Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

Project update on Metro I-10 West transit study released

[Source: Monica Hernandez, Valley Metro]Click here to download a project update (in PDF format) of the Metro I-10 West High Capacity Transit Study.  For more information, call Monica Hernandez by phone at 602-322-4427 or by e-mail.

With flu season approaching, Phoenix residents urged to get vaccinated

It’s that time of year again, and Community Information & Referral has the latest news on where you can get your flu shot (if not provided by your primary care physician).  CIR has made it easier to find flu shot clinics near you by indexing flu shot providers by the counties they serve and by what kind of insurance they accept.  Click here to begin your online search.  Or, call 602-263-8856.

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated.  However, it is recommended by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that certain people should get vaccinated each year.  They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications, such as:

  • Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

U.S. cities rethink wisdom of 50s-era parking standards (et tu Phoenix?)

[Source: Sarah Karush, Associated Press] — Alice and Jeff Speck didn’t have a car and didn’t want one.  But District of Columbia zoning regulations required them to carve out a place to park one at the house they were building.  It would have eaten up precious space on their odd-shaped lot and marred the aesthetics of their neighborhood, dominated by historic row houses.  The Specks succeeded in getting a waiver, even though it took nine months.

Like nearly all U.S. cities, D.C. has requirements for off-street parking.  Whenever anything new is built — be it a single-family home, an apartment building, a store, or a doctor’s office — a minimum number of parking spaces must be included.  The spots at the curb don’t count: These must be in a garage, a surface lot, or a driveway.

D.C. is now considering scrapping those requirements — part of a growing national trend.  Officials hope that offering the freedom to forgo parking will lead to denser, more walkable, transit-friendly development.  Opponents say making parking more scarce will only make the city less hospitable.  Commuters like Randy Michael of Catharpin, VA complain they are already forced to circle for hours in some neighborhoods.  “Today I had an 11:30 meeting and I had to plan an extra hour just to park” said Michael, 49.  It ended up taking him 40 minutes to find a metered spot.

Advocates counter that parking is about more than drivers’ convenience; it can profoundly affect the look and feel of a city.  “Do you want to look like San Francisco or Los Angeles?” asked Donald Shoup, an urban planning professor at UCLA and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking.”  “New York or Phoenix?” (Shoup prefers San Francisco and New York — hard to park in, but highly walkable.)  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Driving through Phoenix’s Deck Park Tunnel (as thousands do each day)

The Papago Freeway Tunnel (also known as the Deck Park Tunnel) is part of Interstate 10 and cuts through downtown Phoenix, extending from approximately N. 3rd Ave. to N. 3rd St.  According to “hondarallyer,” it ranks as the 42nd longest vehicular tunnel in the United States at 2,887 feet.