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Downtown Parking Meters Resurrected

You may remember that in Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman was sent to prison for cutting the heads off of parking meters. An indication that parking meters are not popular. You may also remember that Flagstaff had parking meters downtown. Then, the downtown merchants figured the meters were pushing shoppers to the mall and elsewhere. […]

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What is the League of Arizona Cities?

There are 91 incorporated cities in Arizona, from giant Phoenix to tiny Tusayan. Flagstaff is 13th in population size. As you can imagine, most cities have common issues. We all have police departments, roads to maintain, utility services, zoning laws and building officials. When mayors get together, they always end up asking each other, “What is your city […]

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Where are We with High Occupancy Housing?

There is a lot of talk lately about high occupancy housing. You can also call it high density housing or student housing. It all comes down to a four- or five-story apartment complex with a lot of students in it. Here are some of the issues: Zoning – If a particular property already has the […]

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Jerry Nabours

Tabling a Reclaimed Water Proposal

People have been asking me about the proposed settlement between the Hopi Tribe and the city regarding the use of reclaimed water at the Snowbowl. The proposed agreement was tabled indefinitely at the May 17 Council meeting and is unlikely to come up again.   Background: In 2011 the Hopis sued the city, claiming that […]

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Property Zoning Makes a Difference

All major development projects are not alike. Some projects come before City Council and have a lot of public input, for and against. We have hours-long Council meetings about traffic and the neighborhood impact, design, lighting, etc. But other significant developments do not come before Council at all. The difference is the zoning of the […]

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Looking Back at 2015

What happened in the city in 2015? As a city, did we “move forward?” Did the City Council accomplish anything?   Roads Thanks to your approval of an increase in sales tax, we saw a lot of road repairs and resurfacing last summer. You will see more this summer. Underground utilities also.   Road Congestion […]

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Strong Turnout for Candidates Forum

The Coconino Center for the Arts was full of constituents who came to hear the candidates talk about their stances.  Mayoral candidates Jerry Nabours and Al White started off by answering questions from moderator John Stark, KNAU general manager. The topic for the debate was “Nonprofits and the Community,”  although there was a wide variety […]

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