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  1. 21 votes
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    • 21 votes
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        1 comment  ·  City-Wide  ·  Admin →
      • Turn Spook Hill Preserve into a mountain park

        Spook Hill Preserve on the NE corner of Brown and Ellsworth is the last hill property in Mesa with views of the mountains surrounding the valley, great sunset/sunrise views, and is frequently used by runners and walkers. Depressed property values make this a great time to set aside the hill for area residents.

        20 votes
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        • Refurbish existing empty retail with small indoor soccer. Ask Big League Dreams to build in Mesa!

          Indoor soccer leagues use a field 60yds by 20 yds, generate much needed revenue and Fiesta Mall area has the space.

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          • Develop along Main St. an appealing avenue of landmark neon signs from motels and stores.

            Develop an avenue of neon signs from old motels and stores along Main St. Example would be the Diving Lady Sign and other signs that might be donated or purchased.

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            • MESACO (or politically correct: "Little Mexico", Mesa style)

              South Central Mesa has developed, without any apparent planning, a “barrio” I affectionately call “Mesaco” that is growing to look and feel a lot like a city in Mexico. I believe we need to be proactive in taking advantage of this resource that has grown here and build on it.

              For example, we can foster the development of a large, planned Mexican style open air market, create a restaurant/cantina district and develop an industry zone featuring and building on our already present Mexican resources. Special events and educational opportunities can also be fostered and embraced in the district to show…

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              • Get a cafe on the MAC campus...please! Give your captive audience a reason to linger

                You have the contemporary arts gallery going to a free admission model. You have dozens of tables and chairs along the theaters (but no one is sitting at them except staffers). You have a store. You obviously want folks to stick around awhile once they get on the campus - start by offering a kiosk coffee/beverage cart and then build up to an actual cafe. Heard has one, Phx Art has one. Even TCA has "The Lounge". It's not enough to just have cafes along Main Street. The good ones are not within a close walking distance. I'd love to…

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                • Disc (frisbee) golf parks

                  Mesa needs more disc (frisbee) golf parks. It is very inexpensive to add to the parks and is a cheap, fun and family friendly exercise. Mesa has one park now on Harris, but it is becoming very crowded. It is a growing sport and would be simple and fun way to bring people to Mesa.

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                  • Forming an Industrial Space for Falcon Field

                    Within the 29.9 acres of free Mesa AZ space, the idea is to create a Class-A Industrial space, revitalize the Falcon Field park,
                    encourage the growth of businesses in the surrounding areas,
                    beautify the area, and increase the tax revenue for local businesses of the area. The holdings with the most interesting potential lie across Greenfield Road from the airport, with one group of parcels abutting McKellips Road on the north side and the other parcel abutting McKellips on the south side.

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                    • Develop Aerospace Technology Corridor at Gateway to attract major manufacturers

                      The Phoenix/Mesa gateway airport is a true diamond in the rough. It has the space, the zoning the adjacency to undeveloped land and access to a skilled and motivated technical labor force in a "right to work" state. Add to this the over 300 clear, flying days a year, relatively low cost of living and existing transportation systems, and major transport aircraft manufacturers should be anxious to come here. This develops a manufacturing base that drives other elements of the economy, and will for years to come.

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                      • Mcc 4 yr school, incorporate Fiesta mall area for size and give life backbto the area.

                        If MCC was a four year school it could expand into the festa mall area and with the additional students and their needs it would bring back businesses to the fiesta mall area.

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                        • Redeveloping Dying Strip Malls

                          Flexible zoning is needed to redevelop dying strip malls into pedestrian-friendly, high-quality, mixed-use complexes with shops, cafes and pocket parks similar to Kierland Commons (but not necessarily as expensive) and ones I have seen in France. The NE corner of Dobson & Baseline, now a wasteland of asphalt and dated buildings, could become a lakefront "downtown" for Dobson Ranch. Parking needs to be underground or under buildings.

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                            2 comments  ·  City-Wide  ·  Admin →
                          • Connect Wrigleyville to Mill Ave via a Shuttle during peak vacation season

                            People on vacation want new experiences, and the freedom to enjoy themselves without the risk of DUI, crowded parking, vehicle theft, etc..( Downtown Denver has a similar service, and it works great.)
                            During spring training here in AZ, this service would allow the Tempe/Mesa area to become a distinct entertainment destination. Together we have everything right here, for every age group!
                            ...from twenty something college crowd to 40-50 country music crowd and everything in between.

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                            • Start a Tool Library through the downtown Library

                              Many people that own homes here in Mesa can't afford to make repairs or fix up their property. Lending tools would eliminate financial barriers so people could fix their houses and improve their neighborhoods. Did you know the average power drill gets used around 15 minutes for the life of it? Tools are expensive and they are used less than 1% of the time they are owned. Here is a webinar on how to start a tool library and if you skip to 45 minutes into it, is where it talks about starting one through a government funded library.

                              http://www.newdream.org/blog/webinar-start-a-tool-library

                              15 votes
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                              • Create Fiesta Park

                                Use ideas in comments under "Fix corner of Southern and Alma School."

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                                • 14 votes
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                                  • New stipulations regarding retail projects

                                    I am putting this in the Riverview section because it is clearly a problem that Riverview has highlighted.

                                    It is not beneficial for the City of Mesa to move retail outlets from a struggling location in the city (Downtown, Fiesta) into an area which has received, and will receive, hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment. Several storefronts now sit empty because storeowners moved to Riverview and away from Fiesta or Downtown.

                                    Future public expenditures should clearly spell out in the contract the amount of retail ventures which can relocate from other areas of the city. It…

                                    14 votes
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                                    • Public Open Space and Natural Areas

                                      The city owns a few pieces of property in northeast Mesa that are supposed to turn into parks some day. Why can't they be opened now as natural areas with trails? Maybe sometime in the future, they can build an environmental education center to teach people more about the desert environment.

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                                        At the corner of McKellips and Ellsworth Roads is a beautiful 58-acre parcel of native desert uplands owned by the City of Mesa. Zaharis Elementary School is in the northwest corner of the property. The proposed design takes full advantage of the site’s landscape with a passive park focusing on experiencing the native desert. An existing desert arroyo will be enhanced to develop an interpretive educational experience. There will be a looped trail system and an outdoor desert classroom for environmental education. Additional improvements include site access, trails and interpretative signage, shaded picnic ramadas and gathering spaces and parking. The southern portion of the property is planned for a future Maricopa County Flood Control storm water retention area as outlined in the Spook Hill Area Drainage Master Plan. http://www.mesaaz.gov/engineering/Projects/McKellipsEllsworthPark/McKellipsEllsworthPark.aspx

                                      • Offer cactus league stadiums to Japanese teams post earthquake and tsunami

                                        Bring the Sendai Golden Eagles and any other teams in Japan who's stadiums have been destroyed to play in the United States next month when the Japanese season starts. Use the proceeds to help Japan.

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                                        • 13 votes
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