Articles from August 2007
Karin Franklin, a 1981 graduate, served as Iowa City's Director of Planning and Community Development before her retirement in July 2007.
Iowans may have become poorer since 2000, while housing has become proportionately more expensive. Growth is concentrating in just a few metropolitan areas - Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City.
My favorite thing about the department is the people and the social events. The department had a flag football team this fall, we’re having a basketball team this winter, and are going to have a softball team this spring.
On February 3, GPURP hosted a policy summit titled “Planning for a Better Region: A Summit for Policy Makers, Planners, and the Public in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Region.
Graduating students Bogdana Rus, Kara Homan, and Michael Ayer presented their Mount Vernon Parks and Schools Safe Connections Plan to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission the evening of Wednesday, April 18.
Students of local development policy in the United States quickly learn that the practice is better characterized by pragmatic responses to interregional competition than by allusions to economic theory or abstract principles.
Michael Bodaken, President of the National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation, entertained students in the Housing Finance class recently with the story of how he ended up in community development, via tenant organizing in Topeka, Kansas,