Daily Archives: December 21, 2008

Downtown Phoenix CityScape project: then and now

Graphic from the December 17, 2008 Arizona Republic.  Click on the graphic for a better view.

Site plan of the CityScape block formerly occupied by Patriots Square Park, looking north.  Corresponds to #1, #2, and #3 in the Arizona Republic graphic above.  Click on the site plan for a better view.

Phoenix Demands Donuts (don’t ask us why)

On April 16, 2008 at the southeast corner of 15th Avenue and McDowell Rd., “the people of Phoenix” (well maybe ten tops) gathered to “demand donuts” and “spread the word about the rising discrimination and hate towards (fattening) donuts.”  Their mantra, “Donuts FTW!” (We assume that to mean “Free The Wishill’s!”)

Noel Stowe leaves his mark on Arizona history

image of Professor Noel Stowe[Source: Arizona State University] — Noel Stowe, an ASU professor who founded the university’s Public History Program and is recognized for his work in helping Arizona preserve its heritage, died Dec. 13 at the age of 66.  A memorial ceremony to celebrate his life will be held in late January.

Stowe joined ASU in 1967 as an assistant professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He served as chair of the department from 1998 to 2007.  In 1978, Stowe became the department’s director of graduate study.  In his eight years in that position he expanded the master’s and doctoral degree programs and founded the Public History Program, which under his direction achieved national and international recognition.  In 1987, Stowe became assistant dean of the Graduate College and in 1991 became associate dean.  He also served one year as interim dean of the Graduate College.  In his role as director of graduate study, Stowe directed more than 50 graduate theses and dissertations.  His students have gone on to direct public history programs at other universities, and to work in museums, historical societies, and archives across the country, as well as in nearly every historical organization in Arizona.

“I am just one of many who have known the profound privilege of being a student of Dr. Stowe’s,” says Catherine May, who earned her master’s degree and undergraduate degrees in history from ASU.  “Dr. Stowe was a teacher in every sense of the word. He was a leader in the field of public history; knowledgeable, brilliant, creative, compassionate, generous… he brought integrity and respect to the classroom.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Welcome to light rail. I am your fare machine.

Valley Metro light rail fare machine (Photo: Dave Seibert, Arizona Republic)

[Source: Arizona Republic] — A new era in public transportation is starting when Metro light rail launches Dec. 27.  Many who may not be used to buying fares are expected to ride the trains. For those who are not used to using public transportation, here are some basics:

  • At each light-rail station there is a fare machine where you can purchase a pass.
  • You will be given a choice of what kind of pass you want to buy: 1 ride, 1-day pass, 7-day pass or 31-day pass.  Then you will be asked to activate it.
  • Generally fares run from $1.25 for a single ride to 31-day passes for $45, though there are discounts for those 65 and over and students.  Children 5 and under ride for free.
  • When you are ready to ride, board the train with your activated pass.  Keep that pass handy because light-rail passengers are subject to fare inspection at any time and you must present an activated pass or one-day receipt upon request.
  • Fare inspectors will regularly patrol the system and will ask passengers at random to produce a valid transit pass. Violators are subject to fines ranging from $50 to $500.

How much it will cost?  Light rail will be free from opening day, Dec. 27, until midnight Dec. 31.  Otherwise, these are the fares:

  • Adults: 1-ride, $1.25; 1-day-pass, $2.50; 3-day pass, $7.50; 7-day pass, $17.50; 31-day pass, $45.
  • Seniors 65 and older and youths 6-18: 1-ride, 60 cents; 1-day pass, $1.25; 3-day pass, $3.75, 7-day pass $8.75; 31-day pass, $22.50.
  • Children 5 and under ride free.
  • Arizona State University students can ride for free if they apply for a rail pass.  Many businesses, including ASU and major companies, offer discounts just as they do for those riding the bus.