Our (Here and Now) Story

DPJ caters to residents who support our downtown and savvy visitors who want to Go Where the Locals Go.

Whether it’s community news, food, shopping or sports, think of DPJ as that friend in the big city. Our site is filled with everything you need to know as it relates to the urban lifestyle.  We offer a friendly, straightforward insider’s view of all things downtown, from world-class restaurants and museums to events to plan your day around; we’re here as you Explore Your Core™.

What will you find on DPJ?

Exactly what you have been looking for.

DPJ offers a friendly insider’s view of downtown events, restaurants, cultural hot spots, and profiles of people on the City scene.

The DPJ contributors know downtown and are ready to act as your guide.  Additionally you’ll have the contacts and insight on the hottest happenings so you’ll never be at a loss as to what to do.

Plus – it’s easy!

  • Want to find a restaurant? Dig into out our Eats & Drinks section.
  • Looking for a touch of culture in a certain neighborhood? Then look up the neighborhood in the Destination List in the Arts & Culture section.
  • Maybe you’re ready to take your love of downtown and find a new home? Check out our Live Here section for the latest listings throughout our central city.

What’s in our name?

We know this whole downtown/midtown/CenPho/uptown naming convention for Phoenix can get a little confusing. What’s considered downtown? Does the I-10 separate everything? How about the 17? We might use a few of those labels to help people get to know our city just a bit better, but overall we decided to make it easier.

Downtown, to us, is a lifestyle, not a geographic area. Think of it as Glendale Ave-ish to Grant St-ish and from I-17-ish to Highway 51-ish. Most downtowns don’t have rigidly defined downtowns and ours doesn’t either. We suppose you could also call us the Urban Phoenix Journal, but that name doesn’t make much sense. Ultimately, we think of it as a greater downtown – in terms of geography and philosophy.

Editorial Policy

First and foremost – a story must take place within or relate to this great big downtown area of ours. We’ll let others promote the people and places of elsewhere.

We offer blogs, editorials and straight-up researched news stories. We also offer Wire pieces which are press releases of interest that we essentially rip from our inbox. We’ll always make sure you know when it’s a Wire piece, because we didn’t write it. We’re just sharing the information.

A note about blogs, editorials and such. They express the views of the writer alone and  may not express the views or ideas of DPJ as a whole.

Are Submissions Welcome?

You bet! We think of this as Downtown Phoenix’s Journal so you if you have something to say about downtown, let us know. Will we run everything we receive? Nope, sorry. We’re pretty open about being fans of downtown, so if you want to rip on it without offering any constructive words then DPJ probably isn’t for you.

If you think you’re up to writing a blog about a specific Phoenix idea or issue, please let us know. We’d love to have you help out.

We’d love to hear from you, whether you agree, disagree or are neutral, but keep it clean or we won’t publish your comments. This website exists to serve the public, but isn’t necessarily controlled by it. Thank you for reading.