The portion of Downtown Phoenix that the U.S. Postal Service considers the 85007 ZIP code is diverse to the max, to say the least. That not only applies to the types of homes and living environments, but also to the commercial sector.
The actual boundaries of this ZIP code are 7th Avenue on the east, 19th Avenue on the east, the Salt River basin on the south and Thomas Road on the north.
On the commercial side of things, you have old warehouse buildings along both sides of the railroad tracks, just west of 7th Avenue, from Jefferson to Lincoln streets, which are currently being used for both industrial and artistic purposes. You may have read here at DPJ recently about the .anti_space Gallery relocating to this area.
Moving west along the north side of the railroad tracks, you have the CASS Shelter. Going further west and slightly north is the state government complex, including our State Capitol building. Continuing north, you arrive at the infamous Lower Grand Avenue, which is emerging as an artistic and vibrant corridor featuring art galleries, cafés (including Sapna Café and the Paisley Violin) and a variety of creative and entrepreneurial businesses.
On McDowell Road, you can get a coffee, Asian food or a cocktail, all at the corner of 7th Avenue where Starbucks, Pei Wei and SideBar all reside. Traveling west on McDowell, you will encounter the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Finally, heading north on 15th Avenue, you can enjoy the very large and beautiful Encanto Park and even play a round of golf at the Public Golf Course at Encanto Park. After finishing your time at the park or on the links, you can stroll over to The Original Hamburger Works, a great Downtown burger shop and pub.
As far as living in 85007 goes, there are a wide variety of choices, with eight different historic neighborhoods, an ultra-modern condo complex (PRD 845) and a variety of apartment complexes. Adjacent to and just south of Grand Avenue, the Oakland and Woodland Historic neighborhoods represent the most affordable opportunities for someone to live in a historic district in Phoenix. Some homes in the Woodland neighborhood date back to the early 1900s.
Just to the north of Grand Avenue, straddling both sides of I-10, is the F.Q. Story neighborhood, with 602 homes dating from the late 1920s and spanning a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish Colonial Revival, English Tudor, Craftsman bungalows and Transitional Ranch.
Between McDowell and Thomas and 7th to 17th avenues, wrapped around three sides of Encanto Park, there are five historic neighborhoods, including Encanto-Palmcroft, Encanto Vista, Fairview Place, Del Norte Place and Margarita Place. These neighborhoods feature homes built from 1920 to 1953. Encanto-Palmcroft is the most notable of these neighborhoods, being a past home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Renquist.
Delving into each of these neighborhoods or districts is obviously not possible in one brief blog posting, but hopefully this gives readers a basic overview of some of the things happening in 85007 and what some of their living options may be.
Lyle Plocher is a licensed Arizona real estate broker with the Urban Connection Realty team at HomeSmart. Lyle can be reached at email@example.com.
We *heart* Downtown Phoenix. Yep, we are embracing the cliche. And what better way to expound on the object of our affection, then to share the voices of DPJ. Read on for a few of our favorite things.
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Si Robins, DPJ Managing Editor
1. Grilled vegetable sandwiches at the Urban Grocery & Wine Bar
2. Urban kickball at Conspire
3. Free nights at the Phoenix Art Museum
4. Urban infill at Plus Minus Studio
5. Retro duds at R&R Surplus
6. Virtually any cocktail at SideBar
7. The sheer potential of a space like Fractal
8. Environmental friendliness at Civic Space Park
9. Live music at the Lost Leaf
10. Tammie Coe cookies
11. Cornhole at Local Breeze
12. Biking in Encanto
13. The buzz at Suns playoff games
14. The relaxed vibe of Third Fridays
Yuri Artibise, Staff Writer
1. Business meetings at Lola Downtown
2. Chatting up tourists on the Metro Light Rail
3. Co-working at Lux Coffeebar
4. Buying unique housewarming gifts at Frances
5. Lusting after jewelry by Heidi Abrahamson
6. Discussing ‘infill development’ at After Hours Gallery
7. Having breakfast for lunch at Matt’s Big Breakfast
8. Stretching out on the grass at Roosevelt Park (3rd Ave, south of Roosevelt)
9. Searching for ghosts at the Hotel San Carlos
10. Winding down with a cookie and coffee at Royal at the Market
11. Getting disoriented in James Turrell’s light sculpture “Mohl ip” at the Phoenix Art Museum
12. Participating in the Critical Mass bike ride
13. Noshing on chilquiles verdes at Gallo Blanco
14. Sampling the rotating tap at Roosevelt Tavern
Kenny Bump, “Sips & Grub” Blogger
1. First meal at Gallo Blanco in the Clarendon Hotel
2. Watching The Swell Season in the Orpheum Theatre
3. Roosevelt Tavern
4. Tuck Shop
5. Jimmy Eat World’s Secret show at Modified Arts
6. The PHX Brew Party hosted by communitas
7. The view of Downtown from the top of After Hours Creative
8. Phoenix Design Fair in the Anchor Building
9. Dear and the Headlights during Star Swim on top of the Wyndham
10. Playing my first gig at the musical opening of fractal
11. St. Francis
12. Lux Coffee
14. The first First Friday I attended and knew that I didn’t want to leave
Janessa Hilliard, DPJ Staff Writer
1. Paddle boating in Encanto Park
2. Tea at the Japanese Friendship Garden
3. The view from the top of South Mountain
4. A picnic in Civic Space Park
5. Spending a day lounging by the rooftop pool at Hotel San Carlos
6. Biking around Downtown
7. Taking a tour of the State Capitol. Can you name the five c’s of Arizona?
8. Matt’s Big Breakfast – Why cook breakfast the morning after when you can just go out for it? Almost always worth the wait.
9. Cibo — It’s like your neighborhood diner, except with an outside patio that’s oh-so-romantic.
10. Paisley Town — If you want a variety of shopping & great food at one adorable, cohesive location.
11. Sweets & Beats on Grand Avenue — If your sweet tooth needs satisfying while adding to your record collection.
12. Lost Leaf — If you love a low-key atmosphere where the conversation is stimulating and the music isn’t overpowering.
13. Tammie Coe Cakes — There is nothing more beautiful — or delicious! — than these amazing creations.
14. The Compass Room at the Hyatt — The rotating dining room view is totally worth it, if you’re willing to shell out a pretty penny.
Deona Smith, DPJ Staff Writer
1. Local Breeze – My place away from home where everybody knows my name! This is hands down the best patio to chill out at in Downtown Phoenix.
2. Civic Space Park — Whenever I need to get away, I walk to this park and enjoy the grass and view of the city.
3. The Willo District — Whenever you want to take a Sunday drive and check out some historical homes, this is my favorite place to do it.
4. Central Ave. — You might be thinking just Central Ave.? Yes, just Central Ave., I love driving down it to get home, the view of the city just over the bridge warms my heart.
5. Carly’s — Anytime I am craving smoked mozzarella I go to Carly’s for my favorite sandwich in town…The Europa. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
6. The Roosevelt Tavern — Warm, cozy and friendly… The Roosevelt is my favorite place for happy hour and the coldest beer on tap in the city.
7. Roosevelt Row — I live in the neighborhood, I can’t help but love it!
8. Bikini Lounge – Who doesn’t enjoy a great dive bar? Bikini is the place to be especially on a First Friday.
9. US Airways Center — Let’s face it, I am a Suns fan and love going to the games!
10. The Sheraton Hotel — Just this location in general is my favorite part of Downtown. I love the feel of “Downtown” and this makes me feel like I am in the heart of it.
11. The many locally owned coffee shops in Phoenix — From Fair Trade to Lux, each place offers a unique atmosphere plus great coffee and teas to be had!
12. Two Hippies — Beach House, Magic Mushroom Burgers, Pita House and Breakfast Joint, oh my! Great atmosphere at each location and awesome eats!
13. Heritage Square — It hosts the Matsuri Festival, one of my favorite yearly events. Not to mention, Rose and Crown and Pizzeria Bianco!
14. Burton Barr Central Library — The best library in Arizona. The architecture, the smell of a library, several quiet places to read and the helpful staff — the Phoenix library is simply awesome.
Previous week’s games
2/05/10 SUNS 114, Kings 102
2/10/10 Blazers 108, SUNS 101
Next week’s games
2/16/10 SUNS @ Grizzlies, 6 p.m., My45
2/17/10 SUNS @ Mavericks, 7 p.m., ESPN
The NBA All-Star break is upon us. It’s the unofficial midway point of the season, although less than half the games remain (29 for the Phoenix Suns). As the Suns prepare for a break from NBA action, we here at the Suns Spot decided to take a look at what we expect to see happen over the last few months of the NBA season.
Amar’e Stoudemire won’t be traded as a salary dump.
Will the Suns finally give in and trade STAT? I have no idea, but they definitely won’t trade him just for expiring contracts. In the last day, we’ve heard rumors saying the Suns would more than likely stay pat and rumors saying Pat Riley and the Heat are pushing hard for Stoudemire. So, I have no idea what to make it of it all, but I do know Steve Kerr will at least get something of value. Despite the fact that most Suns fans are now on board with the idea of trading Amar’e, there would definitely be riots in Downtown Phoenix if Amar’e is traded for another team’s garbage. I fully expect that if the Suns do the pull a trigger on an Amar’e trade, they will receive at least one young talent, an expiring contract and a first-round draft pick, and at this point we couldn’t really ask for more.
The Suns will make the playoffs.
Currently, the Suns sit as the number six seed out West in a very tight playoff race. That’s right about where most people thought the Suns would be this year. Things are awfully jumbled, though. Phoenix could easily move up to the number two spot, but just as easily they could slip to number 11. I see this team finishing five or higher. The Suns have really picked up their play as of late, winning five of six before the All-Star break (the one loss coming Wednesday night to Portland). Robin Lopez has been a huge factor in the middle since starting and Channing Frye has finally recovered his touch. Couple that with the ever-growing confidence of Goran Dragic, the scrappy play of Jared Dudley and Lou Amundson and the mind-boggling numbers being put up by veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill, and I guarantee this team will stay in the middle of the playoff race, even if Stoudemire is traded.
Steve Nash will win the skills challenge.
No way Nash loses this. Participating in the skills challenge in the city whose team owner said Nash was too old to play at a high level (six years ago)? How could Nash possibly lose this? MVSteve is definitely going to stick it to Mark Cuban, no doubt in my mind.
So, there you have it. These are a few of the things I expect to see over the last two-and-a-half months or so of regular season play. Will they all happen for sure? I don’t know, but you can’t prove they won’t happen, unless of course you read this blog in May.
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
314 E. Buchanan St. in SoDo/Warehouse
The stretch of Buchanan Street south of US Airways Center — between Central Avenue and 4th Street — is virtually deserted most times of the day, save for a few residents trickling to and from the Stadium Lofts building. A block to the east of those condos, a small, abandoned brick storefront sits, all but forgotten, its expansive parking lot fenced in and topped with razor wire.
Most people probably drive by it in a flash and don’t even notice it. Granted, the structure is small, but back in the 1890s, it was one of Phoenix’s impressive and well-lauded commercial buildings.
The building is the former E.L. Fresnal Grocery Store, built c. 1890, even then one of Phoenix’s original commercial structures. Today, it’s one of the oldest buildings in Maricopa County.
If you stop to marvel at the Fresnal Grocery, a few key design elements are still apparent. It features a false front design typical of territorial architecture of the era. The all-brick structure was built in two phases. The original phase — the larger of the two building sections — has a gabled roof and stepped parapet. This part of the building features the false front with two arched openings (in actuality, most patrons probably entered from the back of the building away from Buchanan Street, now facing the vacant parking surface).
The smaller addition, probably built shortly after the original section, has a flat roof, a similar arched entranceway and a corbelled cornice. Some 120 years later, it remains the building’s only documented alteration.
Source: Phoenix Historic Building Survey by Charles Hall Page and Associates, Sep. 1979
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Alrighty kids, lets jump right to the point for this restaurant. This meal burned into my taste buds as some of the best cuisine I have ever had the privilege of crying over. Let me explain.
Phoenix is blessed to have two Los Dos Molinos locations (the original on Central Avenue in South Phoenix and the newer Washington Street location). Each one dons its own style and boasts the challenging phrase, “Some Like it Hot.” Now, I know what you are thinking, ‘I can handle a little heat. In fact, nothing is too spicy for me. Bring it on.’ Easy there, buckaroo. Back in the South, when we would eat food this hot and go running to Mama, she would slap a spoonful of buttered grits into our crying mouths to cool us off. So, folks, this is some seriously hot stuff. I nearly called my mama.
Right off the bat, they bring out some chips and salsa — pretty standard. But, let me remind you that included in the cute little history of this place on the menu is the phrase, “I do not know how to make ‘Mild.'” Those quotations suspended there just represent how fictitious the heat index of “mild” is. There are two bowls — one with a “less spicy” green salsa and the other with a frightening dark red salsa. I’m pretty sure I had to take a gulp of water after I looked at it each time.
When my meal arrived, there was a current of air that wafted the exquisite smell up my nose and placed loving/spicy tears in my eyes. By this point, the salsa had numbed most of my face, but I was willing to dive into this plate. These country-style pork ribs were some of the softest I have ever had. Literally, they cut like butter. They melted in my mouth. Yes, they were marinated in New Mexican red chili. Yes, a tear ran down my face with each bite. I like to think they were primarily tears of joy for what I experienced, mixed with my body’s reaction to hot food.
I ate every bite of those ribs, and I have two words to describe them: Fantastamazing sauce. If Los Dos Molinos started a religion, I would convert primarily for the after-service dinners. If you have yet to experience one of the greats here in Phoenix, then you are missing out. Just be sure to have your buttered grits ready.
Los Dos Molinos is located at 1010 E. Washington St. — light rail station at Washington/Jefferson and 12th St. 602.528.3535