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Valley Metro and Tempe officials reassured residents concerned about the costs and consequences of the city’s planned streetcar system at an occasionally contentious question-and-answer meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Tempe Transportation Center, saying the project would be an economic boon and sometimes defending it to a few sharply skeptical questioners.
Very soon, an 18-acre expanse around Mesa’s City Plaza building will be transformed into an “urban plaza,” a “town square with a twist.” Mesa’s new “City Center” is expected to tie the area together, drawing traffic into the areas around the Mesa Arts Center and surrounding attractions.
Mesa Community College has received a grant from the EPA totaling just more than $80,000, which it plans to use for stimulating interest and education in a variety of new agriculture techniques best suited to Mesa’s increasingly urban environment.
Ah, summertime in Arizona. A time for cooling off in the backyard swimming pool, barbecuing with family and neighbors and planning our seasonal escapes to cooler climates. It’s also the time when living in an energy-efficient home can mean the difference between receiving a monthly electricity bill that’s manageable and one that causes your blood to boil.
The turf of Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe will be hacked up not by irons but spades after Ken Singh of Singh Organic Soils, LLC, and Singh Farms in Scottsdale reinvigorates the landscape.
Modern features, customizable options and reduced maintenance are among the many reasons most Americans — twice as many to be exact — would prefer purchasing a new home rather than an existing home, according to the latest online survey from Trulia, a leading online residential real estate site. Of the more than 2,000 survey respondents interviewed last spring, 41 percent said they’d prefer buying a new home, whereas only 21 percent would choose an existing home. The remaining 38 percent of respondents had no preference.
With the upcoming Tempe City Council election I asked the five council hopefuls and two incumbents two questions about crime and policing costs.
Ben Franklin once said. “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.” He wasn’t talking about government, but the wisdom applies.
Though the calendar won’t announce the official arrival of summer for a few more weeks, the Arizona heat already is settling in. Blasting the A/C may sound like a great plan, but it’s not so great for your energy use — or your wallet. From the air conditioner to the washing machine, a few adjustments can make a huge difference on your home and the environment. The grass will always be greener on your side of the fence with a little inspiration from these energy-saving tips.
Plans for the Temple/Pioneer Park neighborhood will be discussed at an open house on June 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Saguaro Room at Mesa Public Library.
Computer technology has changed the way consumers shop for everything from shoes to homes. Thanks to easy access to online data, 90 percent of homebuyers surveyed by the National Association of Realtors in 2012 said the Internet was their top information source when searching for a home. Further, 62 percent of buyers who participated in the NAR poll reported that virtual tours propelled them to follow up with a personal visit to the homes they viewed online.
MILWAUKEE — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
House Republicans gave preliminary approval late Thursday for a new budget that adds some – but only part – of what dissidents sought for their needed votes.
The City of Mesa is accepting public comment concerning the 2014-15 Annual Action Plan for funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
More than 78 million strong, baby boomers are reaching retirement age (65) at a record pace — 10,000 per day, to be exact, according to the Pew Research Center — and living years longer than previous generations. By the time all the boomers will have turned 65 in 2030, 18 percent of the nation’s population will be at least that age, according to the research center’s projections. Compare that to the population makeup just four years ago, when a little more than 10 percent of Americans were ages 65 and older.
The Arizona Department of Education is looking to develop a new assessment in order to replace the current AIMS test.
Calling the right to fresh chicken and eggs constitutionally protected, state lawmakers are moving to override city ordinances that restrict the ownership of fowl.
All of the holiday merriment has been delectable; unfortunately like anything else, too much of a good thing has left me with a food hangover. Thankfully, Tempe is full of fresh eats and green restaurants that make detoxing delicious.
Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers Monday to approve to approve a plan to give more money to schools where students show marked improvement.
Gov. Jan Brewer said today she wants Child Protective Services made into its own separate agency, headed by someone who reports directly to her.
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry’s visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come.
Organizations working to help Arizona residents enroll in health insurance plans on the new federal exchange said this week a steady flow of people was signing up as the deadline loomed to get coverage that starts Jan. 1.
When he was a young boy, Mesa Mayor and native Scott Smith remembers what it was like being a child growing up in the fun-filled environment of downtown Mesa. He now looks to the future as he and the city plan for the new urban environment he knows downtown Mesa can eventually become.
KENOSHA, Wis. — When the auto plant here closed, this prosperous Wisconsin port city on Lake Michigan lost more than just its largest employer. Its sense of vitality seemed to drain away, and city leaders set out to find something that would inject life into the brick-storefront downtown while the economy went through a transition.
Every year from the end of World War II through the 1990s, the typical American drove more miles each year than the year before. But for the first time in two generations there has been a significant shift in how many miles we are driving each year.