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Letters to the editor: Community members sound off on candidates for Iowa City Council

Little Village has covered the candidates in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council as they’ve discussed important issues in two public forums. LV has also received many letter about the candidate, and for the convenience of voters still making up their minds about whom to vote for in the Sept. 4 primary, we’ve compiled those letter below. […]

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Construction begins soon on nature-themed play area in Riverfront Crossings Park

Now that first phase of construction on Riverfront Crossings Park is well underway, work on phase two — an extensive nature play area — is projected to begin in September, Juli Seydell Johnson, director of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation department said. […]

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Climate action grants now available for Iowa City community organizations

Iowa City community organizations can now apply for a climate action grant worth up to $5,000. The city council has allocated $25,000 for the grants, which will support local climate and sustainability actions performed by two or more community-based organizations working in partnership. […]

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Iowa City council aims to ensure development saves century-old church, without breaking the bank

Plans to preserve the 109-year-old, former Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City church building moved forward Tuesday night during an Iowa City Council work session. Updated plans would keep the church while lowering city expenses connected to a planned mixed-use development on the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street — an area currently occupied […]

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Iowa City Council nixes ‘Sanctuary’ label but reaffirms hands-off policy on immigration enforcement

By Emma Husar and Lauren Shotwell A resolution unanimously passed Tuesday by the Iowa City Council reaffirmed that no public resources would be devoted by the city police department to detecting undocumented immigrants. Council members noted that the move works to help maintain relationships between police officers and the community, ensuring that victims and witnesses […]

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Letter to the Editor: For sustainability, vote three Ts and a Rock

Iowa City

Change can be easy if we start small. If you believe in recycling; reusing; reducing; then you will want to vote this November 3. The positive impact of your vote could be one of the biggest turning points for a beautiful, sustainable Iowa City. There are four CORE candidates whose visions will turn Iowa City’s […]

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Fate of cottages still uncertain

The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted unanimously last week to recommend giving the three workers’ cottages on South Dubuque Street historic landmark status. The vote comes after the HPC reviewed a petition submitted by the Friends of the Historic Preservation, which calls for the city to rezone the block from a commercial zone […]

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Council votes against public hearing on cottages

Iowa City Council voted this morning 4-3 not to have a public hearing to discuss the historic status of three workers’ cottages, located on the 600 block of South Dubuque Street. The buildings, which had been slated for rezoning into the new Riverfront Crossings District, are on the chopping block after an engineer’s report from […]

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Historic cottages on South Dubuque Street in danger

The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the fate of three 19th century cottages today at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The commission will review an application, submitted by Hodge Construction, that seeks to rezone the 600 block of South Dubuque Street from a commercial land zone to a mixed-use building zone. The […]

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The truth about TIFs

Illustration by Mark Vollenweider

In mid-July, the Iowa City City Council authorized $14.1 million dollars in TIF-funded financial aid to the $49 million dollar, 15-story luxury high-rise named The Chauncey. The debate over the city’s decision to essentially subsidize part of the construction of The Chauncey—which will include more screens for FilmScene, a bowling alley, art gallery space and […]

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