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Issue 4, 2016

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Introducing, Understanding, and Using the ICI 300 Peer Cities Identification Tool

Municipalities, especially those that are mid-sized or smaller, often face significant challenges in providing services and amenities to meet the needs of their diverse and changing populations.

Maintaining Housing Affordability: The Role of University Partnerships in Iowa City and Other Communities 

This article explores the significant rental housing shortage in Iowa City (Iowa’s fifth largest city and the county seat of Johnson County) stemming mostly from the large University of Iowa (UI) student population, of which the school houses less than 20 percent.



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