This image doesn't show it all that well, but it was pretty neat to see in person. This is the fire escape on the back of the Portabella's in Moline. (Next door to Bent River Brewery) Each and every opening in the grate had an icicle hanging from it. It made me glad to have my camera along, even if the shot didn't turn out great.
Anyway... here are a few things that I either forgot or didn't make the post yesterday.
Tonight a police call came out as a suicidal woman, armed with a knife, saying that she wants to kill herself. I could almost hear the cops go "uh oh," and it seemed that they did things a little different this time. Not only did they get Fire and Medic standing by ahead of time, but one of the officers stopped by the station to get a ballistic shield. I believe 1 or 2 cars per shift have these with them, but they're basically SWAT team-style shields. Fortunately things went ok this time, and the woman was taken into custody safely. They don't give a play-by-play over the radio, so I'm not sure if they used a less-lethal weapon on her or just talked her into putting the knife down. Either way, good job DPD.
For some reason, the QCBloggers page hasn't been updated for a while. There are old blogs on there that are never updated, while Pioneer98's (relatively) new blog, Information Swimming, doesn't make the cut. He had a good article about the tourism presentation and recommendations, located here.
Why didn't I end up making the meeting? Unfortunately I got busy and forgot to sign up for this meeting, and also forgot to attend the Leonard Pitts even at Palmer that I had looked forward to. Fortunately it sounds like most of the recommendations will be made public.
One meeting I did attend was the Downtown Residents' meeting last Friday at the Redstone Room. Unfortunately there was a fairly small crowd, but fortunately everyone there came ready to speak and full of ideas. There were probably 10 or 12 of us downtown residents, and at least that many city and D1 staff. No huge news was presented or anything, despite my hope that a new 30 story condo tower or something would be announced. Apparently D1 is continuing to try and get a Walgreen's or Walgreen's-substitute downtown, which everyone at the meeting seemed to agree with. A couple people and myself asked if there's a way that people can be taught that downtown Davenport isn't all that dangerous, especially the eastern side of it. My slogan, "stay east of Ripley and don't get shot," probably won't be adopted by the Downtown Partnership.
Tara Barney said that she hopes we can have more of these meetings in the future, and I definitely agree. It was a good thing to meet people from some other the other apartment buildings around downtown, and hear their hopes and complaints about the area. When those of us that live down here treat it more like a neighborhood, it can only benefit downtown. I don't know if any of you blog readers out there live downtown, but I'll publicize the next meeting anyway. Maybe we can even start our own neighborhood group.
That's all for today, and let's all hope for good weather this week.