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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Mazahir Salih interacts at her watch party at fix! Coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. Salih was reelected to her seat on the city council after receiving the highest number of votes. (Sahithi Shankaiahgari/The Daily Iowan)

IC Councilor Mazahir Salih advocates for more funding, outreach to immigrant community

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 20, 2024

Iowa City Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilor Mazahir Salih expressed concerns over the city’s relationship with its immigrant community and the grant funding opportunities they may be missing out...

Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the council during a Iowa City City Council meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

Johnson County rolls out county-wide free home energy audit program

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 20, 2024

Johnson County residents who live in rural areas will now have access to free home energy audits to save money on their bills and encourage energy sustainability. The program that started...

District C Councilor Andrew Dunn speaks during a Iowa City City Council meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

Development group expresses interest in lot between Bluebird Diner, George’s Buffett

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 12, 2024

A development group in Iowa City approached members of the Northside neighborhood steering committee in December with preliminary plans for a potential development in the parking lot between Bluebird...

Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the council during a Iowa City City Council meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

ICPD purchases $350,000 in vehicles, looks ahead to next fiscal year budget

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 8, 2024

The Iowa City Police Department has purchased $350,000 worth of vehicles after dealing with months of supply chain shortages and delays. This purchase — as well as other smaller equipment purchases...

Former Iowa City Firefighter Sadie McDowell addresses the council during a Iowa City City Council meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. McDowell filed a lawsuit against the City of Iowa City in 2022 alleging she encountered sexism, racism and homophobia at the Iowa City Fire Department. The lawsuit ended after a 925,000 dollar settlement paid by the City of Iowa City.

Iowa City Fire Department discrimination lawsuit settled for $925,000

Alejandro Rojas, News Editor February 6, 2024

Iowa City will pay former firefighter Sadie McDowell $925,000 in a settlement after she sued the city in 2022 on reported claims of sexism, racism, and homophobia in the workplace. The Iowa City...

The Iowa City Council holds a meeting in Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023.

Iowa City officials explain ins and outs of zoning codes

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 1, 2024

Zoning has been discussed at several recent Iowa City City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, including a series of changes to the zoning code to increase flexibility and thus housing...

2320 Taylor Dr. is seen next to Wetherby Park in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.

Iowa City converting unused southside rental properties to affordable housing, park space

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 31, 2024

The City of Iowa City is considering demolishing an unused duplex near Wetherby Park to create more space for recreational facilities. The demolition would occur in mid-summer. This project stemmed...

The Iowa City Council holds a meeting in Iowa City on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

Iowa City begins process to update comprehensive plan

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 25, 2024

The City of Iowa City started the process of an extensive update to its comprehensive plan, which is a non-regulatory document the city uses to guide its decisions in zoning and land use decisions. City...

The Iowa City Council holds a meeting in Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023.

IC Northside Neighborhood Association succeeds in attempt to change city housing code

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 24, 2024

New residential single-family and duplex buildings constructed in Iowa City’s northside will now have a height limit of 27 feet as opposed to 35 feet to maintain neighborhood consistency and affordability. This...

The Iowa City Kirkwood campus is seen on Feb. 17, 2023.

Southside residents fearful of industrial development in old IC Kirkwood campus

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 23, 2024

When Anne Marie Kraus, a southside Iowa City resident, is out in her garden tending to her plants, she said she is often bombarded with many scents. These scents are not the pleasant aromas of peonies...

Procter and Gamble is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Iowa City residents voice concerns over proposed industrial development of former Kirkwood campus

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 17, 2024

Iowa City southside residents voiced concerns over air quality and pollution that could be brought on by a potential Procter & Gamble industrial development at the old Kirkwood Community College...

The Iowa City City Council sits at a panel during a meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

IC City Council adopts lower height limit for residential buildings in northside

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 16, 2024

The height limit for new single-family and duplex buildings in Iowa City’s northside will now be 27 feet as opposed to 35 feet after a 5-1 city council vote approving the change Tuesday night. These...

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