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Networks vital for revitalizing Phoenix downtown

Carol Poore, the President and CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, wrote an op-ed in The Arizona Republic about how networks are important to downtown Phoenix’s success. Her op-ed is the summary of her recently completed Ph.D. dissertation and we at the DVC send our congratulations to her.

As temperatures rise and the Phoenix mayoral race heats up, understanding each candidate’s vision for continued revitalization of our downtown core is essential.

Why? In the words of urbanist Jane Jacobs, downtowns serve as the heart of any city, providing an ecosystem, a place to gather, a place of density and efficiency for both large and small venues that, altogether, create a region’s distinct sense of place, momentum and economic prosperity.

Research I’ve conducted suggests that a lively downtown requires social capital – vital networks needed to sustain collective action, identify opportunities and put in place solutions.

In past decades, two network-building organizations – Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Partnership – fused people and ideas together, jumpstarting at least nine pivotal downtown projects that otherwise would not have been launched, including Arizona Center in 1988, Human Services Campus in 2005 and Downtown Phoenix Public Market in 2009.

Read more here. Congratulations, Dr. Poore!

New Magazine To Promote Greater Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Phoenix Community Alliance]

PCA is pleased to announce a partnership with Urban Affair, a modern media company developed to promote Greater Downtown Phoenix’s urban lifestyle. UA generates ongoing awareness in Downtown Phoenix with assets that include, and RadiatePHX (monthly networking group).

The first product of the partnership is the Downtown Phoenix Journal Magazine, an exciting 4-color publication which will feature excellent editorial and design, and will effectively spotlight the people, places and happenings of Greater Downtown Phoenix.

The premier issue of Downtown Phoenix Journal Magazine will debut with the help of Mayor Gordon at the State of Downtown event on November 4th at CityScape. Join us that evening to be the first to receive a copy.


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Phoenix Community Alliance Helps 26 Blocks Go Virtual

[Source: Phoenix Community Alliance]
PCA Helps 26 Blocks Go Virtual

26 Blocks was created by Joey Robert Parks, a local ghostwriter who was tired of the bad reputation Phoenix holds for many people inside and outside Arizona. Parks says comparing Phoenix to other big cities like Portland, Seattle or New York City, is like comparing your wife or girlfriend to another woman.

“You’d never tell your wife she’s beautiful, but not as pretty or exciting to be around as some other woman. A big part of 26 Blocks is showing people how awesome and unique Phoenix is in its own right,” says Parks.

Like the 26 alphabet blocks a child uses to stack or build words at playtime, Parks chose 26 city blocks as the foundation of the exhibit. 26 Blocks features 26 of the most celebrated photographers in Phoenix, 26 of the most talented writers in Phoenix and one of the best sculptor/painters in Phoenix.

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Downtown Phoenix DREAMRs chosen

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal] — The Downtown Phoenix Partnership will honor six downtown champions with its annual DREAMR awards Feb. 1.   Honorees are for the Downtown Revitalization Effort Awards of Merit and Recognition are:

  • Project/Program Award, Freeport-McMoRan Center, formerly One Central Park East, developed by Mesirow Financial
  • Private Sector Individual Award, Mike Ratner, owner, Tom’s Tavern
  • Public Sector Individual Award, Don Keuth, president, Phoenix Community Alliance
  • Outstanding Organization Award, two-time WNBA champions, Phoenix Mercury
  • Unsung Hero Award, recently retired city of Phoenix manager, Frank Fairbanks
  • Visionary Award, Outgoing DPP Board Chair and Bryan Cave attorney Neil Irwin

The 16th Annual DREAMR Awards luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center with an expo of products and services from central city merchants.  For more information, call 602-254-8696 or visit DPP’s website [Note: To read the full article, visit Downtown Phoenix DREAMRs chosen.]

Tour downtown Phoenix’s newest school, Nov. 19

Phoenix’s “Endless Lofts”

We’re in a spoofing mood, so bear with us as we offer up the short video above made a few years back.  The “3rd Annual Downtown Phoenix Loft & Home Tour” is coming up Saturday, November 1.  Well, it’s really just a tour of rather expensive lofts…not that there’s anything wrong with that.  No neighborhoods with actual house-like homes (like Capitol Mall, Coronado, F.Q. Story, Garfield, Roosevelt, or Willo) are included.  And that’s an opportunity lost on telling the fuller story of living in and around downtown Phoenix.

The loft tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free shuttles will circulate the tour route through the day for easy transportation.  Tour admission is $8 in advance or $10 the day of the tour.  Everybody must check in at 5th Street between Roosevelt and Garfield to get your wristband and tour book.  Destinations on the tour include: 44 Monroe, 215 E. McKinley, Century Plaza, Chester Place, Portland 2, Portland 38, and The Summit at Copper Square.  For more information (including the possibility for free tickets), click here.

“The Happening” happens to be happening in downtown Phoenix, Nov. 1

The Happening at Copper Square[Source: Arizona Republic] — The second annual Happening in Downtown Phoenix is Saturday, Nov. 1 and includes a loft and home tour, a pub crawl, the What’s Happening Street Expo, the third annual Parade of the Arts, and the first It’s Happening sweepstakes.  The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Fifth Street between Roosevelt and Garfield streets and will continue until 2 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets for the loft/home tour and pub crawl, click here.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership in conjunction with the Phoenix Community Alliance, the Mayor’s Office, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.  The goal is showcase the growing array of living and entertainment options in the 90-block area that makes up downtown Phoenix. “We’re excited about this year’s celebration and the opportunity to showcase the energy and dynamism of the downtown scene,” said David Roderique, DPP’s president and CEO.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

On Nov. 15, volunteer for “A Day for Downtown Phoenix”

The ninth annual A Day for Downtown will mobilize more than 900 corporate and community citizens in a rewarding day of service to benefit the downtown Phoenix community.  Presented by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, and the Phoenix Community Alliance, A Day for Downtown revitalizes and beautifies the Phoenix downtown area neighborhoods.

Organizers and sponsors hope to showcase the needs of local organizations, schools, and neighborhoods to local businesses and community members; beautify and revitalize downtown sites and neighborhoods; strengthen community partnerships; and instill a renewed sense of pride in the downtown Phoenix area.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
  • Time: Hands-On Community Service Projects: 8 a.m. to Noon; Lunch and Celebration: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Place: Revitalization projects will take place in the downtown area defined by the following boundaries: Glendale Ave. to Baseline, 43rd Ave. to 44th St.

Platinum City Sponsors include: Accenture, One North Central, Wells Fargo, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance, and HandsOn Greater Phoenix.  To volunteer or for more information, call 602-973-2212 or visit the HandsOn Greater Phoenix website.

Next gathering of Radiate Phoenix is Oct. 28

On October 28, organizers of Radiate Phoenix welcome Don Keuth, President of Phoenix Community Alliance, who will look into his crystal ball on “2009: Tipping or turning point?  The good, the bad, and the unknown.”  Come ponder what will happen next year and how it might all alter the face of downtown.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; discussion starts a little after 6 p.m.
  • Place: Portland’s, 105 W. Portland St. (parking available in the Trinity Cathedral garage due west of Portland’s)
  • RSVP here

Radiate Phoenix is a non-traditional networking group that meets once a month to support smart growth in our emerging city.  It is intended to be an informal and fun forum for connecting people, ideas, and vision.

Has Phoenix finally arrived? Feel the love.

[Source: Robrt L. Pela, Phoenix New Times] — In Jason Hill’s Phoenix, the sun never sets.  His paintings of the city — a vibrant Valley National Bank framed by a glowing sky; a dazzling Financial Center with a jet jauntily speeding past — are thousand-watt, high-color beacons that send the same, simple, not-so-subliminal message: Phoenix is cool.  Come see for yourself.

Laura Spalding’s paintings are more roundabout celebrations of our town.  Onto old Arizona license plates and tin trays, she paints skies cluttered with telephone poles and electrical wires.  Her cityscapes are testimonies to how amazing it is that Phoenix sprang up in the desert in the first place; homages to how it survived to become a prosperous, distinctive destination.

Georganne Bryant’s message is less subtle.  Onto black, cotton T-shirts that she sells at her midtown boutique, she has had a local T-shirt artist silk-screen this legend: Love Phoenix or Leave Phoenix.

Something has shifted.  Hill and Spalding and Bryant and dozens of others like them are having a public love affair with Phoenix.  They’re opening cafes and launching Web sites and creating art that speaks of their pride in a city that most of us have gotten pretty good at mocking.  Many of these folks would have us believe — and, perhaps, want to believe themselves — that we, the country’s fifth-largest city, have finally arrived.  That Phoenix has at last, after decades of false starts and near misses, awakened from a slumber that lasted way too long.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]