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hinkdad - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There is quite a bit of parking downtown. We are just spoiled here in Quincy because it is all free and most people think it is a crime to have to walk more than half a block anywhere.
qfingers - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Revitalization of the downtown area is supposed to bring in more visitors and more spending...therefore more sales tax $$. So the city does get some extra $$ from that. And when the TIF expires the added property value will lower tax rates for the rest of us. That's the idea of it.
GuyFawkes10 - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
My point
UrKidsWillPay - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There are actually ways to create "hard" parking that has grass or other vegetation growing through it. Menards even carrys one version. This allows you to have parking that doesn't look like another black ocean and it doesn't turn into mud with every rain like a lawn would. I think this type of "green" parking lot would be the most suitable use of this property. You need the extra parking…
Stupid_Dems - Iowa company pitches Newcomb development proposal - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what's in it for the city? What does the city get financially from the project? The empty lot is not costing us anything now. We have money for the Hobart people but we can't even keep the trees alive in downtown Quincy.

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Improving locks and dams means more efficient barge traffic

1 month, 1 week ago by Jim Dewey

Congress earlier this year passed the Water Resources Reform and Development act which could eventually lead to the expansion of several locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. 

Currently - barge tows must be broken up in order to pass through the locks - slowing the shipping process down and raising the cost of sending goods up and down the river. 

The Iowa Department of Transportation has released a comparison of how much can be moved by river as compared with trains and trucks. 

One barge holds as much as nearly 13 and a half jumbo hopper train cars or 58 large semis. 

A 15 barge tow can carry as much as two 100 car trains or 870 large semis. 

The two trains - end to end would be two miles long while the 870 trucks - bumper to bumper - would stretch 11 and a half miles. 

That is the amount of traffic that would be added to area highways if just one of the 80 year old plus locks fails.


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