Daily Archives: November 8, 2008

Coronado resident documents storm that hit metro Phoenix, Aug. 28

News coverage, personal video, and photographs of the significant storm that hit central Phoenix on August 28, 2008.

Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood subject of premiere video, Nov. 13

Garfield street with downtown Phoenix in background

The public is invited to attend the premiere viewing of the video, “Civic Engagement & Revitalization in Phoenix’s Garfield Neighborhood.”

  • Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Place: Alwun House, 1912 bungalow at 1204 E. Roosevelt
  • Free; light refreshments will be served

A two year project by Marilyn Dantico, professor of Political Science at ASU, the video documents a small fragment of Garfield residents’ 22 years of concerted effort to drive its neighborhood revitalization and community building efforts.  Both the Department of Political Science and School of Geographical Sciences collaborated on this project, funded by the Arizona Humanities Council.  Dr. Dantico and students attempted to capture the tenacity of residents that created today’s safer and rehabilitated downtown historic neighborhood.  As a result of these resident efforts, Garfield was selected as Arizona’s first U.S. Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” site.  This program reinforced existing collaborative strategies with the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department and Police Department.

In between vintage housing footage, are spliced the remarks by Terry Goddard (former Mayor, current Arizona Attorney General), Jerome Miller (Director Neighborhood Services Department), Kate Krietor (Deputy NSD Director), and Roberto Frietz (Garfield Neighborhood Initiative Area Team Leader).  For more information about the project, click here.

Dem “Solar Team” takes all 3 Arizona Corp. Commission spots

[Source: Arizona Secretary of State] — With 100% of the precincts reporting, three Democrats, dubbed “The Solar Team,” defeated their Republican challengers to win the open slots on the Arizona Corporation Commission.  For coverage of this race, courtesy of the Phoenix New Times, click here.





























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ASU Phoenix Urban Research Lab director named “Places” editor

Nancy Levinson[Source: Arizona State University] — Nancy Levinson, director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL), has been named editor of “Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm.”  Levinson will continue in her current role with PURL, a center in the College of Design, in conjunction with her new position with the peer reviewed journal.  Places is published by the Design History Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish forums for designers, scholars, public officials, and citizens to discuss public spaces.  The journal is published three times annually with writings focused on design, the arts, and social sciences.

Levinson will be replacing the journal’s founding editor, Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.  Lyndon launched Places in 1983.  “Cities are growing rapidly and facing great challenges to do so sustainably,” said Levinson.  “I’m excited to be taking on the editorship of Places, one of the few journals devoted to the civic realm.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix’s abandoned houses and auction notices signal McCain’s defeat

[Source: The Economist] — John McCain’s presidential ambitions ended in Phoenix’s swankiest hotel.  Next to a ballroom packed with Republican donors and activists, Wright’s restaurant served up lashings of arugula.  The hotel’s spa offered caviar facials and champagne pedicures.  After weeks of populist talk about Joe the Plumber and hockey moms, the splash of luxury was rather refreshing.  The evening began well.  An affluent crowd, done up to the nines, waved their pom-poms and cheered every announcement of Republican triumph, no matter how predictable (“Hey! We’ve won Utah!”).  They jeered as a rock band sarcastically honoured Barack Obama with songs like “Nowhere Man.”  Many knew the election was lost, and reckoned they might as well enjoy the party.

As the scale of the rout became clear, though, the mood turned glum.  “Every civilisation comes to an end eventually,” declared one participant.  Many had cross words for reporters, who are broadly believed to have given Mr Obama an easy ride.  A woman tried (jokingly?) to throttle your correspondent.  Shortly after eight o’clock, the crowd was told to go outside to await an announcement from Mr McCain.  There they stood, stiletto heels sinking into the lawn, and were treated to an eloquent, gracious speech.  The defeated candidate wished Mr Obama well and explained he was proud that America had elected a black man.  He even expressed sadness that Mr Obama’s grandmother did not live to see his victory.

The crowd’s response was not nearly so gracious.  It loudly booed when Mr McCain mentioned Mr Obama and Joe Biden.  When the Arizona senator urged supporters to join him in helping the new president, there were cries of “No!” and “Bush-basher!”  Perhaps most worrying, the crowd seemed keener on Sarah Palin than on their own senator.  Much earlier than many had expected, people spilled out to retrieve their cars from the valet. Driving away from the Biltmore, the aura of luxury faded quickly.  Phoenix has America’s sixth-highest foreclosure rate, and the city’s finances are a mess.  A mile from the hotel, streets were filled with abandoned houses and auction notices — signs of the crisis that, more than anything else (and certainly more than the wicked media) doomed Mr McCain to defeat.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]