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District Snapshot

The Uptown Marion District captures the hearts of many, providing a sense of small-town charm in a growing community. Our 19th Century buildings serve as a backdrop to many community events held throughout the year in City Square Park. Uptown Marion provides the opportunity to “escape” while you shop and explore its more than sixty boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Nestled on the south side of Marion, Uptown Marion is less than a 10 minute drive from Cedar Rapids.


The Uptown Marion District spans over 20 blocks of Marion’s historic commercial district that comprises of 165 buildings, 144 businesses, 919 employees, and more than 250 residents.

Business Mix
Service (58%)
Retail (25%)
Restaurants / Bars (17%)
Business Employment
Full-Time (561)
Part-Time (358)

“The state saw a $93 ROI on every $1 spent on Main Street Programs in FY2014”

Governor Brandstad

“The Main Street Approach works”

Debi Durham
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