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South Phoenix Wants Your Ideas on Greening Their 'Hood

Remember when the South Mountain area, lovingly nicknamed SoPo, was cluttered with cars on blocks and ghetto houses with tin foil over the windows?

Oh, wait, that's now. But there's good news for SoPo residents. Local movers and shakers are looking ahead past the recession and hoping to rebuild the newly dubbed South Mountain Village into a hip, prosperous 'hood. And apparently, they want your ideas on how to make that happen.

The online mag NxT Horizon, headed up by George Brooks, is soliciting suggestions via Facebook, the best of which will be submitted in a proposal to the city.

The magazine presents articles and podcasts on sustainability/green initiatives; this month's issue focuses solely on the South Mountain area. It's pretty cool, especially the webcast video on how Brooks' grandma was unintentionally "green." The lazier we can be while helping clean up the planet, the better.

The likelihood that Brooks will receive brilliant input via social media is slim. Still, we can't help but applaud the truly grassroots efforts that are going on to help Phoenix's smaller and oft-ignored neighborhoods.

If you want to weigh in on the future of South Mountain in person, check out the Villages in Transition Meeting III at South Mountain Community College on Friday, April 8. Laveen, Ahwatukee and South Mountain Village will be discussed, without the possibility of Net trolls distracting from the issue at hand with comments about Viagra or online porn sites.