Daily Archives: August 15, 2008

Phoenix launches campaign against cigarette littering

[Source: KTAR Radio] — “Keep your butt in the car.”  That’s the message from Keep Phoenix Beautiful, which is taking up the fight against the most littered item in the U.S.  The organization is distributing bumper stickers, aimed at reminding smokers to put their butts in ash trays.  “Before you toss that cigarette butt out the car window, think twice about it and use your ash tray,” said Tom Waldeck with Keep Phoenix Beautiful.  He added, “1.7 billion pounds of cigarette litter ends up on the streets all across the country.  And if you take a look at one cigarette butt, and think 1.7 billion pounds, that’s a lot of cigarette butts.”

Keep Phoenix Beautiful is counting the number of butts around US Airways Center and Chase Field in downtown Phoenix to focus attention on the problem.  “We have done a count, and it was quite substantial,” Waldeck said, adding that the count began July 25 and will continue through Sept. 30.  For more information or to get a bumper sticker, click here.

Map makes downtown Phoenix historic properties interesting

ellis%20shackelford%20house.jpg[Source: Ray Stern, Phoenix New Times] — Want to know how to find the Ellis-Shackelford house (pictured at left), the “only intact mansion along the downtown portion of Central Avenue?”

This colorful map and accompanying key allows computer users to find many such historic sites in downtown Phoenix.  It’s somewhat addictive — zooming in on different buildings and trying to figure out how they fit into the town’s past and future.  Well, addictive for a few fun-filled minutes, anyway.  Property owners may even be surprised to know their home or business falls under the historic category.  The City of Phoenix offers this easy FAQ for those who wonder just what the heck a historic designation means.

Mayor’s next public chat focuses on downtown clothing designers & shops

The public is invited to visit with Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon to discuss downtown issues.  The focus of September’s meeting is downtown Phoenix’s “hidden gems” in retail fashion, such as Bunky Boutique, Spoken, Rowdy Boutique, Dragonfly, and Men’s Apparel Club.

  • Date: September 9, 2008
  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Place: Hard Rock Cafe, 3 S. 2nd St.

Light appetizers will be provided.  Parking is available at the Collier Center located between Washington and Jefferson at 3rd St.  By September 5, RSVP here.