Last week, Axios reported how certain commercial property segments in Polk County, Iowa, will increase in value by as much as 35% in upcoming reassessments expected to come before April 1.
What's happening: Now, we're showing you the businesses that are currently sitting on Polk County's priciest parcels, according to Polk County Assessor.
All eyes are on Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk, where a bill scaling back early voting in Iowa awaits her signature after it passed the state Legislature late Wednesday.
Why it matters: Iowans cast a record-breaking 1 million early votes in 2020. But under the bill, they would have less time to send out their absentee ballots if they want to vote by mail in future elections.
We're nearly a year out from the start of the pandemic, but the material costs for new home construction are still abnormally high, according to Rachel Flint, vice president of Hubbell Homes.
Why it matters: Those costs will be absorbed into homes under construction this year, meaning already sky-high prices will rise in the future.
West Forty Market, a rural butcher shop in Greene, is opening a new 1,200 square-foot store in uptown Ankeny at 315 Southwest Maple.
Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the volatility of relying on national meatpacking plants, especially in the early days when consumers experienced meat shortages and price gouging.
McDonald's is entering the chicken sandwich wars today, but I was wondering — what is the best *local* sandwich?
Here are my top five picks in alphabetical order:
In my first bite, there was a rewarding “crunch.” (We’re in it for the *fried* part, right?)
Price: $11 w/a side.
Address: 2301 Southwest 9th St., Des Moines; 515-288-2358
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.
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.
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.
Foot traffic significantly dropped for malls in the Des Moines metro in 2020 compared to the year prior, according to cell phone data analyzed by geospatial analytics company Orbital Insight.
Why it matters: Troubled chain retailers and big-box stores were already filing for bankruptcy prior to 2020, resulting in huge mall vacancies. (Just look at Younkers.)