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The org tables are the stars at CCAN-Con, a volunteering and activism fair taking over the Ped Mall Saturday

Corridor Community Action Network will host its second-ever CCAN-Con on Saturday at the Ped Mall. The convention, last held right before the onset of the COVID pandemic in 2020, is a community engagement and volunteer fair founded by CCAN Director […]

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Public art meets the front porch swing in Black Hawk Mini Park

The official description of Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 calls it an “international participatory public art installation” that “features a series of three-dimensional red frames that illustrate the warmth, comfort, and safety of our home.” But anyone walking past Black […]

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Loop, an interactive art exhibit, lights up the Ped Mall

Loop began to light up the Ped Mall on Friday. The interactive art installation combines spinning illustrations and quiet music, all powered by the person viewing the art. The installation features large cylindrical pods that mimic the display of a […]

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It’s nearly time for the annual Ped Mall bench makeover — applications are open for BenchMarks 2021

The Iowa City Ped Mall has seen Herkys on parade, tree sweaters, outdoor pianos, a massive $20,000 bike rack and more, but perhaps its most enduring and diverse public art project has been its painted benches. Since the summer of […]

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Second phase of Ped Mall Improvements Project starts with the removal of trees

Construction on the second phase of the Ped Mall Improvements Project began on Monday. This phase focuses on the east-west corridor running from Clinton Street to Linn Street. The work is beginning with the trimming and removal of trees. […]

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Group asks Iowa City to remove ‘hostile’ new Ped Mall benches

A group demanding the removal and replacement of the new Ped Mall benches met with Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin on Monday morning. Organized by Iowa City’s Catholic Worker House, the group believe the design of the new benches, which […]

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Your Village: Are the new Ped Mall benches hostile to the homeless?

“Everyone is curious about the new benches on the Ped Mall. Are they an example of hostile architecture, designed to make life harder on the homeless? Or are they designed that way to be ADA-compliant? Or is there another line of thought behind this particular choice in benches?” […]

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Pop-up shops planned for the Iowa City Ped Mall this holiday season

Pop-up shops are coming to the Ped Mall for the holidays. The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting its third annual Downtown Holiday Market, and this year it will feature a variety of shops in three temporary structures that will be built in Black Hawk Mini Park. […]

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