• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


    PlanDSM Website

  • 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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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


    Other Awards & Recognitions

  • 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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  • 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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New Traffic Signal Installations


The HAWK Pedestrian Signal

This new signal has been installed on Grand Avenue near Polk Boulevard. It is is called a HAWK signal. HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated crossWalK signal and provides a way to increase pedestrian safety while reducing the amount of delay for vehicles. The signal is scheduled to be turned on July 13th, 2012. For more information, visit our Hawk signal page


The Accessible Pedestrian Signal

An APS (Accessible Pedestrian Signal) is a special type of pedestrian pushbutton at a traffic signal that provides audible cues such as tones or voice message to low vision or blind pedestrians to let them know when to cross the street. A process had been created for receiving and prioritizing request to install these buttons at existing signalized pedestrian crossing locations. Locations that are more complex in that they are skewed, have low traffic volumes, left turn arrows, or several lanes to cross will score higher than smaller, less complex intersections. To request an APS at an existing signalized location, you will need to fill out and submit the APS request form