Daily Archives: August 16, 2008

Historic Phoenix Warehouse District building used again as event center

[Source: Eugene Scott, Arizona Republic] — Pearle Marr’s family owned Imperial Lithographics in downtown Phoenix for nearly 40 years.  Now Marr and her husband, Malcolm, hope to make another imprint on the changing community.  Malcolm and Pearle Marrs, 61 and 57 respectively, are working to make the Fifth Avenue and Madison Event Center one of downtown Phoenix’s premier spots.

When a business decided last year to stop leasing the buildings on the block where Imperial was formerly located, between Jackson and Madison streets and Fourth and 5th avenues, the couple had to decide what they wanted to do with the location.  “Two of (the buildings) are historically designated and it was important to us as a family that we do something that will enhance their designation,” Malcolm said.

The event center is at 441 W. Madison and is a single story, 12,000-square-foot building.  “We decided that one of the things downtown needed was a an event center.  It’s a historic building.  Old red brick for the outside and from the inside, it is a very modern building, because we had redone it about 10 years ago,” Malcolm said.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Metal theft in metro Phoenix remains high

[Source: Michael Ferraresi, Arizona Republic] — Kevin Marinos sells scrap metal.  He refuses to buy it.  His auto parts salvage yard in central Phoenix focuses solely on whole vehicles.  His employees strip everything from mirrors to the engines to resell, a business that leads to plenty of suspicious propositions from people selling used auto parts.  As police struggle with the rising rate of metal thefts, scrap-yard owners like Marinos must choose between following Arizona law or turning a quick profit on the scores of stolen copper tubes, pool backflows, or catalytic converters offered by thieves for as little as a few dollars.

Copper theft is particularly prevalent in Phoenix as cases spiked more than 430% since 2003, according to police statistics released this week.  Thieves continue to target residential air-conditioning units and commercial construction sites for copper wire, although car parts are becoming a trendy quick-hit for thieves.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Historic Monroe School reopens as Phoenix Children’s Museum

Located in the restored 1913 Monroe School building at 7th St. and Van Buren, the Phoenix Children’s Museum opened its doors in June 2008. The museum is a place where children can have fun and learn at the same time (and adults like it too). Take a peek inside in this know99 video.

Talton returns to Phoenix, Sept. 23!

I'm baaaack!  (On September 23rd that is)From September 13 through October 12, communities across the Valley are reading Dashiell Hammett’s thrilling mystery novel, The Maltese Falcon.  The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Department celebrates the art of mystery-writing by presenting author and columnist Jon Talton.  Jon returns to Phoenix to discuss his Arizona-based David Mapstone mysteries, his upcoming novels, and Arizona issues.

Jon is a fourth-generation Arizonan who worked for the Arizona Republic from 2000 to 2007 as a columnist.  He now lives in Seattle, where he is a columnist for the Seattle Times and runs the blog Rogue Columnist.  Jon will be available for questions and to sign books.  Books will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public (your RSVP is requested).

  • Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: Carnegie Center, Main Floor, 1101 W. Washington, Phoenix
  • RSVP: Click here to register.