Daily Archives: December 20, 2008

Phoenix 20

9 Phoenix 20 (Tyson Crosbie)

From the eye and camera of local photographer Tyson Crosbie come a series of 20 photographic images of found objects in downtown Phoenix.  Click here to view the entire collection.

Central Phoenix merchants sigh with relief as light rail nearly ready to roll

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — The light-rail system that opens Dec. 27 has remade Central Avenue, creating opportunities for businesses even as construction woes have swept away some old businesses.  Nearly four years after construction began, merchants are welcoming customers back to Phoenix’s main thoroughfare.  A billion-dollar face lift left it with new landscaping, a series of public-art projects and a host of new businesses hoping to capitalize on the rail system’s estimated 26,000 boardings a day.

Even as businesses celebrate the end of construction, they worry about a recession that has led to shuttered storefronts across the country.  And for those who survived the detours and construction cones, resentment lingers.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Resource for Arizona nature lovers opens in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Ron Dungan, Arizona Republic] — The Explore Arizona Outdoor Information Center offers an impressive selection of maps, brochures, and books for outdoor enthusiasts.  Located in the Phelps Dodge Tower in downtown Phoenix, the center also offers geological reports and brochures on a variety of outdoor subjects.  U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management maps for the entire state are available, as are several National Park Service maps.  Need to go deeper?  You can have a topographical map custom-made for you.  The store also has old-school topographical maps available and can order ones it doesn’t have.

Books cover a variety of subjects: geology, archaeology, natural history, hiking, camping, fishing, birding, boating, off-highway-vehicle trails, and trail guides.  The center, operated by the Arizona Geological Survey and the BLM, opened December 4.   Details: 1 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, 602-417-9300, website.

Phoenix homeless advocates say need at “critical level”

[Source: Sandra Haros, KTAR] — The 15 organizations that make up the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix say need is at a critical level.  There are 14,000 homeless men, women, and children living shelters, cars, or on the streets in Maricopa County.  

They’ve started a new campaign called “One Step Away,” which reflects the looming threat of homelessness for thousands of families. “Five dollars from one person isn’t going to solve the issue of homelessness or hunger,” said Steve Zabilsky with the Saint Vincent De Paul charity in Phoenix.  “But if you think about literally the millions of people who live in our state, if all of them were to give a dollar, or two dollars, or five dollars, that could make a huge, huge difference.”