When the City of Moline requested developers in 1999 for
its mixed-used riverfront project known as Bass Street
Landing, it didn't get any responses that met its requirements - primarily that applicants have experience developing and operating a similar project.

• The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association has picked Davenport's River Center as the site of its 2002 Symphony in Bloom fundraiser. The show, to be renamed the Midwest Regional Lawn, Garden, & Flower Show Featuring Symphony in Bloom, will be held March 1 through 3, to coincide with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's March Classical Series concerts.

Last month in Washington, D.C., Bettendorf resident Scott Morschhauser ran into people a lot like him.

"I can't sleep at night," somebody would say to him.

"I can't sleep at night, either!" Morschhauser would reply.

In 1998, David Glass, the chief operating officer of Wal-Mart, outlined his company's objective: "First we dominate North America, then South America, then Europe and Asia."

If Glass had been speaking of any other enterprise, his words might have seemed far-fetched.

• The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) and Southeast Iowa Blood Center this week merged their operations to create the largest not-for-profit blood center in Iowa, with service to 25 hospitals in 23 counties throughout eastern and southeastern Iowa and western Illinois.

At a forum May 24 at the Family Museum of Arts & Science, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker made clear that those deflating practical considerations weren't welcome. No pesky questions about whether something can be done, or from where the money might come to pay for it.

For a year and a half, Davenport citizens have been witness to the ongoing saga of Niky Bowles versus the City of Davenport, as Bowles has attempted to rezone 10 acres of property her family owns as Cypress Points Developers just south of 53rd Street on Eastern Avenue.


• The City of Davenport will make a presentation on its River Renaissance on the Mississippi proposal to the Vision Iowa board on Wednesday, June 13, at the Hotel Savery in Des Moines.

• The Adler Theatre will be closed down from approximately July 9 through the first week of September to allow for renovation of the theatre's seating. This $353,460 capital-improvement project will ensure that each seat is reupholstered, foam padding and panes are replaced, seat backs are refinished, and self-rising mechanisms are installed.

If there was any doubt, the past month has shown that the Quad Cities have pretty sophisticated taste in movies.

After a months-long dry spell in which the local cineplex showed no independent or limited-release movies (excepting the blink-and-you-missed-it one-week run of the Oscar-nominated Before Night Falls), audiences were treated to The Tailor of Panama and Memento in consecutive weeks.