Archive for the 'Tempe' Category

High-tech college’s new campus designed to spark students’ creative energy

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Jan. 8, 2009 If he were standing in his old office at Collins College in Tempe, President Joshua Padron’s voice would echo off the walls. The office was bare. Good thing he was on vacation. Everything was gone – his desk, chair, computer and the executive accoutrements one could find in a college president’s office. […]

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Downtown Walkabout: City of Tempe welcomes light rail

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Dec. 30, 2008 (Writer’s note: Downtown Phoenix rules the school these days, with the headlines dominated by the new Metro light rail, the expanded Phoenix Convention center, the new 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Arizona State University’s expanded downtown campus and other new developments. But there is more to the Valley than Phoenix. As part […]

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Arizona’s real estate market likely to hit bottom in late 2009, executive says

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Dec. 18, 2008 By late 2009 or early 2010, Arizona’s struggling real estate industry should start improving. That is the expert opinion of Kurt Rosene, senior vice president of national development at The Alter Group. Rosene offers his thoughts about several aspects of the market in a column he prepared for ArizonaNotebook.com.   What activity do […]

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Tempe’s Apache Boulevard group disbanding; says its work is done

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Dec. 8, 2008 After 12 years of working with city planners to reverse the decline of a key street in Tempe, a citizens group has decided to disband. The Apache Boulevard Project Area Committee was formed in September 1996 out of concern about deteriorating businesses along the street. The boulevard in Tempe once was part […]

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New computer link between ASU, TGen to transfer data faster

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Nov. 12, 2008 A new partnership between Arizona State University and a Canadian company is designed to compress into one hour the 12 days required to transmit volumes of data between the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the university. TGen in downtown Phoenix and ASU’s new Saguaro Supercomputer 2 in Tempe are about 10 miles […]

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SmithGroup wins AIA honors for Tempe, Tucson projects

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Nov. 11, 2008 SmithGroup has received awards for its designs of Papago Gateway Center in Tempe and Roy P. Drachman Hall at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The awards were received from the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region at the 2008 Design Awards banquet in Santa Fe. N.M. Each design received an […]

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SmithGroup designing senior living communities

Mike Padgett -

The Phoenix and San Francisco offices of SmithGroup are designing new senior living communities in Arizona and California for Life Care Services LLC. The Phoenix office is creating the design of Sagewood Phase II Retirement Community at Tatum and Mayo boulevards in northeast Phoenix. Todd Associates is the architect for the first phase, which currently […]

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Stress-free road trip without a steering wheel

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Oct. 9, 2008 What are you doing Friday about 9 a.m., the caller asks. It was an invitation to a road trip without a steering wheel. The caller was Kris Baxter, marketing specialist in the City of Tempe’s Community Development Department. “How’d you like to ride the light rail?” she asks. Sure, I’ll be there. […]

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Metro Phoenix’s East Valley, with fuel at $5 a gallon

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A look at the future of the East Valley with fuel prices reaching $5 a gallon will be enlightening, and probably painful. That’s the topic the East Valley Partnership is offering, along with a lineup of powerhouse experts, at a Nov. 6 gathering at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. The Partnership’s invitation says, […]

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Downtown Walkabout: City of Mesa

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Sept. 18, 2008 (Writer’s note: Downtown Phoenix rules the school these days, with the headlines dominated by the new Metro light rail, a new convention center, Arizona State University’s expansion, a new hotel and other new redevelopment. But there is more to the Valley than Phoenix. So over the next few weeks and months, I plan to […]

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