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Old 02-27-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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Hello Phoenix!

I've been spending some time in your wonderful metro area, and as an outsider, I couldn't help wondering a few things that weren't findable using google:


*Are those wooden (and sometimes iron) crossbeams that prop up the Saguaros permanent, or are they like crutches that can someday be taken off?

*Where does APS stop and SRP begin?

*Are the people loitering around Home Depots mostly legal or illegal?

*Why are all the snowbirds packing Minnesota or Iowa license plates? I see a smattering of other states but those two are disproportionately common.

*Speaking of snowbirds, what percentage of Phoenix metro's population is winter-only?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Most Home Depot dayworkers are probably illegal and I believe SRP is Mesa area.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Hello Phoenix!

I've been spending some time in your wonderful metro area, and as an outsider, I couldn't help wondering a few things that weren't findable using google:


*Are those wooden (and sometimes iron) crossbeams that prop up the Saguaros permanent, or are they like crutches that can someday be taken off?

*Where does APS stop and SRP begin?

*Are the people loitering around Home Depots mostly legal or illegal?

*Why are all the snowbirds packing Minnesota or Iowa license plates? I see a smattering of other states but those two are disproportionately common.

*Speaking of snowbirds, what percentage of Phoenix metro's population is winter-only?

Thanks in advance!
First off, awesome username.

The wood used to support saguaros is mainly used when planted, after a few years they can remove them.

APS is mostly Phoenix/Scottsdale, SRP is usually east valley area.

The day laborers are mostly illegal, but you never know, they could have come here legally and just be looking for work.

A small percentage of the city is snowbirds, tons of houses are empty during the warmer months when they go back to wherever they came from.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:47 AM
 
Location: West Phoenix
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crutches are temperary, Home depot are illegals, SRP is in the west valley as well, I am near the 10 and 101 and am on SRP,
Thank god for 100+ temps or we would have snowbirds here all year
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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I think SRP is in areas near and "inside" the canals that crisscross the Phx metro area.....

if you have .pdf capability, here's their service area map:

http://www.srpnet.com/about/pdfx/Ele...iceAreaMap.pdf

I'm sure ABQ has day laborers, too!

the crutches are to let the saguaro get settled after being transplanted...takes years to develop a good root system....
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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When cactus, including saguaros, are transplanted it is typical to just hack them out of the ground leaving the vast majority of the root behind. The props hold them up until they grow a new root system.

I've heard there are about 200,000 snowbirds in the valley each year. That would be about 5% of the population or about 1 in 20 which seems about right. Of course, in the summer, the percentage is zero.

As for seeing a lot of MN and IA plates. You're just having a bad day.
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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I'm sure ABQ has day laborers, too!
Believe it or not, we don't have the kind that loiter. Maybe it's stricter loitering law enforcement, or maybe there's so much work through other channels they don't bother.


More questions, Phoenicians!

*What happens when out-of-state-plate cars get flashed going over the speed limit through a camera trap?

*Anyone ever accidentally exit northbound at SR 51 & Thunderbird? Why didn't they put in more than half the interchange (or some warning signs)?

*If PHX Sky Harbor is chronically undersized, why don't they expand the apron onto the Salt River?

*What am I smelling at, say, Lower Buckeye & 19th Av?

*I read that the proposed 202 extension was slated to be the most expensive road project in history due to legal delays. Wouldn't it just be cheaper to build tunnels through it?

*Why aren't more people putting solar PV on their houses? It's almost free now, after rebates.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: USA
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*Why aren't more people putting solar PV on their houses? It's almost free now, after rebates.
I can answer that one. Because we be broke yo.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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Believe it or not, we don't have the kind that loiter. Maybe it's stricter loitering law enforcement, or maybe there's so much work through other channels they don't bother.


More questions, Phoenicians!

*What happens when out-of-state-plate cars get flashed going over the speed limit through a camera trap?

*Anyone ever accidentally exit northbound at SR 51 & Thunderbird? Why didn't they put in more than half the interchange (or some warning signs)?

*If PHX Sky Harbor is chronically undersized, why don't they expand the apron onto the Salt River?

*What am I smelling at, say, Lower Buckeye & 19th Av?

*I read that the proposed 202 extension was slated to be the most expensive road project in history due to legal delays. Wouldn't it just be cheaper to build tunnels through it?

*Why aren't more people putting solar PV on their houses? It's almost free now, after rebates.

1) I believe it works the same way as an in-state vehicle. They look up your information and send the ticket to your out-of-state address.

2) Never done this. But I believe the reason for the partial interchange has something to do with an established neighborhood, and a wash running right below. That and, well, Thunderbird doesn't really SERVE a whole lot right there, most people will be getting off at Cactus or Greenway.

3) This project would be a MASSIVE undertaking, Both from a cost and engineering standpoint. Personally, I believe that Gateway Airport should be rebuilt and positioned to be the regions future MAIN airport, with room for future capacity, with Sky Harbor altered slightly to suit business travelers who need to get directly to the center of town.

4) I believe there is a landfill near there.

5) This freeway has been debated for so long, I'm getting sick of it. I believe a tunnel was originally considered, but the cost was deemed prohibitive. All these years later, and all this money wasted on 'studies' and 'reports' ..Well, maybe it would have been cheaper.

6) I agree. People are broke.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:56 AM
 
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Solar panels on roofs are banned in many subdivisions with homeowner associations, they do look awful.
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