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Where’s Patriots Square Park?

[Source: Steve Weiss, No Festival Required]

Mayor Phil Gordon and RED Development promised a replacement for the original Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix. This film shows what we as Phoenix citizens ended up getting as a “park”, a park so unlike a true park that no one who is even there knows it exists.

Video by Leslie Barton and Steve Weiss:



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CenPhoCamp returns to downtown Phoenix on October 9

CenPhoCamp is back again to help greater downtown Phoenix business owners, their customers and residents succeed in the new economy. The afternoon conference will feature 12 35-minute sessions designed to teach small business owners and the like how to better use the resources they may not know they have access to.

The volunteer-run workshop is comprised of local practitioners willing to show others exactly how to do what is they do. Kirk Yuhnke of ABC15 will be presenting on how to make your business story worth, Gary Campbell will present on how working with universities can help your bottom line, and pundit-turned-marketer Kevin Spidel will show how branding is the new customer loyalty program. These three, along with nine other hand-picked presenters, highlight the afternoon workshop to be held at the Cronkite building on the ASU downtown Phoenix campus.

Food is being provided by the attendees themselves, as conference organizers hope to create a community learning forum, rather than a lecture environment. The social media style even allows everyone to get back exactly what they put in.

Following the conference will be an after-party at “The District” located in the downtown Sheraton with hosted appetizers and drink specials from 5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

About CenPhoCamp:

CenPhoCamp is an “unconference” designed to bring together businesses, business leaders, customers, teachers and other interested people and entities who connect to downtown Phoenix for sessions of sharing and collaborating on how to build a greater downtown community culture and enterprise.

Originally organized by Tyler Hurst, a downtown resident writer and consultant, this year he partnered up with Si Robins, a downtown editor and writer for many local Phoenix publications as well as a host of green focused web sites like 1-800-Recycling to create a more streamlined version of the event.

The event, speakers, and attendees share a passion for promoting downtown business, culture, and success for that segment of the Phoenix market and population. The ultimate goal is to build a better downtown.


WHERE: Cronkite School, 2nd Floor, 555 N Central Ave Phoenix, 85004 (map)

WHEN: October 9, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Tyler Hurst


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Bicycle Boulevard Neighborhood Meeting THURSDAY!

Sorry for the extremely short notice, but the DVC has caught wind that there will be a City of Phoenix hosted ‘bicycle boulevard’ neighborhood meeting tomorrow (THURSDAY) at City Hall in downtown Phoenix.

Come out and participate in this neighborhood meeting with the City to work on a new bicycle lane and path project in Phoenix that will connect the Phoenix Public Market with Gateway Community College and the 15th Avenue bike lane.

Please help spread the word to others who’d like to attend!


Date: September 16, 2010

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: 200 W. Washington St. 1st Floor, Assembly Room A (map)

There is a Facebook invite HERE.

(Thanks to Taz Loomans at Blooming Rock for the heads up!)

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Downtown Voices Coalition’s Monthly General Meeting is Saturday

The Downtown Voices Coalition will be holding its monthly General meeting this Saturday, September 11, 9:30 am at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (map).


  • Introductions and minutes review 08-14-10
  • Application Elise Griffin and Matt Tomb for Steering Committee-action item
  • Discussion Update from Visioning Conference-Carol Poore, Jim McPherson
  • Discussion Regarding Washington Street Centennial Way Project and Shade Aspect Recommendations-Steve Weiss, possible action item
  • Old Business
  • New Business
Adjourn 11:30 am
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Reminder: Downtown Voices Coalition’s Monthly General Meeting is Saturday

The Downtown Voices Coalition will be holding its monthly General meeting this Saturday, August 14, 9:30 am at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (map)


  • Introductions and minutes review 7-10-10
  • Discussion Reports from Visioning Conference-Carol Poore, Group
  • Discussion follow-up Zoning Adjustment Permit Sahara/Ramada Hotel-Steve Weiss
  • Grand Avenue Festival Report-Beatrice Moore, Kate Benjamin
  • Old Business: Report on tax filing-Susan Copeland
  • New Business
Adjourn 11:30 am
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Downtown Phoenix Public Market launches rewards program

[Source: Phoenix New Times]

Shopping local just got a bit cheaper with the Community Supported Market card at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar.

The CSM card is half gift card and half discount card, which Community Food Connections (CFC), the non-profit organization that operates the Phoenix Public Market, says was created to thank customers for their continued support.

How it works:

  • You buy the card. Get $50 for $50, $100 for $95, $250 for $225 or $500 for $425. (The more you spend the more you save.)
  • Use the card like cash when you shop at the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar (not the Wednesday or Saturday farmers’ markets). Take advantage of card-holder special offers, changing weekly, like buy one get one melons or $5 off wine.

The Catch:

You have to use the preloaded card by Dec. 31, 2010, or it expires and you’re outta luck.

“I’m guessing there will be enough opportunities and enough good stuff in the store that they will have no problem spending their balance before the end of the year,” says Cindy Gentry, Executive Director of CFC.

She says some people who purchased CSM cards at the start of the program, July 9, have already spent down their balance and reloaded.

Anybody can get a card, not just previous customers, so now is a good time to check the market out if you haven’t already.

“Not only are you getting to access your favorite foods at a discount, but you’re actually getting to support your local community,” Gentry says.

CSM cards are available on-site at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar located at 14 East Pierce Street in downtown Phoenix. The market is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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