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Jim Throgmorton for City Council
$5,855 raised
84% of $7k goal
93 contributors
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Ended Nov 18, 2015

Jim's Platform:

A "Boomtown" vision currently guides Iowa City. Guided by a desire to expand the economy and increase the tax base, this Boomtown vision has been invigorating parts of our city in ways that many people greatly admire. And those who benefit most directly from this vision claim that all we need to do is stay the course. If it ain't broke, they say, don't fix it. But for far too many Iowa Citians, our city is broken. For them, the Boomtown vision accommodates the interests of a few while ignoring those of the many. It's rapidly changing the city they love into a place that will soon be unrecognizable. And by dramatically discounting the risks of climate change and the long-term value of biodiversity, it's undermining our children's prospects for a healthy future. Contrasting with this Boomtown vision is an alternative "Just City" Vision. Those who share this "Just City" vision believe that Iowa City should be good on the ground for all, both now and in the future, and that the long-term health of the community depends upon it. The Just City vision would lead to a city that is substantively democratic, economically healthy, affordable, and resilient. It would lead to a city in which all residents know in their bones and in their daily experience that City government works for them too. It would lead to a city that nurtures and rewards creativity of all kinds. And it would be a unique place that residents love and visitors long to visit time and again. The conflict between these visions has become increasingly acute over the past few years. Rather than keep replaying this conflict, as if we have learned nothing, we should turn the best of the Boomtown wealth, energy and creativity toward building a more Just City.

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