Daily Archives: August 27, 2008

Despite rocky start, downtown Phoenix medical school presses on

[Source: Ken Alltucker, Arizona Republic] — Arizona leaders see the new University of Arizona medical-school campus in downtown Phoenix as an anchor of a biomedical hub that will train more doctors, foster cutting-edge research and spur the state’s economy.  But as 48 students usher in the Phoenix college’s second year of instruction, much has changed from the original vision.  The medical school’s leadership is being overhauled.  Plans for a new downtown teaching hospital have stalled.  And the school’s Tucson faculty members have raised questions about whether the Phoenix campus will take away limited resources.

University officials acknowledge a rocky start in some respects for the nearly 2-year-old Phoenix campus.  “Any new concept will have some growing pains,” said Robert Bulla, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and a regents committee overseeing development of the biomedical campus.  “I am not disappointed that it has been slow, but it has taken a little longer than I hoped to get things in place,” Bulla added.

Still, no one doubts the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University has made significant strides since its official October 2006 dedication.  The school has assembled its curriculum, hired faculty and welcomed the first two classes of medical students.  It also has secured funds to pursue an ambitious expansion that will add a new educational and a state-of-the-art research lab that will be shared by the state’s three public universities.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix vintage warehouses slated for demolition as part of entertainment district

You call this sustainability?The Jackson Street Entertainment District LLC has filed a rezoning request (Z-07-78-08) and Minor General Plan Amendment (GPA-CC-1-08-8) for a 12-acre site at the southwest corner of 4th Street and Jackson in Phoenix’s historic Warehouse District.  The request would change the zoning from Warehouse Overlay, Downtown core, A-1 with two historic preservation properties to Planned Unit Development (PUD).  The requested Minor General Plan Amendment would change the designation from Industrial to Mixed-Use.  New construction heights in the district as part of the plan include 235′, 215′, and 160′ buildings.  It is believed that several vintage (historically-eligible) warehouses are slated for demolition.

To express your opinion:

  • Contact Susan Sargent with the City of Phoenix by e-mail or phone 602-262-4065.
  • Contact Larry Lazarus, the applicant’s representative, at 602-340-0900. 
  • Write to City of Phoenix Planning Department, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003.
  • Attend a public meeting on Monday, September 8, 2008, 6 p.m., The Summit at Copper Square, Club 252, 23rd Floor, 310 S. 4th Street.

Idea of the Day: National Park(ing) Day, Sept. 19

From time to time, we’ll throw out an “Idea of the Day” culled from sources here in Arizona and elsewhere.  Here’s something called National Park(ing) Day, an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces.  National Park(ing) Day is Friday, September 19, 2008.

Who participates?  National Park(ing) Day is an all-volunteer effort.  All are welcome to participate.  So far in Arizona, Tucson volunteers plan to participate.

What next?  Click here to access documents to help you create a Park(ing) Park or to promote National Park(ing) Day, tips for successful Park(ing) Day events, links to connecting to other Park(ing) participants, and links to pictures, news, and videos from past events.  For more information, contact Matthew Shaffer by e-mail or phone: 415-495-4014.

How did Park(ing) Day start?  San Francisco art collective REBAR first created “PARK(ing)” in 2005 to re-imagine the potential of the metered parking space.  In 2006, in collaboration with TPL, REBAR founded “PARK(ing) Day”: a global exploration of the creative potential of streets.