Daily Archives: March 27, 2009

CenPhoTV for the week of 3/27/2009

A weekly video webcast about Phoenix living.  For more information, visit their website.

Wisconsin pays $50K for their new logo (and they hate it)

new-wisconsin-logo1[Source: Your Logo Makes Me Barf] — DeChazier writes in saying, “This new Wisconsin logo is HATED amongst us Wisconsinites and the worst part was that it cost us taxpayers $50,000!  It doesn’t accurately represent our state or the people in it.”

Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix > Downtown Phoenix: Arizona’s Urban Heart > $160,000 (not paid at taxpayer expense).

Hmmm… what’s with the similar color scheme and prominent “X” symbol?

State budget cuts impact several downtown Phoenix preservation projects

To date, three Arizona State Parks in northern Arizona (GREEN) and the new State Archives in downtown Phoenix (RED) have been shuttered due to the state’s budget crisis. In addition, 36 Heritage Fund Historic Preservation Grants projects, already signed but under 90% complete, were told on February 2, 2009 to “stop immediately, effective February 1, 2009” (BLUE).  Two projects, over 90% complete, will be able to receive funding to wrap up remaining work (YELLOW).

Click on any of the symbols for more information about each affected project, including several in downtown Phoenix.  Click on “View Larger Map” to, you guessed it, view a larger scale map.  For more information, click here.

New light rail plans call for more track and Mesa expansion

[Source: Sean Holstege, Arizona Republic] — Metro light rail planners today will issue their first in a wave of recommendations that will push the new rail-transit system outward across the Valley.  That recommendation: 2.7 new miles of track, with four more stations, extending the rail line along Main Street into downtown Mesa.  The plan, reached after a two-year study, takes Metro into the core of its second phase of development.  The system opened a 20-mile starter line last December.

This summer, other studies will issue findings on the best way to extend the system into south Tempe and west from downtown Phoenix. For each new extension, planners attempt to define the best route and the best mode of transit.  They have the option of considering rapid buses, which are cheaper to put into service, instead of building more track.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]