Sometimes things with good intentions end up
huge mistakes. That might be the case with
an agreement between Wal-Mart and the City of Davenport dealing with the store the company will likely be abandoning in a little more than a year.

At Thursday's meeting of the Davenport Community & Economic Development Committee, developer THF Realty of St. Louis provided the city council with documents that should allow the construction of a Super Wal-Mart at Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street to proceed.

• U.S. Bank and Firstar Bank will offer discounted loans to individuals in cities and surrounding communities of Moorhead, Minnesota; Fargo and Wahpeton, North Dakota; and Davenport, Iowa. The discounted loans, which will be available April 30 through May 18, are designed for customers who have flood-related expenses or who need to repair their homes because of the rising waters.

As the Davenport City Council nears its final consideration of a financing mechanism to pay for road improvements for a Super Wal-Mart store at 53rd Street and Elmore Avenue, there are plenty of reasons to take a hard look at the issues.

This Friday's gallery hop in The District of Rock Island has a more aggressive flavor than past installments with the theme "Art Attack." The quarterly event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m., featuring dozens of artists.

• Davenport has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess brownfields, areas of former industrial sites. The area to be studied includes most of west Davenport in the vicinity of the Mississippi River and the area surrounding Nahant Marsh - the largest urban marsh on the upper Mississippi and a recently completed EPA Superfund project.

East Moline

• About 70 percent of the Quarter re-development project in East Moline is cleaned up and ready, but East Moline Mayor Bill Ward said it needs money and building-specifications to continue.

Publisher's Note: We picked up this story from a fellow independent paper, the San Antonio Current. This is critical information in the new and emerging economies of data, access and information.

• The Junior League of the Quad Cities is working in conjunction with the City of Bettendorf to add a play area in McManus Park (better known as Rocket Park) just off Interstate 74 to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities.

Since losing the contract to run Davenport's bus system at the end of 2000, MetroLINK has begun to aggressively expand its services, and planned bus routes to rural areas and nearby college towns could be just the first step.

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