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If you've come to Phoenix, as so many have, from other big cities around the country, you've probably noticed a big difference between Arizona's capital city and your hometown.

I'm not simply talking about February temperatures and the absence of emergency calls from people who are snowed in. I'm just proudly reflecting on how different our public art is from most cities.

Here, most freeways are decorated with symbols of the Southwest. Almost everywhere else, public highways, public transportation vehicles and often entire neighborhoods are covered with graffiti.

Those taggers are virtually free to "express" themselves at the expense of a community. But not here.

Ever since City Hall and local broadcasters made it an important cause several years ago, metro Phoenix has been a remarkably clean population center. Graffiti busters remove it for free and there is a graffiti hotline, 602-495-7014. Because of these programs, the Valley can proudly quote that song, "I Feel Pretty."

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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