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Learn about New Vision for Downtown Streets on June 8

June 1, 2017

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, IOWA – The City of Des Moines, Urban Land Institute Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host two open houses to share findings from the Connect Downtown project on Thursday, June 8. Connect Downtown is investigating exciting opportunities to make getting around Downtown safer, more comfortable and more convenient. It aims to improve access to and within Downtown where people walk, ride their bicycle, drive and use transit. The project aims to help build on the current momentum and vibrancy of Downtown Des Moines.

During the events on June 8, the project team, which includes city planner and “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck, will present findings from its in-depth analysis of the street network within Downtown, how streets are currently used, as well as opportunities for improvement. The strategies were developed based on discussions with stakeholders, feedback received at the last open house events in November as well as online feedback. There will be time for questions where members of the public can discuss their impressions of proposed changes to Downtown streets.

The events will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the State of Iowa Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines. The open houses are free and open to the public. Learn more and register at DSMpartnership.com/events.

About the City of Des Moines

The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital city and local government servicing more than 215,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4000 miles of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere. Visit our website dsm.city , Facebook facebook.com/DesMoinesGov and Twitter @DesMoinesGov

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.ULI.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. ULI Iowa is the District Council serving the State of Iowa.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,000 regional business members, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes Des Moines as the best place to build a business, a career and a future.