Monthly Archives: August 2011

Coming Soon: the new Irish Cultural Center library

Irish Cultural Center library renderingThe Irish Cultural Center, located at Hance Park, is expanding its facilities by adding a three-story library.

The Phoenix New Times has more:

A major addition is in the works at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix. A flurry of construction has been taking place over the past few months on a castle-like, $3.5 million research library that will be located in the center.

Current plans for the castle-like project include such design features as plenty of ramparts, parapets, and bulwarks, giving the library the appearance of a medieval-style fortress. (No word on whether or not they’re also planning on building a moat.)

The three-story building, which will be finished in January, will feature 15,000 square feet of space for research purposes and a variety of Irish-oriented classes and workshops.

Read more here. With the renovations coming to the remainder of Hance Park, this will be a very pleasant addition to the area.


University of Arizona’s Start Smart Breakfast lecture series

The University of Arizona’s Start Smart breakfast lecture series begins tomorrow at the Good Egg at 50 E Camelback Road.

Take note of two more in the following months:

  • September 9 – “The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally,” with Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona
  • October 27 – “Why We Do What We Do,” with Randal C. Christensen, MD, MPH, Medical Staff Chairman, Pediatric Medicine and Medical Director, Crews’n Healthmobile, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Restaurant group slates 2 CityScape openings

The Arizona Republic reports on two new openings in CityScape owned/operated by Maven Hospitality Group of Tempe.

CityScape in downtown Phoenix will soon welcome two restaurants by Maven Hospitality Group of Tempe – one that will serve Italian food and another that will serve sushi in a chophouse style.

Jimmy Carlin, a partner at Maven Hospitality, told media at a Downtown Phoenix Partnership-sponsored tasting this week that Strand, the “fast casual” Italian restaurant, likely will open on Oct. 1.

Carlin said the restaurant will feature an Italian fry bread, “cizzellini,” as well as pastas, salads and sandwiches. It will be a seven-day-a-week restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cocktails will also be served, he said.

Strand will be next to Arrogant Butcher near the northwest corner of Jefferson and First streets.

Read more on the Republic website.

Networks vital for revitalizing Phoenix downtown

Carol Poore, the President and CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, wrote an op-ed in The Arizona Republic about how networks are important to downtown Phoenix’s success. Her op-ed is the summary of her recently completed Ph.D. dissertation and we at the DVC send our congratulations to her.

As temperatures rise and the Phoenix mayoral race heats up, understanding each candidate’s vision for continued revitalization of our downtown core is essential.

Why? In the words of urbanist Jane Jacobs, downtowns serve as the heart of any city, providing an ecosystem, a place to gather, a place of density and efficiency for both large and small venues that, altogether, create a region’s distinct sense of place, momentum and economic prosperity.

Research I’ve conducted suggests that a lively downtown requires social capital – vital networks needed to sustain collective action, identify opportunities and put in place solutions.

In past decades, two network-building organizations – Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Partnership – fused people and ideas together, jumpstarting at least nine pivotal downtown projects that otherwise would not have been launched, including Arizona Center in 1988, Human Services Campus in 2005 and Downtown Phoenix Public Market in 2009.

Read more here. Congratulations, Dr. Poore!

Downtown Phoenix is…

Some students from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus have produced a very lovely video in which students describe what downtown Phoenix is to them.

Way to go!