Colonel Davenport's newest blog is up now at http://thecolonelsview.blogspot.com. His first real post discusses the current and potential future 1st Ward Alderman, and contrasts them with the previous one. His blog is also added to my link bar, and I've moved the link to his old blog down a few spots.
2. I'm not sure what the QCTimes doesn't have an article on this yet, but the Salvation Army building on River Drive across from the Freight House has received some federal money to be renovated into the "RiverWalk Lofts." Here's an article from the DSM Register that mentions it, and here's an article on kwqc.com. According to KWQC:
The former Salvation Army Rehab Center on River Drive will become "River Walk Lofts". There'll be forty two units, a community room, technology center, and fifty parking spaces, construction should start in august.After this project, and possibly the already-planned 3rd phase of the Davenport Lofts, even I might think we have enough affordable apartments downtown. Neither article really spells it out, but I hope there's some market-rate mixed in.
3. I went to the LeClaire Park expansion meeting at noon Friday, and it was pretty interesting. The existing LeClaire Park and bandshell aren't really part of the area being discussed, so hopefully that means we won't be fixing anything that's not broke. There were a mix of city staff, RiverAction folks, and regular citizens at the meeting, and quite a mix of ideas. Pretty much anything's on the table for the area currently occupied by the casino and parking lots, and its up to us as citizens to decide what goes there. There was discussion of extending the Skybridge, what kind of a pier would look good at the foot of Main Street, and whether we need a restaurant overlooking the river to replace the Dock. The public kickoff is a week from today at the RME, so mark your calendars.
4. Today's QCTimes has an article about the police union and officers complaining about the pursuit policy. It also seems that the policy is being toughened to stop any pursuits of the same car within 24 hours of it running from the police. I guess this will cut down on wear and tear on criminals' engines since they will only have to elude police once a day. High speed pursuits are a lose-lose situation, but they should be up to an officer's discretion. We don't (yet) have a problem in Davenport with people being killed by accidents caused by pursuits, but we DO have a problem with crime and criminals getting away (and potentially killing people). I'd say we should solve the problem we do have instead of further restricting pursuits.
4 and a half. TONS of kids were down at the skatepark yesterday. Maybe I'll get some pictures of our newest and most popular amenity this week.