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Feb 22, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines to vote on its first public electric car charging stations

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Two public electric car charging stations would be built under a proposal that goes before the Des Moines City Council this evening.

Why it matters: They would be the first charging stations in city-owned garages, at 9th and Locust Streets and Fourth Street and Grand Avenue.Construction would be phased in over the next two years.

Feb 22, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Cure Violence courts Des Moines as city sees rise in homicides

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Chicago-based Cure Violence is assessing Des Moines as a possible new site for its global program to reduce violence in major cities, Charlie Ransford, the group's senior director of science & policy, told Axios.

Why it matters: Des Moines homicides have increased in recent years — 21 in 2020 compared to 14 cases in 2019 — and the organization's approach has proven effective at reducing crimes like shootings.

Des Moines moves to reduce lanes on major roads for safety

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Des Moines is trying to shrink the number of lanes on major roadways, especially four-lane undivided thoroughfares.

Why it matters: Safety is the primary motivator, city engineer Steven Naber tells us.