anyone paying attention to urban development in the Quad Cities is
familiar with Dan Carmody. Carmody spent 18 years reinventing and
re-energizing Rock Island as director of Renaissance Rock Island. He
recently accepted a similar position in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (See
"The Man Behind Rock Island Renaissance," River
Cities' Reader, October 19, 2005.)
the years, the Reader has
often written about Carmody's projects and ideas, including the
most recently published "Vacation Manifesto: Radical Ideas to Grow
the Quad Cities" (River Cities'
Reader, June 14, 2006).
Third Ward alderman, Keith Meyer, upon reading that "manifesto,"
requested that the city hire Carmody to speak to city leaders
regarding his ideas and other important growth issues.
the City of Davenport Design Center hosted a presentation by Carmody,
at the Figge Art Museum inside the Deere Auditorium last Monday
evening. The event was billed "A Game of Twenty Civic Questions: a
lively, interactive session that considers key questions for
successful regional development with emphasis on urban core
development and global issues."