, so I lived in Ypsi for 8 years, and did my internship for Ypsi Twp. :D

Have fun in South Haven and have a safe trip!!
 

el Guapo

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Re: Thanks for the welcome!

DecaturHawk said:
El Guapo: is that a German or a Dutch welcome? In either case, thanks.
It was a DUTCH WOMEN"S RUGBY Welcome. ;)
 

Cardinal

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Tranplanner said:
That "Guess the City" game is addictive, eh? You're welcome to try to stump (not Stumph) us!
No "h", TP. It's an "f". Stumpf. :)

You weren't in the Spelling Clube in grade school, were you?
 

pete-rock

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biscuit said:
Man, this place is getting overrun with mid-westerners.
As it should be! Welcome, DH. I'm three hours up the road in Chicago, and I've spent time in MI and IN as well.
 

Chet

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Ah, another corn-fed comes into our fold....

*evil laugh*
 

PlannerByDay

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Re: Thanks for the welcome!

DecaturHawk said:
Yes, it's a small world. Even smaller: I am headed up to South Haven next week for a well-deserved vacation. .
South Haven is a great little City. I am only 50 min. away and grew up spending every summer in my parents place on the beach until I was 17. I hope you had a good time and you need to come back in the summer when it is nice-n-warm.
 

donk

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Welcome aboard, from one of the maritime contingent. I think NH Planner posted a maritime city awhile ago, and i know I did too. There are not too many and most a feature that is way to obvious.
 
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