Lack of resources, authority jeopardizes the future of Phoenix’s past

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Despite community protests, the GreenHAUS building, a monument for the LGBT community, was demolished in March. According to officials, a combination of a lack of authority and a lack of resources means that city hall will be powerless to prevent the demolition of other buildings like it. Read story

Phoenix police may receive diversity training following local police brutality protests

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Arizona State University professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Matthew Whitaker may be providing Phoenix police with training in diversity, pending city approval. Read story

Preservation organizations look to revitalize community through re-purposed buildings

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The Arizona Main Street program has joined forces with the Arizona Downtown Alliance in order to take on large revitalization projects. Read story

Program aims to create more opportunities for Phoenix small businesses through inclusion

A city program may streamline its process to connect small businesses with local government work. Businesses would now pre-register to speed up the certification process. Read story

New south Phoenix Park-and-Ride facility connects commuters with downtown

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The Phoenix Public Transit Department unveiled a new Park-and-Ride bus stop in south Phoenix Saturday. The stop will open Monday and feature 205 shade-covered parking spots. Read story

Budget cuts to Arizona arts commission impact arts organizations, small and large

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As a result of the state budget established in March, the grants that the Arizona Commission on the Arts distributes to arts organizations like Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Rising Youth Theatre will be put on hiatus, discontinued or reduced. Read story

Four people arrested during march from capitol building for fifth anniversary of SB 1070

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Four people were arrested for refusing to move from sitting in the street outside the Fourth Avenue Jail while protesting a bill that in Arizona requires those living in the U.S. without documents over the age of 14 to carry registration. Read story

City looking for ways to cut employee health care costs

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The city is looking at ways to cut costs associated with its employee’s health care. City officials warn that without action, the costs can cripple the city’s budget in coming years. Read story

Reimagine Phoenix initiative hopes to turn trash into an economic engine

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The city of Phoenix is putting out a call for new ideas that will change the way trash is discarded and recycled. Read story

A look back at Frank Smith III's time as downtown student government president

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Frank Smith III chose to not run for what would’ve have been a record-making third term as downtown student government president, leaving Corina Tapscott unopposed in her successful run for the position. We take a look back at the work done in his two terms and how Smith changed as a leader. Read story