Archive for the 'Politics & Activism' Category


Solidarity Rally – resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

posted September 13, 2016

[ Wednesday, September 14, 2016; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Join Rising Tide Tucson and others for a Solidarity Rally with the water protectors of Standing Rock resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be gathering on Wednesday September 14th at 4:30 at Bank of America downtown (33 N. Stone, between Congress and Pennington). Bank of America is one of many financial institutions investing [...]

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The ABCs of the ACC: A Full Run-down of the Arizona Corporation Commission

posted September 2, 2016

[ Monday, September 12, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] We’re all familiar with the role of the ACC in setting our electricity rates. Many of you were probably at the ACC public hearing in Tucson on August 31 and may even have given testimony about TEP’s rate case now before the Commission. But do you know the full range of what the ACC does?

The [...]

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND YWCA OFFER FREE WORKSHOPS

posted April 20, 2016

[ Thursday, April 21, 2016; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Is your organization planning to hold a candidate or issue forum this year? If so, you’ll want to attend the free workshops being offered on Saturday, April 30th.

The morning will be devoted to a presentation on how to plan forums, and the afternoon will be on how to moderate forums, with hands-on practice. [...]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

[ Friday, April 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] You are invited to a screening of the new film “Catching the Sun” on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd.

Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as Tucson [...]

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We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can – Heinberg

posted April 6, 2016

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can
by Richard Heinberg

Transcript:
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla’s Model 3. It’s considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market at an expected price [...]

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Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?”
Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray.
http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/
 
An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob Vint on how Historic [...]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million
and
Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area
while
Producing No Traffic Improvement?
 
The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time.
 
The City of Tucson wants to bulldoze [...]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

Here is the scope of work

The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.
 
The consultant is to establish

“an innovative and context sensitive, solutions-oriented approach toward the [...]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:
 
1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised earlier.
2.    [...]

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10 Impacts of the Proposed Broadway Widening

posted March 31, 2016

1) The current alignment (the 30% design) ignores public input, which overwhelmingly advocated for preservation of the historic streetscape and local businesses.
 
2) The 30% design defies the direction of Mayor and Council, who approved an alignment that would have caused the loss of at most 11 historic buildings. The proposed 30% design will take out [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

[ Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

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This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality.
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We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect the way [...]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions
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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else.
So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis?
(A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares.
(B)  Regional Transportation Authority [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
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Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
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The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years,
2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and
3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, climate-friendly future where local [...]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

[ Monday, January 25, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 8, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 29, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, March 7, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

A Series of Six Lectures
Exploring Our World and Ourselves

Mondays, January 25 – March 7
7:00-8:00 PM
UA Centennial Hall

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, [...]

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Free screening – This Changes Everything

posted January 17, 2016

[ Saturday, January 23, 2016; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein’s new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything.

The film presents seven powerful stores of communities fighting for justice [...]

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From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

posted January 4, 2016

[ Monday, January 11, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year!

2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.”

Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for a review of [...]

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Movie at Loft on Fracking

posted December 1, 2015

[ Sunday, December 6, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]       PLEASE JOIN US
AT THE
LOFT THEATER (Screen 3)

GROUNDSWELL RISING

ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL

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Film on Fracking

posted December 1, 2015

[ Sunday, December 6, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]       PLEASE JOIN US
AT THE
LOFT THEATER (Screen 3)

GROUNDSWELL RISING

ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science
Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15
Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson

 
The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation is but one such [...]

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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

[ Thursday, November 19, 2015; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein.

The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at [...]

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Important movie – This Changes Everything

posted November 1, 2015

[ Thursday, November 19, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] In place of the November Sustainable Tucson meeting, ST is co-sponsoring the movie This Changes Everything at the Loft.

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at [...]

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ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

posted October 9, 2015

Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest.
We’re very excited about the great variety of activities and exhibits at this [...]

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Want to support rooftop solar and fight climate change? You’re invited!

posted July 6, 2015

[ Monday, July 13, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Join Sustainable Tucson, Sierra Club, and Tierra Y Libertad Organization to support solar and fight coal!

Help us plan a media event and rally in front of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) headquarters to tell TEP to stop attacking rooftop solar and to divest from the San Juan coal plant.

What: Planning meeting for future media event and [...]

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The Economics of, and Threats to, Rooftop Solar

posted May 5, 2015

[ Monday, May 11, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] [You can see the presentations below. ]

• Are new proposals to state regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission by Tucson Electric Power and Trico making it more difficult and expensive for Tucsonans to “Go Solar”?
• Are local solar jobs at stake?
• What is the value of rooftop solar?
• Are you concerned?

Come to Sustainable Tucson’s May [...]

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Lessons from Sustainable Urban Design: Films and Discussion

posted April 9, 2015

[ Monday, April 13, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] As activist citizens, we have been working towards sustainability in many ways, particularly looking at issues impacting life in our city, including the work of the Broadway Coalition featured at last month’s General Meeting.

This month, we’ll carry on the discussion started by that examination of the Broadway Corridor, by looking at some positive examples of [...]

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REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson

posted March 9, 2015

REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT!
A model letter to the City of Tucson
By Broadway Coalition Member Laura Tabili
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Send to:     broadway@tucsonaz.gov,      Jonathan.Rothschild@tucsonaz.gov, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, Ward3@tucsonaz.gov, ward4@tucsonaz.gov,ward5@tucsonaz.gov,Regina.Romero@tucsonaz.gov, Karin.Uhlich@tucsonaz.gov, Paul.Cunningham@tucsonaz.gov, Shirley.Scott@tucsonaz.gov, Richard.Fimbres@tucsonaz.gov, Steve.Kozachik@tucsonaz.gov, citymanager@tucsonaz.gov
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REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT!
The Broadway Citizens Task Force and Tucson’s Mayor & Council must reject the excessively wide and destructive staff-generated Broadway Alignment posted on [...]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

[ Monday, March 9, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City’s Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community’s concerns.

“Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants are [...]

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems
By Carmine Tilghman
Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015
 
Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find.
Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres and produce a combined 23 [...]

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An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?

posted January 28, 2015

[ Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]  

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(Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME)
February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm
University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103
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Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions?

Imagine the City of Tucson joined in a “clean energy partnership” with Tucson [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid
By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2015
There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the Tucson distribution grid.
By [...]

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The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

posted December 29, 2014

[ Sunday, January 4, 2015; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716
Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change!
The Yes Men Are Revolting

On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo of pranksters tackling [...]

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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

posted December 21, 2014

Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
by Naomi Klein & Allen White
Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic system has driven us to [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

 
What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication
by Margaret Klein
“Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in responding to it, [...]

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

posted December 20, 2014

 
The Oil Price Crash of 2014 
by Richard Heinberg
Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the end of [...]

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Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive

posted August 26, 2014

NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service.

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Special AUGUST 18th Meeting — Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?

posted August 15, 2014

[ Monday, August 18, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]  

Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone

(free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE?

WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY?

HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE?

WHAT CAN LOCAL [...]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

[ Monday, July 14, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production
Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone
(free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
Urban agriculture is becoming much more common — in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently adopted a General Plan that endorses urban food production, [...]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

[ Friday, July 11, 2014; 5:00 pm; ] at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center)

Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker
Friday, July 11, 2014
5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception
6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation

Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall the evening of Friday, July [...]

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Broadway Coalition: Some Thoughts on Money

posted June 15, 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

posted June 12, 2014

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade
by Kurt Cobb
Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01
Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html
 
There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected any talk that the world’s [...]

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The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

posted June 12, 2014

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started
by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014
 
It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg.
 
The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed last week in the Los Angeles Times calls into [...]

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Request to RTA Board — April 25, 2013

posted June 11, 2014

Request to RTA Board
April 25, 2013
Honorable RTA Board:     Thank you for my reappointment to the CART as an original member. I continue to be honored to serve the RTA and larger regional community in this role.
Having closely followed the Broadway Blvd Project at public meetings and interviews, I want the following comments to be considered [...]

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Request to RTA Board — April 7, 2011

posted June 11, 2014

 
A Request and Proposal to the RTA Board

by  Bob Cook,      April 7, 2011
 
Honorable Board members, I come before you as a planner, engaged citizen, and veteran of many local planning efforts. I was an active participant in the RTA planning process and because of the generous treatment for transit expansion, the streetcar project, and making [...]

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2006 RTA Inflated Traffic and Population Projections

posted June 11, 2014

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Cover of PAG’s 2007 Annual Report shows population projections on steroids

posted June 11, 2014

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BROADWAY COALITION: Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway

posted June 11, 2014

BROADWAY COALITION:  Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway
Based on all the facts we have examined and studies available to us, from the RTA as well as from national studies [See our website: https://sites.google.com/site/broadwaycoalition], we have arrived at a set of criteria that should be applied to all alternatives proposed for the Broadway Boulevard Improvement [...]

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100-Foot Max WIDTH Resource Page

posted June 11, 2014

Broadway Coalition Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway
Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd : Pro 100′ width Broadway by Robert Cook
Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd: RTA viewpoint by Douglas Mance
Follow-up lobby letter to public officials June 9th by Robert Cook
It is the width, not the number of lanes: Broadway Coalition notes
Broadway Coalition: Some [...]

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RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project

posted June 11, 2014

RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project
 By Robert Cook , June 8, 2014
This is the June 8th Sunday Arizona Daily Star Guest Opinion without the Star’s edits. Note the Star’s edited headline is: “8-Lane Roadway No Longer Makes Sense.”
 
The two-year design phase of the Broadway Boulevard, Euclid to Country Club Project is [...]

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Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test

posted June 11, 2014

 
Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test
by Douglas Mance,  Special to the Arizona Daily Star,  June 08, 2014
 
The last time I addressed the Broadway Corridor Citizens Task Force, I let them know I wanted those dedicated volunteers to succeed in their efforts to come up with a design that would be acceptable [...]

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