Rants and rambles from a Phoenix rabble rouser, rogue and sometimes rebel.
iwould like to see it become more pedestrian friendly, Most urban cities that I've visited have built around foot traffic. Now having said that I want to make it clear that no I don't want to "model" phx after another city and have us end up as a sad clone of some other great city. I think if we take what we have and develop a stronger community for pedestrian traffic it will help to build the community - I have lived in Gated communities in other states and honestly you are not any safer, Gated communities only really serve to reduce traffic. Think for a minute how many gated locations do you have the password or codes? I know I gave mine to newspaper delivery person, every member of my family had it as well as any handyman/repair sevice I needed. When moving back to the phx area I stayed away from any HOA or Gated locations, I love walking storefronted streets- not strip mall sites- and walking into a store and having the owner greet me. I like that when I buy from him/her that they truly are appreciative and that my money will be used to build up their business. I think foot traffic helps develop loyalty to local business and to the community, anyway I feel closer to that business when I see them growing and improving- First of all I am very happy fpr their success and feel that my meager dollars contributed over time.I would like to see phx also showcase the historical buildings, really connect the past to the present and really market that aspect of downtown, I know it is there already to some degree but I think it could be really showcased more and make it destination worthy.
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