Des Moines, Iowa Moves Forward with "Complete Streets" Policy

Despite opposition from businesses and neighborhood groups, the city of Des Moines, Iowa is intent on implementing a program to make local streets friendly to non-drivers.

This editorial from the Des Moines Register expresses support for the city's new policy of developing "complete streets" featuring lane reductions, on-street and off-street bike lanes, traffic calming and pedestrian-friendly amenities.

Opponents have been vocal about the plan's potential to divert traffic from shopping streets and the potential conflict between bikes and cars.

Another editorial praises a plan in Des Moines' Beaverdale neighborhood to redevelop a main intersection with a roundabout and new street furniture and plantings.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090919/OPINION01/909190307/10...

Thanks to Alex Pearlstein

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