🌱 Phoenix 12th Most Neighborly City + New Fire Chief Appointed

Hey, Phoenix! Here's everything you need to know to get this Tuesday started off right.

First, today's weather:

Rather cloudy. High: 71 Low: 48.

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Here are the top stories in Phoenix today:

  1. A recent survey ranked Phoenix as the 12th most neighborly city in the United States. The high rating was attributed to high rates of neighbor satisfaction and community involvement. Though many Phoenix residents are satisfied with their neighborhood, over half of those surveyed said they planned to move in the near future, with 30% citing cost of living concerns. (AZ Big Media)

  2. Michael Duran has been selected as the new Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department, taking over the position upon the retirement of Chief Kara Kalkbrenner on Feb. 22. Duran has spent 27 years with the Phoenix Fire Department and currently works as an Assistant Chief, supervising the Medical and Support Service Division. (Signals AZ)

  3. Students at Arizona State University Preparatory Academy are creating an air filtration system to keep kids in schools and COVID-19 out. The filtration system, which removes about 85% of the viral load, was put together by the school's COVID-19 Case Investigation Community Response team. The goal of the project is to get the prototype filters into more classrooms across the state. (FOX 10 News Phoenix)

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Today in Phoenix:

  • Social Security Seminar - Red Mountain Multigenerational Center (11:00 AM)

  • 5K Community Virtual Fun Run (Feb. 1-8) - Virtual Event; Throughout Phoenix (All Day)

From my notebook:

  • Looking for your next brunch spot in downtown Phoenix? From an upscale Mexican restaurant with a DJ to a hidden gem in a hotel, there’s a little something for everyone here. (Facebook)

  • The City of Phoenix encourages residents to check out the myPHX311 mobile app, where they can file permits, report potholes, and more. (Facebook)

  • The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is calling all artists to check out Creative Capital's list of residencies, fellowships, and other opportunities for February and March 2022. (Facebook)

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Nicole Fallon-Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

This article originally appeared on the Phoenix Patch