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The Streetscape Project

Your tax deductible donation will help the streetscape proejct become a reality. Any amount you can give, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Please support this worthwhile project today to make 42nd Street vibrant, beautiful & safe.


Make checks payable to Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Put 42nd Streetscape in the memo line.


Roosevelt Cultural District Attn: Rod McCullough
831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312




For nearly ten years, the Roosevelt Cultural District has been working with the city of Des Moines to design a cohesive, beautiful streetscape for the area that will address critical issues such as traffic congestion, the safety of school children and pedestrians, and beautification. Shepherded by Third Ward Councilwoman Christine Hensley and many volunteers, this $1.7 million project has been steadily moving forward. Construction is slated to begin in early spring 2017.

This project will make the district safer, prettier, and more visitor friendly. All telephone poles will be removed and utilities will be put underground, simultaneously improving the sewer system and making the landscape less cluttered. The traffic flow will be streamlined, taking four lanes of traffic in front of the shops down to three, adding a middle turn lane to help with congestion and a bus lane in front of the playhouse. Parking in front of the shops will be reconfigured to make it easier to get in and out. Landscaping, green space, and streetscape amenities will add much needed polish to the historic district and make it more accessible for cultural events, public art, and more. View the plans in more detail here.  To see the latest progress of the construction visit the 42nd St Streetscape Construction Facebook Page.  To report any issues/concerns you may contact Bolton & Menk, Chris Kuhl, Design Superintendent at 515-336-0837.

With support from Polk County and private donors, the Streetscape project is well on and you can view the progress to date as you drive down 42nd Street.   Continued fund raising  will help pay for benches, bike racks and public art installations.

This project funded in part by grants from Principal, Polk County Board of Supervisors and Prairie Meadows.

Now, we truly need your help! Contributions of any amount are welcome, appreciated,
and tax-deductible. Please consider joining with your neighbors and friends in this
important effort to improve our neighborhood and the city of Des Moines.

Let’s all get this done together!





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