Daily Archives: July 6, 2008

Phoenix high school students learn fundamentals of urban design

As showcased in this know99 television segment, the College of Design at ASU is pioneering a program this summer that gives high school students an exploratory introduction into the art and science of design.  Part hands-on studio and part interactive seminar, the Summer Design Workshop will teach students the fundamentals of design, and how design decisions impact the communities in which we live.

Book offers pictorial history of Mexicans in Phoenix

[Source: Beth Litwin, Arizona Republic] — Local author Frank Barrios (pictured at left) and the Phoenix Museum of History invite you to a dinner and book-signing event for his new pictorial history entitled “Mexicans in Phoenix.”  Barrios, a Phoenix native with family roots dating back to the 1800s, compiled 213 photos with captions highlighting the social, cultural and economic history of Mexicans in Phoenix.  “I often refer to the story of Mexican people in Phoenix as the untold story,” said Barrios, adding that the majority of the photos have never been displayed or published before.  The 127-page book features family history and Mexicans photos from the late 1800s through the 1970s.  Barrios gathered many of the photos and stories from interviews with members of pioneer Mexican families in Phoenix while working on the Hispanic Property Survey project last year.

He joined Phoenix Historic Preservation officers and other researchers working on the survey that identified Mexican American properties important to Phoenix’s history.  Barrios agreed to put together the book after the project’s completion.  Among many community involvements, Barrios serves as vice president of the Board of Directors at the Phoenix Museum of History, president of First Families of Arizona, and serves on the state board of the Arizona Historical Society.  For more information, visit the Phoenix Museum of History website.

Downtown Phoenix businesses suggest light rail, parking changes

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic, July 6, 2008] — If Phoenix wants its downtown nightlife to thrive, buses need to stay on the street long after sundown, several business owners say.  Bill Smith, who owns Bar Smith and other local restaurants, is a member of an alliance of bar, restaurant, hotel, and nightclub owners working on a couple of ideas to improve nighttime transit downtown.  For one, the group wants to talk to Valley Metro about light-rail hours.  Based on the latest schedule for the future transit line, light rail will operate from 4:40 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Valley Metro spokeswoman Hillary Foose said officials have not yet met with the business group.

Smith said another idea is to offer discount parking at a garage where people could hop onto a free shuttle to get to nighttime events.  Smith said parking costs are going up, too.  The situation has been complicated by construction for CityScape, a project that took over a parking lot once used by many customers of the Washington Street bars and eateries.

Nighttime transit became an issue last month after the City Council changed the Downtown Area Shuttle, the DASH.  Starting July 28, the bus will have two routes.  The “government loop” is similar to the existing route, running between downtown Phoenix and the state Capitol.  The “downtown loop” would go between schools, hotels, the biomedical campus, and some neighborhood destinations.  City Manager Frank Fairbanks said officials will have to figure out how routes could be changed.