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Old 03-15-2014, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Jukesgrrl View Post
I think the City of Phoenix has made a lot of positive strides recently with some excellent programs that are having an impact on quality of life. Some examples:

-The Phoenix Sky Train is functioning at Sky Harbor, connecting the airport to the light rail.
-Phoenix now has a Bike Share Program.
-A program called PHX Renews is dedicated to restoring vacant lots to productive use such as places of business, gardens. playgrounds, and public art projects.

-Phoenix was a finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayor's Challenge for its submission of a plan to make Phoenix "the smartest energy city in the world."
-Phoenix was the first city in Arizona to establish a program designed to stabilize its hospitals financially to ensure patient care and to keep them providing jobs for the community.
-City government is strengthening ties with Mexico and has made it a priority to attract tech businesses.
-There's now an official program to prioritize the city procuring goods and services from local businesses.
-School administrations are now working better with the city police to increase school safety.

-The city has established the H.E.R.O. Initiative to address unemployment among veteran.
-The city has also established a veteran's court to give assistance and priority to veterans in contact with the criminal justice system, with the goal of restoring them as contributing members of society.

-Councilman Daniel Valenzuela's Read On, Phoenix program, a strong effort to improve literacy.
-Continued creative development of the central corridor.
-The Big Brain Awards program, sponsored by the Phoenix New Times, calls attention to the people in Phoenix making creative and innovative achievements in cultural activities.
-The Phoenix Film Office has improved the number of film projects being done here, providing employment and bringing income to the entire metro.

-The Phoenix Suns ... surprise success of the NBA for the 2014 season! Hornacek's scrappy Suns a big NBA surprise | NBA.com
It's true Phoenix deserves credit too. It seems like we only talk about Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear and Surprise on this forum. When in reality Phoenix and Tempe have been doing wonderful things.

Notice how both cities are criticized for being too liberal and "blue" too. When in reality, they are two of the best run cities.
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