Cedar Rapids mayoral hopefuls envision more vibrant downtown
Posted on October 6, 2021
Candidates see opportunity for more housing, thriving riverfront
The four Cedar Rapids mayoral candidates see opportunity for a more vibrant downtown with a mix of developments, including more affordable housing, they said in a forum hosted Thursday by The Gazette.
TrueNorth executive Amara Andrews, the Advocates for Social Justice vice president, said that with a thriving not-for-profit sector, entrepreneurial ecosystem and low cost of living, Cedar Rapids should be a “destination city for workers and for families.” But downtown could use “some nutrition,” Andrews said, to take advantage of the Cedar River and provide more amenities and family-friendly entertainment reflecting the city’s diversity. Andrews said more affordable housing is needed in all four quadrants to break down “silos” and make Cedar Rapids more inclusive.
“We need to tell the story of Cedar Rapids,” Andrews said. “We need to explain to people that this is a desirable place to live.”
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