Recently, there has been some conversation about where the funds came from that paid for a branding project resulting in the motto, “Arizona’s Urban Heart.”
David Roderique, CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, responded to these questions in a letter to the Arizona Republic on Saturday.
Because I know the fragile self-esteem of Phoenicians is at stake, let me begin my observations about the state of the center city with the good stuff. I smelled the orange blossoms — even stepping out into one of ugliest urban spaces anywhere, the pedestrian loading zone at Sky Harbor. Many of the Midwestern transplants dislike the scent, which makes me dislike some of them even more. But this small, fleeting thing reminds me of my often magical city that is gone forever.
Downtown Phoenix’s looming blue public art piece ran into another delay Thursday, adding further unintended import to the sculpture’s title, Her Secret Is Patience. Construction crews spent the first half of Thursday attaching what would have been the final installment of the already delayed Civic Park art installation. After consulting the plans, the designer realized… Read more
Phoenix’s greatest challenge isn’t finding talent. It’s isn’t finding motivated people. It isn’t finding get local creatives. It isn’t finding stuff to do. It’s making them all work TOGETHER. Art Detour, a massively important, once-a-year event, is an opportunity to take the very best this city has to offer and show them all off to… Read more
The City of Phoenix is receiving nearly $40 Million from the Federal Government in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds, which it will be using to help Phoenix residents buy “Bank owned” homes within the city limits. Approved applicants will receive $15,000 to go toward their down payment and closing costs. You do not have to be a first-time homebuyer to participate in the program, but the property you buy does have to be your primary residence.
Downtown students now have a more direct say in how their campus is run after they ratified their constitution, changing the student advisory board to a student government.
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Our little blog site keeps getting better and better. Thanks and welcome to all our new readers. This is really about all of us, so keep those comments and suggestions coming. We appreciate your input. We’ll also be introducing a few new bloggers and writers on our site early next week. Seems we have more… Read more