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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

[Note: This is the text of a State of the City speech I delivered at a formal meeting of the Iowa City City Council on February 21, 2017.] Good evening, friends. It’s my great honor to present this year’s State … Continue reading

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Statement Supporting a Diverse and Safe Community

[NOTE: What follows is a public statement I made as Mayor on behalf of the City Council of Iowa City. It was issued as a press release on November 17, 2016.] Over the past week, a number of intimidating acts … Continue reading

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An Election Victory in Iowa City

It was a long City Council election campaign here in Iowa City, Iowa. With the help of many people, and complemented by three other vigorous candidates, I ran a very positive and spirited race and gave it my all. And, … Continue reading

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City Council Candidate Jim Throgmorton Wants Iowa City to be a Just City

[Note: This is the text of a speech (minus extemporaneous comments) I made on May 27, 2015, at Uptown Bill’s in Iowa City. The speech announced my candidacy for an at-large position on Iowa City’s City Council.  Thirty to 35 … Continue reading

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Two Contending Visions of Iowa City’s Future

[Note: This post is a more detailed version of  “2 contending visions for Iowa City’s Future,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (April 8, 2015), p. 11A.] Over the past several weeks Iowa City’s City Council has held two contentious public hearings. One … Continue reading

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Historic Landmark Designation for 2 Small Cottages?

Background Note: At its formal meeting on the night of February 9, 2015, the City Council of Iowa City decided not to give historic landmark designation to two small working class cottages on S. Dubuque St. The cottages are located … Continue reading

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Branding, Storytelling, and Urban Identity

Visit any city of substantial size and you are likely to encounter efforts to promote the city’s “brand.” How are such brands (or public images) created? How does the brand relate to the city’s identity and story? And how do … Continue reading

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