I made a trip to Cedar Falls for something recently, and thought I would check on the progress in downtown Waterloo, including the new riverwalk area. Downtown Waterloo has much work to do, but is feeling so much more active than in other time I can recall.
The view of the east skyline from the John Deere works north of downtown. The area near the current Tech Works was definitely built for an era of the city when there were thousands more workers in the area. There are little-used four lane streets that used to get all of the workers between the factories and downtown that are virtually empty today.
I had thought the Tech Works project was a little further along than this, and that these buildings were largely renovated in and in use, but not yet. A lot of this periphery of downtown has been cleared out and is ready for development. With the recently announced hotel/museum project, this area will be ripe for additional redevelopment.
The newer Winterbottom Loft apartments near the John Deere Works is an early precursor to what could be in store for the area.
The new public market/farmer's market project and surrounding area.
Public Market area looking towards the downtown library.
On to the riverwalk. Here's the progress on new ampitheater.
View of the east skyline from the ampitheater
These interpretive signs giving the history of the city are great. I wish the riverwalk in Des Moines had implemented these as well.
I really have to give the Cedar Valley a major compliment on their extenstive trail network, which goes through downtown.
Revitalized 4th Street
Black's Department store
Waterloo Courier Building
Too much purple up in Panther country
Russell-Lamson Apartments, newly renovated.
There are several pieces of artwork and new streetscape pieces that have been installed in the entrances into downtown.
This old hotel was vacant the last time I was up there, but has since been renovated into senior housing.
I wouldn't mind checking out the new Sullivan Brothers/Veterans Military Museum sometime in the future.
Historic Grout House Museum
The Isle of Capri Casino and adjacent Lost Island Water Park. There are the early makings of a tourist/entertainment district in this area to tie it all together. Adventureland is making strides, but Lost Island still looks to be the best water park in Iowa.
The Single A baseball stadium is located in a nice riverfront park on the east side of the Cedar River. The settings are different for a ball park, but I think a new park may be warranted over the coming years. Perhaps it could be moved closer to downtown.