June 27, 2008

Park(ing) Structures

Was anybody else outside last night? It was really nice out. Like ninety-three (93) nice. Hey, for these few months we'll take what we can get...

And with heat like this in our little concrete jungle, it's nice to know that there are people working hard to create spaces where it's comfortable to hang out in this heat. Spaces like the Downtown Civic Space Park, which will serve as the Downtown Phoenix Campus student union. The entire project is funded by a city bond that you (if you live here) voted for in 2006, so the space is open to everyone, not just ASU students.

The park will be finished in the spring of '09, but until then you can track construction progress with a "Dean's Eye View." We installed a webcam here on the 6th floor to get a good look at the park. Besides a live feed, the camera also takes a still shot every fifteen (15) seconds, so when it's all finished, we'll have a nifty little time-lapse movie put together.

The City of Phoenix also has a camera, but they only take a still shot every half hour. Not nearly as fun, but the different angle is worth a look. And if you want to see a mock up of what it will look like finished, check out these mock ups.

Hey, speaking of parks, the voters of Phoenix recently passed (overwhelmingly) a thirty (30) year extension of the Phoenix Parks and Preserves Initiative. It's only a one-tenth of one percent ($.001) sales tax allocation, but that little bugger has raised over $200 million to construct and refurbish the parks of Phoenix. This is all important because the City now wants to hear what you have to say about it before they make any final decisions in regards to where the money goes. They are holding a series of public meetings to hear from residents. For more information, call 602-262-6862.

Enjoy your weekend. It's supposed to get down to eighty (80) the next few nights. Break out the cashmere...

Cheers,
Sam
"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. "
Kurt Vonnegut

1 comment:

Candi said...

I cant wait to get back and see everything that has changed. Oh yah, I agree, 15 sec vs 30 mins is way better. Thanks for the update :)