Daily Archives: September 30, 2008

Tour Phoenix’s rehabbed historic Memorial Hall, Oct. 29

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — Join the City of Phoenix in celebrating the 6 p.m. ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the newly rehabilitated 1922 Memorial Hall, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  Tours of the historic building will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. and, at 7:30 p.m., enjoy musical performances by local entertainers.  Location: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd.

Phoenix Fusion @ the Market on Oct. 1

What happens when you mix ASU Downtown students, downtown residents, the Public Market, live music, and performing arts?  We’re not quite sure — but fun is sure to be a large part of the equation!  Join with the Downtown Public Market on Wednesday October 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. as ASU Downtown students and faculty are welcomed to the new and suddenly energized downtown core.

Live music by Hooves and Jeff Gonzales from Jump Back Heart Attack will provide a festive atmosphere to shop and mix by.  Spoken word performances and belly dancing round out the festival atmosphere — come join us to shop, chat, relax, eat, and drink — enjoy the new downtown Phoenix in a unique atmosphere — Phoenix Fusion!

  • Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE
  • Location: Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central, SE Corner of Central Ave. & McKinley St. (that’s 2 blks S of Roosevelt – and just 2 blocks north of ASU)

The event is produced in collaboration with: ASU Downtown – School of Community Resources & Development, Special Event Management class students and staff, Vern Biaett, Jr. CFEE, Faculty Associate.

Wachovia sells out to Citigroup; impact on new downtown Phoenix high-rise unclear

[Source: Chris Casacchia, Phoenix Business Journal] — Wachovia Corp.’s major expansion plans in the Phoenix market could be derailed as a result of its sale of its banking operations to Citigroup Inc.  In May, the Phoenix Business Journal reported that the nation’s fourth largest bank planned to open seven branches here by the end of this month.  A year ago, the embattled company, which has lost billions of dollars in the last two quarters and ousted its CEO in June, announced it would be the anchor tenant in the 600,000-square-foot CityScape office tower in downtown Phoenix.

Wachovia officials say it’s too early to discuss how the merger will affect plans in Arizona.  “It’s too early for us to comment on how, if at all, our Arizona operations will be affected post-merger.  Right now, we are open for business as usual and we remain focused on giving our customers Wachovia’s usual outstanding service,” said Wachovia spokeswoman Aimee Worsley.  “At this time, we have no plans to change our commitment to CityScape or our plans to move into our new space.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Group hits streets to help Phoenix homeless

[Source: Lindsey Collom, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix police and Central Arizona Shelter Services are hitting the streets to help the homeless get the social services they need.  A caravan of CASS specialists and Phoenix police crisscross the streets of downtown Phoenix four nights a week to seek out people without shelter and offer assistance, such as a place to stay or enrollment in a detox program.  Officials say the outreach effort, which is nearly two years old, has reached more than 1,800 homeless and helped reduce violent and property crimes in the area from Seventh to 19th avenues and Van Buren Street to Grand Avenue.

Ben Zachariah, supervisor for adult services for CASS, and Phoenix police Sgt. Sean Connelly developed the street team to address root causes of homelessness, including mental illness and substance addiction. Connelly said police in the CASS area used to “arrest our way to solutions.”  But the method was costly and largely ineffective: The city pays nearly $200 to book a suspect into Maricopa County jail on misdemeanor violations, and the suspect is typically released within hours.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]