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Your Town Now: A treaty to end competition between Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty.

The collective brass of the Iowa City-Coralville-North Liberty Commerce Triangle are hard at work on a landmark economic policy charter to be known as the Community Business Attraction and Anti-Piracy Compact. A lofty title for what some believe to be little more than a misguided protectionist reaction to the giant sucking sound emanating from the […]

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Your Town Now: Following the Money

Your Town Now—now featuring twice as many writers as a 1,000-word column should need—is Little Village’s monthly look at local news items of interest. In this edition, we look at two proposed initiatives of the City of Iowa City: to restrict payday lenders, and to focus school district spending, once again, outside Iowa City proper. […]

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Your Town Now: Red Light Caution

Many of us subject ourselves to forms of surveillance on a daily basis. Every time we post a picture on Facebook or send out a tweet, we are contributing to vast digital archives of data about ourselves, observable to those both within and beyond our social circles. While we do this voluntarily, what a lot […]

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Your Town Now: Beyond Bike Friendly

From the outskirts of Rochester Avenue to heavily-trafficked downtown streets like Burlington or tree-sheltered lanes like Summit Street, “Share the Road” signs suggest that Iowa City is a bike-friendly town. But Mark Pooley, Audrey Wiedemeier and Brad Parsons beg to differ. For these members of Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County, an advocacy group for […]

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Your Town Now: Slouching Towards Downtown

Carpetbaggers to Iowa City have had a bit of fun with us lately after skulking away to Michigan. Stephen Bloom, who embarrassed himself in The Atlantic’s formerly admirable online presence, and Nila Haug, who sources tell me was something of a grumpy slumlord, each left our fair city with a steaming pile of thanks on the doorstep after heading off to the land of malaria, blight and the Nuge. […]

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Your Town Now: Stopping the Silence

Women’s Resource and Action Center: uiowa.edu/~wrac Men’s Anti-Violence Council: uiowa.edu/~wrac/anti-violence.shtml Rape Victim Advocacy Program: rvap.org Rape Crisis Line at the RVAP: (319) 335-6000 Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline: (800) 284-7821 For the purposes of this writing, let’s stipulate up front that we don’t really know exactly what happened in the Penn State football locker room in […]

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