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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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Governing for Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability

[Note: This post is a lengthier version of “Governing for Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability, ” The Gazette (January 1, 2017), p. _.] In a guest opinion for The Gazette last January, I wrote, “First you campaign and then, if elected, … Continue reading

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Enhancing Iowa City’s Long Term Prosperity and Sustainability: A Progress Report

[Note: This report reflects my own personal summary of key actions Iowa City’s City Council has taken during the first six months of its term. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Iowa City government or City Council … Continue reading

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State of the City

[Note: This is the text I used when delivering Iowa City’s “State of the City” speech during the City Council’s formal meeting on the evening of February 16, 2016. A video of the delivery can be viewed at: https://icgov.org/news/2016-state-city ] … 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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A Development Mistake on the Eastern Edge of Downtown Iowa City

On January 8, 2013, a 5-1 majority of the City Council of Iowa City chose a preferred development for the site at the northeast corner of College and Gilbert Streets. I think the majority’s decision was a mistake. The following … Continue reading

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