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Anti-Trump protest rallies through the streets to I-80

What began as a rally on the Pentacrest ended with a human blockade across I-80 as Iowa Citians from all walks of life banded together to protest president-elect Donald Trump. The afternoon began with students from City and West High students staging a walk out. An estimate of over 200 students were either taken out […]

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Petition to amend city charter’s petition requirements circulates

A petition to change the current Iowa City Charter, which would reduce the number of signatures needed to put forth a city council initiative or referendum vote, has started to circulate around Iowa City. Martha Hampel and Caroline Dieterle are part of a group that is collecting signatures for the petition. Hampel said the purposed […]

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City of Iowa City invites public input on City Manager search

Iowa City

Following the March 2016 departure of City Manager Tom Markus, the City of Iowa City has begun its search for a new city manager. In a press release sent this evening, the city invited comment from the public as it considers a full-time appointment for Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin (assistant city manger under Markus). […]

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UR Here: Top-down management of Black Hawk Mini Park at odds with park’s original vision

UR Here

In my previous column, I discussed “place-led governance,” in which urban development considers history, cultural meaning and an inclusive understanding of community members’ use. At the core of place-led governance lies the idea of the commons. For most people, the commons means natural resources such as air, water and soils. Absolutely true—but not sufficient. Current […]

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The ‘Core Four’ won: Now what?

City Hall

Mayor Matt Hayek warned that, if elected, the Core Four would return Iowa City to the ‘anti-growth, micro-managing city hall of eras past.’ Now, having swept the election, the Core Four gets its chance to prove him wrong. As the air gets colder and the prairie wind begins to unleash its bite, the hearts of […]

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Letter to the Editor: In election, consider Core Question, not Core Four

My three-year-old daughter has a favorite phrase. Ask her to put on her shoes or pick up her toys, odds are her response will be “It’s not necessary.” I am borrowing her phrase. It applies to rhetoric employed by some city council candidates and their supporters. […]

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Letter to the Editor: The gang of four strikes back

City Hall

By Mary Gravitt What first interested me in City Council was the Chauncey and an article published in Little Village magazine, Feb.-March 2013: “Your Town Now: The city council’s Chauncey decision is remarkably opaque” By Zach Tilly and Skaaren Cosse. Chauncey is still causing contention within the City chamber. Tilly-Cosse: To decide between the three […]

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Finding a balance in Iowa City’s District A

Iowa City Council

As discourse over downtown high-rises and the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) dominates the public conversation leading up to the Iowa City Council race, an entirely different set of issues drives the District A contest between incumbent councilman Rick Dobyns and his sole challenger, nurse and community activist Pauline Taylor: racial disparity in Iowa […]

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Protesters call out Ernst on minimum wage, women’s rights

U.S. Sen. candidate Joni Ernst brought her pal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, to Iowa City Wednesday for a campaign event that was marred by multiple protesters who interrupted their speeches on the steps outside Gilmore Hall on the University of Iowa campus. Right before the candidates arrived, the event was pushed outside. Shouting “Raise the […]

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First Lady stumps for Braley in IC, jokes about ‘Bailey’ gaffe

Possibly the biggest question ahead of a voter turnout rally for Bruce Braley was how or if First Lady Michelle Obama would address her recent and repeated flub of Braley’s name during an early October event at Drake University when she referred to Braley as “Bailey” seven times. Mrs. Obama, reading from a teleprompter, joked […]

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