If you missed tonight’s Downtown Voices Coalition Mayoral Debate, here’s my live twitter coverage to give you an idea of what all was said:
EVERYBODY is here at tonight’s DVC mayoral debate!
Wes Gullett’s vision for Downtown: let’s take it to the next level, commercialize, get government out of the way of small business.
Jennifer Wright’s vision for Downtown: we need to look at our whole city, not just Downtown. Doesn’t believe we should invest City $ in DT.
Peggy Neely’s vision for Downtown: it’s one part of the whole city, make it a 24/7 city, each community counts
Claude Mattox’s vision for Downtown: A strong DT makes a strong whole city, will continue to support jobs, diversification of housing
Jennifer Wright’s view on housing in DT: cities fail in redevelopment efforts, we must take away barriers for business.
Greg Stanton on DT housing: city gov has an important role in making sure we have the right mix of housing in DT. We need affordable housing
Peggy Neely on DT housing: we ought to think about mixed use. We need a vision and regulations.
Mattox on DT Housing: we need a variety of housing including mixed use, single family, dense, TOD housing. We need to attract businesses
Gullett on DT housing: we need a sense of urgency on diverse housing. Concerned with slow TOD planning. We need senior living in DT.
Jennifer Wright has never taken the light rail!
Stanton on empty lots: the city HAS a role in filling them, we need smart land use policy, city made a mistake by allowing high rise uptown
Neely on vacant lots: no more parking lots! We need a survey of DT and utilize it to bring businesses and good housing.
Mattox on vacant lots: we need a good urban planner to come to Phx. ( what about Kevin Kellogg?)
Gullett on vacant lots: over entitlements are a problem, they need an expiration date. Adaptive reuse needs to be easier.
Wright on vacant lots: expedite process on infill not just in DT but all the city. She asks who makes the vision, the plan?
Mattox to Neely: why aren’t payraises more transparent?
Neely: we need to talk about the issues as they happen not after they already happened
Gullett to Stanton: you quit the City Council when thing got tough. Will you quit again?
Stanton: I did lots of good things for our city at the AG’s office. It’s going to make me a better mayor.
To Neely: how will you make DT more walkable?
Neely: we need more shade.
Mattox on walkability: we need more small businesses in DT so we have a place to walk to.
Mattox mentioned #phxdowntowner!
Gullet on walkability: downtown form code has a plan for that. But how are we going to pay for it? Cut costs or give incentives to business
Wright on walkability: shade is good. No places to eat in DT. We need to attract businesses, city needs to get out of the way.
Stanton on walkability: make pedestrians at an equal or higher level to cars. Knocked Cityscape design in terms of walkability design!
Is dissension good for City Council? Mattox says antagonism, animosity is not good for the city.
Gullett on DiCiccio’s dissension: DiCiccio is bringing up good issues that resonate with people. City employees hate DiCiccio
Wright on DiCiccio’s dissension: Freedom of speech is important. City Council needs to be open to different povs.
Wright: mayor is set a bad example at the budget meeting yesterday
Stanton on DiCiccio’s dissension: it should never get personal, let’s keep it professional. Council members should vote their conscience
Neely on DiCiccio’s dissension: asked the mayor to apologize to the Council and to DiCiccio for cutting him out of committees
Gullett on DT bond funding: it’s been good so far. Eds and meds have driven DT development.
Gullett: next bond should be for other parts of the city besides just DT. But we need to take a break from borrowing
Wright on bond funding: we don’t need city funds for DT development. We don’t need to keep growing ASU in DT.
Stanton on city bond funding for DT: it was the right investment. Urban education (DT university) is very important.
Neely on city bond funding in DT: we start something and it never gets completely done. We’ll let the people decide.
Mattox on bond funding for DT: supported it. Should we continue it? It’s up to the citizens. People in the burbs asking where’s ours?
Wright on adaptive reuse and historic preservation: HP stifles developers. Fewer restrictions are better.
Stanton on historic preservation: HP adds value to real estate, goes hand in hand with economic development. HP works miracles!
Neely on Historic Preservation: Good examples are the Ice House and the Gold Spot
Mattox on Historic Preservation: takes exception to some of the HP rules, like window replacements.
Stanton on superblocks as a form of development: city incentives are appropriate but the city needs to have more involvement in their design
Neely on superblocks: loves Cityscape, we don’t need to dictate design to developers
Mattox on superblocks: they work, but not all of DT needs to have them. We need diversity.
Gullett on superblocks: they are NOT the answer. It’s all about small businesses. (Nice!)
Wright on superblocks: city should not get involved in development. City should not pick which businesses to invest in.
Gullett on examples of the soul of Phoenix: the farm at South Mountain, Papago Park
Wright on a cool spot in Phx: Duck & Decanter, Mary Coyles, Park Central (???)
Stanton on a cool spot in Phoenix: Roosevelt Row, Heard Museum, Mrs. White’s
Neely on cool spots in Phx: the zoo, the Heard, world class park system, desert preserves
Mattox on cool spots in Phx: Phx Art Museum, Rosson House, Pueblo Grande, The Roosevelt, Lolo’s
Gullett on early childhood education: First things first is so important! But it’s been a victim of bad money management.
Wright on funding the arts and culture in Phx: not the role of the government to do that. It should be funded by private donations.
Neely on small businesses: we need to remove barriers to small biz. We need to streamline city processes for them.
Mattox on small businesses: cut back on the regulations, make DT a more friendly place for small businesses. Large biz bring more revenue.
Gullett on small businesses: we need to buy locally! We need to require banks to invest in small biz in Phx! We need a procurement code.
Wright on small businesses: we’re taxing small businesses and giving that money to big corporations.
Stanton on small businesses: we need to focus on local first! We need a procurement code. It’s the right thing for our whole economy.
Stanton: downtown is special, it needs it’s own codes. Downtown doesn’t stop at Jefferson, it goes further south
Stanton resume: local kid, passionate public transportation advocate, was a city council for 9 years, 2 years as deputy ag, served on boards
Neely resume: soccer mom, water and sewer committee, village planning committee, city council 9 years
Mattox resume: small biz owner, village planning committee for 8 yrs, trans committee, arts committee, 11 years at city council
Wright resume: native Phoenician, has worked since she was 4, on the board for Habitat for Humanity, worked at Goldwater Institute (!)
Mattox closing: values DT Phx, strong neighborhoods, good schools, career jobs, let’s look at Phx as a whole
Neely closing: hard work, your word is your bond, leave your community better than you found it, build stronger economy
Stanton closing: DT is not going to be a bunch of outsiders, the city has a strong role in education, full funding for Head Start
Wright closing: a lot needs to change so Phoenix remains viable. We are on a crash course because of overspending.
Gullett closing: we have some serious challenges and we have to work together. We have to be tough and ask why. We have to cut cost of gov
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