Neighborhood Newsletter from the City

The city has an archive of neighborhood oriented newsletters available for reading or download.

Book Club

Join the neighborhood bookworms for fun and intellectual stimulation every month.


A newsletter from the Maryvale CAO is available on the Blockwatch page...

Here is a pdf of the law concerning door-to-door solicitors

Historic Preservation

Dave Stanton's second very informative article on historic preservation

Property Tax Reduction Program

One of the benefits os living in a historic district is the property tax reduction. Learn more here.

Alley Lights available from APS

APS has an inexpensive program to install lights in the alleys. More info.

Just for Fun!

Long-time neighbor Patricia Wakefield reminds us of when the circus animals paraded up 15th Avenue on their way to the Coliseum for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Sustainability and Historic Preservation

An article by our Prez about the above

Animal Shelters

Check out our animal shelter page for info on adoptions. Sonoran Tails Magazine also maintains a listing. You might also try this listing on Historic Phoenix's website.

The Story neighborhood is one of Phoenix's first historic districts. Its 602 homes date from the late 1920s and span a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish Colonial Revival, English Tudor, Craftsman bungalows and transitional ranch. Homes are listed on both the federal and state registers of historic places. The neighborhood is bounded by McDowell Road, Roosevelt Street, Seventh Avenue and Grand Avenue. It is governed by the Story Preservation Association, a non-profit group consisting of Story residents. The association was started in 1984.

Neighbors enjoy proximity to downtown with Chase Field ballpark close by, as well as Symphony Hall and other cultural venues, restaurants and art galleries, and the ability to hop on the light rail for trips to Tempe and Mesa.

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Neighborhood updates

Phoenix College Fine and Performing Arts

PC has a great lineup of events for spring. Visit the Events page or download the calendar and a poster (pdf) for an upcoming orchestra production of La Vie Boheme. While the large Bulpitt auditorium is being renovated the concerts will be held in the John Paul Theatre.
Parking is available in the North parking lot on 11th Ave between Thomas and Flower and at the West parking lot on Thomas between 11th Ave. and 15th Ave.

Community garden to spring up on Grand Ave.

The following story was sent in by Darcy McGrane:
GAMA (Grand Avenue Merchants Association) is starting up a community Garden at 1114 Grand Ave. and we will need volunteers and resources. If anyone can help out or donate garden items please let me know!
Like us on Facebook: GRAND AVENUE COMMUNITY GARDEN to stay in touch with volunteer days. We hope to have 4' X 8' plots to rent and public plots for those to volunteer in so food can be distributed directly to the poor neighbors. We need people to form a committee as well as volunteers and donations.

Steering Committee Nominations

If you'd like to help in governing the neighborhood, run for a steering committee office. See the news page for the official rules for gettng on the ballot, or contact Cheryl for more info. Download a sample biographical document here

Best Neighborhood

New Times editorial staff named FQ Story "Best Neighborhood" this year.

5 Mistakes of Historic Homeowners

Check out this blog for common mistakes made by historic homeowners in rehabbing their houses: http://thecraftsmanblog.com/5-worst-mistakes-of-historic-homeowners-part-1-windows/

Entry Monuments

We have some photos of the construction and the dedication ceremony on October 5.

Agenda for the next SPA meeting

Recent SPA Minutes

Download a copy (pdf) of the minutes of recent Steering Committee meetings

Visual Award Winners Past and Present

We have added a gallery of photos of Visual Award winners - Past and Present. Check it out.

1940 Census Info

Neighbor Matt Hinrichs has done some reserch using the 1940 census records. You can access his blog at http://www.scrubbles.net/2012/06/16/a-peek-into-1940/
for more information.



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Click on the pic above to register your pet, or find out about lost and found pets; spay and neuter, etc. here

Restaurant Reviews

From time to time we'll be reviewing local restaurants (by story residents) and posting them here. Just go to the Events and Entertainment page to read them. If you'd like to post a review, send your review to the webmaster.

We now have a page devoted to local advertisers that you may wish to patronize

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Links to lots of public records