Q: My son-in-law and I were having a discussion about the one-ways in downtown Davenport. I say 3rd and 4th streets were once two-way streets. Is that right?
— Audrey, Bettendorf
A: Yes, they were. Mike Clarke, public works director, said the conversion took place in the late 1950s to early 1960s. They are doing some research with the library to pin down the exact dates. Stories in Times archives from the early 1960s make reference to the downtown one-ways. The one-ways on 14th and 15th streets were opened in late 1962 to “provide quick routes across the center of the city” and to “relieve congestion on downtown one-ways” and ease traffic on Locust Street, according to one article. The one-ways on Bridge and Oneida avenues came in the early 1970s.
The city recently discussed the idea of returning 3rd and 4th streets to two-way traffic and possibly installing roundabouts at some intersections, but the idea has not moved forward in any long-range funding plans.
Q: There was a special election Jan. 22 in which Todd Prichard was running for state representative as a Democrat in the Charles City area. How did the election come out?
— Phil, Davenport
A: Democrat Todd Prichard of Charles City defeated Republican Dennis Litterer, 54 percent to 44 percent. Independent Craig Clark received less than 2 percent of the 5,454 votes cast.
Prichard, D-Charles City, was sworn in Tuesday as the 100th member of the Iowa House to serve areas of Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw and Floyd counties in House District 52. He replaces Rep. Brian Quirk, who stepped down in November. Prichard will serve on the House agriculture, state government, and Ways and Means committees as well as the joint House-Senate Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee. Prichard, who is married and has three children, is a member of the Iowa National Guard, owns a small business in Charles City, and was a Floyd County assistant county attorney before being elected to the Iowa House. His arrival at the Statehouse means Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the House.
Q: I’m a local visual artist and I have compact disks with photos of many of my artworks. Is there any place in the Quad-Cities where I can have my CDs of photos transferred into 35mm slides for exhibitions and art shows?
— Quad-City area artist
A: We consulted with the staff at Camera Corner in Davenport who said that is not a common request. Most people want to transfer slides to CDs. A representative said they could print photos from the CDs, then convert them to a slide. She said the process would be fairly labor-intensive, and therefore expensive, but it can be done.
Donna from Davenport weighs in on A&W coney hotdog sauce: “I have found the best ones at the new Dairy Freez in the west end of Davenport. They are identical, and you can even buy some to take home.”
(Answers provided by Times reporter Kurt Allemeier, librarian Roy Booker, Times Des Moines Bureau and community editor Linda Watson.)