Daily Archives: July 11, 2008

Phoenix Councilman Nowakowski highlights resident “hot buttons”

In an interview with Arizona Republic reporter, Connie Cone Sexton, Phoenix City Councilman, Michael Nowakowski, highlighted several areas of concern expressed to him from residents living in and around downtown Phoenix.  Those top issues are summarized below:

Historic Neighborhoods and Downtown

  • Increase and improve streetscapes
  • Ability to walk down streets without being run down

Fairgrounds Vicinity

  • Reduce crime
  • Investigate interest/feasibility of moving the state fairgrounds
  • Create a sort of Biltmore area by extending the Encanto Golf Course to blend into the neighborhood

South Phoenix

  • Beautify and enliven the banks along the Salt River
  • Establish a retail and entertainment district (ala San Antonio’s Riverwalk)

Light rail rolls into downtown Phoenix

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic, July 11, 2008] — Light rail charged into downtown Phoenix on Thursday, making a successful maiden voyage into the heart of the Valley.  The trip, which marked the start of the vehicle’s testing period in downtown Phoenix, is the latest milestone in the construction of the 20-mile, $1.4 billion system.  “This is such an exciting day,” Mayor Phil Gordon said as he exited the train.

Construction on the system is about 90 percent complete and will finish around the end of August, said Rick Simonetta, CEO of Metro light rail.  Next month, the organization will begin training operators for the 50 light-rail vehicles that will travel the route from north-central Phoenix to Tempe and Mesa.  Trains, which are being tested in the East Valley, now will begin downtown tests.

Metro light rail used the occasion Thursday to remind motorists and pedestrians to obey all traffic signals along the line and to be mindful of the trains, which are quieter than other forms of transit and so can take pedestrians by surprise.  The system opens Dec. 27, 2008.  “We’re really happy to still be right on schedule,” Simonetta said.  “This is just a tremendous milestone.”

Where’s the crime in your neck of the woods?

[Source: Arizona Republic]Click here to search and map crimes reported to Valley law enforcement agencies.  You can search by city, zip code, or street name and by a specific crime type or all crimes.  Incidents are listed by zip code and block number, not exact address.  (Electronic reports are available for only the following cities: Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, and Tolleson.)  Updated every Thursday.