Thirst in Line

Written by Craig Outhier Category: Valley News Issue: August 2015
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As noted in the Water & Energy section of this month’s Future Phoenix feature, suburban communities are often singled out when discussion turns to the Valley’s long-term water shortages: Swimming pools in Maricopa... insanity! The truth: Older, grassier neighborhoods in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale are much less water-efficient than new developments in places like Queen Creek and Peoria, with their modest, xeriscaped lots. As this water-use map from the City of Phoenix illustrates, the thirstiest ‘hoods are in North-Central and Arcadia.


Danger Canyon
It doesn’t have quite the ring of “7 Wonders of the World,” but the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent “America’s Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list pricked up a few ears in Arizona. Both the Grand Canyon (uranium mining, development) and Oak Flat (copper mining) made the list. We knew about the uranium mining at the Grand Canyon, but honestly, the development stuff was a real shocker.

See if you can tell which of the following proposed “improvements” to the GC are fake, and which are real.
1. Luxury gondola that will allow up to 10,000 hike-averse visitors a day visit along the canyon floor.

2. An iPhone recharging station and 24-hour barista bar.

3. “The GC-Spot” dayclub/pool party concept from the mind of Steve Wynn.

4. Townhomes!

Not fake: 1, 4


Mugshot Couture (pictured above)
Once in a while, a Tucson arrest makes the nightly TV news in Phoenix, and it’s instantly obvious when the perp is from the Old Pueblo. Just look for the gray, monk-like smock in the mugshot.

Tucson law enforcement has made suspects wear the smock since the mid-’90s. The purpose: ease of identification. “We use the smock to give mugshots a uniform look, and that’s pretty much it,” Pima County Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ogan told the Arizona Daily Star. “Having something like that over their shoulders makes it easier to look at their faces, especially when having to look at many mugshots at once.”

We also think it lends arrestees an air of classiness and dignity – no mean feat considering many of them have face tattoos. See how some high-profile Phoenix mugshots would look with the Tucson treatment.


“It’s always a good time to invest in education. We have additional revenue, so what are we waiting for?”
Sen. Steve Farley (D-Tucson), upon news that the State of Arizona ended the 2014-2015 fiscal year with a $250 million surplus. Governor Doug Ducey favors using the surplus to pay off debt, according to sources.