Daily Archives: August 9, 2010

Ramada Inn in downtown Phoenix is days from demolition

Read the Downtown Voices Coalition’s position on the demolition of the hotel here and here.

There will be a public hearing to allow a use permit for an interim parking lot on the site this Thursday, August 12, at 9:00 am. It will be held at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. 1st Floor, Assembly Room C.  More information can be found here.  A meeting agenda has been posted here.

[Source: Emily Gersema in the Arizona Republic]

Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic

Workers have been stripping recyclable items such as doors and wiring from the 175-room Ramada Inn at First and Taylor streets in downtown Phoenix to prepare the site for a parking lot.

A Phoenix group of concerned residents and business leaders, Downtown Voices Coalition, tried for several months to stop the demolition, arguing the hotel, once known as the Sahara Motor Inn, was a historic site and should be preserved.

City Manager David Cavazos has said the demolition is a done deal. Crews demolished part of the motel in May.

DEMOLITION: Jeremy Legg, Phoenix economic development program manager, said this phase costs about $700,000. Workers will begin razing the remaining buildings later this month.

PARKING: Legg said after the site is razed, workers will turn it into a parking lot, which could be opened to handle overflow from the nearby Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

NEXT STEP: Within two or three years, Arizona State University hopes to expand its downtown Phoenix campus to include a new building at the site for a new College of Law. The state budget crisis has forced ASU to wait for funding.

Anti-SB1070 billboard added near downtown Phoenix

[Source: Michael Ferraresi on Azcentral’s PhxBeat Blog]

The billboard at Camelback Road and Third Street gets right to the point with a racial-profiling message.

Latino-rights leaders at Brave New Foundation paid for the outdoor advertisement through donations to the Facebook page of Cuentame—an online immigration forum organized by Brave New Foundation, which has fostered anti-SB1070 conversation.

The Phoenix billboard cautions, “Have your papers ready — Racial profiling just ahead.”

It should be visible to the public for the next few weeks, according to Brave New Foundation communications director Martha de Hoyos. The organization selected the intersection to target tourists, in addition to locals, she said.

Cuentame members selected the slogan over two other options based on an online vote, De Hoyos said.

Earlier this year, Brave New Foundation—based in Culver City, Calif.—posted a three-minute Facebook video interview with a Phoenix police officer who admitted that SB1070 would make him feel like a Nazi enforcer on the streets.

Officer Paul Dobson was placed under internal investigationafter the video helped draw added attention to the website. He is expected to face some type of minor discipline, such as a verbal reprimand, according to Phoenix police.

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Wallace and Ladmo book signing in Downtown Phoenix

The Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker series continues this Thursday, August 12 at 12pm (noon).  Bring your lunch and listen to Richard Ruelas discuss and sign his book, Thanks for Tuning In, his book related to “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”

Thanks for Tuning In Presented by Richard Ruelas

This is the story of “Wallace,” who was born Bill Thompson and created Arizona’s most celebrated children’s television series, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.” A broadcasting story describing how Thompson was able to keep a children’s show on the air for 35 years.

It is also an Arizona story of a wide-eyed college dropout who grew up inupstate New York and decided to reinvent himself out West. He created a funny, topical, edgy show in Arizona that was unique across the nation, entertaining children, teenagers, college students, and adults.

Thanks for Tuning In reveals behind-the-scenes details of Arizona’s most beloved show and tells Thompson’s own story.

Richard Ruelas is an Arizona native who grew up watching “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.” He is the people/profiles reporter for The Arizona Republic.


Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 12-1 pm
Location: Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (map)
Cost: FREE and open to the public – Free parking
Other: Bring your lunch! Light refreshments served

For more information contact:

Shayna Muckerheide,
Phone 602-926-3369
E-mail: smuckerheide@lib.az.us

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