Cities x Design is a 35-city trans-media research trip across the United States that is recorded online and will later be released in film, exhibition, and book form. Their fifth stop was Phoenix. Visit their website to learn more about their trip, express your opinion on your favorite metro Phoenix sites, and view pictures of places they visited here and along the way to their next stop, San Diego.
[Source: Beth Litwin, Arizona Republic, June 24, 2008] — Residents of Phoenix, Glendale, and Peoria will have the opportunity to offer their input on potential Grand Avenue improvements during a series of three upcoming public meetings.
The community meeting in Phoenix will be 6-8 p.m., July 8 in the Clubhouse at Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Ave.
Proposed improvements to be discussed are along Grand Avenue from Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) to McDowell Road and are in addition to the upcoming widening project that is scheduled to start next year. Grand Avenue will be expanded to three lanes in each direction from Loop 303 to 83rd Avenue, by 2011.
A presentation will begin 30 minutes after the start of each meeting where members of the public will learn about the proposed construction projects. Members of the study team and ADOT representatives will also field questions from residents. The improvements are scheduled for construction in Phase I (2006-2010) of the voter-approved Regional Transportation Plan for Maricopa County. For information, contact the Northwest Valley Community Outreach Team at 480-890-3055. [Note: To view and download a PDF of the proposed improvements, click here.]
[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix officials are planning a move that will mean big changes to the look and feel of downtown’s monthly First Friday arts events. The gatherings originated in galleries with new exhibitions, music, wine and finger food. But, along revitalized Roosevelt Street, they spill out onto sidewalks and empty lots where vendors sell everything from oil paintings and pencil drawings to T-shirts and beaded necklaces. Ordinances make those sidewalk sales illegal, city officials say. And after complaints from some artists and gallery owners, the city will begin cracking down on the sidewalk sales. On Friday and again in April, the city will issue warnings. But, in May, inspectors will begin issuing citations, with fines ranging from $100 to $2,500.
Gina Suarez says the vendors add to the atmosphere. Suarez owns the Paisley Violin, a cafe and art space that once operated at Second and Roosevelt streets but is now at 11th and Grand avenues. Suarez said they don’t have vendors on Grand Avenue. “I think it’s great that the vendors are out there,” Suarez said. “It draws traffic and makes (Phoenix’s First Fridays) different than Scottsdale’s and Tempe’s art walks.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]