So this post
over at Vanishing Phoenix got me thinking with less than a year to go we ought to have a Centennial Thread. If there's a Centennial Project you're involved in or just think is neat, post about it here.
Perhaps the one that is most pertinent to urbanism and the sorts of things we discuss here frequently is the Centennial Way
project. I was aware of the project but hadn't seen the website until today, I was expecting to be disappointed but came away rather impressed.
Each of AZ's 15 County's will have one of these informative displays along Centennial Way. I really like the built in shade structures that can also (and hopefully will) house solar panels.
They're also planning on having large shade displays on various topics. This one is on Arizona's famous Canyons.
Here's a rendering of it in place with more tree's and such. I do find one thing about this picture to be troublesome and its the ugly rock in the planter strip. I hope we can be a bit more creative than that and plant grass or colored lantana's and various desert flora.
An overview picture.
Another project I think is a very neat one is the Arizona CENTennial Penny Drive.
Which is encouraging AZ kids to save penny's to help shine the beautiful Copper dome. Hopefully more schools will get involved with this as from what I can tell the response hasn't been great.
Anyway Arizona 100
has lists of projects, festivals, events, etc that are upcoming as part of the Centennial if you want to check any of it out.