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Beautiful Green Friendly Homey City
Not much to do
In a nutshell
Good party town but you need to be there on a saturday for tailgating
There is one particular area in Cedar Rapids to avoid at night, bounded by 10th St, 19th St, C Ave NE, and 8th Ave SE. That's really larger than the entire problem area, and this is nothing like areas of really large cities, but compared to the rest of the city, which is quite safe, this is the one area to be cautious in. On some occasions, memebers of Chicago gangs have murdered their rivals in this area, on the street, and I also know of a number of violent muggings and rapes that have happened in this area.
Written Oct 1, 2005
If You are visiting Cedar Rapids in the summer, it is really beautiful to drive up to Palo, Iowa which is only about 20 minutes from town. go up to Pleasant Vally and see the beach and all the camping grounds. Another great place is Coe College, its a beautiful campus and you can become a member and come use the nice pool all year round (I might be your lifeguard!). From there you should walk around downtown, see all the wierd public sculpture, go to the historic paramount theatre, and go to some little pubs or larger bars such as muddy waters. You should also drive around the Washington Highschool area on Cottage Grove and see all the big old houses. There is a lot of history about the SW side of town, especially near downtown.
Written Aug 26, 2002