Should Phoenix exist? What a dangerous question. I love it.
Zócalo Public Square and the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions launch a community conversation with the “Should Phoenix Exist?” prompt. The event June 2 at the Heard Museum features former Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard and New York University professor Andrew Needham, author of “Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest” and Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at the ASU Morrison Institute.
“Jennifer has always been fair and thought-provoking during interviews. She asks the right questions about issues critical to moving communities and organizations forward. Her work on The Arizona Republic editorial board proved she is a gifted writer and editor.”
Marie Lopez Rogers
former mayor of Avondale, past president of the National League of Cities and former member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
“Make it snappy” takes on new meaning when writing “Quick Hits,” brief comments by Arizona Republic editorial board members featured at the top of the Opinions page. You must reach a point quickly and it has to pop.
Here is a sample of what I said in 2014.
“I had the privilege of working with Jennifer Dokes for 28 years at The Arizona Republic. In my role as vice president of community relations, it was a joy to work with Jennifer on community issues and initiatives, from child abuse and domestic violence to drowning prevention and civic engagement. She has the very unique ability to take in an inordinate amount of information, process it through an objective lens and clearly articulate the real story.”
President and CEO, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Grand Avenue (U.S. 60 on the map) has challenges and potential so large it shouldn’t be ignored. It deserves more attention than it gets and probably more public resources than are available. A recent Republic article describes its current condition. An editorial I wrote in 2012 (below) has some of the hopeful attitude I still hold for it today.