Tag Archives: Des Moines

The great Iowa landmark foot/bike bridge competition

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, in the State of Iowa, there appears to be a friendly flattery competition going on between cities in the Hawkeye State to construct the most iconic foot or bicycle … Continue reading

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Successful placemaking with an iconic new foot/bike bridge

It’s not often that communities have a chance to create something new that is truly iconic which also has the chance to become the very symbol of the community. The fact that doing so can also be a placemaking opportunity … Continue reading

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Des Moines in the 1950s and 60s as seen through “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”

You might wonder, “what the heck does a book entitled “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid“ have to do with urban planning or cities and why is it being reviewed under Urbanography?” Good question.¬†Actually, Bill Bryson’s hilarious childhood … Continue reading

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