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UR Here: The Community, the Crises and the Commons

A lot of people think something is really wrong with our country–indeed our whole world. Last winter and spring, mass protests throughout the Middle East swept long-standing regimes out of power. This past summer, European cities experienced mass protests about the state of economies and jobs. This fall, the Occupy movement has swept from Wall […]

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Nightlife: Lunar Leisure

Kangaroos and ostriches. That’s what I hoped to see during the second Full Moon Bike Ride through Iowa City on Sept. 12. As a recent transplant to this fair town on the Iowa River, I was ready to enjoy a different breed of wildlife from the creatures inhabiting northern Indiana. Mountain lions? In Iowa? So I figured what the hell. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for kangaroos and ostriches. […]

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Your Town Now: The Millar's Tale

Give John Millar this much: The man doesn’t know when to quit. Unfortunately for us, Millar–the business-development consultant recently hired by the city and the university–also doesn’t know much about working with college-town audiences. Which is a shame, seeing as the city’s Planning & Community Development Department, The Daily Iowan and Millar himself tout his […]

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Townie Hawk: Staying the Course

Realists and dreamers alike know that real love stays, through both triumph and tragedy. Woe be to the Hawkeyes if we were the kind of fans who left the stadium every time there was a deluge, or left the Deadwood every time they ran out of Sally’s kick-ass chili. There’s a lot of season left […]

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UR Here: The Cat & The Commons

One of the best things to happen to Iowa City this fall has been the mountain lion. I know, I know. There may not even be a mountain lion. Maybe people saw a big kitty, or a deer, or, heck, even a dog. It doesn’t matter. Whether ol’ Snagglepuss is as real as a downtown parking ticket or as imaginary as the white-cuffed-and-collared, pink-hued cartoon cat who just wants to exit stage left, it doesn’t matter. He (or she) has contributed much to the sense of the commons in Iowa City. […]

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