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Letter to the editor: The Iowa City Council is halting valuable housing projects because they don’t like tall buildings

The Core 4 of the Iowa City Council have indicated a potentially major shift for the future of development in Riverfront Crossings. There are processes and regulations in place to guide P&Z and the council when considering height bonuses. These are, and should be, totally separate from the rezoning process. While it was appropriate for the council to communicate concerns about height to the developer at this stage, there was no reason to not move forward with the rezoning.
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Get a free breakfast and learn about Iowa City’s budget at Breakfast on a Budget

Thinking about Iowa City’s annual budget may not be the first thing many people do on a Saturday morning, but most people do eat breakfast. This Saturday, you’ll be able to do both at “Breakfast on a Budget.” City Councilmember Kingsley Botchway II came up the idea, as a way to increase public involvement in discussions about the upcoming city budget.
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Jim Throgmorton sworn in for second term as Iowa City mayor

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, following a vote by the city council during a special early morning session. Asked about his plans for his second term, Throgmorton told Little Village, “I’m completely committed to our council’s shared ambition to forge a more inclusive, just and sustainable city. […]

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Friends and supporters celebrate as Mazahir Salih takes oath of office

On Friday night, Dec. 29, friends and supporters of Mazahir Salih came together to celebrate victory. They gathered to share in the official taking of the oath of office for the Iowa City Council. Mazahir is the first ever elected Sudanese woman to any public office in the U.S. She won a resounding victory for city council in November. […]

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Letter to the editor: ‘Vote Hall for sensible use of TIF’

Ryan Hall has a campaigned on a number of issues that I wholeheartedly support: family friendly neighborhoods, strong local foods policy, transparency and a strong local economy, which is essential for everyone to thrive. But I was most impressed by his approach to tax increment financing policy. […]

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‘This is about a movement’: District B candidate Ryan Hall wants to bridge the gap between students and others in Iowa City

University of Iowa undergraduate Ryan Hall said he believes his candidacy for the District B city council seat can help bridge what he sees as a gap between students and other residents of Iowa City. “A lot of the struggles that students are going through—the affordable housing crisis, paying way too much of the little money that they have trying to put a roof over their head—also effects our poor and working class in Iowa City,” Hall told Little Village. “So, if we bridge those gaps with the students and the residents of Iowa City to find solutions and build up the movement that is needed to build the voices, [and] the power of our local people really effect change.”
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