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Address: Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA
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Creatively Produced Quotes on the Iowa Campus

We spent about an hour walking up and down both sides of Iowa Street looking at the various literary quotes set in brass and imbedded in the sidewalk. Much more creative then I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Robert C
Redlands, California
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable lit nerd country. Inhale and take it all in.love the books, the town, the people. Iowa is amazing.

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Iowa City, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stroll around downtown to see writing from the many folks who have written their famous works while in Iowa City...or maybe were inspired by others who walked before them.

Thank GailCheryl
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is cool to see but not really a destination in itself. I took a friend who was visiting from out of town and this was one of the things we saw the day we spent in Iowa City. If you're going to be on the Ped Mall anyway and are interested in this sort of thing grab a guide... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

As you walk down Iowa Avenue, you can look at the plaques on the sidewalk and learn about the literary history of the area.

Thank Darrell92104
Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We spent about an hour walking up and down both sides of Iowa Street looking at the various literary quotes set in brass and imbedded in the sidewalk. Much more creative then I imagined, with visual themes in the brass embodying the quote. There were also quotes set in the cement which in many cases are now starting to deteriorate... More 

Thank Robert C
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

While walking along Iowa Avenue take time to look down. There are quotes from many authors carved into the pavement. While some of them are getting worn down, many can be clearly seen. Also stop at the large books and take a glance inside the pages shown.

Thank Kaylaswanderlust7
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We didn't do the full walk but loved the dozen or so that we saw. I loved Kurt Vonnegut's piece. Wish we had seen more. Very cover use of talent.

Thank rconnelly
Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Some people call this the pedestrian mall walk, I think. It is fun looking at all of the Iowa Hawkeye decorations, and also the brass statues, and all of the interesting sidewalk sayings, someone has been pretty creative, the park benches are all painted by students. This is worth the walk, and I would recommend it to a family. There... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Much of the walk is plaques in the sidewalk. It is difficult to enjoy it when there are many other pedestrians. So go during the Hawkeye game it is much quieter. This would not be something for young kids.

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Leighton, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I have never been the the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. I have not heard to much about it but never have heard and negative remarks about the establishment.

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