Cedar Rapids rebirth profiled in the Wall Street Journal

October 5, 2017

Cedar Rapids rebirth profiled in the Wall Street Journal

Lion Bridge Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village neighborhood opened in 2014, six years after the area was hit by flooding.

In the context of the flooding in Houston, Texas, and throughout the southeast, Cedar Rapids is the subject of a recently published Wall Street Journal article talking about how the city rebuilt after its own devastating floods in 2008. The article notes how Cedar Rapids’ public leaders worked closely with private enterprises to execute an economic development plan in the flood-affected areas. Now, the reporter writes, the areas are revitalized.

In the years since, the city has worked with businesses, charitable foundations and nearly $1 billion in federal, state and local funds to transform itself, trading in dilapidated buildings and meatpacking plants for new office towers, loft-style condos, trendy coffee shops and bike lanes.

Read the full-story at WSJ.com, “How a Midwestern City Bounced Back From Its Own Harvey.”

Revitalized Cedar Rapids neighborhoods are also home to a new coworking space, startup accelerator and more. Check out what we wrote last year about the vibrancy in the city’s New Bohemia neighborhood.

 

 

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