• AViD 2014

    It's Raining Authors!

    The 2014 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.

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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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  • One of the Best Cities for Jobs

    Des Moines ranks #2 on Forbes 2012 list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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  • Ash Tree Insect Alert

    Information and educational links about emerald ash borer (EAB) are presented here so city residents can be informed about the city’s plans to treat and remove public ash trees, and so they can make plans to manage ash trees on private property.

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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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Planning and Urban Design Plans
2 Rivers District Plan
Capitol Gateway East
Des Moines 2020 Community Character Plan
Des Moines Today and Tomorrow
Downtown Plan
Downtown Streetcar System
Easter Lake New Town
Highway 5 / North River Master Plan
Ingersoll Avenue Improvement Plan
Market District of the East Village Urban Design Study
Community Preservation Plan (1995)
 Destination Downtown (1995)
  • Cover, Vision, Table of Contents, & Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Appendix & Credits
    Ingersoll and Grand Avenue Revitalization Strategy
    Other Plans Not Available on our website include the following:
    • The Plans below are currently available in the Planning and Urban Design Office located in the Armory Building, 602 Robert D Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa.
    • ParkLands: A Celebration of Des Moines' Community Spirit (1995)
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