Daily Archives: November 7, 2008

Budget proposal shows deep cuts for Phoenix libraries

Burton Barr Public Library, downtown Phoenix

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — The Phoenix Public Library may shut down for one day each week as part of severe budget cuts that also will slash the fund for buying new books and DVDs.  The budget proposal submitted by the library to Phoenix budget officials would both reduce the hours of service by an unspecified amount and reduce the budget for new materials, said Toni Garvey, the city librarian.  The complete proposal will be unveiled Jan. 6, with two weeks of community budget hearings to follow.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix 7th St. neighborhoods oppose PUD/”spot zoning” development

Proposed 7th St./Earll development[Source: Save Phoenix Homes] — Single-family homeowners in the La Hacienda, Country Club, Coronado, Greater Cherry Lynn, Ashland Place, and Country Club Manor neighborhoods are opposing a seven story (up to 105 ft. tall) “planned urban development” proposed for 7th Street and Earll.  Neighbors say that the proposed development could have been a positive for the area if the developer had collaborated with the neighbors to eliminate the harmful impacts.

Opponents of the development (as it now stands) encourage like-minded individuals to attend the Phoenix City Council meeting on December 3, 2008, starting at 5 p.m., and fill out a card upon their arrival with their name and address, agenda item number (yet to be determined), and stated opposition to application Z-119-07-4.

Save Phoenix Homes is an outreach effort on behalf of the neighborhood associations and hundreds of neighbors opposed to this too dense, too intense development.  Opponents believe that as harmful as it is to their neighborhood, this first PUD in Phoenix threatens every Phoenix homeowner who relies on existing zoning to protect their family’s investment, privacy, and ability to reside free from inappropriate density and incompatible commercial uses.  For more information, click here.