Friday, March 11, 2011

Project365: Day 69 - Below Us, All the City Lights

Parking ramps take up far too much space in Downtown Des Moines, but I'll be damned if they don't offer some of the best vantage points for photographing this city.

This is the civic heart of Downtown Des Moines. The Civic Center theater (left) and Nollen Plaza were both created in 1979. The plaza has not worn well since then and is in dire need of an overhaul. The sunken pool and fountain leak, the grove of trees on the far side is suffering, and the entire park feels disjointed from the rest of downtown. A few homeless people and hundreds of crows are the plaza's most frequent occupants.

There have been multiple proposals to reinvent Nollen Plaza, but as with all public improvement project recently, securing funding is likely to be a challenge. Hopefully this one is successful and provides a much needed lift to this end of Downtown.

Oh, and give yourself 10 bonus points if you know the reference for today's photo title.

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