Most anyone paying attention to urban development in the Quad Cities is familiar with Dan Carmody. Carmody spent 18 years reinventing and re-energizing Rock Island as director of Renaissance Rock Island. He recently accepted a similar position in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (See "The Man Behind Rock Island Renaissance," River Cities' Reader, October 19, 2005.)

Over the years, the Reader has often written about Carmody's projects and ideas, including the most recently published "Vacation Manifesto: Radical Ideas to Grow the Quad Cities" (River Cities' Reader, June 14, 2006).

Davenport's Third Ward alderman, Keith Meyer, upon reading that "manifesto," requested that the city hire Carmody to speak to city leaders regarding his ideas and other important growth issues.

Subsequently, the City of Davenport Design Center hosted a presentation by Carmody, at the Figge Art Museum inside the Deere Auditorium last Monday evening. The event was billed "A Game of Twenty Civic Questions: a lively, interactive session that considers key questions for successful regional development with emphasis on urban core development and global issues."

As we compiled the calendar listings and stories relating to what lies ahead this fall for the arts in our communities, we couldn't help but pause to comment on how stellar the summer has been for the arts in the Quad Cities.
It's time for elected officials and city staffers to wake up with regards to funding tourism in the Quad Cities. Nationwide leisure travel has caught up with business travel, which has remained flat for the past two years.
MyPlane, a fractional-ownership air-travel service, had an open house at Elliot Aviation air field in Moline last Wednesday. MyPlane is a sister company to Short's Travel Management, which is headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa.

Bushed in Iowa

One thing is certain about the Republicans: When it comes to campaigning, they run a tight ship. I have never seen so many people moved in and out of a public forum so efficiently as I did last Wednesday when President Bush held a rally in LeClaire Park.
During the screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 that I attended, someone opened the door of the theatre and screamed into the auditorium, "Liberals suck! Michael Moore's a bitch!" and ran off. Moore has, once again, obviously touched a tender nerve with his latest production.
Editor's note: In 1995, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Todd McGreevy traced the history of the event and the organization that plans and runs it. On the occasion of the 20th festival, the Reader is reprinting this condensed version.
What's the best sightseeing to do in Vegas in 100-degree-plus weather? Stay mostly inside and check out the great art scene. Last Thursday I took the inaugural nonstop flight to Las Vegas from the Quad Cities airport.
Personality, testing scores, IQ, and pedigree are not what makes one an effective leader. "Leadership is a decision-based skill set," stated Dr. Robert Sternberg, Ph.D., last Thursday at a dinner hosted at Augustana College's Wilson Center.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be performing this Sunday at The Mark. The show is set in a more intimate theatre style seating of 5,700 and is in support of their 2003 release of Greendale. (As of this writing only 500 seats are left.