Following the resounding 1998 defeat of a $48 million bond referendum to build a 500-bed jail in downtown Davenport, Scott County embarked on a long process of re-evaluation that would culminate in a decision whether the county needs a new facility to house inmates.
The movie-theatre landscape in the Quad Cities might have changed significantly when the Nova 6 opened last weekend in Moline - in the old home of the Super Saver second-run theatre. Nova 6, located at 2018 36th Avenue (near SouthPark Mall north of John Deere Avenue, behind Key Auto Mall), is an "intermediate run" theatre, somewhere between the first-run shows at National Amusement's theatres in Davenport and Milan and the months-old product of cheaper , second-run houses.
After several years of development and project changes, The Quarter riverfront-revitalization project in East Moline is nearly ready to break ground. Last week, the East Moline City Council directed city staff to begin the process of issuing bonds that will be used for infrastructure improvements to the brownfield development.
The Quad Cities lost a great writer and friend of the written word with the passing of David R. Collins of Moline on Tuesday, July 17, at the age of 61. The short list of his achieve-ments include writing more than 75 published books and being a founding member of Writers Studio, a founder of the Mississippi Valley Writers Conference, and a much-loved teacher of 35 years.
DavenportOne celebrated its first year in business last week, emphasizing a theme that it is not just for the city's big businesses and their leaders. At its annual meeting July 11 - attended by nearly 300 members - the organization rolled out a new Web site (http://www.
At a study session on Monday, July 9, Rock Island City Administrator John C. Phillips gave city-council members a "police-chief profile" culled from surveys filled out by citizens, community leaders, and police officers.
Despite the setback of having developer Kaizen Company of America pull out of the commercial portion of The Quarter riverfront re-development effort (see City Shorts in this week's issue), the City of East Moline could be moving forward on other components of the project in the coming weeks.
The unanimous choice of the search committee and mayor for Davenport's new city administrator appears to be well on his way to city-council confir mation next week. Craig Malin, currently the county administrator in Douglas County, Wisconsin, has wide support among Davenport city-council members surveyed by the River Cities' Reader.
When the City of Moline requested developers in 1999 for its mixed-used riverfront project known as Bass Street Landing, it didn't get any responses that met its requirements - primarily that applicants have experience developing and operating a similar project.
Davenport • The City of Davenport will make a presentation on its River Renaissance on the Mississippi proposal to the Vision Iowa board on Wednesday, June 13, at the Hotel Savery in Des Moines.

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