Downtown Phoenix never fails to surprise and delight. DPJ’s Live PHX series captures the moments that illustrate why we love life in our city.

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Downtown Phoenix has evolved so much in the past few years. From just about any vantage point in the city, cranes can be spotted hovering above the existing skyline. They stand as a symbol of the growth and development we see everyday, but also a future that’s somewhat unknown and exciting. Are there going to be growing pains? Sure. It’s inevitable. 

But the southerly view from the courtyard at CityScape reminds us of the importance of preservation.

After opening in 1924, the Luhrs was the first 10-story high rise in Phoenix. It undoubtedly represented great progress for Phoenix at the time. Now that many modern constructions surround and continue to be built around the historic Beaux-Arts style building, it’s hard to imagine the downtown Phoenix skyline without it. 

The Luhrs building stands as a reminder that by preserving our past, we are able to enjoy a richer, more meaningful present.

Photo by Lauren Potter.

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  • James

    Cityscape is adjacent to two of the most beautiful historic blocks in downtown, and not a single storefront – or even a window – makes any sort of connection with them. You should be able to admire the Luhrs’ buildings by crossing Jefferson and shopping at stores on the ground levels of each project, or from a patio, 2nd story balcony, or 3rd floor green roof. Instead, Luhrs’ retail sits vacant as it faces the loading dock and garage ramps of Cityscape, while its smaller partner to the south was demolished for a generic hotel. The Luhrs block isn’t exactly the pride of Phoenix preservation… or, at least, it hasn’t been treated as such.

  • Doug Roper

    It may be “our” city, but it’s not your buildings (or the city’s). I’m moving into Phoenix from Chicago because of its strong property rights. Preserve property you own, and leave others alone.