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GB512 Business Communications Unit 4 Discussion

Topic: Peer Review

Professional writers often gather feedback from peers and colleagues on their working drafts. In this discussion, you will work in teams of four students to gain insight from your peers on the status of your projects. Your draft should be 2500–3000 words in length, and include your cover page, table of contents, executive summary, body of the proposal, graphic, and references.


The order in which each of you posts their papers will determine the groups. This allows those of you who post early to work with other students who also post early. Your professor will keep track of the teams and post these updates in this discussion. So, the first four people to post rough drafts become group #1 and respond to one another's papers, posting their responses to the review questions in the discussion itself. The next four people are group #2, and so on. This permits us all to see everyone's papers, and to see the feedback being offered.

The 3-day Discussion Board posting requirement does not apply to this peer review forum.

You will be evaluated only on your reviews of your team members' papers, which must be no fewer than 250 words long. Make those reviews complete. You will be penalized if you fail to answer in detail all the questions in the seven (7) bulleted points outlined below. You must post your rough draft no later than Monday of Unit 4 at midnight to be put on a team. Any later and there simply is not enough time for you to participate in a peer review.

Step 1: Post your rough draft to the Discussion Board as an attachment no later than Monday in this unit.

Step 2: Answer the questions below when reviewing a peer’s paper:

  • Does the introduction clearly announce the topic and engage the reader’s interest? If not, why not? If yes, what is engaging and interesting?
  • Is there a clear sense of purpose throughout the writing? Why or why not?
  • Is the solution effectively presented? Why or why not?
  • Are sources integrated into the proposal? Do they follow APA format? Are they effective? Why or why not?
  • Is the graphic effective in supporting the proposal idea? Why or why not?
  • How could the author improve the paper? Please offer at least two concrete suggestions.
  • Do you consider this paper to be responsive to the assignment? If not, what recommendations do you have for making it meet the requirements?
  • Provide additional suggestions or comments.

Step 3: Post your feedback as a response to your team members’ original posting.

Date: June 4, 2022

To: Pertinent Employees

From: AP

Subject: Potential Solutions to Sidewalk Expenses in Des Moines, IA 

One cost that most property owners may be unaware of is that of the construction, repair, and maintenance of sidewalks for which are on their property or property margin leads to. Maintenance costs for sidewalks on or near the property can be the responsibility of the property owner depending on local or state jurisdiction.

It was identified that sidewalk construction, repair, and maintenance is very expensive and often unexpectedly impacts property owners. Property owners are often responsible for the costs associated with these actions due to local jurisdiction requirements, compared to roads which are often maintained by city or state funds. These unexpected costs can impact a property owners ability to maintain their property. If these unexpected costs are too burdensome it can force the property owner to move or foreclose on their loan. These costs also impact city decisions to expand or maintain infrastructure in lower income neighborhoods.


Property owners in Des Moines, IA are responsible for the cost of construction, repair, and maintenance of sidewalks on their property or that their property leads up to. Des Moines City Council can approve or order the construction or reconstruction of sidewalks within city limits without prior notice of the property owner. Unexpected costs can affect the property owner’s ability to keep or maintain their property. 

Sidewalk costs also affect development in lower income areas if it is perceived that the neighborhoods. Neighborhood construction or improvement may not be completed if it is perceived that the property owners in that neighborhood may not be able to maintain or repair the sidewalks as expected by the city ordinance. Sidewalks improve public health and increase access to necessities by improving transportation access without a motor vehicle. 

Current lack of fund allocation to support resident amenities including sidewalks provides unfair support to property owners which affects public health, property values, and individual transportation access. Further action should be taken to assure allocation of funds to support sidewalk construction, repair, and maintenance for residents. These funds should also contribute to the support equity of sidewalk construction, repair, and maintenance across a variety of neighborhoods.

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