Des Moines’ East Village popularity causes issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Business owners and residents in Des Moines’ East Village are asking the city to re-evaluate the frequent street closures for charity runs, music festivals and other events drawn to the district.

The East Village is an eclectic assortment of restaurants, retailers, offices and residents. The frequent street closings have prompted city buses to be rerouted. On-street parking has been prohibited. Temporary fences erected for some events make it difficult for customers to get to the front doors of some businesses.

The Des Moines Register reports ( that officials are pondering solutions, including limiting how long streets are closed and where the events can be held.

So far this year, the historic downtown district has hosted at least 20 events that have prompted the full or partial closure of streets.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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