Sep 26, 2022 - News

The biggest eyesores in Des Moines

A photo of the Kaleidoscope in Des Moines.

The Kaleidoscope mall inside downtown DSM's skywalk system was supposed to be demolished in 2019 to make room for a 33-floor residential building. The plans have stalled and the mall remains shuttered. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Last month we asked for your opinions about the metro's greatest eyesore.

Your thoughts
  • "The deterioration along MLK. Too many unkempt properties are a detraction along a main corridor into the downtown area," — Carol Morrow, Ankeny
  • "The Kaleidoscope mall, especially from the viewpoint of the skywalk," — David Jennings, DSM
  • "The Homeless Camp on MLK between 9th and 15th. I know this is a bigger issues than being an eyesore but it needs to be addressed," — Nancy Paulson, DSM
A drawing of the federal courthouse.
The new federal courthouse under construction in downtown DSM. Drawing Courtesy of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects via the U.S. General Services Administration
  • ⬆️ "The (still-under-construction) federal courthouse downtown. It's not dilapidated, but seeing it is a reminder of what could have been and how the feds completely ignored what our community wanted," — Danny Akright, DSM
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