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Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan

The Iowa City and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan was drafted in 2013 and adopted by the City Council in 2014. The plan includes various components including a site assessment, synopsis of stakeholder and public input, and the general planning framework for the district. The plan is expected to guide future investments by the City of Iowa City for the next 10-15 years. The implementation of the projects contained in the report will happen over the next 10-15 years as resources permit.

Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan (large file size)

Implementation Progress

The City commenced implemnetation of the plan shortly after its adoption in 2014.  The Pedestrian Mall, Washington Street and Dubuque Street were identified as the highest priorities and thus designs have advanced in those areas. Many of the advanced design renderings can be viewed in the summary presentation that was provided to the City Council in November of 2014.


In addition to the advanced design work, the City has commenced work on numerous other recommendations contained in the plan. In 2013 the Pedestrian Mall playground surfacing was refinished, adding new color to the area. As part of that project several of the playground components were refurbished or replaced. Other projects include enhanced building lighting in the Northside Marketplace, a pilot solar trash compaction and recycling program, and a traffic study that will help determine the feasibility of several transportation related improvements throughout the district.

Questions related to the plan can be directed to Geoff Fruin, Assistant City Manager at 319-356-5013. 

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