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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Between the Sevens

South Mountain Gem Reopens to the Public. February 13, 2016 was a big day for the South Phoenix (SoPho) community as the South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC) was re-opened to the public and over 350 community members joined in the celebratory activities. South Mountain Storytellers Institute delighted guests with stories of the area, South >> Read More…

Defining Proposition 123 for SoPho and Laveen.

South Phoenix (SoPho) and Laveen knows as much as anybody that our public school system is underfunded. Every year, this problem costs us valuable teachers, new textbooks and after school programs, and it is our children who suffer. On May 17, we have the opportunity to help the Laveen and Roosevelt districts by voting “Yes” >> Read More…

A South Phoenix Response

In a recent Arizona Republic column, Robert Robb questioned the value of light rail as part of an effective transportation system for Phoenix. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, a modern and comprehensive transportation system, including buses, light rail, freeways, and streets, is crucial for the Valley’s economic future. Our regional freeway >> Read More…

Making Phoenix a World-Class City

I started writing this article on my flight back from Ottawa, Canada. I had just spent five glorious days in one of the most amazing cities I have ever had the opportunity to visit. To give you a little perspective I’ve had the privilege to spend time in many great cities including London, Birmingham, Toronto, >> Read More…

The Heart of South Phoenix

A great urban planner by the name of Donald Hilderbrandt once said that “The city’s expression of itself is best personified at its core or heart.” So I have to ask this question… where is the core or heart of our community? You could easily argue that the South Mountain Preserve and its over 16,000 >> Read More…

One Step at a Time

I was recently asked by a friend what Between the 7’s in South Phoenix (SoPho) was all about? I explained to him that Between the 7’s is the area from 7th Avenue to 7th Street, from I-17 to the South Mountain Preserve. I continued to tell him that in my mind it is a place >> Read More…

A New Vision for the Future

A deep and lively shift is taking place within our South Phoenix (SoPho) community. I am positive it started well before I was born but it now appears to have taken root and I am hopeful it will continue its trajectory and impact. That very important shift is the growth in the number of men, >> Read More…

The Heart of South Phoenix

A great urban planner by the name of Donald Hilderbrandt once said that “The city’s expression of itself is best personified at its core or heart.” So I have to ask this question… where is the core or heart of our community? You could easily argue that the South Mountain Preserve and its over 16,000 >> Read More…

Arizona’s Future is in Your Hands!

Our centennial celebration is quickly approaching, and if you haven’t already marked your calendar, the big day is set for February 14, 2012. This is a significant milestone for Arizona and it gives us an opportunity not only to celebrate the accomplishments of our brief history but also to really discern the path we must >> Read More…

The Great Recovery

You have probably heard somewhere in the media or from someone in your workplace a comparison of our current economic condition to that of the Great Depression. It is easy to see the similarities of the Great Depression and what some are now calling the Great Recession. America’s Great Depression is said to have started >> Read More…

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