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July 06, 2018


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Hance also had a similar Williams issue.
I was her first driver of what is now a squad of cops for the Mayor.
One eyed Jack was a Downtown YMCA regular. You could usually find him sweating it out in the steam room with many other pols attorneys,some cops and some infamous bad guys and on occasion Olympian Jesse Owens.

I only vaguely remember the city of 30 to 50 years ago as it transitioned from a big small town to a big sprawling nowhere. The mayors were not powerful but they necessarily symbolized their eras. Milt Graham, for example, was Everyman, outraged by the antics of Jim Morrison at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. There was John Driggs hosting Richard Nixon in a raucous 1972 rally, Margaret Hance greasing the skids for freeways ramps in the Willo neighborhood that never materialized, and Terry Goddard, shifting the elite's attention from "more" to "better".

They were impressive people in their individual ways but secondary players in the main show, Arizona's overarching real-estate hustle. By 2000, I realized, it was hopeless, that Phoenix might be decked out with some nice touches of civic costuming but was otherwise yesterday's starlet staring down middle age. Character is not only destiny, it's unrelenting.

It's heartening to see downtown become livelier even though I would never have predicted this 20 years ago. Apologies to PhxSunsFan in Boston - he saw something in downtown that I didn't. But I'm not sure it's city government, let alone a visionary mayor, deserving credit. It's a complex story in its way but you see it in almost every large city in America: millenials finally breaking the centripetal pull of suburbanization. Terry Goddard was a prophet here but it took two generations before his vision was haphazardly realized. That said, downtown is not a powerhouse in Phoenix like it is in other cities. It's more a niche flavor in a sprawled-out mess of cars and freeways. At long last, Phoenix has a kind of soul with actual geography. It took 50 years and it's far from perfect, but here we are, warts and all.

I am surprised that you did not mention the power of the Phoenix 40 and their substantial influence on the mayors of Phoenix.As the residents woke up and realized the unfairness of having most of their council coming from the North Central area, they finally put into effect of having council members from their local neighborhoods.As a resident watching Phoenix from a suburb since 1966,I have watched the losing proposition of annexation play out and am glad that Tempe was landlocked and had to concentrate their efforts on growing up and downtown.

Old people needing doctors is growing Downtown Phoenix. And for years i fought with Tempe mayors Neal and Harry. Both downtown's are now uglier than Hell.
T. Malthus

In support of your Mega cities
Are cars back?

Welcome to Zucktown

The revival of Detroit. Will Bill Ford be more successful than Henry Ford II ?
Mayor Mike Duggan supports Fords purchase of Michigan Central Station as he considers "Detroit Dead" without the train station.

Uncle Milty Graham was consider by some to be Phoenix's most liberal mayor. I did find the building of the 7th Avenue overpass interesting.


Your issues are beyond the brief of this column, but I'll offer a couple of thoughts.

If only we still had a Phoenix 40, stewards who could crack heads and write checks, and saw the good of their companies as twined with the good of the city. The lack of such stewards is one of Phoenix's biggest problems. Did they have blind spots? Sure.

Annexation, as I wrote on that column, worked out differently from what was intended.

to keep mega cities and infrastructure and public transportation, going.

Jon said,
"And although the old leaders, including the Phoenix 40, lent their weight to many good causes, they lacked any vision commensurate with a city of this size. They failed to set Phoenix on a sustainable, diverse trajectory. One could argue they helped plant the seeds of the destruction and tragedies that followed. By the time city leaders tried to push a rail transit initiative in the 1980s, it was too late — the anti-tax, anti-government rhetoric that came out of the other sides of their mouths had been too effective."

And while Charter government changed and rid Phoenix of an old Democrat bureaucracy and "ugly" crime it created a new type of bureaucracy and a cleaner type of crime more acceptable to developers and their $$$$$ buddies.

Charter government moved whore houses from downtown to north of i believe Deer Valley road. A few feet out of Phoenix into the more relaxed Maricopa County jurisdiction. My only vice caper was about 1972 immediately after the city annexed the area.

an interesting table
A Phoenix time line,_Arizona

The election of Thelda (a nice person) Williams will not bring much hope for the city on fire. We passed that mark about 1956.

Plans for Maryvale began to take shape during the 1950s, when developer John F. Long came up with the idea of developing a master-planned community on the western part of Phoenix,[5] with an aim of turning the area into a working class suburb for Caucasians.

And then there was Developers like Del Webb. I learned a couple of days ago that a long time ago Webb drank in a bar in downtown Phoenix owned by the Spaniard Uncle of a friend of mine.

Direct from Spain, Spaniards (Aja, Arechavaleta, Bedia, Caballero, Gorraiz, Pacheco) owned a number of Phoenix downtown business and Arizona rural area ranches.
I am told they ignored the "white" folks referring to them as Mexicans.

Cal, you're on a roll! Any rain today?

No rain yet and 112 but 100 under my porch canopy and mister, huddle Crissal curved bill Thrashers, Gila Woodpeckers, Cactus wrens, Finches, Tits, Towhees, Inca an White Wing Doves an occassional Riadrunner and once in awhile a Krestal Peregrine and a Feral cat.
I m sittin and watching as i read The Red Caddy by Charles Bowden. A book he wrote about Ed Abbey back in 1994 and discovered after Bowden died. Published in 2018 with a foward by Luis Alberto Urrea. LAU.

Thanks for the tip, Cal. Just finished Urrea's House of Broken Angels, which was very good.

1028 PM. RAIN comes to the Great Sonoran desert

Not Jon's Martini:

and on my B-day

Happy belated birthday cal. Were you Mayor Alsap's horse and buggy driver?

In another life

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