Daily Archives: September 16, 2008

Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project topic of Sept. 30 RadiatePhx meeting

[Source: RadiatePhx] — Persons intersested in downtown Phoenix growth, development, and activity are invited to the special one year anniversary edition of RadiatePhx.  This month is a discussion of the Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project as it enters the final stages of developing the Downtown Phoenix Form-Based Code.  Guest speakers are City of Phoenix Planning Department staff who have invested much time and energy into developing a plan that will affect development for years to come.

The Urban Form Project is a collaborative process to shape future growth and to help realize the Downtown Strategic vision for a livelier, more integrated, and sustainable downtown.  For more information, click here.  Event logistics below:

Wheeeee! “It’s Happening” in downtown Phoenix

Move over Copper Square.  Hit the road Opportunity Corridor.  Who the heck are ya Metro Phoenix DNA?  Hey you Discovery Triangle, sit down!  It’s now time for “Downtown Phoenix — It’s Happening!” 

What’s happening, you ask?  DPIH is the latest marketing campaign meant to inform and “engage” businesses, community leaders, reporters, and the public about downtown Phoenix’s major accomplishments and ongoing activities.  This month’s theme, “That’s Entertainment Downtown!”

The event will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington.  The event is FREE to the public, and lunch is hosted by Arcadia Farms.

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Invited guests include Mayor Phil Gordon, Chamber CEO Katie Pushor, and Downtown Phoenix Partnership CEO David Roderique.  To register and for more information, click here.

Okay, we’re spoofing you…about the graphics that is.  But you knew that.  Here’s a link to the official website of “Downtown Phoenix — It’s Happening!

Learn how to “green” your home and Phoenix neighborhood

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage once it’s picked up by the city?  Do you know what kind of trees to plant at your home and where? These and other environmental-related questions will be addressed to provide residents practical tips to “green” their homes and neighborhood during a free summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Facility, 3060 S. 27th Ave.

Other items that will be reviewed include recycling, household waste, urban forestry, water conservation, and energy conservation.

The summit is coordinated by the Neighborhood Services Department, with staff participation from the Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Water Services departments, and Office of Environmental Programs.  “There are so many simple and easy things people can do in and around their homes to help the environment and help themselves,” said Jerome Miller, Neighborhood Services director.  “Hopefully, this summit will inspire them to take productive action.”  For more information or to register, call 602-534-8444.

Goodbye to “easy money” for Arizona, downtown Phoenix development, experts say

[Source: Brahm Resnik, Channel 12 News] — The casino is officially closed.  Today’s turmoil on Wall Street — just the latest chapter in the unraveling of the housing market — officially slams the door on the easy money that fueled the housing boom in Arizona, according to several experts.  Now consumers and businesses will find it tougher to line up loans for homes, cars, or expansions.   “There’s no doubt about it — money is tight,” said Anthony B. Sanders, finance professor at Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business.  “It’s tougher than heck to get money to finance development in downtown Phoenix.”

In the long term, Sanders says, the shrinking financial sector could pay off for consumers.   “Some lenders going away into the sunset might actually serve to improve the market conditions,” he said, “leaving stronger banks in place, which would stabilize the economy.”  But first those weaker banks have to find white knights.  “We now have financial firms engaged in the corporate equivalent of speed dating,” said Stephen Barnes, of Barnes Investment Advisory in Phoenix.  “They’re all trying to find a partner.”

Some of the weakest players, Sanders says: Washington Mutual, a major mortgage player in the Valley, and Wachovia, a big bank making an ambitious expansion here.  “It’s going to be pretty volatile the next few months,” Barnes said, “but this is how you get well.”