Daily Archives: December 4, 2008

F.Q. Story Home Tour, Dec. 6-7

[Source: Lyle Plocher, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — Always a great historic home tour, the F.Q. Story Home Tour is happening on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7.  On Saturday night, the streets will be lit up with Luminarias and tour homes will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.  Then on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the tour homes will be open again along with street vendors with food, holiday gifts, arts and crafts, etc.  Tickets at 9th Ave. and Lynwood, just south of McDowell.  For more information, click here.

Capitol Mall Association to hold Dec. 10 community forum on neighborhood safety

[Source: Shannon Dubasik, Capitol Mall Association] — The Capitol Mall Association will host a community forum concerning the significant influx of sex offenders and prisoners being released into the neighborhoods on the near west side of downtown Phoenix.  Invited are city officials and staff, County Supervisors, state legislators, the Arizona Department of Corrections and other related state agencies, social service providers, business owners, and residents.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
  • Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Place: University Park (northwest corner of 10th Avenue & Van Buren)

For more information or if you have questions, contact Shannon Dubasik at 602-340-0745 or e-mail.

Viewpoint: How your community can thrive — even in tough times

[Source: Planetizen] — According to Philip Myrick of the Project for Public Spaces, communities that will fare the best economically are the ones that think locally and employ placemaking strategies.  “Placemaking is central to many of the powerful trends shaping the world today.  The stumbling global economy, a vulnerable energy supply, and loss of confidence in far-flung markets are balanced by an upsurge of interest in things local: producing local food; promoting local businesses; preserving local character; protecting local open space and public places; finding meaningful ways to belong to a local community.

New economic theories point out that our city and regional economies may no longer function as they once did, but have been turned upside-down.  This research suggests that human and creative capital of our communities are now the catalysts of economic growth rather than mere results of that growth.

According to Soji Adelaja, Director of the Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University, keeping and attracting people is the most important strategy in this new economic landscape.  Services, which are inherently local and include everything from doctors’ visits to construction projects, now account for a larger share of the economy than goods.  A Land Policy Institute study shows that half of total economic losses stemming from drops in population are caused by a loss of service jobs and income.  That means when people move they take a piece of the economy with them.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

ASU student-led event, Dec. 5, to spotlight plight of Phoenix homeless

[Source: Janessa Hilliard, Special for The Republic] — A few extra homeless will be sleeping on the streets of downtown Phoenix on Friday night.  Arizona Student Public Interest Research Group, in affiliation with students at Arizona State University, is hosting an overnight campout to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness.  The event will take place on First Friday from 9 p.m. until midnight in the Shade Garden outside Taylor Place, the student residential complex on the ASU Downtown campus.

The students plan to spend the night sleeping in makeshift box housing and sleeping bags, creating what they are a calling Box City.  In addition, those attending the First Friday art walk, will see students dressed to appear as part of the “homeless” community, carrying signs proclaiming “Keep Your Coins, We Want Change.”  The goal is to educate fellow students and the public about the growing plight of the homeless in the Phoenix area.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

CenPhoTV for the week of 12/4/2008

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