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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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Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to ‘Lizzie McGuire’

The first show of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions was a breath of fresh air, if you could manage a full inhale in the withering heat on Thursday evening. Seeing Iowa City poet Sara McGuirk and now Chicago-based musician Elizabeth […]

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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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‘One percent is strong, 99 percent is a lot stronger’: Sen. Bernie Sanders brings his presidential campaign to the Ped Mall

During his Friday night campaign rally in Iowa City, Sen. Bernie Sanders sounded almost exactly the same as he did during the first Iowa speech of his 2020 campaign at the Iowa Memorial Union in March. […]

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Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa City on Friday for a rally on the Ped Mall

Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a rally on the Ped Mall Friday evening, as the final stop on his two-day “End Corporate Greed” tour through Iowa. It will be Sanders’ first appearance in Iowa City, since his heart attack earlier this month. The tour is intended to highlight the Vermont senator’s new “Corporate Accountability and Democracy” plan, which […]

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Iowa City asked to approve a $9 million TIF for a Ped Mall-adjacent apartment complex

At its Wednesday meeting, the Iowa City Council Economic Development Committee (EDC) will consider a proposed nine-story apartment building that Tailwind Group wants to construct behind the three Ped Mall buildings that stand between the Graduate and the Wells Fargo building. […]

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Following backlash, the Iowa City Council has decided to replace some of the new Ped Mall benches

The Iowa City Council decided to alter the Ped Mall Improvement Plan to include benches with no center armrest, during its work session on Tuesday. Twenty percent of the 70 new benches, or a total of 14, will be without […]

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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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