Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

Bicycle Boulevard Neighborhood Meeting THURSDAY!

Sorry for the extremely short notice, but the DVC has caught wind that there will be a City of Phoenix hosted ‘bicycle boulevard’ neighborhood meeting tomorrow (THURSDAY) at City Hall in downtown Phoenix.

Come out and participate in this neighborhood meeting with the City to work on a new bicycle lane and path project in Phoenix that will connect the Phoenix Public Market with Gateway Community College and the 15th Avenue bike lane.

Please help spread the word to others who’d like to attend!

Details:

Date: September 16, 2010

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: 200 W. Washington St. 1st Floor, Assembly Room A (map)

There is a Facebook invite HERE.

(Thanks to Taz Loomans at Blooming Rock for the heads up!)

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PARK(ing) Day is returning to downtown Phoenix

PARK(ing) Day is returning to downtown Phoenix on Friday, September 17th. Building on the success of last years efforts, several community members, neighborhood leaders and urbanites have gathered together and are ready to step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

When they do, they will join artists and activists all over the globe for PARK(ing) Day 2010. This annual, one-day event promotes green and public spaces in the urban core.  It helps people rethink the way we use our streets and creates diverse conversations about how we can make sustainable cities. This concept of PARK(ing) Day is that putting money into a parking meter is like renting a public space.

Since its founding in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) Day  has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day events have included more than 500 “PARK” installations in more than 100 cities on four continents, including PARK installations in South Africa, Poland, Norway, New Zealand and South Korea.

PARK(ing) Day is an opportunity to create community, engage the public and begin a dialogue on topics ranging from city parks and public space to the environment to mobility options and community improvement projects. Well-known urban activist and author Jane Jacobs wrote in The Death and Life of Great American Cities that, to create a safe, prosperous and worth living in, one must start with “lively and interesting streets.”

All Phoenicians are invited to get creative and join the effort—for an hour or two, or all day if you’d like. All you need to do is come up with ideas for a ‘temporary park,’ gather items to fit that theme, invite your friends to take part, and show up ready to be part of the movement.

So far, several groups have confirmed their participation.  The University of ArizonaCollege of Medicine, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Ambassadors, an Arizona State University “Art Action” team and the Arizona Democratic Party  will be setting up their own spots in downtown Phoenix.  On Adams St, between Central and 1st Aves, a group of urban advocates will be joined by  the CO+HOOTS co-working crew.

Most groups will be setting up their spots first thing in the morning (7-10am), to avoid the mid-day heat, so feel free to stop by on he way to work!

Find Out More

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Should We Save Downtown Phoenix’s Historic Knipe House?

The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission will meet to discuss the fate of the city-owned and fire-damaged Leighton G. Knipe House along Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Commission members and staff of the Historic Preservation Office and Community & Economic Development Department (who control the site) will:

  1. Review the report findings and recommendations of local architect Bob Graham,
  2. Ask for public comment, and
  3. Discuss the feasibility and/or appropriateness of using Historic Preservation Bond funds (and other available funding) to make the needed repairs.

Fixing the fire damage, complete with new roof, is in the $100,000 range. Much more money is required to rehabilitate the structure (which would have had to be expended anyway). Options:

  1. Reconstruct the fire damage,
  2. Weather-tight the building,
  3. Hold on until the economy recovers and seek an adaptive reuse partner, or
  4. Demolish it due to cost.

Even before the recent fire (allegedly arson), the ca. 1909 Knipe House was listed on the Phoenix Historic Neighborhood Coalition‘s Most EnDangered Dozen Historic Places List. It can be rehabilitated and brought back to life to add vitality to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Arts District. Otherwise, it’ll be another empty lot.

Interested individuals are welcome to attend the meeting or submit comments and ideas in advance. To do the latter, contact Barbara Stocklin, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Phoenix, at 602-262-7468 or barbara.stocklin@phoenix.gov

Details:

Date: September 20
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: 125 W. Washington St.
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