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


Phoenix Public Market Cafe One-Year Anniversary, June 18


Agenda: 14 June 2014

dvc new logoHere is the agenda for our 14 June 2014 meeting. We are underway at 9:30am on Saturday morning at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N 6 Avenue, in downtown Phoenix:

I. Call to Order and Introductions

II. Approval of the Minutes and Officers’ Reports – for information and action

  • Approval of the Minutes from 12 April 2014
  • Treasurer’s Report

III. Guest Speakers – for information only, no more than 25 minutes each, please

  • Central Station New Development – Scott Sumners
  • Street Improvements on 3 and 5 Streets – Marcus Hunter / Ray Dovalina

IV. DVC Officers’ Nominating Committeefor discussion and action

V. Downtown Issue Updates – for information only, no more than 5 minutes per item

  • Downtown Phoenix, Inc., updates
  • Creation of “Central Arts District” in Midtown
  • ASU / UA campus expansions
  • Status of Roosevelt Row / Evans Churchill EMSD
  • Phoenix Police Department New Precinct Boundaries

VI. Old Business – for information, discussion, and possible action

  • DVC 10th Anniversary Events

VII. New Business – for discussion and possible action

  • Hance Park Conservancy Membership Dues
  • ASU Washington Fellows Initiative
  • City of Phoenix Pension Reform Initiative

VIII. Open Floor for information and discussion only, 2 minutes each, please!

Agenda items for future DVC meetings will be collected here.

IX. Adjournment

Next Meeting: Saturday 12 July 2014, 9:30am, Roosevelt Commons

DVC anniversary event moved to fall 2014

event postponed DVC

Dear friends and supporters of Downtown Voices Coalition:

DVC had issues with trying to secure a date with our most interested venue for our 10th Anniversary Celebration and as the dates continued to conflict, our Steering Committee decided to postpone until Fall 2014.

Expect news over the summer as we get our event better planned and decide on the perfect place and date. Thanks for signing up, and we’ll keep you informed via the usual email list for more information. Our May meeting is still cancelled but we will have our next General Meeting Saturday, June 14.

Finally, please continue to send your pictures of DVC events and activities over the past decade to! These can include any pictures you have from DVC events or DVC’s participation at other events; downtown buildings that have been saved, rehabilitated, or lost; and the things you love or don’t love about downtown Phoenix.

Thanks for all you do for downtown Phoenix,


Edward C.H. Jensen
Secretary, Steering Committee
on behalf of the DVC Steering Committee

May meeting cancelled

just say no to meetings

You heard that right: DVC is taking a well-earned month off from meeting, so you’ll have to find other great ways to spend Saturday, May 10. But we have confidence in you.

See you all next month, on Saturday, June 14. We’ll be well rested, so come on out with your hardest questions!

Enjoy May!

The Holiness Project comes to the Ice House

The Holiness Project at the Ice House 05-03-14

Multimedia performance event The Holiness arrives at The Ice House on May 3, 2014.

The Holiness Project will be presented at The Icehouse Phoenix located at 429 W Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003 on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:00 to 9:30pm with reception immediately following. Featuring performances from local artists Taran Emmert, Patrick Michael Finn, Jake Friedman and Four Chambers Press, Heather Lee Harper, Keith Kelly, Jeanette LeBlanc, Akiva Yael, Ashley Oakley, John Elliott Oyzon, Erin Schaad, Chris Danowski, Melissa Tramuta, Jane Ysadora, and Cassandra Wallick; with visual art from Joshua T. Ruth, Jillian Sinclair, Chanelle Sinclair, and Indiana Nelson. Cuisine by 24 Carrots.

The Holiness Project is a multimedia performance event and art show exploring the intersection of the sacred and the mundane. What does holiness mean on the most personal level? What happens when the ordinary objects of our bodies, lives, minds and hearts cross paths with something greater? The Holiness Project explores these questions in an immersive/interactive evening of film, dance, performance art, poetry, music, and kirtan.

Doors at 6:30. Performance promptly at 7:00pm. Admission is $11, no one turned away. For more information, contact Jane Ysadora at

You can follow the Project’s event and even Join on Facebook. And yes, there’s even an informative website!

Agenda: April 12, 2014

dvc new logoThe following is our Meeting Agenda for our 12 April 2014 meeting. We are underway on Saturday morning at 9:30am at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N 6th Avenue, in downtown Phoenix:


• Approval of the Minutes from 8 March 2014
• Treasurer’s Report

III. GUEST SPEAKERS – for information only, no more than 20 minutes each, please
• Ballpark Apartments – Lee Novak / Vince Scarano
• Roosevelt Row EMSD Proposal – Greg Esser / Kevin Rille

IV. DOWNTOWN ISSUE UPDATES – for information only, no more than 5 minutes per item
• Recap of “enHANCE Community Celebration” at Hance Park
• Recap of Reinvent PHX Midtown charrette
• Downtown Phoenix, Inc., update
• City of Phoenix FY2014-15 Budget Process

V. OLD BUSINESS – for information and discussion
• DVC 10th Anniversary Events

VI. NEW BUSINESS – for discussion and possible action
• Change of Venue for DVC Monthly Meetings

VII. OPEN FLOOR – for information and discussion only, 2 minutes each, please!


Agenda: March 8, 2014

dvc new logoThe following is our Meeting Agenda for our 8 March 2014 meeting. We are underway at 9:30am at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N 6th Avenue in downtown Phoenix:


II. GUEST SPEAKERS for information only, no more than 20 minutes each, please
• Downtown Transportation Plan Recommendations – Mark Melnychenko
• Phoenix General Plan Updates (MyPlanPHX) – Craig Mavis / Joshua Bednarek

• Approval of the Minutes from 8 February 2014
• Treasurer’s Report

IV. DOWNTOWN ISSUE UPDATESfor information only, no more than 7 minutes per item
• Hance Park updates
• Downtown Phoenix, Inc. update
• Grand Avenue news and updates
• Art d’Core Gala

V. OLD BUSINESS for information and discussion
• DVC Statement and Letter re SB1062
• DVC 10th Anniversary Events

VI. NEW BUSINESS – for discussion and possible action
• Inquiry from Davarian Baldwin
• Registration of DVC as a Registered Neighborhood

VII. OPEN FLOORfor information and discussion only, 2 minutes each, please!

VIII. ADJOURNMENTthis weekend: Art Detour 26! Information:


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