Poll: Should the City Put a Stop to Occupy Iowa City?
The Occupy Iowa City takeover of College Green Park appears to be coming to an end.
Occupy Iowa City started with energy and fanfare in October, but over time the encampment faded.
It may be of little surprise to some that the city didn't extend a permit, which expires on Feb. 29, and set a deadline for the protest to vacate College Green Park.
What do you think, is it time for Occupiers to get out of College Green? Is the city justified in not renewing the permit? Vote in our Patch Poll below.
Several tents still dot College Green Park, but the number has dwindled. And few, if any, Occupy protesters can be found at the park anymore, at least not on any regular basis. Some contend that at this point the Occupy base has turned into a refuge for the homeless.
However, the reasons the city listed for booting Occupy Iowa City don't necessarily add up. The city cited that the Occupy presence had led to the park becoming less usable for the public at large, it had damaged the park turf, led to decreasing sanitary conditions in the park and required an unusual degree of police resources to keep the peace.
All of these issues existed when the protest began.