Archive for the 'Downtown Phoenix' Category

New High-Rise Crowned With Lights Hosts Downtown Phoenix Party

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Nov. 9, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The backers of a $900 million high-rise development in downtown Phoenix and city officials partied for four days last weekend. On Nov.  4, a Thursday, Mayor Phil Gordon launched a four-day grand opening of CityScape’s first phase with his annual State of Downtown speech. Musical entertainment and a Sunday […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

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March 21, 2010 EDITORIAL Are Arizona’s leaders, struggling with an overpowering deficit, downsizing state programs too far? Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed the state’s fiscal 2011 budget of $8.9 billion, which is a reduction of  $1.1 billion. Budget supporters called the new budget a streamlining of state government. Critics say it is hardhearted, with […]

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Desert Viking Starting New Phase of San Marcos Commons in Chandler

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March 10, 2010 CHANDLER, Ariz. – Maybe, just maybe, the term “leapfrog development” in central Arizona soon will fade into history, like rotary telephones and index cards. Maybe developers and cities and homebuyers are starting to recognize the value and long-range importance of higher-density communities in central cities, where a sense of community and easier […]

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Arizona’s Sunrise Walks and Wildlife, Chimichangas and Historic Buildings

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March 7, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Just a few of my Arizona favorites: A lone bull elk grazing on the lawn early one November morning as I stepped out of El Tovar Lodge at Grand Canyon. I never had seen a bull elk, much less been so close to one. Lunch at the Arizona Biltmore […]

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Entrepreneur from London Adding Energy to Downtown Phoenix

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Nov. 20, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The November sunrise is an hour away, but an entrepreneur and his clients in his downtown Phoenix exercise studio are primed for the new day. “Six! Five! Four! Three! Two! One!” says studio owner Amen Iseghohi, clapping his hands to the music. He walks among his exercising clients, counting […]

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Custom Skateboards Auctioned to Raise Awareness of Autism

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Nov. 7, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – If the inspirational artwork now hanging in the After Hours Gallery in central Phoenix were displayed outside, it probably would stop traffic. As it is, the nearly 200 wooden skateboard decks covering walls two stories high in the gallery are stopping visitors in their tracks, especially younger visitors who […]

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Former Phoenix Mayor to Lead Effort for Long-Term Funding for TGen

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PRESS RELEASE Oct. 27, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza, who helped attract the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to Arizona, will lead an effort by the TGen Foundation aimed at providing long-term funding for TGen’s cutting-edge research programs. The TGen Foundation’s board of directors today named Rimsza the chairman of the […]

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New light rail system in metro Phoenix attracts riders new to transit

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PRESS RELEASE Sept. 3, 2009 PHOENIX – Thirty-five percent of METRO riders in Arizona’s largest urban region are new to mass transit, according to a survey. This figure and others came out of a survey in April of more than 3,100 passengers ranging from regular commuters, students, seniors and recreational users. The survey showed that […]

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Businessman Looks Inward, Finds Rewards in Birdhouses, Meditation

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Aug. 28, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – From alley scraps, a workshop philosopher in Phoenix creates garden art. He makes colorful birdhouses out of discarded lumber, metal sheeting and glass doorknobs. If you have a friendly ear, and not everyone does, David Bruce might offer wisdom as comfortable as sensible shoes. He fought hard for the […]

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New Book Offers Look at Historic Phoenix Hotel and its Guests, Some Ghostly

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July 22, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The desk clerk was frantic. It was 4 a.m. and the seven-story Hotel San Carlos suddenly went dark. The electricity was out. No lights, no working elevators and no air conditioning. It was a typical July with triple-digit temperatures. The hotel clerk grabbed the phone and punched a number. […]

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