Businesses get pushed out as industrial districts rebuild

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Leaning over the map, Brian Vincent turned to a city official and asked, "Why does it show a park instead of my business?"

The planner paused and then explained. Des Moines leaders had concluded that the park was a better use of the land than the low-slung building that had housed Corn Belt Aluminum for decades.

"I`m like, `Thank you for the 50 years I`ve been here,`" Vincent said.


Ken Notes: This is not a bad thing, but working with the displaced businesses to continue uninterrupted operation has to be a component of urban renewal.

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