Jason Clayworth
4 hours ago - News

Des Moines is looking into converting 2 major one-way streets

A photo along Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
Trafffic along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines on Friday, April 1. Photo: Meg McLaughlin/The Des Moines Register via Imagn

Des Moines will launch a study this year into how to convert Grand Avenue and Locust Street into two-way roads, city engineer Steven Naber told council members in a meeting last week.

Why it matters: Grand and Locust are two of downtown's main arteries.

Linh Ta
4 hours ago - News

Walleye season is booming in Iowa

Walleye eggs hatching
Some just hatched caviar. Video courtesy of Iowa DNR

It's prime walleye season in Iowa. Did you know the magic doesn't start in the state's rivers, but rather, in giant fish lava lamps?

Driving the news: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is busy hatching an astounding 145 million walleyes and stocking them into the state's waters this year.

Jason Clayworth
4 hours ago - News

Polk County unveils a new 2050 development plan

Illustration of the Polk County Administration Building with lines radiating from it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Polk County planners will discuss on Tuesday proposed updates to its "Polk 2050" plan, guiding future development in unincorporated areas.

State of play: The county has seen significant growth since adopting its current "Polk 2030" comprehensive plan in 2006, which is prompting the update.

Linh Ta
May 16, 2022 - News

Meet the Asian Americans tackling next generation challenges in Des Moines

Jade Song (left) and Christine Her (right). Photos courtesy of Song and Her

Whenever Jade Song was going through a hard time, her mom would tell her, "ua siab ntev."

  • The Hmong phrase is used to tell someone to be patient. And for many older Asian immigrants, assimilating and not stirring things up was a means of survival when settling in the U.S.
Jason Clayworth
May 16, 2022 - News

Review board to consider plan to save North Des Moines City Hall

The former Norther Des Moines City Hall building, 1601 6th Ave. in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

The North Des Moines City Hall building could be saved under a $2.5 million plan that goes before the city's Urban Design Review Board Tuesday.

Why it matters: The 134-year-old building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jason Clayworth
May 16, 2022 - News

Readers weigh in on debate over eliminating library fines

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Waukee Public Library has eliminated its policy to issue fines for overdue materials, but some Axios Des Moines readers shared that they're skeptical about the decision.

State of play: The Waukee library will not allow patrons with overdue materials to check out additional items.

Jason Clayworth
May 13, 2022 - News

Iowa's air pollutants nosedive in last 20 years

A smokestack at a Poet Biorefining ethanol facility in Jewell in 2018. Photo: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Iowa's air pollutant levels have fallen by more than 40% in the last two decades and overall air quality has improved, according to data from the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Jason Clayworth
May 13, 2022 - News

Former Northwest Community Hospital in Des Moines to be demolished

Neighborhood Development Corporation plans to raze this former hospital and clinic at 1818 48th St. in Des Moines in coming months. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

The vacant Northwest Community Hospital in Des Moines' Waveland Park neighborhood will be demolished this year, Abbey Gilroy, the director of the Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), tells Axios.

Why it matters: Leveling the hospital and former Mercy Franklin Clinic, at 1818 48th St., will make way for a new project that NDC hopes will transform the area into a residential and retail hub.

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