Urban Land Institute hosts event to bring together creatives, city planners

Lately Des Moines' entrepreneurial community has been hard at work to make Iowa's capital the best it can be. Next week is the city's first community-organized charity hackathon, and less than one week after announcing Des Moines' newest "entrepreneurial center of gravity," Gravitate has one third of its monthly revenue goal. Now members of the

Lately Des Moines’ entrepreneurial community has been hard at work to make Iowa’s capital the best it can be. Next week is the city’s first community-organized charity hackathon, and less than one week after announcing Des Moines’ newest “entrepreneurial center of gravity,” Gravitate has one third of its monthly revenue goal

Now members of the startup community have another way to influence the future of Des Moines: through the Urban Land Institute of Iowa‘s community event, “Intersection: Where Arts, Development and a Vibrant City Converge.”

The organization hopes to bring local real estate developers and economic development leaders together with members of the creative community to discuss what needs the Greater Des Moines area has moving forward.

“Art can be transformative. It is a catalyst for redevelopment and has the ability to remake cities one neighborhood at a time,” Larry James—chair of the Urban Land Institute, a real estate lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels and former owner of local coffee shop Mars Cafe—said in a release. “We in the development community need to hear from our cities’ artists and musicians to learn what we can do to help build the art and music scene in Greater Des Moines.

“Furthermore, we owe it to the arts community to work on developments that are mutually beneficial to both artists and developers. The purpose of “Intersection” is bring together these two groups in order to make this happen.”

The gathering won’t be limited to just artists: proposed discussion topics for the event will range from housing and infrastructure to graphic arts and music, food and local retail. 

When: Thursday, June 6 from 5–7 p.m.

Where: Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street

Cost: Free (RSVP online)

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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