Daily Archives: August 21, 2009

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Frommer may boycott Arizona over guns

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Man with a rifle in downtown Phoenix during President Obama's visit (Photo Source: Jack Kurtz, Arizona Republic)

[Source: Robert Mackey, New York Times] — This week, the travel writer Arthur Frommer found himself in the middle of an unusually heated debate on his blog at Frommers.com after he published a post headlined “Do Guns at Political Events Disturb You? Then Consider Skipping Arizona for Now.”

Although Mr. Frommer, the founder of Frommer’s Travel Guides (which is an online content partner of The New York Times), has used his blog to express strong opinions in the past, his post on Wednesday — expressing horror at the spectacle of about a dozen gun-toting protesters on Arizona’s streets during a visit by President Obama — stuck out from other recent entries like “Current Room Rates in Orlando at Non-Disney Properties Are Almost Too Good to Be True” and “Southwest Airlines Announces a Four-Month Airfare Sale — and It’s a Dilly.”

We’re going to go ahead and assume that readers of The Lede can guess which post generated hundreds of times more comments than the others.  [Note: Read the full article at Frommer may boycott Arizona over guns.]

Water, apples feed bodies and souls of Phoenix homeless

[Source: Susan Casper, ABC News 15] — Even before sunrise Friday morning, volunteers started loading pick-up trucks with cases of bottled water and boxes of red apples.  Organizers and volunteers met outside the US Bank building in downtown Phoenix, which served as ground zero for the 2009 AZ Water Drive.  The goal of the drive is reach more than one thousand people.  “So I had a plan,” said organizer Dorsha Hale.  “My plan was to drive up and down the streets of downtown Phoenix and give as many homeless people I could find a cool bottle of water.”

Hale told ABC15 she organized the first drive in July 2005 after a relentless and lethal blanket of heat settled on much of the Southwest, leaving 20 people dead in Phoenix alone.  “The lack of preparation for the homeless was obvious by those sweltering on the sidewalks,” said Hale.  The community responded and this year volunteers spent their lunch hour handing out nearly 700 free bottles of water in downtown Phoenix.  [Note: Read the full article at Water, apples feed bodies and souls of Phoenix homeless.]

Metro Phoenix condo agents bank on the draw of city life

[Source: Arizona Republic] — They arrived late to the real-estate-boom party a few years ago.  Now mid-rise urban condominiums are like the odd guest that everyone is afraid to approach.  Hundreds of pricey condos were built in the past five years, creating an inventory of units primarily in downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, and the Biltmore and Kierland areas.  Some developers and investors took a bath as condo prices collapsed and financial troubles cast a shadow on some complexes.

Buyers are carefully weighing a condo investment as they look at what each area has to offer and what they can afford.  Realtors and developers say they are seeing an uptick in interest as prices have fallen.  In Phoenix, condo towers are part of an emerging mid-city renaissance that includes light rail, students, restaurants, galleries, and restored housing.  “We might be crawling, but we’re crawling in the right direction,” said Realtor Michael Fitzpatrick of Phoenix Urban Living.  [Note: Read the full article at Metro Phoenix condo agents bank on the draw of city life.]