Daily Archives: February 22, 2008
[Source: Catrina Knoebl, Urban Affair and Roosevelt District resident] — As many of you may know, I fell in love with downtown Phoenix at first sight. Since then we have had an off-and-on again (Urban) Affair, but my initial infatuation has turned to real love, and this was due to one particular development: the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. The Market is nothing less than a joyous celebration of the human spirit. It is a place of enterprise, hard work, and perseverance. I can’t claim the line, but if downtown is the heart of the Valley, the Market is certainly the soul.
More literally, it is a collection of farmers, chefs, and artists who bring forth a collection of products unlike any other in the Valley. Thousands of people come to a previously empty lot on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings to visit and get their fill of fresh produce, meals, gifts and other yummy treats. The imagery this conjures up is special, and one we don’t necessarily connect with our City of Phoenix. But now we can. The Market is celebrating its third anniversary this weekend, and while we celebrate we also gear up for the next phase: a local foods grocery store! This summer, our downtown will have its very own neighborhood market, at 14 E. Pierce Street, next door to the outdoor Market. It will be open six days a week and offer a mix of local products we won’t find anywhere else, plus ready-to-eat meals, cheese, coffee, and wine.
So this is why I write you today. There are three activities I ask you to participate in over the next week:
Attend the anniversary tomorrow, Saturday 2/23 @ 9 a.m. We will have a short program, followed by the very first open house of the new store space. It is a GREAT building and I’m sure it will capture your imagination as we think about the Store to come. The Market is located at Central and McKinley, two blocks south of Roosevelt. Parking is free and readily available.
Attend Ignite Phoenix, Wednesday 2/27 @ 5:30 p.m. This group has been meeting monthly to talk downtown development and other issues. This is a great opportunity to connect with others and have a meaningful discussion about downtown and, this month, how the Market and the pending Store enhances our experience here. The featured guest is Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections, the non-profit producer of the Public Market. If you haven’t met the woman behind the Market, then this will be a memory to carry years from now when we have a big bustling Market Hall.
Please donate to the cause. Click here for a letter from Cindy. We need to raise $50,000 by April for building renovations. Yes, we are successfully generating revenue on a weekly basis, but the large majority of that goes directly to the vendors, those vitally important small businesses the Market supports.
Whether you become an donor, ambassador, or both, we hope to see you at the Market. Anything you can do to support the cause is greatly appreciated.
Councilman Michael Nowakowski will form a District 7 Youth Council to focus on priorities such as educational programs, at-risk youth, community events, and crime within their communities. The youth council will define goals for the next two years and work with Nowakowski and city staff to achieve them. The group will consist of 90 local youth members, which is 15 youth from each of the six Village Planning Committees within the district, including: Central City, Laveen, South Mountain, Maryvale, Estrella, and Encanto. Residents of the district from 16 to 18 years old are encouraged to apply.
To apply, click here and download an application. Completed applications, along with a resume, can be mailed to the District 7 office at 200 W. Washington St., 11th floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or sent via e-mail. The deadline is Wednesday, March 26. For more information, call Gregory Coleman at 602-262-7492 or via e-mail.