An increasing number of Arizonans are living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to a new Census Bureau report.About one-quarter of Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls "poverty areas," and in Arizona, more than one-third of people live in such areas.
Twenty years ago, Arizona became the second state in the nation to allow charter schools to operate in the public education system. In honor of the anniversary, New Times is taking a hard look at charters in Arizona. The first story in the ongoing series examined how charter schools — both nat ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Charles H Keating Jr. is remembered not only as the most notorious figure of the savings & loan crisis that swept the nation in the late 1980s - and as the namesake of the infamous Keating Five political scandal - but also as the fraudster whose techniques were replicated by those who helped trigg ... More >>
Even when the Great Recession was at its worst, the average Arizonan was more likely to be a millionaire than he is today.Phoenix Marketing International, a financial market research company that tracks millionaire households in the United States, released its annual ranking of the states with the h ... More >>
Mayor Phil Gordon, again? Sure, he provided a steady stream of juicy, controversial blog and story fodder during his tenure. He's got that adorable Mr. Bean thing going for him. And, the disheveled look he sports gives off such an approachable vibe. During good times in Phoenix -- when politicians ... More >>
Justin Johnson and Laura Pastor, candidates in the Phoenix City Council District 4 race, continued delivering some hefty jabs at each other as early voting got underway on Thursday. Johnson, the son of former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, faces criticism over family properties that are vacant eye so ... More >>
Despite what the Center for Arizona Policy is telling its supporters about Proposition 204, the Yes on 204 campaign says it won't create $100 million "slush fund" to pay for abortions -- or any sort of fund for abortions.In fact, Yes on 204 campaign officials say the estimated $100 million that woul ... More >>
Image: Ray SternColin Campbell, retired Maricopa County Superior Court judge, is representing a group of retired judges suing a state pension plan in an attempt to reverse a law that shrinks pensioners' cost-of-living adjustments. Retired judges are fighting a new law that reduces their pensi ... More >>
Public officials living the suite life at the U.S. Airways Center.Phoenix officials have not kept track of who's been kicking back in the city-owned suite at the U.S. Airways Center watching Phoenix Suns games or rocking out to legends like Elton John. But they're supposed to, according to their ... More >>
A woman who was fired by the city of Surprise after arguing against budget cuts in a public hearing is suing in federal court over the alleged violation of her free-speech rights. Megan Griego had been working as an economic development coordinator for about three years when s ... More >>
El Mirage just can't catch a break.For decades, the small West Valley community has been steamrolled, dismissed, and mocked by neighboring cities, mostly because they believe that El Mirage and its policies pose a threat to Luke Air Force Base.The city was recently assailed by Glendale over d ... More >>
Based on the most recent job-loss data, Arizona may have been hit harder by the recession than Michigan, a state infamous for job losses in the past. The most recent data shows that Arizona, since the start of the recession, shows the highest percentage of job losses. Arizona, according to th ... More >>
Richard Mulligan, former director of economic development for the city of ChandlerIt seems the only thing separating Richard Mulligan, Chandler's former director of economic development, from the dysfunctional hillbillies gracing the Jerry Springer Show is the number of teeth in h ... More >>
Congratulations America, the recession is almost unofficially over!Well, if you believe Valley businesses that have declared September 17 the official end of our current national economic woes.If it was that easy, why the hell didn't they do this six months ago? Not only are all of our e ... More >>
The billionaires join ranks with the Obama-haters in this new Dennis Gilman video. In the tradition of Michael Moore and the stunts he regularly pulled in his TV show The Awful Truth (and continues to pull in his films), come the Billionaires for Wealthcare, a crew of wannabe-Warren Buffets w ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia Commons The rip of metal skin, the smell of electric motors overheating, the excited faces of young nerds in button-down, short-sleeve shirts... If you love a good robot fight like we do, tread on down to Metrocenter this Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. It may not be as exciting as a ... More >>
Most Arizona voters hate the idea of cutting education to help balance the state's budget, says a new poll by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Sixty-nine percent of respondents answered "education" to the question, "The one area in which I think cut ... More >>
Gallery reopening benefits downtown arts community
President Barack Obama told a cheering crowd at Dobson High School in Mesa that the $787 billion stimulus act he signed into law yesterday will create jobs and restore the housing market to stability.Though the speech was loaded with vague rhetoric, Obama focused on a few of the details he said woul ... More >>
Separated at birth? According to economist Paul Krugman, it's possible. Will soon-to-be Arizona Governor Jan Brewer repeat the mistakes of Republicans in the midst of the Great Depression, specifically those of President Herbert Hoover?It seems likely. With a GOP-led legislature intent on "starving ... More >>
A peek at the future cityscape
Richard Florida knows exactly what's wrong with Phoenix
How much longer will the city allow the acclaimed museum to disrupt a historic neighborhood's peace and quiet?
Is Scottsdale ready for four more years of political scrutiny from George Zraket? It all depends on who you ask.
Proposed downtown site draws criticism from residents, urban planners
From the week of April 12, 2001
City zoning rules make it tough for Larry Jany to sell his property and retire
Symington's tax cuts had little or nothing to do with Arizona's economic boom, which isn't as robust as it's made out to be
Contract for South Mountain tollway may depend on company's dumping of its president
To George Zraket, it's an evil zoning plot by old Sscottsdale cronies; to Janie Ellis, it's the only way her timeworn art colony can survive.
Councilwoman Frances Barwood, facing a recall over her vote on the Sumitomo plant zoning, now claims she was misled by the mayor
An innocuous road near Sedona is all that remains of Ken Parker's dream of a grand resort. Now Yavapai County is joining megadeveloper SunCor to take that away, too--with the county providing condemnation powers and SunCor paying the bills.
Is the Lone Fire a preview of California-style infernos to come?
The good, the bad and the boring of Del Webb's New River development
RETIREES ARE SPOOKED BY THE THOUGHT OF STATE EMPLOYEES MANAGING $1 BILLION OF THEIR NEST EGG
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