Monthly Archives: October 2010

Downtown Phoenix welcomes start of Suns’ season

U.S. Airways Center in downtown Phoenix
Image by Steven Vance via Flickr

[Source: KTAR]

The Phoenix Suns‘ home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night was welcome news to downtown Phoenix business owners.

“Annually, we typically see over 2 million visitors a year for events at the US Airways Center,” said Eric Johnson with the city of Phoenix, adding that Suns’ games are a big part of that number.

“Basketball season is very important to Phoenix. It brings over 18,000 people per event to downtown. Not only does it bring them for that event, but they also come to have dinner, have lunch, visit our cultural activities and museums, see concerts and other such things.”

The new CityScape development is a huge downtown attraction, Johnson said.

“They’re going to be holding some grand opening concerts and events over the next couple of weeks to try to celebrate the grand opening of the project and the beginning of the Suns’ season.”

CityScape will host a block party, with a free concert by Macy Gray, next weekend.

Johnson said, “This is definitely one of the peak seasons. It helps that the weather is turning, so a lot more people want to come out and explore the city. We have a lot more activities for them to experience downtown. Every year, it gets a little bit better.”

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UA’s Health Sciences Education Building under construction in downtown Phoenix

[Source: UA News]

Dr. Stuart D. Flynn, dean, UA College of Medicine–Phoenix. Photo:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix began construction Friday on the Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, or PBC, located at 600 E. Van Buren St.

Mayor Phil Gordon, councilman Michael Johnson and Dr. Stuart Flynn, dean of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix, moved the first dirt in the construction of the $129 million building that will allow for the expansion of the medical education facilities.

“Even in a treacherously down economy, our city has remained committed to forging ahead when it comes to attracting bioscience research jobs, education jobs and creating new doctors who will save lives,” Gordon said.

“This building and our partnership with the University embodies the collaborative spirit that has made our success possible. When the Health Sciences building opens and we’re graduating 120 new doctors a year, we’ll look back on this day as a landmark.”

The College of Medicine-Phoenix anchors the PBC and currently hosts 168 medical students, admitting 48 per year, with the completion of this building the college will be able to grow its class size to 120 students per year to meet the demand of Arizona’s growing population.

“Today highlights the city’s commitment to building a knowledge-based economy in bioscience research and education,” Flynn said.

“Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, this building embodies the collaborative environment where current and future doctors will learn side-by-side with pharmacists, nurses and allied health workers to advance science and improve patient care.”

“This is an important milestone; it marks our significant effort to create jobs and build a brighter future in our community though health care and scientific education,” said Johnson, in whose district the building is located.

“Once this building is complete, all three state universities will have a presence in downtown Phoenix.”

Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium and the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.

DPR Construction and Sundt Construction will jointly build the new six-story, 264,000-square-foot-facility, scheduled for completion in summer 2012. The building was designed by CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross.

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Hance Park Visioning Session on Nov 3

Phoenix Library - Burton Barr Central Library

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The 20th anniversary of Margaret T. Hance Park (Deck Park) is fast approaching. Work is under way to pump new life into the 32-acre park that is built above the Deck Park Tunnel.  The City is constructing ADA upgrades for the Phoenix Center for the Arts, as well as adding a skateboard plaza and basketball court in the park.  They want residents’ input on other possibilities for the park.


Burton Barr Central Library 4th Floor Lecture Hall

1221 N Central Ave

Wednesday, Nov 3, 4 – 5:30 pm

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Donate your Used Pens, Pencils and Markers at Phoenix Public Library

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Phoenix Public Library and the city of Phoenix Public Works Department kick off Recycle Write on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Visit any one of 16 library locations or nine OfficeMax retail stores in Phoenix to deposit used pens, pencils and markers of all types in designated collection containers.

The collected writing instruments will be shipped to TerraCycle, a company specializing in making consumer products from post-consumer materials. Proceeds from the program benefit the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. Founded in 1977, the Friends support library programs such as the children’s summer reading game, GED classes and other services.

Newell Rubbermaid Office Products is assisting the Friends by underwriting the cost of shipping collected materials to TerraCycle.

Phoenix Public Library is a system of 15 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit Follow them on Twitter at

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Get Your Trick On in downtown Phoenix

As we mentioned previously, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we are always looking for fun ways of celebrating! We covered a selection of family fare yesterday.  This post contains events for the ‘kids at heart’ out there:

Friday, October 29

2nd Annual Zombie Walk

There are plenty of urban legends, like the one that suggests if there was no more room in hell, the dead would walk the Earth. Well, we’ve started an urban legend in the heart of the urban core and you’re invited to walk it in your best zombie get up, bandages and blood a plus.

Led by Arizona’s official Ghostbusters (including car, proton packs and more), Zombie walkers will parade, or walk straight legged, throughout downtown entertaining or terrorizing a few folks strolling around the Arizona Center, Hyatt Regency and U.S. Airway Center.

Details HERE.

Costume Concert at Ghost Lounge

Featuring Dry River Yacht Club, Fatigo, Strange Young Things, Costume Contest, and more.

Details HERE.

Saturday, October 30

Monster’s Ball at Alwun House

The Monster’s Ball features costumed revelry, prizes, art, music, dance and live stage performance. As you pass Shelob, you enter sealing your fete for live under worldly dance mix by hellishly hot DJ-MX. Ritualistic performances, savory edibles and spine chilling libations.

A full night of dark scintillating cabaret performances: introducing Merrill Leffmannas temptress chanteuse, SPELL with the conquest of Insanity, Romantasy vaudevillian tantalizations. Show climaxes with the she-devil burlesque troupe, Provocatease!

Find out more at

Sunday, October 31

The Halloween Monster Ride

Imagine skeletons, goblins, witches, devils and vampires (more Bela Lugosi than Twilight) all on bikes, riding through the streets of North Central. Where will you be?

The ride is slated for Sunday, October 31st. Yes, Hallow’s Eve will be the day of the ride. It is wise to travel in packs on Halloween to prevent a gang of Zombies from trying to eat you alive and anyone from attempting to bag snatch your candy.

All you need to do is pump up those tires, dust off the dirt from our last ride and pull out that last minute costume. Discussion over.

We realize this may be the day you want to take your kids out for treats…perfect, you’ll get twice the exercise. We know that football is going on as well…fantastic, you can watch at any of the venues. We have heard you have work early…awesome, looks like you’ll have to tell the boss you ate too much candy and had trick-or-treaters til midnight.

We will start at Gallagher’s and leave around 12:00.

Details HERE.

Freaky Tiki at Hula’s Modern Tiki

Get Your Freak On! Scare the heck out of us and your friends on the freakiest night of the year. Bones will kreek and grass skirts will catch the moonlight as Hula’s kicks off our their first Halloween party ever.

Details HERE.

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Where’s Patriots Square Park?

[Source: Steve Weiss, No Festival Required]

Mayor Phil Gordon and RED Development promised a replacement for the original Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix. This film shows what we as Phoenix citizens ended up getting as a “park”, a park so unlike a true park that no one who is even there knows it exists.

Video by Leslie Barton and Steve Weiss:



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Family-friendly Frights & Fun in Downtown Phoenix

Halloween is fast approaching.  as you can see by our color scheme, it is one of our favorite holidays :-) and we are always looking for fun ways of celebrating!

In addition to the usual adult fright-fare, there are several fun events that cater to families occurring in downtown Phoenix.  Here’s a few of our favorites:

Friday, October 29

2nd Annual Zombie Walk

There are plenty of urban legends, like the one that suggests if there was no more room in hell, the dead would walk the Earth. Well, we’ve started an urban legend in the heart of the urban core and you’re invited to walk it in your best zombie get up, bandages and blood a plus. Led by Arizona’s official Ghostbusters (including car, proton packs and more), Zombie walkers will parade, or walk straight legged, throughout downtown entertaining or terrorizing a few folks strolling around the Arizona Center, Hyatt Regency and U.S. Airway Center.

Details HERE.

All Hallows Even Festival

Families are invited to join in the festival that includes a costume contest, live music, Rose & Crown Beer Garden, pumpkin carving, palm readers, food, crafts and more.

Also don’t miss the special showing of the silent Dracula flick, “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” to be shown outside on the wall of the Arizona Science Center. Move over “Twilight,” we’re putting the “old school bite” back in Halloween.

Details HERE.

Friday, October 29 and Saturday October, 30

Ghosts of Phoenix Tours

The Hotel San Carlos is famous for its history and alleged hauntings. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” and received the #3 spot on’s list of “America’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels.” The Ghosts of Phoenix Tour is a walking tour (approximately one hour long), that allows you to see the sites and form your own opinion. We have access to areas that are not open to the general public.

As you are guided through this Phoenix landmark, you will visit the paranormal hotspots and hear stories about the personalities who are said to haunt them. Guides will provide some historical information, along with stories passed down by staff members and past guests.

The Ghosts of Phoenix Tour does not stage re-creations or special effects. Your tour will be authentic. You will want to bring along a camera (digital, disposable cameras with flash, or video). You never know what you will catch on film.

Details HERE.

Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31

Mad Scientist Party at Arizona Science Center

For parents looking to bring their little ghosts, goblins and princesses to a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating, Arizona Science Center presents the Mad Scientist Party. Arizona Science Center’s exhibit galleries will be transformed into mad scientist labs exploring a variety of hands-on, ooey-gooey science themes.

We will explode pumpkins every hour! ASU Spider Lab will be here on Sunday, Oct 31st from 10am-1pm with many eight-legged friends. Activities will range from “Bloody” hand prints, slime, Eyeball Dissections and more! There will even be special-themed presentations in the Dorrance Planetarium!

Details HERE.

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Oct. 31 is deadline for Phoenix residents to take reverse lane survey

[Source: Lynh Bui, The Arizona Republic]

Next week is the last week residents can take an online survey the city is conducting about the reverse lanes on Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street. The information will be submitted to a task force charged with developing recommendations to keep, eliminate or alter the controversial system, which adds an additional lane of traffic going north- or southbound during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Supporters say the reserve lanes alleviate congestion for commutes in and out of downtown. Opponents worry the lanes, which limit left-turn movements, are dangerous and encourage cut-through traffic in local neighborhoods.

The last day to take the survey is Oct. 31. It is at


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TEDx is coming to Downtown Phoenix!

It’s that time of year again, it’s time for TEDxPhoenix 2010!  TEDxPhoenix will host their second TEDx event on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 from 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Eight KAET PBS Studios in Downtown Phoenix.


This year’s event is building off the theme for TED2010 – “What the World Needs Now” – and what we feel the world and Phoenix needs now are more Optimists & Catalysts.

That’s why this year, we’re bringing you a full day of thought-provoking talks by some of the Valley’s most inspirational and innovative thinkers and doers — individuals who have spoken at PopTech, survived civil war, made the list of the Valley’s most intriguing individuals, championed local movements, represented the Navajo Nation, made regular appearances on The Science Channel, have spoken at the Googleplex, and authored books on science, entrepreneurship, and design.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Jany Deng, Kimber Lanning, Jay Rogers, Bob Grossfeld, Prasad Boradkar, Pamela Slim, Jolyana Bitsuie, Margaret Regan, Syed Toufeeq Ahmed, Eric Torres, Nina Miller, Goran Konjevod, Helene Neville, and a performance by Dry River Yacht Club.

For a full list of TEDxPhoenix 2010 speakers, please visit the speaker page. In addition, selected TEDTalks videos will showcase some of the world’s most renowned speakers.

TEDxPhoenix is the Phoenix-metro’s opportunity to help make our local and global communities a better place through big ideas worth sharing and doing.

—Tomas Carrillo, TEDxPhoenix Curator

In addition to witnessing these great talks, attendees will also be treated to the most TED-like event that Arizona has witnessed thus far. We’ve been working around the clock to ensure that attendees get to experience the electric atmosphere of TED from the TED-like badges all the way down to the free coffee, snacks, drinks, and gift bags. In addition, attendees will get to enjoy a free catered lunch in the Civic Space Park.

All of this is not being done to simply pamper attendees, but instead is being done to promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas.  This is an event focused on ideas worth sharing, spreading, AND doing!

Tickets for the event run $50 and are first come, first served so once they run out, they’re gone! In addition, all proceeds go toward paying for our event costs as TEDxPhoenix is a not-for-profit event run by unpaid volunteers. If $50 seems high, consider that it’s less than 1% of the cost of the TED Conference and less than half the cost of most local conferences.


We hope you will join us for TEDxPhoenix 2010 and take part in an event that is quickly becoming a global laboratory for the spreading of ideas, as well as becoming part of a global revolution in education.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.  TEDx is a program of local, not-for-profit, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At TEDx events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxPhoenix, are self-organized independent events operated under license from TED.

About TEDxPhoenix

x = independently organized event

TEDxPhoenix is a not-for-profit community organized and run event.  A team of volunteers plans and stage the event, and support is sought through donations from local Valley businesses and organizations.  The goal of TEDxPhoenix is to help spread ideas capable of changing the Valley as well as the world.

To learn more about TEDxPhoenix, see the TEDxPhoenix website where you can also sign up to receive email updates, or join the TEDxPhoenix community by following TEDxPhoenix on Twitter or the TEDxPhoenix Facebook page.

If you would like more information about TEDxPhoenix, please call Tomas Carrillo at (480) 329-5526 or by email.

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Help Save the Mahoney Building

The 1912 Mahoney Administration Building is one of the few remaining government buildings in the Valley that dates to the year of Arizona’s statehood. Identified by Phoenix Magazine as one of the city’s “hidden gems;” the building represents the first institutional commission for the architectural engineering firm of Lescher & Kibbery (later Lescher & Mahoney).

The building housed executive office and living quarters for the hospital superintendent’s family. It is the oldest remaining structure on the Arizona State Hospital campus and one of the earliest remaining examples of Mission Revival-style architecture in Phoenix.

Today, the Mahoney Building stands vacant and in a state of disrepair. The building’s exterior retains much of its historic character, despite some weather deterioration. Although nearly 100 years old, the building is structurally sound because it was constructed with the most advanced technology of the period. The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC) has recognized the Mahoney Building’s historical significance by designating it as one of the Arizona Centennial’s state Legacy Projects.

A dedicated group of volunteers led by Susan Gerard, a former state health director and health leader at the Legislature, is working hard to restore this historical treasure. With Arizona’s Centennial fast approaching, plans to restore the building hinge on finding funds and community support.

For more information, please contact Arizona State Hospital CEO John Cooper at (602) 244-1331 or

You can also find them on Facebook.

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