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Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines City Council cracks down on "scooping the loop"

A gif showing downtown Des Moines near the sculpture park in 1985 and 2021. Images via Google Earth

Scooping the loop in Des Moines is a coming-of-age tradition bred out of Midwest boredom and our love for long drives.

But city officials, like they have for decades, say it's a nuisance to downtown residents that needs to change.

  • Why it matters: The weekend gathering is as classic as a corn dog, but it's at risk because of complaints about noise, loitering and high speeds.

DSM's Fleur Cinema to remain closed for months

Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Fleur Cinema and Café won’t reopen until mid-summer or early fall because not enough movies are currently available for theater distribution, owner Michael Coppola told Axios this week.

Why it matters: The four-theater cinema, which shut down a year ago due to the pandemic, is the prime place for DSM to catch new indie and foreign films on the big screen.

Des Moines activists condemn Cownie's proposal for more city hall security

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie in 2019. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Activists are calling out Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie for suggesting more security at city hall.

Why it matters: Local groups say his proposal casts a damaging image on activists who speak out — sometimes very bluntly — about decisions made by city leaders they feel are oppressive.

Des Moines' North High School establishes $560,000 scholarship fund for students of color

Siblings Paul and Catherine Williams graduated from North High School in th 1930s. Photos courtesy of DMPS

A brother and sister who graduated from North High School in the 1930s left an estate of nearly $560,000 for a new scholarship for students of color, school officials announced last week.

Why it matters: Minority and low-income students in Iowa are less likely to earn a college degree. This will help close financial barriers for students at North.

Scoop: Des Moines eyes sale of its largest publicly-owned housing complex

Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Royal View Manor, DSM’s largest publicly-owned housing complex, would be sold under a plan that will be unveiled in coming weeks, Municipal Housing Agency director Chris Johansen told Axios.

Why it matters: The change could save the city money, but also narrow affordable-housing options and leave people homeless, multiple housing advocates cautioned.