Mixed-use development project holds groundbreaking ceremony

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning at Roosevelt Street and First Avenue. Union @ Roosevelt, a mixed-use development containing apartments along with retail and restaurant space, will begin construction there. Read story

Balanced city budget proposed as pension costs predicted to rise

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City officials eliminated 162 general fund positions, approved labor contracts that cut employee benefits and pay and reformed the City of Phoenix Employees Retirement System as part of a balanced budget proposal last Tuesday. Read story

Neighborhood Stakeholder Summit aims to bring community closer

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A variety of Phoenix community leaders and Mayor Greg Stanton gathered at the A.E. England building Saturday to discuss ways to bring members of the community together and increase civic participation. Read story

Devil's Advocate: Nothing brings community together like high alcohol content

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To this week’s Devil’s Advocate author, attending the Strong Beer Festival and seeing the crowds of people and community enjoying the wide variety of locally brewed beers was eyeopening and is symbolic of something truly extraordinary. Read story

Plan to expand and revamp public transport fails to clear city council subcommittee

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A city council subcommittee and community members did not pass a proposal from the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation Tuesday afternoon. The plan would have raised sales taxes to upgrade public transportation and infrastructure. Read story

Devil's Advocate: Super Bowl could encourage locals to keep coming downtown

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Super Bowl XLIX is expected to bring in 1 million attendees, and many of them are flooding downtown Phoenix. With the vast majority of them coming from in-state, the hope is that after experiencing the city, they’ll visit again. Read story

Community gather to celebrate city's growth and connectedness as Super Bowl approaches

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The Sheraton Hotel Phoenix unveiled the Valley Overlook, it’s new 6,400 square foot outdoor venue constructed for the Super Bowl, on Tuesday night. Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix community members gathered at the new spot to connect and celebrate. Read story

Obama visits Phoenix to announce lower mortgage insurance premium rates

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President Barack Obama made a visit to Phoenix’s Central High School on Thursday to announce plans to reduce the Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums. The move will help the average, first-time home buyer save up to $900 yearly in their mortgage payment, according to the president. Read story

Slide show: Gay-marriage ruling gives those at Rainbows Festival more reason to celebrate

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From false eyelashes to feather boas, a full spectrum of color appeared on everything at the 13th annual Rainbows Festival this weekend. Phoenix Pride hosted the festival in Heritage Square Park on Saturday and Sunday. It was an opportunity for the LGBT community to celebrate the Friday legalization of gay marriage in Arizona after state Attorney General Tom Horne ordered county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses. Read story

Slide show: Same-sex marriage legal in Arizona

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Arizona took its place in history as the 31st state in the U.S. to allow the marriage of same-sex couples on Friday morning. Read story