issues facing Dist. 7
Oct. 14, 2005 12:00 AM
hard to imagine that nearly 10 years have passed since I started serving the
community as the District 7 councilman. It's been an honor to work with so many
people on hundreds of important issues over the past decade.
Phoenix's District 7 is extraordinarily diverse. Geographically, we cover all
the way from parts of downtown west to the Avondale border and from South
Mountain to north of Interstate 10. That includes seven Phoenix villages and 17
We represent people from many income levels, people of all colors and people who
speak dozens of languages. We work hard to get out to all parts of the
community. Four of my District 7 staff members speak fluent Spanish, which helps
us communicate with many constituents. The diversity of the area gives District
7 a special nature and working with the 170,000 residents in this community is a
job we love.
is much work still to be done in my final two years in office. Here are some
• Affordable housing. As
chairman of the housing, neighborhoods and historic preservation subcommittee, I
am working to highlight the critical nature of affordable housing in communities
across the city. When people can buy their own home, it gives their families and
neighborhoods stability. The new Hope VI development just south of downtown is
an example of a wonderful, creative housing solution.
• Homelessness. The summer
heat and recent help that Phoenix gave Hurricane Katrina evacuees are dramatic
examples of the need for better facilities to help the homeless and others in
need. One solution I have been working on is to renovate the city's Watkins
emergency overflow shelter so that it can be opened all year round, instead of
just in the winter.
• West Phoenix revitalization. I
am working with city staff and Councilmen Claude Mattox, Tom Simplot and Dave
Siebert on a major plan to update and provide new services for west Phoenix. The
City Council has approved $1 million and some of the improvements are under way.
Many more will follow if voters pass the 2006 bond.
I am also pushing to locate the future South Mountain Freeway on an alignment
that will benefit the Laveen, Estrella and Maryvale villages, with an exit at
59th Avenue. That is part of balancing the area's lifestyle with major growth.
Our city's downtown is another critical issue. Revitalizing the urban core helps
all of Phoenix.
Thanks to all of you who have worked with us throughout the past 10 years. We
appreciate your support, patience and opinions - even when we do not necessarily
agree. Please call or e-mail anytime. Together we are making Phoenix, especially
District 7, a better place to live, work and play.
Councilman Doug Lingner represents District 7.
Reach his office at email@example.com or (602) 262-7492.