Daily Archives: June 28, 2009

Finding Willo: An eclectic Phoenix historic district has a way of making friends


Annual Willo Home Tour festivities

[Source: Katherine Bair Desmond, American Bungalow Magazine] — When my husband suggested a relocation to Phoenix four years ago to be nearer to his family, visions of endless identical postwar homes surrounded by dirt and cacti sprang to mind.  For a girl who grew up in the green hills of Atlanta and has lived in the Berkshire mountains, Boston, Washington D.C. and London, the thought of a move to the desert was less than thrilling.  The pace of life was appealing, as was the closeness to family.  But could I ever feel at home in the desert landscape?

We decided to take a “get to know Phoenix” trip.  Ryan drove me around to countless neighborhoods his mother had suggested we check out.  None spoke to me.  Many were nice — perfectly pleasant — but I needed a neighborhood with character.  A neighborhood with soul.  I started to think maybe you couldn’t find that in America’s “new” cities.  And then… we found Willo.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Fourth of July fireworks in central Phoenix

When: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Fireworks begin approximately 9:20 p.m.

Place: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd.

Cost: Admission is free.  Food and beverages available for purchase.

For more information, click here.

Will trains be silenced in downtown Phoenix?

The City of Phoenix is proposing a “quiet zone” for downtown Phoenix’s Warehouse District. They need federal approval to do so.  Retail businesses and condo owners complain about the noise, but others worry about safety.  Click here for KPHO Television’s video report.

1st Grand Avenue Festival to celebrate Phoenix culture, art, history, and adaptive reuse

Grand Avenue Festival[Source: Grand Avenue Festival organizers] — This is an exciting time in downtown Phoenix and one of the hot spots is Lower Grand Avenue.  All along the Lower Grand Avenue corridor, independent locally-owned businesses, galleries, performance venues, and artist studios are flourishing in a unique, diverse environment.  The area prominently features the creative, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, helping to preserve Phoenix’s heritage.

To increase awareness of this pedestrian-friendly arts and retail district, we are pleased to announce the first annual Grand Avenue Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  The event is a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue small business district and adjoining neighborhoods.  The festival will include historic building tours, fashion shows, music performances featuring local talent, and a variety of other activities throughout the day.