Category Archives: Urban Vitality

Comment on proposed RFP for Evans Churchill empty lot by Aug. 25

10474266_863306597015550_1961120106507572101_nThe City of Phoenix is seeking community feedback on what residents, business owners, and other interested persons would like to see happen on and around the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Portland in the Evans Churchill and Roosevelt Row neighborhood. See photo below. The reason: the City wishes to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the parcel that now stands empty.

The City welcomes your ideas on what uses are needed at the individual parcel and neighborhood? What uses should be discouraged? What other issues should be addressed in the RFP or the evaluation criteria to help prioritize.

There are several ways to provide your comments: (1) add a note to this Facebook post or (2) send an email to The Evans Churchill Community Association board of directors will then compile the responses and present to City of Phoenix employees working on this project. It would be great if you could send us your thoughts by close of business, Monday, August 25.

You will also have the opportunity to comment on the proposed RFP when it is first presented to the Phoenix City Council Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment Subcommittee on Wednesday, September 3, at Phoenix City Hall. This meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Arizona State Fair, Oct. 10 – Nov. 2


For tickets and more information about this year’s State Fair, visit

Roosevelt Streetscape Construction Progress


Wednesday Wind Up, Aug. 27


Chile Pepper Festival, Sept. 27


Radiate PHX, Aug. 26


TEDx EvansChurchill: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen, Aug. 28


What do a tobacco smoked cocktail, vegetables growing under the shade of city buildings, mind-expanding edible, and the newest craze in printing all have in common? These are just some of the topics you can be enlightened on during TEDx Evans Churchill, August 28, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“Can’t Stand the Heat, Get out of the Kitchen,” the theme of this TEDxEvansChurchill, is meant to be a statement, not a question. This year’s event brings chefs, bartenders, food growers, scientists, artists, and restaurateurs out of their kitchens and onto the stage to talk about the things that get them, and the audience, excited in the world of food and beverages.

TEDxEvansChurchill, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Downtown Phoenix, Inc., will feature 8-plus speakers who will share inspiring and thought-provoking insights. Presenters include Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails‘ Stephanie Teslar, Brat HausPayton Curry, Short Leash Hot Dogs‘ Brad Moore, and local beer cicerone among others.

Following the talks will be “FED after TED,” an after party where guests can mingle to discuss the evening’s ideas, meet the speakers, and enjoy beer samples paired with small plates from downtown restaurants including Marsdens, Cafe at Phoenix Public Market, Kincaid’s Phoenix, and more.

Click here for tickets.

Seed Spot deadline for Venture Class #4 is Aug. 15


No July DVC Steering Committee Meeting; we’ll see you in August…

The Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee will not be meeting on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Summer vacations and travel plans are making an impact. But because you are downtowners through and through, we suggest the following alternatives to our normal second Saturday of every month extravaganza:

Help Plan Downtown Voices’ 10th Year Anniversary Events

This year is the 10th anniversary of Downtown Voices Coalition. The report, “Downtown Voices: Creating a Sustainable Downtown,” was published in August of 2004, and remains a good read to this day: Our Steering Committee is planning a series of art, education, and community events in the fall and winter to recognize the work and continuing mission of the organization. If you are interested in serving on a planning committee, send us an email and we will be in touch:

Drop by the DTPHX Engagement Lab

More and more, downtown Phoenix is all about collaboration and creative energy and one new place where that is evident is the new DTPHX Engagement Lab at Arizona Center. Downtown Phoenix, Inc.’s new storefront space activation, located at 455 N. 3rd St., #1210, is hard to miss with its bright colored chairs, craft paper, stencils, and downtowners hard at work building the city they want.

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., DTPHX Engagement Lab is a partnership between DPI and Arizona Center designed to connect a wide variety of city users – residents, employees, tourists, conventioneers, and students – to the downtown experience. From art and co-working to community building and idea-sharing, DTPHX Engagement Lab will be an important tool to help continue to shape our downtown. Stop by and say hello, or if you’d like to reserve the space as a venue for your meeting or workshop, email R.J. Price or call 602-697-9508.

Attend a City of Phoenix Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance Enhancement Meeting

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department is hosting meetings to discuss enhancements to the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance. You are encouraged to attend to learn more about your neighborhood preservation ordinance and provide input:

  • July 10, 2014 ~ Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 East Devonshire Avenue, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 15, 2014 ~ Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., 6 – 8 p.m. (SPANISH LANGUAGE SESSION)
  • July 17, 2014 ~ Maryvale Community Center, 4420 N. 51st Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • July 24, 2014 ~ Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.

For further information or reasonable accommodations, contact Lina Cruz, Neighborhood Preservation Management Assistant II, NSD at 602-495-7250 or

Take the Off-Street Bicycle Pathways Survey

The Phoenix Metro area has nearly 900 miles of off-street bicycle paths, including paved paths along the urban canal system and as part of stormwater facilities, as well as natural paths through the mountain preserves. People use this network everyday to connect with different areas of the Valley. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is working with a nationally-recognized planning and branding consulting team, Alta/MERJE, to develop a system identity for the off-street bicycle network and provide directional information for bicyclists.

Over 160 people responded to our first survey with suggestions for a potential identity. This second survey is to identify the type of directional information people need before their trip and while on the off-street bicycle network. Click here to take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Survey deadline is July 31, 2014.

Are You Active with an Education, Youth Health, or Wellness Nonprofit?

If you are involved in a local nonprofit that focuses on education, youth health, or wellness, consider applying for a grant sponsored by the National Football League and Super Bowl XLIX. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX in partnership with the NFL Foundation to distribute more than $2 million to Arizona nonprofits leading up to the February 1, 2015 game. With the launch of the “In the Community” web page, local nonprofits are encouraged to visit the site to learn about the Host Committee’s giving mission and focus areas. The application will be available online until July 11, 2014.

Infill & Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix, June 26



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