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BY DI READERS | JULY 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Local attorney bidding for City Council seat

DI Metro Editor Quentin Misiag asked me about the transient issues downtown. The most important issue, in my view, is that no one obstruct the right of pedestrians to access our city sidewalks and that the solutions need to be based upon the facts. We need to have a pragmatic approach. In particular, there was an issue relating to a small number of people who were harassing pedestrians as they walked downtown. And yes, the facts suggest “harass” was an entirely appropriate word to use.

The city made a small change, removing two benches, installing bike racks, and encouraging those folks to utilize other parts of the Pedestrian Mall. I supported that change. It’s a small change, but it made a big difference. I do not support removing benches simply based upon sleeping patterns. Our city does do a number of things well, especially our outstanding professional and working staff, and I will not reinvent the wheel on things that the city already does well, such as what I have outlined above.

Rockne Cole
City Council candidate

Re: Where’s Waldo makes its mark on downtown

There are a lot of reasons people don’t do a lot of shopping in downtown Iowa City, and store selection is just one of them.

Parking has been a decades-long problem that doesn’t seem to be going away. Not just the shortage, the expense. It’s easy to question how serious the University of Iowa and city are about making it go away, too, considering the massive number of fees/fines they are able to collect from people’s frustration.

And let’s not forget that something as simple as stopping at the Clinton Street Post Office requires paying a parking meter, and you might as well put in an hour’s worth, because you have no idea how long you’re actually going to wait until you get inside and see the line. I remember putting in 30 minutes several times just to end up in line for 45 minutes and paying a $15 ticket.

Online user clarkshorneau

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