Daily Archives: December 9, 2008
[Source: Greg Esser, Roosevelt Row] — If you are planning your holiday shopping or hankering for good food and drink, December 10 is a great day to support local businesses and give back to the community at the same time. The Roosevelt Row website has a map with business locations and hours for 11 participating spots.
[Source: getthebigpicture.net] — We all come across stories in our lives and think, “You know, that would make a great movie.” And as anyone who has lived in Arizona for the past 30 years would tell you, the story of Don Bolles would make for a great movie.
He was an investigative journalist for The Arizona Republic and the co-founder of a nationwide group called the Investigative Reporters and Editors who were trying to unmask corruption through their work. Bolles was killed by a car bomb in 1976 [adjacent to the current Clarendon Hotel in midtown Phoenix] — and we know whose signature is car bombs, right? — and the IRE stepped in and in 1977 launched a collaborated effort in over 20 newspapers called The Arizona Project, which reported on the state’s criminal underworld…
It has an unfortunate end, or maybe it’s a fortunate beginning of a story of the greater good, but the story of Don Bolles is one more people need to hear. And now…Ben Affleck is going to tell it. I would’ve been outraged 15 months ago, but Affleck did a really good job directing “Gone Baby Gone.” I have a hunch that if it were his third or fourth film, “Gone Baby Gone” could have been a classic. He didn’t miss by much as it was. So, I’m hopeful that Affleck can bring the right ingredients to “Arizona.” Variety reports he will direct the film for Miramax, from a Sheldon Turner script based on facts that are in the public domain. Where it gets tricky for me is that Affleck bears a resemblance to Bolles, who was 47 when he was killed. I sure don’t know about him starring in it, which hasn’t come up yet, but file it away…
[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Downtown Phoenix is more appetizing than it’s been in years, with more than 20 new bars and restaurants catering to tourists and locals. All of those businesses have opened or have started construction within the past two years. That’s a 25% increase, said David Roderique, president and CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. It’s also the biggest jump in recent memory, he added.
Many of the new establishments hope to capitalize on the thousands of people expected to descend upon downtown Phoenix’s new attractions, including the Phoenix Convention Center, which will wrap up a $600 million expansion this month. Others want to serve a quick bite to ASU students, downtown workers, or Metro commuters when the $1.4 billion light-rail line opens Dec. 27.
To be sure, the national financial crisis has curbed consumers’ craving for restaurants — taxable sales are down citywide at Phoenix restaurants and bars, according to city figures. But people are still eating and drinking downtown: Sales are up, and some entrepreneurs have forged ahead with new spots. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix plans to scale back evening hours for its free Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH, as a business group gears up to launch an evening trolley service in the city’s core. Beginning Dec. 29, all DASH buses will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Since late July, bright green and blue buses on the system’s Downtown Loop had run until 8 p.m.
Connecting Central Station, sports venues, educational facilities, and the Roosevelt corridor, the Downtown Loop aimed to make it easier for people to get around to restaurants, bars and sporting and entertainment events after dark. But a change in funding prompted the City Council last week to eliminate those evening hours.
The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a group of downtown business and property owners who had been financing the extended hours, shifted that money to a downtown trolley service. The group hopes to have the free trolley, similar to one in Scottsdale, running by Jan. 1. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]