proffdog wrote:there may be some people from small cities who are impressed by a Target downtown, but i can guarantee that no one would go to Minneapolis or Seattle to see a Target store ... they go for the unique things you can only find in those two cities (markets, art, music scenes, shops). and if Des Moines wants to have any sort of appearl to those outside the city, they need to focus their efforts on unique development.
i live downtown, and the 7 minute drive to Target isn't killing me.
What this site needs is not rows of identical townhouses and big box retail. It needs dense, inner city neighborhood design of old but with modern style and amenities. Retail space and office space needs to be interspresed with housing and above all, parking needs to be hidden and greenspace plentiful.
I'm not for putting in a huge one story warehouse of computer equipment with a couple dozen employees in what is supposed to be our next mixed use redevelopment district
econboy wrote:From speaking with someone who spends alot of time at the Statehouse today, he indicated that the incentive package should go through just fine and that IDED is keeping things quiet!
However, he also indicated that some of the Senate may want to tone down the 'energy cutback' retoric right now, b/c it could scare Microsoft away if they think that energy costs might rise alot in the near future.
That being said, I still think that Marshalltown and Waterloo are looking good for the power plants, and that our new green energy sources should help some. This plus the Google presence should help push Microsoft into Iowa.
CHET CULVER JANUARY 2008 wrote:"It's just not fair that big, out of state, multi-billion dollar corporations that do tens of millions of dollars of business in Iowa avoid paying Iowa income taxes because of an outdated tax loophole."
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