Tattered American flag no longer flying at Phoenix strip mall

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The tattered American flag that was flying over a strip mall in Phoenix is gone.

The frayed flag, which was flying above the Village Centre strip mall on Dunlap Avenue near 19th avenue, got a lot of attention on Memorial Day.

It was ripped into multiple pieces and was faded. People in the neighborhood said no one was doing anything about it.

The city of Phoenix owns the property. On Tuesday, city officials said the tattered flag was taken down on Tuesday morning and will remain down for now, as the property does not have the means to raise and take down the flag every day.

"We owe an apology to the citizens of the city for having a tattered flag. That's not right," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

According to Phoenix officials, the city purchased the property in January 2010 as part of the Light Rail project.

When the city took over the property, staff noticed the flag at that time was in bad shape and had it replaced. The city also made other improvements to the property.

City officials said they are working with Grubb and Ellis, who manages day to day operations, to ensure that complaints like this are responded to immediately.