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Court verdict rejects activist’s appeal citing negative effects of parking lot

The City of Phoenix has won its case to keep its parking lot on the same block formerly occupied by the Sahara/Ramada Inn.

A court verdict on Monday reaffirmed the city’s decision to build a temporary parking lot adjacent to Taylor Place, rejecting an appeal filed by a downtown Phoenix resident and community activist.

Judge John Rea’s verdict said the decision at the November Board of Adjustment Hearing, at which a five-year permit for the parking lot was issued, was not “arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion.”

The verdict came over two months after the plaintiff, Sean Sweat, a capital supply engineer for Intel, had his appeal heard before Rea in July. Some downtown Phoenix community members had attempted to stop the construction of the parking lot, which opened in June at the site of the former Ramada Inn, by proposing a dog park.

Read more at The Downtown Devil.

Mobile food-truck court launches in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Kellie Hwang, azcentral.com]

New Times/Brad Moore

It’s been confirmed: The Mobile Food Truck Court will launch on Nov. 5 at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

The court, organized by the newly formed Phoenix Street Food Coalition, has been green-lighted by the city. Food trucks will set up every Friday during lunchtime in the parking lot of the market.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs, is spearheading the effort. He hopes to draw downtown employees.

“We are ecstatic about this opportunity and so thankful to the Phoenix Public Market for allowing us to use their facilities,” Moore said. “This is going to grow into a great cultural event within downtown Phoenix, something that hopefully in the next few years will rival the street-food scenes in cities like Portland (Ore.) and LA.”

The trucks will be set up in the parking lot, with tables and chairs underneath the carports for shade. If all goes well, Phoenix Public Market owner Cindy Gentry said the hope is to renovate the parking lot with misters to make it more diner-friendly. She is looking forward to food court and thinks it will add to the foot traffic in the market.

“I love the energy of the trucks and the people,” she said. “The food is fabulous, and this will really create a good synergy with the public market. Nothing but positivity can come from this.”

Here are the confirmed food trucks for the opening:

Moore hopes to add more trucks and rotate them.

Details:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, starting Nov. 5.

Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix.

Prices vary.

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