Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Welcome to the new Cityview


Additional content. More pages. Increased press run. More distribution. Larger format. Glossy covers. High-bright newsprint.

These are some of the changes that you will notice in this new monthly version of Cityview, but let’s start with some of your old favorites that you can continue to rely on.

The popular Civic Skinny column continues, providing insight and reporting you won’t find anywhere else on subjects like politics, the media, local government, real estate and the movers and shakers in Des Moines. Commentaries from Michael Gartner will often accompany it.

The incredible talents of cartoonist Brian Duffy continues in these pages not only with his column but also in illustrations for various stories, which can be seen this month in our State Fair concerts feature.

The columns of Douglas Burns in our Political Mercury feature publish here, sharing his insight on the state and national political scene.

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Jim Duncan knows the local food and dining scene better than anyone I have ever met, and we have expanded his role in covering the scene in our Food and Drink section. We are also continuing his monthly art column, Art Pimp.

Joe Weeg, a retired prosecutor for the Polk County Attorney’s Office, continues to write his Joe’s Neighborhood column, highlighting the unique people and places of the metro (once he returns from The Hague). His column will introduce our new Personalities section each month.

In addition, you will find reviews of local theater and plays from John Domini, technology news from Patrick Boberg, feature stories from Jeff Pitts and our ongoing coverage of the local music scene. And, yes, the crossword puzzle and our What The feature continue.

In future months, look for more columns from Herb Strentz, a retired administrator and professor in the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a founder of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.

So what’s new? More local event photos. Two additional full-length feature stories each month. Our calendar picks. Additional food and dining news. You will even find more lifestyle-oriented stories on local people with our At Home With, People and Pets, Walks of Life, Collections and Hobbies, and Your Neighbors features.

All each month, all for free and all available at more than 700 locations across the metro. And now also available in the full digital format — for free — at www.dmcityview.com.

We appreciate you making the all-new Cityview part of your lives, and we look forward to serving you for years to come. ■

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