Category Archives: Sustainability

Join us on Nov. 10 at Downtown Voices Coalition

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, November 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. Here’s the agenda:

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS ~ Jeff Sherman, Chair

UPDATES

  • George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center ~ Princess Crump (5/5 minutes)
  • Street Transportation Department (including 3rd & 5th Ave. and 3rd St.) ~ Jose Rodriguez (5/10 minutes)

DEVELOPMENTS

  • The Armory PUD, 1614 W. Roosevelt, Request for Support ~ George Pasquel (5/5 minutes)
  • Central Station RFP project ~ Nathan Wright (10/20 minutes)

GENERAL DVC BUSINESS

  • Subcommittee updates
  • Strategic Planning process (10 minutes)

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Go around the room to hear of any big events coming up (10 minutes)

OTHER/NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT (to enjoy all the events going on today!)

Note: For downtown events and activities, visit Phoenix Urban Guide and Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s Events Calendar. For a list of community, neighborhood, and city hall meetings, visit DVC’s Downtown Phoenix Advocacy Calendar.

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Join us on Oct. 13 at Downtown Voices Coalition

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, October 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. Here’s the agenda:

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS ~ Jeff Sherman, Chair

DEVELOPMENTS

  • FootPrint (3rd Ave. & Roosevelt) ~ Tim Sprague (10 minutes/10 discussion)
  • APS Substation proposals (Evans Churchill) (5 minutes)
  • Parking proposal (917 N. 4th St.) ~ Roosevelt Row CDC rep. (5 minutes)
  • Other (10 minutes)

ADVOCACY ISSUES

  • The American Cancer Society Event ~ CEDD (5 minutes/10 discussion)
  • DVC Arts Subcommittee ~ Steve Weiss (10 minutes)
    • Survey results and next steps
  • DVC Bylaws Subcommittee formation ~ Jeff Sherman (5 minutes)
  • South Central Light Rail & T2050 Funding (15 minutes)
    • Stipulations and Next Steps
    • T2050 Funding ~ Rick Naimark
  • Mayoral Forums and Election Topics (15 minutes)
    • Our 9/26 Forum: Recap and improvements for next time?
    • District 8 (March)
    • Election Topics ~ Ryan Boyd
    • Other

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROGRESS (10 minutes)

  • Nominations (November 2018)
  • Expanded Arts Discussion (December 2018)
  • Community Gathering and Workshop (March-April 2019?)

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Go around the room to hear of any big events coming up (10 minutes)

OTHER/NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, April 14

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, April 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Tim Eigo)

  1. Nominating Committee for officer elections at May meeting

DEVELOPMENT MATTERS

  1. Las Palmas Inn Adaptive Reuse Project (Gene Kornota, Rebel Hospitality)
  2. American Legion Post #1 (read Bob Graham’s blog post)
  3. Golden Rule Tattoo request for Text Amendment
  4. ASU Biomedical Campus Master Plan Update
  5. Knipe House grant request (4/14 HP Commission Meeting)
  6. Unsolicited Development Proposal (Hines proposal)
  7. Renaissance Square Signage/lighting (and elsewhere?)
  8. South Central Light Rail Extension (4/26 Public Meeting)
  9. Phoenix Country Club parking lot swap for 15-story condo (4/19 Whitton Neighborhood meeting)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY 

  1. City
    1. Budget Hearings
    2. Downtown Community Reinvestment Fund
    3. Complete Streets Design Guidelines
    4. Tree and Shade Master Plan
    5. Street Pavement Cut Policy
    6. FAA Flight Path Changes
    7. Homelessness
  1. State Legislature (Ryan Boyd)
    1. SB1387 –home-based businesses
    2. SB1014 – partial fix for problem of calling for a 3/4th Council vote on a rezoning issue
    3. SB1147 – allowing counties to call for an excise tax vote for transportation
    4. SB1465 – regulating sober living homes
    5. HB2126 – tightening future language on slum and blight for GPLETs
    6. HB2371 – food truck licensing statewide

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

  1. 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards, nominations due May 4
  2. ArtPrize Phoenix Pitch Night Competition, artist submissions due May 4
  3. Pinewood Classic and Pinewood Classic Jr., Short Leash Hot Dogs, April 21
  4. CultivEAT, Growhouse at the Knipe House, April 28
  5. Urban Wine & Jazz Walk, various downtown locations, May 12
  6. ArtPrize Artist Pitch Night, FOUND:RE Hotel, May 22
  7. Other

 

(Note: For downtown events and activities, visit Phoenix Urban Guide and Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s Events Calendar. For a list of community, neighborhood, and city hall meetings, visit Downtown Voices Coalition’s Downtown Phoenix Advocacy Calendar.)

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

DVC supports improvements to Phoenix tree-related ordinances

Countdown to discussion on equitable mobility with Gil Penalosa, April 7

DVC supports Prop 104 Ballot Initiative

Prop 104

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 in Downtown Phoenix

DPR_standardFrom April 22 – 27, Downtown Phoenix will become spring cleaning headquarters as Spring Cleaning Week brings together the community and business to beautify Downtown Phoenix.

This weeklong donation and recycling drive will end with a giant charity I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale with all proceeds used to bring shade, greening and art to our streets.
How can you join in?
Clean out your closets, donate your items and shop our Street Sale.

Spring Cleaning Week is proudly brought to you by Downtown Phoenix Recycles, The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and Keep Phoenix Beautiful.

For complete details, visit http://www.downtownphoenix.com/recycles

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.

A 2012 Downtown Phoenix Year in Review

SWOT Analysis[Source: Downtown Voices Coalition] – We emailed and chatted with a few “friends of downtown” to do a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) of downtown Phoenix in 2012. We asked, but didn’t insist, that the lists keep in mind our statement of purpose: “Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown.”

Below are the lists – an even dozen each – that Brendan Mahoney (Mayor’s Office, City of Phoenix), Jim McPherson (Downtown Voices Coalition), Chelsea Smith (small business owner), and Sean Sweat (Central City Village Planning Committee) pulled together. What would you add? What would you delete? What would you modify? Can similar SWOTs be created for “the arts,” “sustainability,” and “midtown Phoenix,” for example? Let your (downtown) voice be heard!

STRENGTHS/OPPORTUNITIES

  • Central City South residents crafted their own Quality of Life Plan
  • City of Phoenix stood its ground against a low-density, unfunded Goldwater Library & Archives
  • “Downtown Phoenix” local history book published
  • Maricopa County South Court Tower completed (replacing, of all things, a parking garage)
  • METRO West Extension compromise reached, sparing the St. Matthew neighborhood
  • Mix of housing options blossomed (e.g., Oasis on Grand live/work apartments opened, Lofts on McKinley senior apartments opened, and Roosevelt Point apartments broke ground and unbundled parking)
  • Neighborhoods blocked Circle K expansion at 7th St. & Roosevelt
  • Pedal Craft bicycle, art, and community event rode into town (twice!)
  • Pop-up park on Roosevelt St. popped up, complete with murals, landscaping, and Peritoneum sculpture (note that Peritoneum sparked a conversation within City Hall that there should be a simple, one-size-fits-all process to activate vacant lots downtown. That process will be voted upon by City Council on January 16, 2013)
  • Seed Spot incubator opened in historic Warehouse District
  • Street and sidewalk improvements made on Centennial Way (Washington St. between 7th Ave. & State Capitol) and holiday lights returned to Central Avenue
  • University expansions, including UA Health Sciences Education Building (completed), ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center (under construction), UA Cancer Center – Phoenix (under development), and ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (proposed)

WEAKNESSES/THREATS

  • City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer, Barbara Stocklin, summarily dismissed
  • First Street streetscape project (i.e., no bike lanes, car lanes are 14 feet wide, street parking is only 70% of what it could have been, trees shade cars not people, trees permanently lock the parking ratios on the west side of the road, and the corner radii are more than double what they should be. On the plus side, the existing ficus tree was spared from being chopped down.)
  • Implementation of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. delayed
  • Inconclusive planning for proposed Golub and Colliers developments
  • Legends Entertainment District continues to be a made-up district neither legendary nor entertaining (including suburban billboards and Visit LA banner on CityScape)
  • Madison & St. James hotels demolished
  • Maricopa County nixed bicycle commuter support station in Security Building
  • Phoenix City Council’s unanimous enthusiasm for downtown projects less likely because of budget issues and differing viewpoints
  • Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) shut down
  • Still no downtown dog park
  • Urban Grocery closed
  • University expansions (above examples do not achieve ideal density, and the law school came at the price of the vintage Sahara Motel)

Local experts and national author to discuss state of sustainability in metro Phoenix, Jan. 17

A panel of local experts and Andrew Ross, author of “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City,” will discuss the current state of sustainability in metropolitan Phoenix at a public forum on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  The event, free to the public, will be held at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center at 415 E. Grant Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., audience Q&A 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and reception with complimentary refreshments 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Panel moderator will be Charles Redman, Arizona State University (ASU) Virginia M. Ullmann professor of Natural History and the Environment and founding director of the ASU School of Sustainability. The current slate of panelists (with two to be added soon) includes:

  • Maria Baier, state land commissioner, Arizona;
  • Steve Betts, former president/CEO of SunCor Development and current Arizona District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute;
  • Terry Goddard, former Phoenix mayor and former Arizona attorney general who now teaches a course at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus: “Phoenix and the Art of Public Decision Making;”
  • Taz Loomans, architect and writer/blogger on sustainability issues;
  • Kris Mayes, former commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission and current director of the ASU Law and Sustainability Program and professor at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law;
  • Andrew Ross, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.
  • Silvia Urrutia, director of Housing and Healthcare Finance, Raza Development Fund

According to Susan Copeland, steering committee chair of Downtown Voices Coalition, “Issues of sustainability are paramount to the future of Phoenix. Ross’ book is a great springboard from which to begin, or continue, discussion.”

The Downtown Voices Coalition is sponsoring the event with in-kind support from the Lexington Hotel in downtown Phoenix, Four Peaks Brewery of Tempe and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

Bird on Fire” is available at Made Art Boutique, 922 North 5th Street in downtown Phoenix and at Changing Hands Bookstore at 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. It is also available at Burton Barr, Cesar Chavez and Mesquite Branch libraries in Phoenix.

Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown. For more information, visit downtownvoices.org.