We need more people to sign this petition. We need to send a clear message to the City and to Mr. Allen that we want the Red Avocado and Defunct Books to have thirty business days to look at their options and make their choices.
See previous update for more ideas, too.
If you read this KCRG article, you'll see that Cedar Rapids has started collecting information about beautiful old places to preserve. If Iowa City wants to attract businesses, it's going to have to do something, or it will lose big businesses to Coralville and its TIFs and small businesses to Cedar Rapids and its historic conscience.
Iowa City now has one more way it will need to compete for entrepreneurial interest. The City can keep praising Allen Homes in the newspaper right after Allen Homes threatens to cost the City two popular small businesses, or the City can make a move 4,000+ people can support, like looking at what's worth protecting in our city. Like a nice, old building that could house the Red Avocado.