Help Casa Grande Light Up the Night

Casa Grande | Courtesy of National Geographic

The Arizona city of Casa Grande is competing for a share of $2 million in historic-preservation funding — and your vote can help the city get it.

Vote Your Main Street — a collaboration between National Geographic, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation — features 25 American cities hoping to improve their historic sites. Until the end of October, visitors to the Vote Your Main Street page can vote for which project should receive a share of the funds, which are being provided by American Express.

Casa Grande is the only Arizona city on the list. It proposes to create a new "Vintage Neon Sign Park" to link the business and arts districts in the city. "The park will serve as a vibrant downtown destination while also building grassroots support for historic preservation," the proposal reads.

As of this writing, Casa Grande was fifth in votes, behind proposals for Birmingham, Alabama; West Hollywood, California; Cincinnati; and Valley Junction, Iowa. But surely Arizona Highways' loyal readers can help Casa Grande move up on the list.

Those who vote will also have a chance to enter to win a trip to Los Angeles, New York or Miami from National Geographic.

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Last Chance: Enter Our Student Photo Contest by Friday

Dreo Polonski, 16, entered this image, "Escape," in the Adventures in Nature Photography Contest.

The deadline to enter our student nature photography contest, co-sponsored with The Nature Conservancy and Cox Communications, is almost here.

The Adventures in Nature Photography Contest features $10,000 in cash prizes, including $5,000 for first place. Additionally, the top three winners will receive a workshop from Arizona Highways Photo Workshops. It's open to amateur student photographers ages 13 to 18 (with their parents' permission).

The focus of the contest is nature. From the official rules: "Subject matter may include people out in nature, plants, animals, landscapes, etc. Buildings, man-made architecture and other human-built products should not be the main subject matter in photo submissions."

The deadline to enter is Friday, April 15, at midnight Arizona time. So, what are you waiting for? Visit the contest page and add your entry!

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