Category Archives: Visioning and Planning

How We Rebuild Neighborhoods After Foreclosures Explored by @ThePublicSquare

Zócalo Public Square foreclosure event PhoenixWhile the foreclosure crisis is starting to ease across Arizona and the country, neighborhoods still must reckon with the damage.

In what looks to be a great program, Zócalo Public Square and Arizona State University host an event on Monday, February 11, at the Heard Museum. The 6:30 pm event brings together a talented panel:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist William R. Emmons
  • Arizona State University geographer Deirdre Pfeiffer
  • Mortgage Resolution Partners CEO Graham Williams

The moderator will be Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

More information is here.

Zocalo Public Square February 11 event Foreclosures LOGO

Downtown Voices Meets on February 9

Monthly meetings of the Downtown Voices Coalition are held at Roosevelt Commons, Phoenix.What? Is it really possible that it’s again time for the Downtown Voices Coalition monthly meeting? It’s true. We meet Saturday morning, February 9, from 9:30 to 11:30.

We meet at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Ave. in downtown Phoenix. We have a few items on our plate, including a discussion of Hance Park and the finalization of our New Years’ Resolutions from January. Come join us with your thoughts and ideas.

Snacks? You never know!

We hope to see you there.

Shade, Trees, Sustainability the Focus of Feb. 12 Event

Ed Lebow talk Following the Water and Other TalksMark your calendar: Next Tuesday, Feb. 12, Phoenix Public Art Director Ed Lebow speaks on “Following the Water: The History of Change in the Valley Landscape.”

Where/When: Burton Barr Central Library, 7-8 pm.

Roosevelt Row Street Design & Public Art Meeting, Sept. 20

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.

Hance Deck Park Steering Committee Vision Document

At the DVC meeting on Saturday, April 9, 2011, the Hance Deck Park Steering Committee presented outlines of the member’s vision, mission and goals for the steering committee.

Attached is a document that contains the statements by all of the Steering Committee.  All of these statements were presented and discussed at the committee meeting last week. The meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Irish Cultural Center and are open to the public.

HPMPSC Mission Complete list

Downtown Phoenix Parking Study Survey and Symposium

The City of Phoenix is currently conducting a study to implement new parking meter technology in the downtown area.






The City of Phoenix is currently evaluating new technologies for its own downtown street meter system. They are interested in your opinion of existing conditions, as well as various parking meter features. Please take the 8 question survey at this link:

Parking Meter Survey

Stakeholder Symposium

The stakeholder symposium is an opportunity for Downtown Phoenix business owners, residents, and employees to see some of the new technology types and provide feedback on the type of features and options that would be most beneficial to their daily interaction with the downtown.

This evenis drop-in. Feel free to come by anytime, talk to members of the project team, and provide us feedback for the future of your community. Refreshments will be provided.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors Office, 101 N. 1st Avenue | Suite 190 | Phoenix, AZ 85004

Brett Wood, P.E.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Flyer (pdf)

Phoenix Bike Summit Recap

Phoenix bike summit provides opportunity for bicyclists and officials to discuss safety

Jack Fitzpatrick/DD

Phoenix bicyclists met with city officials in an annual bike summit hosted by the city’s Street Transportation Department Saturday to discuss issues that could increase the safety of local bicyclists.About 60 bicyclists, including several spandex-clad enthusiasts who rode to the summit, came to the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. They focused much of their attention on possible locations for new bike lanes.

City of Phoenix Traffic Safety and Bicycle Coordinator Joseph Perez began the six-hour meeting, providing statistics and possible solutions to obstacles facing Phoenix bicyclists.

Perez discussed High-intensity Activated Crosswalks, or HAWK, pedestrian crossings. The signals stop traffic for pedestrians crossing the road, and are cheaper than full traffic lights. Perez said Phoenix currently has nine HAWKs, but none downtown.

Kerry Wilcoxon, a traffic engineer for the City of Phoenix, mentioned “road diets,” which involve reducing the number of car lanes in a road and using the space to add bike lanes.

A road diet on 15th Avenue near Bethany Home Road effectively decreased traffic in a residential area, and made the avenue more navigable for bicyclists, Wilcoxon said.

Wilcoxon said the bike summit was especially important for Phoenix officials to get direct opinions from the bicycling community.

“The main thing you can do is be here today, and follow up on what we’re doing,” Wilcoxon said.

Phoenix police officer Toby Ehrler discussed traffic laws involving bicycling and said Phoenix police are not currently sufficiently trained in traffic laws that relate to bicyclists.

“I would say the training is somewhere between zero and, in all honesty, no more than a couple hours,” Ehrler said.

Ehrler said he was in the process of trying to make a mandatory training video focusing on bicycles for Phoenix police officers.

About 12 people raised their hands when Ehrler asked how many in the crowd had been hit by a car while riding a bicycle.

“Subconsciously, as a driver or as a motorist, you’re looking for a car,” Ehrler said. “You’re looking for a truck. You’re looking for the UPS guy because you’re expecting that package. You’re looking for everything other than a bicyclist.”

One of the “break-out” sessions included bicyclists from specific areas in Phoenix, like downtown and Ahwatukee, drawing on maps of their neighborhoods where they thought improvements could be made for bicyclists.

Brent Freiberger, a downtown resident who has commuted by bicycle since 1993, said many downtown bicyclists wanted a bike lane on Third Street from Indian School Road at least as far south as Fillmore Street.

Wearing bright yellow and red cycling apparel after riding his bike to the summit, Freiberger said he came to learn about the issues affecting him as a bicyclist. He said bicycling had made him feel more independent than people who rely on cars.

“Maintaining a car was an unnecessary burden,” he said. “With the combined insurance cost and fuel cost, I discovered I could live a fuller life without being shackled to a car.”

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Provide Feedback on City of Phoenix’s Draft Strategic Plan

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Recently, the Phoenix City Council completed its initial review of the city’s draft strategic plan and proposed mission statement.  Going forward, the plan will help guide city decision-making and focus the city’s efforts on its core priorities.

The plan concentrates on 10 study areas, which are: Economic Development and Education; Financial Excellence; Infrastructure; Innovation and Efficiency; Neighborhoods and Livability; Phoenix Team, Public Safety; Social Services Delivery; Sustainability; and Technology.

The plan’s priorities and strategies were drafted by teams of city staff and members of the private sector.  The teams relied on existing department strategic plans, public documents and other sources of community input while writing the draft plan.  The last strategic plan was released in 1990 and has not been formally updated in more than 20 years.

Residents may learn more about the process, view the draft strategic plan, and provide feedback by visiting the Phoenix Strategic Plan website or by calling 602-262-6941.  Residents also can provide input on the strategic plan as a part of the city’s budget hearing process in April.

Below is a list of scheduled strategic plan and budget hearings.  The start times listed below are for the strategic plan hearing, and the budget hearing will begin one hour after the stated time.

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, Burton Barr Library, Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave.
  • 9 a.m. Thursday, April 7, Devonshire Senior Center, Multi Purpose Room, 2802 E. Devonshire St.
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Paradise Valley Community Center, Multi Purpose Room, 17402 N. 40th St.
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Neighborhood Resource Center, 2405 E. Broadway Road
  • 5 p.m. Monday, April 11, Cowden Center, Barb’s Room, 9202 N. Second St.
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, Manzanita Senior Center, 3581 W. Northern Ave.
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, Black Mountain Police Precinct, Community Room, 33355 N. Cave Creek Road
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, Cesar Chavez High School, Cafeteria, 3921 W. Baseline Road
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, Goelet A. Beuf Community Center, Multi Purpose Room, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center, Gymnasium, 4040 N. 14th St.
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Madison School District Office, Board Room, 5601 N. 16th St.
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Shadow Mountain Senior Center, 3546 E. Sweetwater Ave.
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Maryvale Community Center, Auditorium, 4420 N. 51st Ave.
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Carl Hayden High School, Auditorium, 3333 W. Roosevelt St.  This meeting will be conducted in a bilingual (English and Spanish) format.

For more information, visit the Phoenix Strategic Plan website.