City of Phoenix and AARP Experience Corps work toward increasing literacy rates


Phoenix elementary school students struggling with reading can get some help from members of the AARP Experience Corps starting in the fall. The literacy program joins others including Read On Phoenix. Read story

Stanton: Phoenix has made great strides, must expand trade and transportation for future


Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton praised Phoenix’s progress in his State of the City address Wednesday, including the city’s “buy local” policy and its increase in presence of adaptive reuse projects, among others. Read story

Downtown leaders oppose SB 1062 by hanging 'open for business to everyone' signs


Thousands of local business owners and residents are taking a stand against controversial refusal for service bill SB1062 by posting signs in their windows welcoming all customers. The signs join a debate about the effects and legality of the bill, which Gov. Jan Brewer will pass or veto this week. Read story

Google Fiber network could increase Valley Internet speeds up to 100 times


Google announced Wednesday that Phoenix is one of nine regions where it is considering installing its fiber-optic gigabit Internet network next. The company is already working on Google Fiber in three regions of the United States. Read story

Hive @ Central coworking space at Burton Barr library buzzes with potential

City and university officials gathered Friday with community members at Burton Barr Central Library to celebrate the opening of the Hive @ Central, an entrepreneurial coworking space and partnership between the city of Phoenix and ASU. Read story

Phoenix significantly lowers greenhouse emissions, promotes sustainability


The city of Phoenix’s efforts to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions have proven even more successful than expected. Announced at the Go Green Conference, Phoenix’s rates were down by 7.2 percent since 2005, 2.2 percent higher than the original 5 percent goal. Read story

Photo story: Ground Cover Art Project


Volunteers came together Friday morning to create a giant image of a desert flower for the Ground Cover Public Art Project, which will donate the 300 blankets used to complete the image to the homeless for the winter. Read story

Phoenix council votes to recommend approval of liquor license for new Circle K


The Phoenix City Council voted 7-1 Wednesday to recommend approval of Circle K’s liquor license application for a new store on Seventh and Roosevelt streets, a decision that is at odds with the suggestion from the city staff, who recommended disapproval. Read story

U of A announces partnership with labs to provide students with synthetic cadavers


Students attending the U of A College of Medicine — Phoenix are about to receive more realistic synthetic cadavers thanks to a partnership between the school and Florida-based cadaver manufacturer SynDaver Labs. Mayor Greg Stanton described the new collaboration as a sign of growth in the college. Read story

Volunteers work to promote community interest in renovating vacant lots


Volunteers at PHX Renews Activation Day got their fill of planting, watering, shoveling, hammering and painting Saturday in an effort to “activate” a large vacant lot in midtown Phoenix to promote community interest in renewing vacant lots. Read story