Daily Archives: December 5, 2008

Tinky does Phoenix

Voenix Rising encourages you to take a stroll with Tinky to his favorite Phoenix spots, some right downtown.  Click here for the full Flickr slideshow.

Phoenix film industry will get through economic gauntlet, or go psycho trying

The City of Phoenix and other sponsors will host the Phoenix Film Summit on December 9 at City Hall.  The topic is, “How is the economy affecting the film industry and how does Phoenix’s film industry affect the local economy.”

  • Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: First Floor Conference Room, Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington
  • Click here to RSVP with your name and names of any guests

For more information, contact Phil Bradstock at 602-262-4850 or e-mail.  For more information about Phoenix’s film office and efforts, click here.

City orders Phoenix arts district treehouse “landmark” torn down

Click to view full size image[Source: Benjamin Leatherman, Phoenix New Times] — The intersection of Fifth and Roosevelt Streets has become one of the hotspots for the downtown Phoenix arts district.  And one of the coolest parts of this cluster of galleries, boutiques, and coffee places was the HoodRide treehouse.  Built into an olive tree in front of the sidewalk of the bicycle shop/art gallery run by Derrick Pacheco, the two-story construction of wood that was kind of a landmark for the Fifth Street scene.  But now the treehouse is a thing of the past, as city of Phoenix officials ordered Pacheco on Thursday to tear down the structure by this afternoon.

John R. Siefert, deputy director of the city’s Street Transportation Division, stated in a letter to HoodRide’s property owner that the structure was in violation of city ordinance 23-32 (which prohibits the “encroachment of trees, shrubs, or bushes”) and ordered it to be torn down within 24 hours.  “This structure presents a considerable safety hazard to the public and exposes you to potential liability,” wrote Siefert.   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Downtown Phoenix Christmas tree lighting & menorah viewing, Dec. 13

Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon invites you to celebrate the holiday season, light the City’s Christmas tree, and view its Hanukkah menorah.  There will be kids’ activities, including a chance to visit with Santa Claus.  And it all takes place within a snow-filled Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix.

The event is free.  You’re encouraged to bring a can of non-perishable food to help feed the hungry during these challenging economic times.  After the event, there will be a FREE Light Rail ride for the first 500 people at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 2nd Ave. between Washington and Jefferson Streets
  • Parking garage located on the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington St.

ULI to teach developers how to deal with neighborhoods and politicians

The Urban Land Institute, which bills itself as a non-profit education and research institute that focuses on the use of land in order to enhance the total environment, will hold a December 16 webinar for developers who have to, HORRORS!, deal with neighbors.

The ULI PR flacks lament that “Great plans and projects often collapse in the face of NIMBY opposition and the reluctance of public officials to make controversial or unpopular decisions.”  (Hmmm, maybe if they were indeed “great plans and projects” that respected “the total environment,” community and political support wouldn’t be so hard to gain.)

At the seminar you’ll get “practical how-to knowledge” to put together your own outreach and lobbying plans.  You’ll learn how to assess politicians’ decision-making styles and communications biases; avoid or manage hostile audiences; minimize community resistance; and turn pro-project attitudes into pro-project action. 

For your registration fee of $100 to $165, you’ll learn:

  • The three steps to avoid and manage hostile audiences.
  • The four steps to mobilize overt expressions of public support for your project.
  • How to minimize and manage the four causes of community resistance to land use proporsals (sic).
  • How to develop and implement customized lobbying plans to get the “yes” vote from public officials.

What ULI and developers apparently haven’t learned themselves is “people support what they help to create.”  It didn’t take $100 to $165 for that bit of advice.

For 8 months, Central Ave. will be closed for downtown Phoenix CityScape construction

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Beginning Monday, December 8, at 6 a.m., Central Avenue from Jefferson to Washington streets will be closed for work on the CityScape project.  The closure is expected to last 8 months.  Traffic on Central Avenue will be redirected to First Street, north to Van Buren Street and back to Central Avenue.  Pedestrian access at the closure will be restricted.  Bus stops on Central Avenue from Jefferson to Washington streets will be located along Washington Street in front of the Phelps Dodge Building.  The closure will not impact light rail.

Midtown Phoenix’s Coronado neighbors celebrate 7th on 7th