Daily Archives: November 10, 2008

ADOT to hold community workshops on statewide transportation needs

[Source: Arizona Department of Transportation] — ADOT is holding a series of community workshops throughout November for the ongoing Building a Quality Arizona (bqAZ) statewide transportation planning framework process.  This process began in early 2008 when communities provided their thoughts on future transportation needs.  Our team has incorporated that information into possible future scenarios which will be presented for review and comment during the upcoming workshops.  Public and private environmental organizations are encouraged to attend the workshops and contribute ideas and insights.

The focus of these workshops is working together to develop a transportation system that includes linkages and modes that allow us to have transportation options beyond what we have today.  Transportation options are healthy for community quality of life, the environment, and the economy.

Principles of Smart Growth

  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

13 community workshops are scheduled between November 10 and 20.  Click here for a complete list of workshop dates, times, and locations statewide.  Questions?  Call Kristin Bornstein, ADOT Communication and Community Partnerships, at 602-368-9644 for more information.  Click here for a printable invitation.

This Veterans Day, let us remember…

The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center’s annual Veterans Day Parade runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11 in midtown Phoenix, featuring nearly 100 parade entries including military and civilian marching units, color guards, military vehicles, equestrian units, floats, balloons, and bands.  The parade will run north from the VA Medical Center, beginning at Seventh Street and Montecito (north of Indian School Road), turning west on Camelback Road and proceeding to Central Avenue, then turning north to Bethany Home Road, where it will end at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Later, take time to stop by and visit the memorials at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park in downtown Phoenix.  To learn more about the memorials in and around our nation’s capital, click here.

Nov. 23 event to launch 2nd book printing on noted Phoenix architect, Al Beadle

constructionspostcard[Source: Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network] — Come celebrate the second edition of this highly sought-after and long out-of-print book.   Join us in a brunch hosted by Desert Living Magazine, Nancy Beadle, Eddie Jones, and Gnosis Ltd. to celebrate the book’s release.  Click here to RSVP.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2008
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 4450 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 (a Beadle building, of course!)

Committed to the ethics of the Case Study Program and the vocabulary of building with glass and steel, the late modernist Al Beadle brought Modern Architecture to the Arizona desert.  In 1993, ASU’s B. Michael Boyle and Diane Upchurch produced a catalogue to accompany an exhibit at the College of Architecture and Design which showcased Beadle’s work.  “Constructions: Buildings in Arizona by Alfred Newman Beadle” is the only written resource on Arizona’s own, revered architect.  It can be purchased at the Gnosis website.

How important is retail to Phoenix’s economic development future?

[Source: Buxton Company] — Retail development is becoming more widely accepted as an economic development strategy for communities.  To gain a better understanding of the programs communities are using for retail economic development, the Fort Worth, TX-based Buxton Company consulting firm would appreciate your completion of this questionnaire.  Survey results will be published in a future issue of Buxton’s e-newsletter and presented through upcoming webcasts during 2009.  Click here to take the survey.