August 15, 2019, 10am PDT
Julián Castro, Democratic candidate for president and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, chose a side regarding the controversial rezoning proposal making its way through the Des Moines City Council.
August 2, 2019, 7am PDT
The city of Des Moines is working on a new zoning code intended to ease the process of developing homes. The proposed regulations have triggered warnings from affordable housing advocates as well as local and nation home builders.
June 3, 2019, 7am PDT
The city of Des Moines is hoping to update its zoning code for the first time since 1965.
July 9, 2018, 2pm PDT
The Iowa State Supreme Court recently sided with a resident of a mobile home park over the city of Des Moines, which had worked to shut the entire mobile home park down.
Thomas Reuters Foundation
March 16, 2018, 11am PDT
New details of an ambitious infill project in Des Moines were released at the end of 2017.
January 20, 2018, 9am PST
Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union back bills to ban red light and speed cameras in Iowa, while Democrats and law enforcement want to allow cities and counties to retain automated traffic-enforcement tools.
December 20, 2017, 2pm PST
A $33 million plan would make downtown Des Moines home to a dense grid of bike lanes and a safer place for pedestrians, among other changes.
June 12, 2017, 6am PDT
Des Moines is considering an ambitious complete streets makeover of its downtown streets.
March 25, 2017, 1pm PDT
LendingTree ranks the most popular cities for Millennial homebuyers.
February 14, 2017, 12pm PST
A proposal by the Greater Des Moines Partnership is the latest bid redevelopment idea transforming downtown Des Moines.
November 29, 2016, 8am PST
Des Moines' Downtown Chamber of Commerce expects the city's 2016 development boom to continue into the new year.
February 10, 2016, 9am PST
Fairly or unfairly, Des Moines has a solid reputation as one of the nation's least interesting cities. But unbeknownst to the rest of us, this quiet working town might become the Midwest's answer to Austin, Texas.
October 6, 2015, 8am PDT
A list of cities with the highest percentage of homebuyers described by the category of Millennial is conspicuously absent of expensive, coastal cities.
March 17, 2015, 10am PDT
As cities and towns offer more incentives and planning support for local agriculture, there is still plenty of education and learning to be done to create and sustain local food systems. Enter the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit.
January 20, 2015, 9am PST
A new development proposal in Des Moines called Bici Flats will provide one-of-a-kind amenities to residents who love to bike. But will it become a catalytic development for a downtown neighborhood?
January 13, 2015, 9am PST
A lawsuit by the Des Moines water utility could change the way the farming industry mitigates its environmental impacts.
March 28, 2014, 5am PDT
The Onion has once again focused its satirical gaze on the art and science of planning, this time telling the fictional story of a planner in Des Moines, Iowa, who just couldn't help but copy Philadelphia.
July 3, 2011, 1pm PDT
More American cities are following successful European cities' leads and launching their own bike sharing systems.
April 10, 2011, 9am PDT
Richard Florida writes that population growth and wealth do not go hand in hand -- wealth comes from improvements in productivity. In fact, some of the areas with the biggest leaps in population are suffering real declines in wealth.
September 18, 2010, 1pm PDT
Aaron M. Renn says that Iowa has weathered the recession well, and migration patterns have boosted cities and agribusiness.