Have you noticed downtown Muscatine looks like it’s been hit by a tornado? Well, it was hit by a tornado, but that’s another story. Getting around the downtown area is challenging. Improvements on 4th Street, Mississippi Drive and areas around the new hotel have temporarily closed parts of these streets. HNI’s new headquarters created some detours a few months ago, and I just noticed today that the demolition of the old Sunmart grocery building has started.

All of these changes create some confusion, and in some cases frustration, but the changes are more than welcome when you consider all the positives they bring to our community. Muscatine is a vibrant, happening city.

Time goes fast. Soon we’ll reap the benefits of the improvements. Take a drive in the neighborhood of 6th and 7th streets just southwest of Iowa Avenue, and you’ll find new concrete streets that have transformed that neighborhood. Quality infrastructure improvements and new construction project a community with a future, and a community in which we can feel pride of ownership.

I speak for many of our citizens in expressing appreciation for the corporate and community leaders who continue to make sound decisions regarding Muscatine’s future.

Bob Keig

Muscatine

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