organize vs. freeway alignment
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 4, 2006 12:00 AM
About once a week, a group of Laveen moms gathers
in the shade of a newly built gazebo while their children play on a nearby
Lately, those informal play dates have taken on a political tone, as the group
figures out how to mobilize against a potential threat to their community: the
proposed 71st Avenue alignment of the South Mountain Freeway.
Their neighborhood, a Centex Homes development called Trailside Point, off 67th
Avenue and Baseline Road, is so new that many homes still have dirt instead of
The proposed extension along 71st Avenue would
cut through the western portion of the 1,600-home planned community.
The group has arranged a meeting with the Arizona Department of Transportation
on Thursday at the home of one of its members, Stephanie Farrington. For
information, e-mail her at email@example.com.
The South Mountain Citizens Advisory Team is to choose its preferred western
alignment March 30, a decision that could affect Tolleson and, to a lesser