Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

Artist Janet Echelman named 2012 Architectural Digest Innovator

Janet Echelman in her Brookline, MA studio. (Photo: Bob O’Connor)

[Source: Architectural Digest] – Architectural Digest has announced their 2012 AD Innovators. “Whether experimenting with digital technology, transforming well-worn terrain, or rethinking ancient crafts, these eight cutting-edge talents are challenging received wisdom and conjuring a bold new world.”

Among the eight is Janet Echelman, designer of the public art piece, “Her Secret is Patience,” in downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park. “With her billowing public artworks, an ambitious artist is changing the very essence of urban spaces.”

Read the Architectural Digest article here.

Time to express your opinions on Phoenix’s General Plan Update and planning along light rail

MyPlanPHX provides an opportunity for all Phoenix residents to help shape the future of their city through participation in two very important projects: an update to the city’s General Plan (Conserve Create ConnectPHX), and planning for the communities along the light rail line (ReinventPHX). View the video below and then visit the MyPlanPHX website to begin sharing your opinions.

Central City South residents unveil “golden threads” to revitalize their neighborhood

Local residents of Central City South – young, old, and in-between – carefully thought through and developed a plan to revitalize their neighborhood. They unveiled their community engagement project, “Golden Threads,” this week. Here two young girls examine the map legend of desired buildings and amenities represented on the large-scale model before them.

Phoenix Revitalization Corp., with numerous civic and business partners, organized this project as part of the Central City South Quality of Life Plan.

Paul Barnes, Phoenix neighborhood advocate, recognized for years of service

Paul Barnes, long-time president of the Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix, was lauded for years of service to Phoenix neighborhoods and good city planning policy at a surprise retirement party at the Helen Drake Senior Center, 7600 N. 27th Avenue. Nearly 100 neighborhood advocates and city officials and employees attended the August 30 event.

Here Mayor Greg Stanton and Members of Council, Michael Johnson and Daniel Valenzuela, share their stories about Paul and his dedication, hard work, and positive impact on our city.

Plans continue for development at Roosevelt & 7th St. between Garfield & Evans Churchill neighborhoods

Red area indicates Roosevelt & 7th St. location of proposed abandonment zone, where current bus stop will be moved. (Photo illustration courtesy of W. Brent Armstrong)

[Source: Vanishing Phoenix] – The agenda for the upcoming City of Phoenix abandonment hearing was revealed, with a pending application from MD Partners, LLC, the developer behind the Circle K project. The shorthand for the application reads as such: “Approximately 3,534 s.f. of excess ROW along the south side of Roosevelt Street, east of 7th Street, adjacent to the parcels addressed 917 and 925 N. 7th Street.”

What this means for surrounding residents, is relatively large indent where the sidewalk currently sits, making room for a recessed bus stop. For more information, visit Vanishing Phoenix.

Change by Us Phoenix launched to allow neighbors to share ideas, start projects

Change by Us Phoenix is an online marketplace for community projects that allows you to share ideas for making the city better, and to turn those ideas into projects that have real impact. From tools to network and manage events to helping you connect with local resources, the site supports a number of ways to get involved.

  • Share Ideas: Have an idea for how to make Phoenix better? Add it to Change by Us and connect with like-minded people and projects in your area. No idea is too big or small.
  • Join or Create Projects: Find great projects in your neighborhood, or start your own! Use Change by Us’ powerful project management tools to recruit volunteers, promote events, and find in-kind donations.
  • Build Teams: Change by Us allows you to tap into a network of people motivated to improve their communities. The site helps you find people by interest, location, and skills. You can even find people by items they have available to lend. Change by Us helps you tap into the power of your community.
  • Find Resources: In addition to projects, Change by Us also maintains information on public and non-profit programs that can help your project succeed. Connect with city services and local knowledge.