MARION, Iowa — After sustaining damage in Iowa’s 2020 hurricane-strength derecho, the historic Methodist Church in Marion was written off by most. Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly was not one of them. “Everyone was resigned to the fact that it was going to be demolished,” AbouAssaly said. “It was keeping me up at night, but I […]
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Reconstructed railroad bridge connects t...
MARION, Iowa — A bridge that once shouldered cattle cars, passenger trains and more is now taking on lighter loads as part of the CeMar Trail through Marion. Community leaders, Linn County Trails Association members, railroad buffs and others celebrated the reconstruction of the former Milwaukee Railroad bridge over Indian Creek during a ribbon-cutting ceremony […]
Marion, Iowa, takes first steps to save ...
By Cindy Hadish MARION — As demolitions of historic buildings bulldoze ahead in Cedar Rapids, leaders in neighboring Marion are poised to lead the way in saving some of the city’s architectural heritage. The Marion City Council last night voted unanimously to refer proposals by Seven Hills East LLC to the city’s Economic Development Committee. […]
Final photos: Smitty’s Shoe Repair in Ma
By Cindy Hadish MARION – Rich Foens has soled his last shoe. Starting as a youth in his father’s shop, Foens is retiring at age 80 after 55- to 70-hour work weeks as owner of Smitty’s Shoe Repair. Yet, he insists it wasn’t really work. “I started at age 9 and I’ve enjoyed every day,” […]
Final photos: Last days of the Marion Ma...
MARION – An iconic cafe will close its doors on Jan. 31, 2017. The Marion Maid-Rite has been a fixture at the corner of 10th Street and Seventh Avenue for more than 30 years, selling its signature Maid-Rite sandwiches, piles of thin-sliced onion rings, tenderloins, hand-dipped malts, pies and other favorites. Since the announcement of […]
Ten reasons to shop local
By Cindy Hadish/for City Revealed Mayor Ron Corbett issued his “gavel challenge” after the September flood in Cedar Rapids, encouraging people to support flood-affected businesses. Corbett called on residents to visit at least 10 of the flood-affected businesses in October, and 15 for cyclists who have enjoyed the city’s investment in bike trails and lanes. […]
Ironic choice for tree removal as honey ...
UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2015) Bank of the West issued the following statement today: “We recently removed a tree we believed to be partially dead and diseased, and pruned the dead branches of another tree adjacent our building. Our first and foremost focus was to ensure the safety of our customers, tenants, and employees. As we […]
Downtown Farmers Market kicks off 10th a...
Whether you love it or do your best to avoid it, downtown Cedar Rapids will be packed this Saturday, June 6, as the Downtown Farmers Market launches its 10th anniversary season. The market runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon in a slightly different location this year, due to construction in Greene Square Park.
“Lazy gardener,” flowers for hummingbird
The Linn County Master Gardeners are expanding their reach. Their spring talks will be held at seven area libraries this year, so you’re sure to find one just a short distance away and they’re free! Topics range from container gardening and rain barrels to seed-starting and more. See the following schedule, with the month/day/town and […]
New Uptown Fall Marion Market scheduled ...
Marion has an ideal, centrally located site for its farmers market at City Square Park, with a depot pavilion providing cover against the backdrop of the historic Main Street District. It was disappointing to hear the decision to end the Wednesday markets earlier this summer, but the Saturday markets continue, and a new Uptown Fall […]