Author Archives: jthrog65

Project at 12 Court Street: Scale It Down and Build It Incrementally over Time

[Note: At its work session on November 6, 2018, Iowa City’s City Council had a lengthy discussion about possible height bonuses for the project proposed for 12 Court Street in Iowa City. I wrote a memo to the Council concerning … Continue reading

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Building a Beloved Community

[Note: This is the text of a speech I made in Iowa City, Iowa, during a Civil Rights Banquet on April 19, 2018. At the start of the speech, I refer to a tour of important Civil Rights sites and … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Tour of Civil Rights Sites

[Note: This post is a slightly modified version of “Tour brings dark events in American history to life,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (July 21, 2018), p. 6A.] From June 16 through 24, roughly 50 other people and I took part in … Continue reading

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Considering a Major Rezoning near Downtown Iowa City

Last night (July 3, 2018), Iowa City’s City Council consulted with the Planning & Zoning Commission concerning a proposed rezoning of 12 Court St. from RM-44 to RFC-SD. RM-44 is the highest density residential zone in the city, and RFC-SD … Continue reading

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State of the City, Iowa City 2018

On February 20, 2018, I presented a “State of the City” speech during the regular formal meeting of the City Council of Iowa City. Here is the text I used when delivering that speech. State of the City Fellow Council … Continue reading

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Rejecting hate speech, intimidation, and violent acts

[Note: Iowa City City government released this statement on August 18, 2017, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen published it as a guest opinion (“Mayor: We reject hate speech, violence”) on p. 7 of their August 19 edition.] A few days … Continue reading

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Why I Support the Proposed School Bond

[Note: This post reflects my own personal views concerning a September 12, 2017, bond referendum proposed by the Iowa City Community School District. The post initially appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on or about July 27, 2017. The Press-Citizen … Continue reading

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