3 ideas for the Quad Cities
A reader sent in the following, proposing 3 unique and original ideas for the area.
Hello, to whom it may concern. I grew up in Moline, IL and visit often. I have recently had 3 ideas for Moline/Quad Cities. I wish to share them with as many people that I can contact through email and maybe someone will utilize one of them.What do you think? Do any or all have merit? Which one do you think is the best idea? Would they be able to be accomplished?
A) World's Largest Fountain!
The Quad Cities has 3 successful Casinos and one GIANT RIVER... giving an ENDLESS supply of water!!! One thing Vegas doesn't have... WATER!!! Wouldn't it be great if all the quad cities and casinos could pitch in to built the world's largest fountain in the middle of the Mississippi to be seen by the bridges and shores!
I have been to Vegas only a few times but the most impressive attraction I saw was the Bellagio Fountains which were incredible... Seen in the movie Oceans 11
It could be one giant fountain or one big one and two smaller ones.
Maybe lit up with a light show. Maybe it could run a little all the time and then have shows on weekends!
It would help attract tourists and gain community pride!
Maybe the Quad Cities could become the Community of Fountains?
B) "Eat Street"
I lived in Minneapolis where they have a street near downtown they call
"Eat Street". I guess this is because it has some restaurants on it. It is actually a little rough neighborhood and does not have that many restaurants.
Moline's 16th St. has a ton of restaurants. I think it would be great to rename it "Eat Street" and have a race festival from downtown to South Park and all the restaurants could have outdoor booths and music! This could replace the labor day "Criterion Races" that I miss from that Belgium neighborhood.
It would not have to be on Labor Day. It could be on any summer weekend.
Best to compete with as few other community events as possible.
Maybe even BEFORE SUMMER BEGINS... to get everyone ready...
Or the week before the Bix as a local preview?
C) PAUL NORTON ART MUSEUM!
Moline Museum of ART! Moline has the WONDERFUL DEERE MUSEUM, AND
MARK Facilities that have really transformed the waterfront. AND DAVENPORT now has the AWESOME FICKE ART MUSEUM... BUT, WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE AN ART MUSEUM IN MOLINE?
This would not compete with the DAVENPORT ART MUSEUM BUT COMPLIMENT.
1) PAUL NORTON or his estate could certainly possibly make several prominent artworks available?
2) MICHAEL BLASER, the Marine Artist is also a native of Moline. He could certainly make some of his works available perhaps?
3) John Deere/ Hauberg Collections!
Years ago, the Deere Headquarters was open to the Public for tours and I have personally seen several highly impressive works on display in the Deere/Hauberg
Collection. Certainly the Haugergs and John Deere Corp. could possibly loan some of these works on a rotating basis for a Moline Art Museum?
4) Augustanna College / Centennial Hall?
Augustanna College has its own gallery museum. They have many impressive works including works from Whistler, or they have displayed such works.
This gallery although substantial, is somewhat modest and unopen to the public
being in the basement of Centennial Hall?
Certainly perhaps they could LOAN some of their collection on a rotating basis to be displayed in a more prominent and accessible Moline Public Art Museum?
5) Who knows how many past and present residents have valuable and original art to donate or loan for display?
6) Blackhawk College?
I don't know what art they have if any... but I bet they have some acquisitions somewhere that they could loan to a Moline Museum?