The neighborhood south of downtown has been changing substantially over the past ten years, and will do so even more over the coming years. Most of the changes introduced thus far have involved new apartment buildings, often with commercial/office space on the first floors. Several new buildings are planned, including the University’s new School of Music and a possible Amtrak train station. The result of these recent and planned changes will be the production of a higher density neighborhood immediately south of downtown Iowa City and The University of Iowa. Participants on the tour will be encouraged to see the present and planned neighborhood through Jane Jacobs’ eyes, and to suggest alternations that would make it into an even more attractive, diverse, and livable place.
Date: Saturday, May 5
Event Route: The tour will begin on the Pedestrian Mall at Dubuque and Washington Streets in downtown Iowa City, and end at Fair Grounds Coffeehouse at 345 S. Dubuque Street.
Host Organizations: City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, and the UNESCO City of Literature.
Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.
Accessibility: This event is accessible and welcoming to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.