There were definitely a lot more lights on this weekend in the MidAmerican building than usual for a Saturday and Sunday night. All in all, I'd say Davenport and the Quad Cities as a whole have weathered this ice storm fairly well.
Abolition of committee meeting back on agenda -QCTimes
The way this is described in the article, I don't see how anyone could oppose it. The changes allow any one Alderman to move an item from the consent to the discussion agenda. I think we all know which Alderman that would generally be. Anyone who says that this diminishes public comment only means that it diminishes public TELEVISED comment. If you're really saying things to the council for the good of the city, and not for your 15 minutes on TV, why would it matter if its televised? There will still be 2 chances for televised comments on each item anyway, plus more if additional readings are required. How many time do you need to be able to repeat the same things?
I was over in Illinois doing some errands, and I decided to take a spin through East Moline. I was hoping that some non-publicized progress had been made in The Quarter. Unfortunately, nothing seems to have changed since I last visited, about 2 years ago. I've said before that I feel Dubuque's new Port of Dubuque is too isolated from their downtown, but the Quarter takes that to new heights. Its basically tucked between a Deere plant and the river. Here's what was said about it back in 1999:
In addition to new housing construction, the city is looking toward the riverfront for the future. The Quarter -- a 90-acre site featuring shops, restaurants, condominiums, boat docks, sports and interpretive centers, and a working lighthouse -- will give the East Moline its first access to the river in more than 142 years.
At this point it has... a lighthouse/interpretive center, and a few condos. Any of you EMers know anything about current plans for the area, or have they just given up?
Driving through East Moline I decided that it and Bettendorf are opposites. Bettendorf has plenty of success but very little character or soul, and East Moline has plenty of character and soul, but very little success. Driving past dozens and dozens of blighted industrial sites doesn't go well with my usual "Quad Cities are great" outlook. I guess that just means there's plenty of room for improvement in East Moline.