Daily Archives: December 18, 2008

City Council OKs 90¢ hike for downtown Phoenix parking meters

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Starting next year, you may want to keep a few extra coins lying around in your car. The Phoenix City Council this week voted to more than double the cost of parking meters to $1.50 per hour, up from just 60 cents per hour.  The council also decided to expand enforcement of its 2,300 city meters to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Currently, motorists drop coins in meters only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays to avoid getting a ticket.

The rate increase comes as the city looks to find ways to generate revenue and close an estimated $250 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that ends in 2010.  The increase, which would be phased in from January through March, is expected to bring the city more than $1.3 million a year.  John Morgan, who oversees the city’s meters, said charging motorists more for street parking also benefits downtown businesses such as sandwich shops, barbers, and banks, whose customers rely on meter parking for their quick visits.  “It encourages turnover parking,” Morgan said.  “The meters were so cheap people were using them for long-term parking.”   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

You Are Here: An urban stroller’s guide to metro Phoenix

You Are Here is a quarterly, portable guide for savvy consumers.  By exposing insider tips on where to eat, drink, shop, gallery gaze, You Are Here allows locals and visitors alike to navigate Phoenix’s hidden treasures with ease.  Contemporary design, relevant editorial, useful maps, and an up-to-date directory make this pocket piece indispensable.  Available valleywide.

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Hey Phoenix, stay safe on and around light rail

The new Phoenix Light Rail launches on December 27, 2008 and here’s a video from Valley Metro on safety tips.

Phoenix cityscape montage

A montage of urban scenes in and around downtown Phoenix.  Filmed in April 2008 by Ryan Fruge with a Panasonic AG-HVX200.

UA’s $470M downtown Phoenix medical school expansion stalled

[Source: Aaron Mackey, Arizona Daily Star] — A lawmaker-approved plan to spend $1 billion on building projects at the state’s three universities and stimulate the construction industry is likely dead after a legislative committee set to review the package canceled its meeting.  The cancellation of the Friday meeting means the projects — which included $470 million to expand the University of Arizona’s medical school in downtown Phoenix — probably won’t be reviewed until the Legislature convenes next year, dimming the prospects of the package ever being implemented.

Given the state’s growing deficit, lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Capital Review have been blocking the bond-funded projects, saying that the spending needs to be trimmed or cut entirely as they look for ways to make up for a shortfall that could reach $2 billion.  The decision by Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, to stall the projects — originally passed by lawmakers during the summer — has met with criticism from Gov. Janet Napolitano and leaders of the state’s three universities, who say Pearce is ignoring the will of the full Legislature.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]