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Incoming Lawrence city manager Tom Markus, left, recently spoke to the Journal-World about his five years as city manager of Iowa City, Iowa. Pictured, clockwise from top right, are Dubuque Street in downtown, one of three controversial Iowa City high-rise projects and the campus of the University of Iowa.

Nancy Quellhorst, president of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce

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Lawrence's incoming city manager Tom Markus answers questions in his Iowa City office on Jan. 27.

This 14-story tower, named Park@201, is one of three high-rise projects in downtown Iowa City that have caused controversy, with opponents saying they create a skyline uncharacteristic of the city and received too much financial assistance.

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