We are interested in doing our project on the Northside, College Green, or Longfellow neighborhoods. We would prefer Northside.
The Northside neighborhood in Iowa City, Iowa is a small historic area slightly north of downtown. The neighborhood includes about six square blocks between Dubuque and Dodge Streets and is adjacent to the university. The neighborhood offers a mix of architectural styles and a variety of residents, but the residents often stay for a lifetime. However, more recently families have been complaining about the increasing number of student residents that have been making Northside their home during their time in college. By law, most single family homes in the neighborhood only permit three unrelated individuals to live in each house. Northside has been around since the city was founded in 1839. It is widely considered as a nicer and older neighborhood in Iowa City despite the recent spike in student population.
The neighborhood of College Green in Iowa City is between the streets of Jefferson and Burlington and is located east of downtown to Muscatine Street. It is often referred to the center location for residential homes within the east Iowa City area. The neighborhood contains a mixture of economic levels with a large combination of single and multi-family homes. Located in the neighborhood are also many business including restaurants, convenience stores, and a medical center. Many of the nearly 600 homes in the area are historical and were constructed in the early 1900s as city development began to increase. College Green Park is also located within the neighborhood which appeals to the nearby residents. The park serves as a safe location for children and families to get together.
The Longfellow neighborhood is located just south of College Green and east of downtown. Just a few decades ago houses in the area were considered abandoned, rundown, and were in danger of being converted into apartments. Today, despite many renovations and improvements to the neighborhood, Longfellow is still considered historical. It is also considered 1 of 51 American neighborhoods known for their promising features, caring people, and beautiful homes that deserve a long term commitment according to This Old House Magazine. The market price for an average house in the neighborhood is around $150,000. The 900 homes in Longfellow enjoy the benefits of good schooling. The majority of the neighborhood is diverse with young families, singles, and retirees who’s goals promote the unifying of the neighborhood.