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Jason Clayworth
10 hours ago - News

Future of Des Moines' tiny village project now uncertain

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The future of a proposed tiny house village to offer transitional housing to homeless individuals in Des Moines is now up in the air.

Driving the news: Joppa, the nonprofit behind the project, withdrew its offer to purchase property for the 50-home development, according to city documents released Monday.

Jason Clayworth
10 hours ago - News

Des Moines manages human-goose conflict resolution

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

After "years of human-goose conflicts," Des Moines is acting to put the cranky critters in their place.

Driving the news: The Des Moines City Council approved a Canada goose management plan Monday night.

Linh Ta
10 hours ago - News

The Des Moines metro's "true" unemployment rate

Data: Ludwig Institute; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Unemployment in the Des Moines metro area is at the lowest it's been since before the pandemic, according to latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • The metro's 2.8% rate reported in October marks improvement from the steep 12% in April of 2020, right after COVID-19 shutdowns.

Yes, but: One analysis suggests unemployment in the metro is much higher.

Linh Ta
10 hours ago - Things to Do

Interactive lights coming to Des Moines' Drake neighborhood

A rendering of blue, yellow, orange and purple lights lighting up a Des Moines business Lucky House.
A rendering of Dogtown Chromatic in the Drake area. Rendering via Eleanor Kahn

Dogtown Chromatic, a huge lighting installation, is going up in Des Moines’ Drake neighborhood to help bring focus to businesses off University Ave. between 23rd and 24th streets.

What's happening: Starting Dec. 18, the installation will light up the storefronts of every business in the Dogtown Business and Entertainment District, said Eleanor Kahn, the creative director and designer behind the project.

Linh Ta
Dec 6, 2021 - News

Iowa legislators target books and teachers for upcoming session

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two Iowa Republican leaders said they want to pursue legislation that makes it a felony offense for school officials, including teachers, to provide "obscene materials" to students.

  • Details of what is considered “obscene” material is unknown right now.

Why it matters: Prior to November's school board elections, community members in Iowa and across the country were pushing schools to remove certain books — many of which tackle issues of race and sexuality — from their shelves.

  • But it appears state government intervention may be the next phase of banning literature.

Waukee-based VizyPay saves millions in credit card costs

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

VizyPay's Cash Discount Program was one of the winners in last week's Best in Biz Awards.

Why it matters: The Waukee-based business is helping merchants and their customers save big bucks.

Jason Clayworth
Updated Dec 4, 2021 - Things to Do

Shop local at Des Moines holiday markets this season

A photo of downtown Des Moines.
The East Village Holiday Promenade. Photo courtesy of the Greater Des Moines Partnership

Save time this holiday season by shopping for wares from multiple local makers in one place.

This year's must-see holiday light shows in the Des Moines metro

A photo of Gingerbread lane in Ankeny.
"Gingerbread Lane" in Ankeny. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Only a grinch could frown after seeing these holiday lights across the Des Moines metro.

  • We've compiled a list of free finds and displays worth the extra penny.