In the Arizona Republic article on Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s “trial balloon” idea to raise city revenue by installing slot machines at Sky Harbor, reporter Casey Newton noted that numerous residents wrote to the newspaper with their own fund-raising ideas.
For example, reader Lori Haskell suggested Phoenix develop and sell a coffee-table book highlighting unique buildings and architecture. “The book would not only be a good tool to further entice people to visit, promoting tourism, but a money maker, too,” she wrote.
Well Lori, your wish has come true, thanks to the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture and the city’s Historic Preservation Office. From the former (not a city agency, however) comes “Phoenix: 21st Century City” and from the latter comes “Historic Homes of Phoenix.” Start your Christmas shopping today!