Daily Archives: November 13, 2009

Viewpoint: Where do you live (in Phoenix)?

[Source: Seth Anderson, Downtown Phoenix Partnership blog] — The automobile is so ubiquitous in Phoenix that it has even crept into the way we speak.  With rare exception, we do not talk about where we live in terms of neighborhoods or districts, but in terms of intersections.  You hear, “I live at 7th Ave and Camelback” or “I live in North Phoenix off of (fill in the blank),” but never a reference to an established neighborhood.  (There are exceptions, but they are few.)

I think it’s unfortunate that our Phoenix lingo doesn’t include references to neighborhoods, the areas that should be little pockets of density like mini-cities within the city.  I’m thinking of places like North Park, Hillcrest, and Kensington in San Diego; Sugar House or the Avenues in Salt Lake; Lakeview or Andersonville in Chicago; or Georgetown or Dupont Circle in D.C.  Each of these neighborhoods has its own character, charm, and history and each neighborhood is integral to sustaining a healthy downtown core.  Without neighborhoods, mixed use buildings, and walkable streets, a town center can never mature into an urban city because it will lack the vibrancy and innovation necessary.  If downtown Phoenix is the urban heart or Arizona, then people are the lifeblood and the neighborhoods where the people live are the organs that supply it.

I’d like to see the city government take a more active role in “branding” the existing neighborhoods.  (And by “take a more active role” I mean cut the red tape, back off, and stop imposing more and more restrictions that insist on a suburban style of development.)  Did you know there are actually 35 historic neighborhoods in Phoenix?  I did not; I am able to identify just a handful.  Of those I have a shaky idea about where they are; I can vaguely discern when I am in one.  Willo is pretty obvious.  Coronado and Garfield are a little more inconspicuous.  However, I’d have to look at a map to identify exactly where those two neighborhoods are.  [Note: Read the full blog entry at Viewpoint: Where do you live (in Phoenix)?“]

CenPhoTV for the week of 11/13/2009

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Flurry of activity set for Roosevelt Action Association meeting, Nov. 18

[Source: Catrina Knoebl, President, Roosevelt Action Association] — Autumn seems to have officially arrived, and with the new season comes a flurry of neighborhood activity.  Please read on and join us for our monthly Neighborhood meeting next Wednesday, November 18.

Saturday, November 14, 7:30 a.m. check-in at Trinity Cathedral

Please join us for a neighborhood tree planting as part of the Mayor’s Annual Day for Downtown. The Roosevelt Neighborhood will be the recipient of 40 new trees planted on Roosevelt St. near Trinity Cathedral, Portland Parkway, and Latham St. near the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Volunteers participating in this rewarding day of service will receive a voucher for the Phoenix Public Market as a thank you! The event is presented by the Mayor Phil Gordon’s office, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Phoenix Community Alliance.

There have been a number of recent break-ins in and around the neighborhood. Just last week, a resident heard a noise in an adjacent backyard, called the police and a robbery was stopped IN PROGRESS. The perpetrator was arrested and was found to have two outstanding warrants and 12 previous felony convictions. They booked him on burglary, trespassing, and possession of stolen goods. PLEASE remember that suspicious persons in the park/alley/hidden corner could have a warrant, or ill intentions for you or your property. The police GREATLY APPRECIATE us being their eyes and ears on the street. There is no such thing as an inconvenient call. Just having their presence in the neighborhood can deter would-be incidents. The number of officers that protect our neighborhood is directly related to the number of calls from its residents. Call Crime Stop: 602-262-6151.

The RAA is planning a Winship House visioning workshop in early December. Residents, City representatives, and downtown stakeholders are invited to discuss the renovation and potential uses for the Winship House, and identify its impact on the surrounding area. Want to participate or sponsor the workshop? Please send an email and we will forward details once final.

Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central), Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

This month we will welcome representatives of Brilliant Green Energy who will discuss how we can make our urban homes more energy efficient. The agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Community Action Officer Crime Report
  • Brilliant Green Energy Presentation
  • Winship House Visioning Workshop
  • 2nd Avenue Parking Update
  • 7th Avenue/McDowell Development Update
  • Tree Planting Recap
  • Restaurant Tour Plans
  • Announcements

All RAA Meetings are open to the public.  To subscribe to Roosevelt updates, go to http://www.rooseveltneighborhood.org

Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition to elect new officers, Nov. 19

The next meeting of the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition will take place Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at the Phoenix Elementary School District Building, 1817 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ.  The agenda is as follows:

  • Sign-In and Call to Order
  • Introductions: Ruth Ann Marston, President
  • Election of NEW president (Dr. Marston is retiring. Steve Procaccini has agreed to run. We are also seeking a new secretary)
  • Sikh Ashram parking on Oak: Donna Reiner
  • Winship House renovation charette, December 3, 1-4 P.M., hosted by Roosevelt Action Association at the Irish Cultural Center
  • Phoenix Elementary election results and the district is going green: Ruth Ann Marston
  • Feeding the homeless on church campuses: G.G. George
  • Update of Phoenix General Plan: Steve Procaccini
  • December meeting?
  • Open Agenda

Current Officers

  • President: Ruth Ann Marston (602) 253-0503
  • Vice President: G.G. George (602) 252-3151
  • Treasurer: Marge McCue (602) 253-5579