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“We don’t have the congestion that is directing people to use transit… Providing transit is almost a social service. It’s hard to get a high ridership.”

Paul Hanley, director of transportation policy at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center and an associate professor of urban and regional planning in the Graduate College. Hanley pointed out that conveniences like Iowa City’s Bus on the Go, which uses GPS to track buses’ location, can make riding more attractive; nonetheless, Iowa City ridership is down 95,000 from last year. (The Gazette, Nov. 23)

 

“I think that’s an attempt to front-load people, to get them into the stores and buy stuff and get them to not consider the online argument. I think, frankly, that’s a losing battle.”

Gary Russell, professor of marketing in the Tippie College of Business. This year, the number of Black Friday midnight openings has gone through the roof, with many jumping on the bandwagon just to keep up with the competition in e-commerce. (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Nov. 23)

 

“To really create innovations, new concepts or a new idea, you have to have creative skills, but to run a successful restaurant, you have to have nuts-and-bolts management skills.”

Nancy Abram, director of IMU Marketing & Design. A review of hundreds of liens filed this year in Linn County alone found restaurants were 38 percent of those posted for failure to remit sales tax. (The Gazette, Nov. 23)