Archive for the ‘urban planning’ Category

Pondering Pela’s Paradox, Part Three

Robert Pela shared during Phoenix Urban Design Week that downtown flourishing can’t occur without two elemental ingredients. One of them is that the community has readily accessible public education; and the second is that dwellers must have sufficient opportunities for shopping locally, without leaving the immediate downtown area, however one defines that. For the purposes […]

Sedona Unsettled by Transient Ordinance Decision

     In November of 2006, Arizona voters approved Proposition 207—a measure that guaranteed property owners compensation when their land was devalued by later government regulation. At issue in a new Court of Appeals opinion called Sedona Grand v. City of Sedona is property that Sedona Grand, LLC wanted to option to sell; the option granted […]

Dark Days for Digital Billboards, and Gloom for Mortgagors

Two new opinions from Arizona’s appellate courts deserve the attention of real property mavens. The first is the new Arizona Supreme Court opinion of JULIA V. VASQUEZ v. SAXON MORTGAGE INC., et al, CV-11-0091-CQ. CQ stands for certified question; the Supreme Court was asked by a federal bankruptcy court to answer whether under state law […]


                  In some of Phoenix’s older neighborhoods (e.g., Willo, Encanto, Arcadia), so-called traffic-calmers – meaning any apparatus or device, frankly, that compels rambling traffic headways to slow down – have been installed along major streets in the last several years.  Aside from their functionality, Phoenix’s traffic-calmers are wretched […]