The neighborhoods immediately north and east of downtown Iowa City contain an array of lovely older buildings, many of which are included in the College Green and (newly-created) Jefferson Street Historic Preservation Districts. But these neighborhoods are also facing increasing development pressure, which has resulted in the construction (and planned construction) of several new multi-story mixed-use buildings. Whether these changes will contribute positively to the long-term prosperity and vitality of the city has recently been a topic of considerable public debate. Participants on the tour will be encouraged to see the neighborhoods and debate through Jane Jacobs’ eyes, and to draw upon her thinking to suggest alterations that would make the neighborhoods into even more attractive, diverse, and livable places.
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30pm
Date: Saturday, May 4
Event Route: The walking tour will begin at the fountain on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. It will then basically go north three blocks, east three, south three, and west three back to the fountain on the mall.
Host Organizations: City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.
Registration: No need to sign up. Just show up at the starting location.
Accessibility: This event is accessible and welcoming to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.