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Another Land Deal on the Backs of Taxpayers PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Wednesday, 27 September 2000 18:00
You would think the minute the Davenport City Council heard the word TIF (tax increment financing), their little ears would perk up and their brains would start quaking. When the recent news of the proposed TIF to subsidize Sentry Insurance’s move to Davenport came to their attention, the City Council should have been on it like ducks on June bugs.

 
If You Believe These Numbers, I've Got a Bridge To Go With This Deal PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 19 September 2000 18:00
For nearly four months, a mayor’s ad hoc committee made up of several members of the Davenport community (including myself), along with various aldermen and city staff, has struggled with what to do with 220 acres the City owns as part of the failed 53rd Street Mixed-Use Development project.

 
Land Use Plans Need Public Scrutiny PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Wednesday, 13 September 2000 18:00
Public meetings are being held this week to get citizens’ input on what to do with the 220 acres at the corner of 53rd and Eastern Avenue that the City of Davenport currently owns. The Ad Hoc Committee, appointed by Mayor Phil Yerington, has as its mission to study various land use scenarios and present its final recommendation to the City Council for an alternative use for the property—alternative to the Mixed-Use Development project that was initially presented in 1997.

 
"Big Picture" Instead of "Big Bull"...and more PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Wednesday, 06 September 2000 18:00
All of the Quad Cities are facing a federal mandate to fully implement citywide stormwater management systems by 2007. Moline just approved a utility fee to cover the cost of its system, and that will be the path most likely taken by the other area municipalities because there is no room in current budgets for such a substantial expenditure.

 
A Midwest Mecca for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 29 August 2000 18:00
We have the makings of a Midwest Arts Mecca here in the Quad Cities. As this week’s cover story points out, we have more than 4,600 arts-related events occurring throughout the year in our communities. The recognized importance of the arts to our region’s quality of life is beginning to reach critical mass.

 
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