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Brittain Davis inside City Limits December 10, 2017, 8:31 PM

I like this idea. I have one comment and one question. The comment is that I think the theme should be "One day I will...". The question is where it will be located.

Janice Sgambelluri inside City Limits December 8, 2017, 8:42 PM

No, I do not favor a project like this. Plus you don't say where it would go. I can't attend the meeting, but I find this depressing, unattractive, and not in keeping with the inspirational art we have around the city at present.

Dennis Roberts inside City Limits December 8, 2017, 3:15 PM

I do not consider this public art. Based on the example shown it looks more like graffiti and is not in character with Flagstaff.

Name not shown inside City Limits December 8, 2017, 10:21 AM

Have you heard about the Rio de Flag? If so, in what context?
I've heard about it


How close to the Rio de Flag do you live?
Farther from it


Which of these places have you visited along the Rio de Flag? (check all green boxes that apply)
Leroux Springs, Frances Short Pond, Rio de Flag Downtown, I-40 Wetlands, Picture Canyon


How often do you do the following activities at or along the Rio de Flag?



Other (describe here):
Research and science outreach. It is a great resource for teaching and doing hands-on science with students of all ages.


How much does the Flagstaff community benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A lot


How much do you and your family benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A lot


What do you like about the Rio de Flag?
It's our river. It connects the town and gives us an amenity -- a greenbelt all through town., It is quirky -- not like other rivers (it disappears in places and reappears in others). Quirky like Flagstaff., It goes through downtown and therefore has enormous potential to be a public amenity and economic boost for downtown businesses -- if it is properly managed., It is reliable and enjoyable open space in the heart of our city, when so much other open space seems to be getting gobbled up by development., A bike/walking corridor -- a way to get around town without having to sit in traffic and dodge crazy drivers.


What do you dislike about the Rio de Flag?
It poses flooding risks to some neighborhoods., I don't like how under appreciated it is by city officials and by the public in general.


Imagine you are in charge of the Rio de Flag and the following tasks are being considered. Please rate their level of priority (1st-8th).
Preserve natural areas and restore wildlife/fish habitat, Maintain existing stream channels (cleanup trash, restore vegetation, control weeds, etc.), Enhance projects that replenish our groundwater aquifers, Preserve open channels where they occur, Implement new flood control projects to reduce or eliminate local flooding, Further develop educational opportunities, Further develop volunteer and stewardship opportunities, Further develop trails, benches, trash bins, or areas to rest and recreate


Please share any additional comments about the Rio de Flag:
The interactive map on the previous page did not work for me. After selecting 'rec' or 'imp', when I clicked on the map, there was no 'pin' placed there.

The rio de flag should be improved in the downtown area. There is an enormous opportunity here for the City to simultaneously solve the flooding issue and also restore a natural river channel through the downtown area (i.e., along the south side of the railroad tracks). Some portion of the reclaimed water that is currently dedicated to in-stream flows could be rerouted so that this section of the river had flowing water, riparian vegetation (i.e., cottonwoods, sycamores, riparian trees, etc.), birds, and yes, maybe even the occasional raccoon, coati, or coyote drifting through at night. Doing this in a smart way could route water away from Southside homes and return it to the Rio's original channel along the tracks. With smart planning in the downtown area and further upstream in the watershed, this could be done in a way that would accommodate the high flows predicted to threaten this area under FEMA guidelines, WITHOUT burying the river in some kind of over-engineered culvert or 'composite channel'. This is simple hydrology and there are oodles of green-minded consultants out there who can help us make a solid plan for a safe, aboveground Rio. Piping our river into concrete oblivion is not the answer and moves us in the opposite direction of so many other communities around the USA that in the last ten years are realizing they actually get more gains by freeing their rivers from concrete channels and promoting natural processes of infiltration throughout the watershed. Imagine a perfect July evening in Flagstaff, sitting on an expanded patio of the Lumberyard, or Altitudes, under the shade and rustling leaves of a cottonwood, overlooking the flowing Rio de Flag below you while you enjoy a locally brewed beer and the company of good friends. The full moon rises to the east. You notice the flurry of birdsongs as the riparian birds settle in for the night. Maybe the occasional passing train on the other side of the Rio isn't quite so gratingly loud and annoying. Maybe, after dinner -- after beer number two or three -- you are lucky enough to spot a fox slinking along the channel under cover of darkness. These are not far-fetched, idle dreams. This is all within our reach. And this is all something that could make downtown Flagstaff truly greater than it already is. We just need to marshall the will and commitment from our elected leaders to make it happen. To see it through. To protect our neighbors from destructive floods by cultivating a solution and an amenity that sits hiding right under our own noses. If the river is buried in a tomb of concrete, we won't get another chance -- not within our lifetimes, anyway.


We will host public meeting in the future where you can learn more about and participate in watershed planning. Please indicate below your availability for a public meeting:
Weekdays (evenings)

Name not shown inside City Limits December 8, 2017, 9:33 AM

I'm skeptical. This seems like a pretty generic installation that could be expensive, easily abused to become offensive, and pretty much pointless. How does this provide a net benefit to Flagstaff? There are many existing public art installations that are unequivocally positive, (e.g., the mosaics on the Thorpe bridge over the Rio de Flag near Marshall Elementary, the various murals around town like on the south wall of the Lumberyard, on the east wall of the Orpheum, and the newly unveiled mural at Bushmaster park). What about musical / sound installations like those in Sedona? Those seem much more enjoyable and have less potential for abuse than a graffiti board that advances a wholly self-centered message: "what do I want". Is that really the message we want to promote to our children instead of thinking about others, about our community as a whole, and about those less fortunate than us? It just seems like an expensive exercise in self-indulgence and lord knows there's already plenty of that in our world -- I don't see the need to spend public funds on more of that.

Name not shown inside City Limits December 8, 2017, 5:35 AM

Have you heard about the Rio de Flag? If so, in what context?
I live near it


How close to the Rio de Flag do you live?
Within a block from it


Which of these places have you visited along the Rio de Flag? (check all green boxes that apply)
Frances Short Pond, Rio de Flag Downtown


How often do you do the following activities at or along the Rio de Flag?



How much does the Flagstaff community benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A lot


How much do you and your family benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A lot


What do you like about the Rio de Flag?
It's nice to have occasional water running!, I see deer regularly come from the Rio/FUTS near my home.


What do you dislike about the Rio de Flag?
Overgrown with vegetation


Imagine you are in charge of the Rio de Flag and the following tasks are being considered. Please rate their level of priority (1st-8th).
Maintain existing stream channels (cleanup trash, restore vegetation, control weeds, etc.), Preserve natural areas and restore wildlife/fish habitat, Enhance projects that replenish our groundwater aquifers, Implement new flood control projects to reduce or eliminate local flooding, Further develop educational opportunities, Preserve open channels where they occur, Further develop volunteer and stewardship opportunities, Further develop trails, benches, trash bins, or areas to rest and recreate


In this question, you can mark a map with AS MANY POINTS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO show:

1) where you recreate or use space along the Rio de Flag and tributaries, and;
2) where improvements or enhancements to the Rio de Flag and tributaries are needed.
Pin at 35.212169, -111.652851 (run, walk, bike, walk dogs)


We will host public meeting in the future where you can learn more about and participate in watershed planning. Please indicate below your availability for a public meeting:
Weekdays (mornings)

Susan Holiday inside City Limits December 7, 2017, 7:13 PM

Sounds like a neat idea. Don't know if I would call it art, though.

Name not shown outside City Limits December 7, 2017, 2:51 PM

Have you heard about the Rio de Flag? If so, in what context?
I live near it


How close to the Rio de Flag do you live?
Farther from it


Which of these places have you visited along the Rio de Flag? (check all green boxes that apply)
Frances Short Pond, Rio de Flag Downtown, Picture Canyon


How often do you do the following activities at or along the Rio de Flag?



How much does the Flagstaff community benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A lot


How much do you and your family benefit from the Rio de Flag?
A little


What do you like about the Rio de Flag?
Picture Canyon


What do you dislike about the Rio de Flag?
flood risk


Imagine you are in charge of the Rio de Flag and the following tasks are being considered. Please rate their level of priority (1st-8th).
Implement new flood control projects to reduce or eliminate local flooding, Preserve natural areas and restore wildlife/fish habitat, Further develop trails, benches, trash bins, or areas to rest and recreate, Preserve open channels where they occur

Name not shown outside City Limits December 7, 2017, 12:43 PM

No. When there are parts of Flagstaff lacking sidewalks, or have ones so broken they look like gravel, then city spending on something like this is completely frivolous. This seems just like the Aspen/Leroux mural: something unoriginal and wasteful hoisted on the community to attract tourists. A few weeks or a month after this goes up it'll be in disuse and people will use it for ads and political messages. Absolutely shameful that the city planning dept believes THIS is the kind of work our city needs, while Milton sits unchanged, traffic gets worse, and housing gets more expensive.

Name not shown inside City Limits December 7, 2017, 12:22 PM

No. The concept would be fine for a temporary 'graffiti' wall either as an experiment or a longer term with changing topics, but not as a permanent piece of public art. I prefer scenes, designs like the Orpheum wall, and other sculpture and structural type art. Statements are neither representative of a larger sentiment, may be selective, and a snap shot. A snap shot is useful for recording changing times in a book, but not as public art. Suppose we had such public art created during the Vietnam War or some other historically significant time, would it require another follow up wall 20 years later?
Petroglyphs are a different story.