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Flurry of activity set for Roosevelt Action Association meeting, Nov. 18

[Source: Catrina Knoebl, President, Roosevelt Action Association] — Autumn seems to have officially arrived, and with the new season comes a flurry of neighborhood activity.  Please read on and join us for our monthly Neighborhood meeting next Wednesday, November 18.

Saturday, November 14, 7:30 a.m. check-in at Trinity Cathedral

Please join us for a neighborhood tree planting as part of the Mayor’s Annual Day for Downtown. The Roosevelt Neighborhood will be the recipient of 40 new trees planted on Roosevelt St. near Trinity Cathedral, Portland Parkway, and Latham St. near the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Volunteers participating in this rewarding day of service will receive a voucher for the Phoenix Public Market as a thank you! The event is presented by the Mayor Phil Gordon’s office, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Phoenix Community Alliance.

There have been a number of recent break-ins in and around the neighborhood. Just last week, a resident heard a noise in an adjacent backyard, called the police and a robbery was stopped IN PROGRESS. The perpetrator was arrested and was found to have two outstanding warrants and 12 previous felony convictions. They booked him on burglary, trespassing, and possession of stolen goods. PLEASE remember that suspicious persons in the park/alley/hidden corner could have a warrant, or ill intentions for you or your property. The police GREATLY APPRECIATE us being their eyes and ears on the street. There is no such thing as an inconvenient call. Just having their presence in the neighborhood can deter would-be incidents. The number of officers that protect our neighborhood is directly related to the number of calls from its residents. Call Crime Stop: 602-262-6151.

The RAA is planning a Winship House visioning workshop in early December. Residents, City representatives, and downtown stakeholders are invited to discuss the renovation and potential uses for the Winship House, and identify its impact on the surrounding area. Want to participate or sponsor the workshop? Please send an email and we will forward details once final.

Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central), Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

This month we will welcome representatives of Brilliant Green Energy who will discuss how we can make our urban homes more energy efficient. The agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Community Action Officer Crime Report
  • Brilliant Green Energy Presentation
  • Winship House Visioning Workshop
  • 2nd Avenue Parking Update
  • 7th Avenue/McDowell Development Update
  • Tree Planting Recap
  • Restaurant Tour Plans
  • Announcements

All RAA Meetings are open to the public.  To subscribe to Roosevelt updates, go to

Central Phoenix neighborhoods invited to join Dec. 27 Light Rail celebration

[Source: Catrina Knoebl, Roosevelt Action Association] — The Roosevelt Action Association (RAA) is working feverishly to ensure that the Roosevelt neighborhood and extended community are appropriately represented in downtown Phoenix’s portion of the December 27 Light Rail grand opening celebration.  Light Rail event organizers have agreed to move the RAA booth to the Roosevelt Station and lend a few tables for RAA’s booth and others who may be interested in participating.  Organizers will have a staffed table on the platform to provide directions to people getting on and off the train.

The December 27 event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  RAA is working with Fair Trade Coffee and others to determine the best position to set up along Central.

IMPORTANT: RAA needs to know how many other neighborhood groups are interested in having a presence at this station.  This will help RAA determine the best location and layout.  Please send an e-mail with the following information by end of day today so RAA knows how best to proceed:

  • Name/organization
  • ID whether or not you need a full table or if a shared table will work
  • Contact info (e-mail and phone)

On Dec. 27 in downtown Phoenix, visit Light Rail Stop #11

Roosevelt plants trees, holds 25 year anniversary party on Nov. 15

Roosevelt Row’s Trees First Campaign will be doing a tree planting on 6th Ave. in conjunction with the Mayor’s office and HandsOn Greater Phoenix’s Day for Downtown.  Cheer on the volunteers as they bring much needed shade to our streets.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
  • Time: 8 a.m. to Noon
  • Place: 6th Ave and Roosevelt, Phoenix

Then later that night, you’re invited to the Roosevelt Neighborhood’s Silver Anniversary!  November 2008 marks the 25th year since Roosevelt was listed on the Historic Register.  It is the first Phoenix neighborhood to receive that distinction.  That’s worth a party, don’t you think?

Drink, Dine, and Party at CIBO and Palatte: Music, Festive Prizes, Special Wine Selections, Great Friends — both familiar and new.  Plus, each guest will have a chance to participate in the creation of a large scale mosaic painting commemorating the event.  NO cover charge!  A portion of food and drink proceeds will benefit Roosevelt’s Neighborhood Association (RAA), a 501c3 non-profit organization.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Place: CIBO & PALATTE, the Fillmore block between 4th & 5th Aves

For more information, click here.

Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row named one of nation’s “best secret neighborhoods”

[Source: Catrina Knoebl, Roosevelt Action Association] — Travel and Leisure Magazine recently picked Roosevelt Row as one of the best secret neighborhoods in the country.  And its signature Block Party is a can’t miss, with artists and vendors booths on Garfield Street between Fourth and Sixth streets.  Our own Phoenix New Times named it the Best Block Party.  

Roosevelt Row is home to visual and performing art spaces such as Modified arts, eye lounge, MADE Art Boutique, and Red Dog Gallery; iconic F&B hotspots Fate, Carly’s, Roosevelt Tavern, Portland’s and Lost Leaf; plus shopping destinations Spoken and Bunky Boutique.  Just to name a few.

And tonight, Friday, October 3, is First Friday.  Artlink’s art walk/ride spans several galleries and art spaces throughout the area, and most are open (at least) from 6 to 10 p.m. so there is plenty of time to check out some of the old and new, including those all in a Row.  If there was ever a day — night! — to explore your core, this is it.  Click here for more.

Downtown Phoenix parking debate grows along with ASU

[Source: Associated Press] — Some downtown Phoenix residents living in the Roosevelt Neighborhood are expressing concern about parking for Arizona State University students both now and in the future.  Some condo and office building developers waiting for the soft real estate market to rebound are instead turning their downtown land into parking lots for ASU students and others.  That has some members of nearby neighborhood associations worried.  “Ideally, we don’t want a parking lot there,” said Steve Brueckner, president of the Roosevelt Action Association.

Neighbors said they fear that parking, even if it’s temporary, could lead to more permanent downtown lots.  Besides relying on light rail to get students downtown, ASU will also need thousands of parking spaces, according to university figures.  This fall, ASU expects to have 4,500 students and as many as 900 staffers on campus, said university planner Richard Stanley.  The school currently has 1,100 parking spaces and agreements to lease 3,400 other spaces some for daytime use only from the city of Phoenix, near Chase Field; the Mercado complex; and the Phoenix Convention Center.  By 2020, ASU estimates it will have 15,000 downtown students and may need up to 6,000 spaces by then.

Hoping to calm neighborhood fears, the City of Phoenix says some landowners must seek a zoning change or special permit to create a parking lot, said Debra Stark, the city’s planning director.  “The city also has specific lighting and landscaping requirements,” Stark said.  ASU officials said they are still working on a long-term parking fix downtown.  Planning for parking does not include disrupting residential neighborhoods surrounding ASU, Stanley said.

Roosevelt neighborhood asks for increased security at Hance Park

Japanese Garden, Margaret T. Hance Park[Source: Andie Abkarian, Roosevelt Action Association] — As part of City of Phoenix budget cuts, the Parks Department has eliminated security in downtown’s Margaret T. Hance Park.  Out of $13,500,000 cut from the Parks budget, the Parks Department chose to eliminate overnight park security at Hance Park for an estimated cost savings of $50,000.  The neighborhood was told that the Police Department will monitor security at the park as part of their regular patrol, but neighbors are concerned that (1) Phoenix police officers are already overwhelmed with regular patrols and (2) there is no way Phoenix police officers can adequately keep the park safe without dedicated foot patrols into the depths of the park throughout the night.

The Roosevelt Action Association asks interested persons to ASAP call and/or e-mail the following representatives requesting an immediate reversal of this decision.  On May 20, RAA representatives will meet with city staff.

For more information on what you can do to help or for more details on the buget cut, send an e-mail or call Andie Abkarian (480-600-8826), Catrina Knobel (480-579-2998), or Mike Hall (602-258-6048).

Hance park security takes a budget hit

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — When Phoenix’s Parks and Recreation Department cut $15.5 million, it was only a matter of time before downtown parks began to feel the pain.  Among the laundry list of cuts was the $288,000 private security contract for six Phoenix parks, including Margaret T. Hance Park at 1134 N. Central Ave.  That and other budget cuts took effect in April, city officials say.

Roosevelt Action Association members have complained to the city about the lost security detail, but it doesn’t look like it will come back any time soon.  “I believe this decision (was) short sighted and injurious to our neighborhood,” wrote the group’s president Steve Brueckner in a neighborhood newsletter.  While the one man patrol “may not sound like much, this security made a significant difference in the number of crime- and drug- related incidents occurring in the park at night.  The patrol also did a great job of keeping people from spending the night in the park,” Brueckner wrote.

The night guard was one of many tough decisions, said assistant parks director Jim Burke.  The cuts included eliminating most of the city’s youth sports programs, which served 3,850 children last year.  “This is the new reality at the parks department,” Burke said.  When residents call with concerns, “We have to figure out how to make it as positive as possible,” he added.