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    music, hiking, travel, local politics, beer<br /><br />Cities and Towns:<br />Kenner, LA<br />Foxboro, MA<br />Austin, TX<br />Johnson City, TN<br />Georgetown, TX<br />The Woodlands, TX<br />Singapore<br />Shanghai, China<br />Houston, TX<br />Tucson, AZ

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  1. colin

    Arizona off-topic

    I ended up with a Tucson job, but don't particularly like it. Whatever though. I probably won't be in AZ more than another year or so. My girlfriend will likely be getting a faculty job somewhere, which will move her and, frankly, I'm probably ready to go too. I like Arizona a lot, but it's time to move on. When I moved out here, I said I'd be out here for at least five years, and it's passed six now. With the lease I'm on now (we have a townhouse near Campbell/River), it'll be at least seven before I move. That'll pass up Houston for the longest I've ever lived anywhere, which will actually
  2. Thought I'd throw something in here. I'll actually be in Phoenix, for a weekend, at the end of the month, so I'll take some pics then. Daily Star article Gist of the article: CityNorth has been foreclosed upon. It was to be a 144-acre mixed-use development in the Peoria area. This probably isn't a shock to anyone, considering Phoenix's real estate scene right now, but I thought I'd post.
  3. 44 E Broadway? There was an article a few days ago that stated the property has gone into foreclosure. The office had sat for years, unused, and appeared to be unoccupied. One of several Downtown residential developments that tanked. Here it is: link, although I read a different article. This is in this current issue of the Weekly: Missing Links The article details one business owner's interaction with ADOT and the City's Downtown Links program. That program was responsible for the reconstructed Fourth Avenue underpass (which finally reopened about a month ago) and the realignment of bo
  4. I still get up to Phoenix fairly often. I know that most of the central Tempe condos and other structures were completed, but I don't think that they ended up selling very well. The Sheraton Downtown was built. I went to a concert in Downtown Phoenix in the early spring, but haven't really been back since, except while driving through (I drove through the tunnel a couple of days ago, actually, but didn't exit). I'll check it out one day soon while I'm still unemployed.
  5. colin

    Arizona off-topic

    Hi! Sorry for the long lapse in activity. No excuse for myself, but maybe it was the job that I took ended up actually keeping me busy. But I quit the job at the end of May and have been traveling since. First up to Canada and out to Newfoundland, down to Costa Rica, to DC for a few days, driving around the Great Plains, and I'm recently back from a California and Utah national parks tour. I have one more trip coming up next week that'll take me to the Midwest, but only for a week. I'm working on a new job now, but I may end up in stupid Phoenix. The market is getting better here, but it's n
  6. Got a link with renderings for the MLK Apartments revamp. It's called One North Fifth, in relation to its address. The units will be studio and one bedrooms and will range from, or so I've heard, $650 - 750 per month. http://onenorthfifth.com/ Nothing terribly exciting, but at least it's actually happening.
  7. The I-10 bypass around Tucson was dealt a blow recently: the San Pedro Valley alignment was nixed by ADOT. Of the Tucson-area corridors, this only leaves the Sandario Road alignment on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, which has a much less likely chance of actually happening than the San Pedro corridor as it abuts Saguaro National Park and the Tohono O'Odham Nation. Residents have also been fervently opposed to it in public meetings, although that should be no surprise. There's another routing which runs adjacent to the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, which is regarded among many local natu
  8. There has been a lot of supposed activity regarding the Post Lofts construction Downtown. The city council gave an ultimatum: start building or you lose the property. It's good to see that sort of action, and it seems to have worked as the developer is now supposedly starting construction. Briefly, it was going to have hotel rooms, which the developer insisted were necessary to make the project economically viable, but he has since changed his mind and it's back to solely condos. Info about the project is available on their site: http://www.thepostlofts.com/, and there have been numerous arti
  9. Quite a bit going on in the news about Downtown recently. The streetcar tracks down Congress in front of the Hotel Congress are down (although there's no concrete) and the Fourth Avenue underpass is cleared for now. The old MLK apartments, which were public housing but are being redeveloped into private apartments and condos, are actually seeing some demo and other work. I'll take pics of this stuff when I get a chance. There was also some drama with the Casablanca restaurant, which served over-priced Mediterranean in an old mansion at Franklin and Stone, as it was recently locked up by
  10. There have been a few minor things in Tucson's news regarding development over the past few months, but nothing big enough to get excited about. This is a new project though: Downtown church's Sunday school to become condos And since the Star are now jerks and make you log in sometimes:
  11. Sunset on New Year's Day in Glendora, CA just above the 210 freeway.
  12. Two firms might link up on Rio Nuevo work This is in reference to an article I posted in this thread a while ago ("W. Side project..."). I don't know about this cooperative effort. The Portland people need to get moving on MLK: what an f'in eyesore! Bad enough that it's butt-ugly, but now it's all gated off and gutted.
  13. I'd like to see one public meeting regarding growth, planning or development here that does not mention Phoenix. Seriously. I understand that you need to benchmark something, but Phoenix always gets hammered in these things. This is good news, as the county has always been slightly more open to developers than the city, and the sort of stupid, tract housing sprawl that embodies it was able to exist by just building outside the city limits. Now we just need to get our surrounding counties on board (look at you, Pinal County).
  14. The football team is really weird and totally unpredictable. I wasn't even paying attention to it until I asked my friend if they had won and, to my surprise, she said yes. Of course, I was also surprised when they won the last game against UCLA. Maybe it's only when I don't pay attention to them that they win. This Thursday game caused unbelievable issues though. Most of the parking lots remotely close to the stadium were shut off to valid permit holders for the entire day, enforced by citations and towing. UA President Robert Shelton sent out a campus-wide email asking staff to leave at 3
  15. This has been coming for a long time, but it's quite a blow to the residential side of Rio Nuevo. City breaks deal with Downtown condo developer The question now is: what will happen to the property? My prediction is that it will be redeveloped as a mixed-use site, but not with the height or density that was seen in this proposal.
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