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Jason Clayworth
32 mins ago - News

Des Moines to launch vacant property registry

A photo of a home demolition.
Des Moines has about 25 other homes ready to be demolished like this one in its Blitz on Blight program. Photo courtesy of the city of DSM

Vacant Des Moines building owners would be required to register their properties with the city and comply with maintenance requirements under an ordinance being considered Monday night by the city council.

  • Failing to comply could result in a fine of up to $750 for a first offense.
Linh Ta
33 mins ago - News

Des Moines bike trail provides new path between West Des Moines

A google map showing the bike trail
The location of the new, 10-foot wide bike trail from Des Moines to West Des Moines. Map via Google Maps

Trail users will have another way to get from Des Moines to West Des Moines via a new, 10-foot wide path alongside 63th Street.

Driving the news: The City of Des Moines approved the $109,000 trail project last month, which starts north of Raccoon River by the Levee Trail and goes to SW McKinley Avenue.

Jason Clayworth
Sep 30, 2022 - Sports

Iowa Cubs owner to extend $16K lease for Des Moines' Principal Park

A photo of Principal Park in Des Moines.
β€œThe Seam" is a sculpture at Principal Park and the answer to this week's "Where is Jason" question. Axios DSM reader Jason Kohles of Johnston won yesterday's contest. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Principal Park's $16,000 annual lease to Iowa Cubs owner Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) will be extended under an agreement that goes before the Des Moines City Council Monday.

  • It's the equivalent of about $1.40 a seat for the 11,500-capacity city-owned stadium, team clubhouse, parking lots and surrounding grounds. The new lease will run until 2032.
Linh Ta
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Financial aid filings from Iowa's high school seniors stabilize

A chart showing FAFSA filings by males and females between 2018=19 and 2022-23. Chart courtesy of Iowa College Aid

For the first time in four years, FAFSA applications from Iowa high school seniors are ticking up as the state's younger generations take a hard look at whether higher education is worth it.

Why it matters: College financial aid applications are a strong indicator of whether someone intends to pursue a college degree β€” either at a community college or four-year university.

Jason Clayworth
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Second mural in Des Moines dedicated to teen killed by stray bullet

A photo of a mural.
Muralist Jill Wells started painting Oakridge's new mural Wednesday. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

A second mural at Oakridge Neighborhood is being painted this week in memory of Yore Jieng, a teenager and resident killed by a stray bullet in October of 2016 whose death remains unsolved.

Catch up quick: Jieng, 14, was riding in a car with his sister near Keosauqua Way and 12th Street in Des Moines when he was shot in the head. He died about a week later.

Jason Clayworth
Sep 28, 2022 - News

Ask Axios: What's up with Des Moines' blue streetlights?

A photo of a streetlight.
A pretty blue light near 8th and Pleasant streets in DSM. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

I've noticed there are a few streetlights that have a blue/cooler hue than the rest.

  • Are they just new bulbs or is there a more interesting answer? β€” Allison Missal Akright of DSM

Polk County sees major growth in taxable value of property

A photo of Bondurant
Bondurant had the highest percentage of growth in taxable property value among Polk County cities in the last 20 years, up more than 900% to almost $364 million. Photo: Ben Fuller via the city of Bondurant

The taxable value of property among Polk County cities grew more than 160% in the past two decades, according to an analysis by Axios using Iowa Department of Management data.

  • It's now nearly $30 billion.

Why it matters: Taxable value reflects the economic health of a community.

Jason Clayworth
Sep 27, 2022 - News

Des Moines buys a $151K big screen for free flicks

A photo of a portable movie screen.
The new portable screen will be 17 feet wide by 10 feet tall. Photo courtesy of Insane Impact via the city of Des Moines

Des Moines is purchasing a $151,000 LED big screen and trailer for its Free Flicks program.

State of play: The Friday night summer movie series has used an inflatable screen in recent years.

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