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Kwik Trip Inc. Wants to Build A Gas Station at 1900 1st Ave NE

Kwik Trip Inc. wants to rezone 1900 1st Ave NE to put in a KwikStar gas station and convenience store. Kwik Trip Inc. operates gas station and convienence stores under the KwikTrip, KwikStar and Tobacco Outlet Plus brands. …


Change is Hard

I don’t love the scooters. I do love the e-bikes, with their baskets that have a cupholder ring and wide comfortable seats. But the scooters stress my used up cross country knees and test my limited balance. The sit-down scooters are great, but there’s no basket. This is all just…


And the city’s proposed redesign keeps it that way.

On Wednesday afternoon, June 9th 2021, two boys ages 12 and 8 were struck on a VeoRide scooter on Mount Vernon Road SE near the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Camburn Ct. The boys are still in the hospital, with life-threatening injuries. The boys did not stop before turning…


By god, they actually did it. They made the Mac fun again. I love the design of the new iMacs. They’re fun, stylish, and the perfect office or family computer. I was also struck by how clear it is that the new iMac isn’t a replacement for the 27" iMac…


Yesterday, January 6th, 2021, a violent mob of fascist protesters incited by the President of the United States stormed the United States Capitol to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power. The event was broadcast live on major news networks, and leaders of the mob livestreamed their takeover of the building…


This is a guest post by Eric Gutschmidt. Gutschmidt has been a landlord for over 11 years and is the owner of Gutschmidt Properties. He is also my boss.

Last month we posted a typical ad for one of our rental properties on Zillow. What wasn’t so typical? The response…


It has been five days without power for most of Linn County. Alliant energy has announced that nearly all customers will have power within five to seven days. The grid might be back in that amount of time but many customers will still be without power for long afterwards. …


At 11 a.m. on Monday, August 10 2020 Cedar Rapids was there, by 2 p.m. it was gone. Monday’s derecho, a landlocked hurricane with straight line winds over 100 mph, has impacted every part of the city catastrophically. Nearly every home has damage. Most big trees in the city fell…


Spoiler: the “winner” gets a C-

It looks like Cedar Rapids isn’t getting a casino on the westside of the Cedar River in Kingston Village. After being shot down twice in four years by the state gaming commission for a casino license, the city of Cedar Rapids opened up eight acres of city owned land straddling…


In the late 1990s Apple computers, under the newly reinstated helm of CEO Steve Jobs, refocused their product lineup, shirking off business units like a chef peels skin off garlic. The introduced a slew of brand new Macs all designed by Jonathan Ive with lively, inventive, frankly whimsical designs. There…

Ben Kaplan

Urbanism nerd, Mac enthusiast, Iowan

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