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Andrei Murphy is a proud citizen of Des Moines and accomplished insurance solutions professional.

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Putting Des Moines Transit in Motion

Throughout human history, urban centers have always attracted massive concentrations of people, thus requiring an extensive system of public transit to be formed. How to transport immense quantities of people to and from the metropolis has proven to be a feat that is sometimes achieved with deft talent. At other times, it can be cumbersome, burdensome, and frustrating. Creating the right transit system can a make an extreme difference in attracting and retaining top talent, be that in regards to culture, capitalism, or simple urban development.

With Des Moines on the rise, it is clear that public transit is taking on a role of great importance. It is time to implement an efficient system that causes convenience and not frustration.—one that makes life easy, not hard, and one that fosters economic development. That is why the Transit Future Work Group is so important. Formed through the Capital Crossroads Vision Plan in order to analyze transportation challenges and create/implement new and efficient transportation methods for Des Moines urbanites, the group promises to better the future of Iowa’s most distinguished and fastest growing city.

According to the US Census Bureau, Des Moines has grown 9.4% since 2010, and Dallas County has grown by an immense 21.2%. Not to mention, Iowa’s unemployment rate is below 4%. With these tell-tale numbers, Iowa is fast becoming a magnet for the professional world. The only way to sustain such incredible growth is to expand public transit. In this regard, young Des Moines professionals were asked: “What is your top priority for improving the region?” Their answer—public transit. A separate DART survey concluded that non-riders emphasized the importance of investment in public transit over adding new or widening old roads.

Fortunately, there is a fairly clear consensus on where and how money should be spent. This bodes well for the future of Des Moines and where we are heading. With cars on the busiest stretch of Des Moines road (Interstate Highway 235) having increased tremendously from 115,000 to 127,000 in just the last six years, the time to act is now. Moving forward into this very significant part of Des Moines history, the value of cohesion, unity, and collaboration cannot be understated. It’s a good thing Iowans know how to get along.

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Senate passes GMO food labeling bill 63-30

Recent legislation was just passed in Des Moines requiring the labeling of most food items with their respective genetically modified ingredients. Moving forward,  Iowan consumers should be able to see if their food has GMOs or not. For more information, please proceed to this article.

Jazz Festival en Route to Des Moines

An exciting new jazz festival is coming to Des Moines this fall. As the list of live concerts grows larger and larger, this festival in particular catches my eye as an exceptional celebration of significant renown. It will have both local and national talent so, in addition to being supportive of the surrounding community, it will also bring in talented artists all across the United States. Here’s the article!

City of Des Moines can do more to help homeless

Here’s a very interesting article I stumbled across while reading The Des Moines Register. Written with a keen eye for both past and present, it makes a number of good points concerning the homeless population in our great city and their dealings with the police. Interesting, insightful, and more relevant than ever, I highly recommend you give it a read. Check it out!

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Dining in Des Moines

Although smaller than many metropolises, Des Moines has much to offer in the way of tourism, culture, and sports. Yet, it is its community that stands out to me the most, and in no other aspect of the city is this more apparent than in the exquisite cuisine it offers on nearly every corner. Through word of mouth among friends, neighbors, and relatives, there are a few restaurants in particular that have emerged above the rest, offering unparalleled service, a friendly atmosphere, and more importantly, delicious, excellent, edible goodness.

Fong’s Pizza

Known throughout the state of Iowa for it quirky pizza combinations that work, Fong’s pizza has become a fixture in the Des Moines community. From Crab Rangoon pizza to Sriracha Chicken bites, your tastebuds will never be bored when exploring this creative and diverse menu. With mouth-watering memories, you are bound to not only never forget your first time at Fong’s, but to return and try the rest of the menu as soon as humanly possible.

Centro

Urban. Elegant. Sophisticated. This cosmopolitan Italian eatery offers only the freshest of ingredients in its quest to present fine dining at the most cost effective price possible. Although certainly sleek and one might even say modern, the restaurant never sacrifices its Des Moines down-to-Earth roots and has fostered a deep sense of connection with its surrounding community.

Zombie Burger & Drink Lab

This creative take on the many emerging burger and shake shacks offers a fantastic variety of quality milkshakes and what are self-described “gourmet burgers.” Located in the East Village, it is in the perfect position to satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst of hungry Iowans on lunch break looking for a fun momentary escape from the office. Peruse its menu of the undead for a laugh and a good old fashioned American burger, and maybe even a slight supernatural chill.

Smokey D’s BBQ

What kind of list this would be without mentioning barbecue I don’t know, and I don’t intend to find out. For Des Moines’s “championship BBQ,” look no further than Smokey D’s. From customized catering for a corporate event to an intimate family meal, Smokey D’s is the perfect option for those looking to kick back and fill their stomachs with some of the best food in Iowa.

There may be many restaurants in Des Moines, but there are only a few worth mentioning. The above represent the best of the best, the most awe-inducing, mouth watering, salivating inspiring gustatory establishments in all the land. If you’re ever looking for a quick bite, you can do no better than Des Moines’ finest.

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