Steve Emerson's downtown plans

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The state of core housing

At least 29 projects, with a total of 783 new residential units, have been built, proposed, or are under construction in the core of Cedar Rapids. These projects range in size from rehabbed historic homes converted to mixed-use to 96 unit apartment buildings in... read more

Developer Steve Emerson’s plans for downtown

Steve Emerson, President of Aspect architecture:design wants Cedar Rapids to have a bustling downtown. So he’s building it. Since the flood over 650 new or rehabbed residential units are either planned, under construction or completed in downtown and surrounding... read more

What drives neighborhood stigma?

A while back I wrote that the negative reputation of the Wellington Heights neighborhood boiled down to simple racism. That’s a hefty statement. That’s why I wanted to draw attention to a summary of two recent studies that dive into what drives neighborhood stigma and... read more

Lessons learned in Dev/Iowa 2015

Last week Dev/Iowa, the nine-week programming course I was part of this summer, wrapped up. Instructor Steve Davis gave a presentation on the program at 1 Million Cups (see that below for an overview of how the course worked) and we pushed our projects live online,... read more

A sneak peek of NewBo West

NewBo West, conveniently located in Czech Village, is a (sort-of) new mixed-use building at 1612 C Street SW. I say sort of new because the “mixed” part of the mixed-use is a two story addition of 10 apartments onto a retail building built in 1951.... read more

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