[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — At DPJ, we’re all about helping the community. So, it was fitting that we talked to a local concert promoter who is opening his home to help a touring musician in this down economy. That’s just the kind of gesture that makes Downtown Phoenix great. In that same vein, DPJ launched a new blog for visiting convention attendees, Conventional Wisdom. Whenever a big convention comes to Downtown Phoenix, we’ll be here to help visitors make the best of their time in our neighborhoods. Soon attendees will be able to stop in for a quick bite at the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar, where there is a whole slew of events set for opening week. And, with the cooler days in the forecast it can only mean one thing — we’re on the brink of two exciting seasons: The Suns are just about to tip off this year’s campaign, and we published a glowing review of Landis Cyclery in Melrose, just in time for prime bike riding to begin.
[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — It was about getting back to our roots and preserving our future this past week at Downtown Phoenix Journal. A breakfast with the mayor took us on a sweeping tour of some of Phoenix’s oldest buildings, proving once again that there is history and character in downtown Phoenix. On Third Friday, the A.E. England Building was officially dedicated, bringing crowds for music, art, and celebration. Meanwhile, October 15 was Blog Action Day around the world, and DPJ touched on what ASU is doing to help cool the urban heat island and preserve our precious water supply in its nifty new buildings. And, with the Suns season right around the corner, there is no time to waste. The first installment of DPJ’s new weekly Suns blog says the future of Phoenix sports depends on our unrelenting support of all things Suns, not just at US Airways Center, but throughout downtown Phoenix.
[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — During a week when it was proclaimed “Downtown is Ovah!,” it hardly seems so at DPJ. We’ve discovered the light at the end of the tunnel of the Modified Arts news, and we’re excited to see how it will help further Roosevelt Row’s reputation. Downtown is ripe with growth and possibility: Just look at the burgeoning hub of boutiques on Garfield and 3rd streets, the nifty creative spaces we have available, and more successes on the way. This past week we even discovered an urban oasis in the desert, furthering our belief that we too can be urban and garden. Meanwhile, we have writers singing the praises of Postino and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and others that just plain love Downtown Phoenix. It’s an exciting time to be Downtown. Join us as your explore your core.
If you’re looking for things to do and places to see in and around downtown Phoenix, may we suggest you visit and bookmark these websites for “the best of the best” events calendars (in our humble opinion):
- Arizona Republic: [website] [twitter]
- CenPhoTV: [website] [twitter]
- Downtown Phoenix Journal: [website] [twitter]
- Downtown Phoenix Partnership: [website] [twitter]
- Showup.com [website] [twitter]
If you know of another events calendar (that’s as comprehensive as the ones listed above), please do tell.
[Source: Rail Life] — Metro stepped up and extended the hours for light rail, so now it’s our turn to show them it was a great decision! Introducing Night Rail, July 31. If you are a fan of the extended light rail hours, a friend of business owners along the line, or just a fan of having fun, join us for Night Rail. Several groups will be getting together along the line throughout the evening and then meeting at the Roosevelt Station at midnight to show support for the extended hours. After midnight, we will head to a couple of nearby places before calling it a night.
You can join our friends at “Light Rail Friday Night” who will be meeting at Rula Bula on Mill from 6-9 p.m. After that, people will meet (10 p.m.) at Monti’s and at Maizie’s, which is just south of the light rail station at Central and Camelback.
Since the new hours are being tested on a trial basis, it is very important for people to be aware of the change and to take advantage of the hours so they don’t go away. You know, the “Use it or lose it” mentality. I mentioned in the Use it or Lose it post, “My thought, so far, is to talk with Local First Arizona, Downtown Phoenix Journal, CenPho TV, Mill Avenue District, Kyle Moyer Agency, Downtown Voices Coalition, Radiate Phoenix, local bloggers, and others.” Turns out, people have stepped up, big time, to help raise awareness and to get people out next weekend, July 31 for “Night Rail.”
Business owners let us know how you want to be involved! If you have ideas, or if you are a blogger writing about Night Rail, please let me know that as well. I’ll update this post as I hear of more happenings. You might also want to follow RailLife, CenPhoTV, No Festival Required, Light Rail Beer, and LocalFirstAZ on Twitter for updates and ideas. Another option is to follow the #NightRail feed for details… Or, click here for a twtvite.