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Glendale Cellphone Ban

by Melissa Dierks

Glendale Cellphone Ban 

Glendale, Arizona is the latest Valley of the Sun community to ban the use of cellphones while driving. Last week, the city of Glendale Council voted unanimously to enact the new law. This coming directly after the tragic loss of the Salt River tribal police officer, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver on the 101 Loop near Scottsdale.

The Glendale ordinance prohibits talking on cellphones, sending text messages or otherwise using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, unless the device is in a hands-free mode. There will be an education and warning period for the next six months before the city of Glendale Police Department begin strict enforcement. First time offenders are looking at a $250 fine and it is considered a primary offense, meaning that an officer can pull you over for using a handheld device.

What are the rules in other Valley of the Sun cities?

El Mirage – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Fountain Hills – prohibits texting while driving

Glendale – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving (takes effect Feb. 7)

Phoenix – prohibits texting while driving

Surprise – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Tempe – prohibits talking on the phone or texting, but only if police can prove the drivers pose a risk to themselves or others, and it's a secondary offense

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Glendale, AZ 85308
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Midtown District Revitalization, Glendale, Arizona

by Melissa Dierks

Midtown District Revitalization, Glendale, Arizona 

Last week, a report was unveiled by the Glendale City Counsel with plans to revitalize the Midtown District.

Urban Land Institute’s study funded by a grant, focuses primarily on what is known as the Midtown District, which runs along the Glendale Avenue corridor bounded by 43rd and 51st Avenues and Myrtle Avenue and Ocotillo Road.

Midtown District revitalization recommendations include:

  • Create a one-stop, business advocacy liaison in City Hall
  • Invest in downtown with branding and beautification
  • Activate underused properties with temporary uses and pop-ups
  • Focus on smaller, signature schools
  • Encourage neighborhood-oriented schools and joint-use policies
  • Leverage state and federal housing programs
  • Support business incubators and co-working spaces
  • Facility land assembly now
  • Stabilize underlying neighborhood conditions such as perceived safety issues and blight

Although the Midtown District is ripe for revitalization it has its challenges such as low-performing schools and a lack of a consistent vision by policymakers. Another drawback is the uncertainty if light rail will come, which is keeping landowners and developers from moving forward with developing vacant lots and filling empty buildings. 

However, on the upside Glendale’s Midtown District offers a competitive rent structure, and lower rents for start-up businesses. Downtown Glendale, Arizona has a variety of strengths, historic assets and availability of city-owned land. We will be tracking the progress of the Midtown District Revitalization, so stay tuned for future updates!

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