The City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department invites you to participate in one of two charrettes for the Adams Street Activation Study.
The study area consists of a two block span along Adams Street from Central Avenue to Second Street. The city procured the services of a professional design firm, Gensler, to conduct the study of the area to explore concepts to improve the pedestrian experience, enhance economic opportunities and connectivity on Adams Street between Central Avenue and Second Street.
Since the expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center and the additional development that has occurred in downtown over the past several years, this corridor has become one of the most heavily traveled pedestrian thoroughfares in the city, as it links the Convention Center, three downtown hotels, art and cultural destinations and is the heart of the central business district.
The Charrette Sessions
The first of two community charrettes seeking your input are scheduled on April 23rd and 24th from 3 to 6pm, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Please feel free to attend one or both of the sessions. In an effort to provide flexibility, the first charrette will be held on two days to allow for those with tight schedules to attend.
During the charrette session the consultant will seek input regarding design concepts and ideas on ways to improve the study area. The ideas/concepts and feedback obtained will be utilized to produce conceptual renderings/drawings that will be presented to the community (at a second community charrette session – date is to be determined) to gather additional input and feedback.
Once both community charrettes are completed, the consultant will draft a report with findings from the study, which will be presented to City Council.
The Charrette: Where & When
Date: Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Convention Center, West Building at 2nd St. & Adams, First Floor Arcade Area – Room 106 B
Parking: Available in the West Garage: Entrance is located just south of Monroe on 2nd St.
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Peter King’s Pre-Pat’s Run Tweetup Hosted by @AZCardinals
The event takes place on the eve of the 9th Annual Pat’s Run at Sun Devil Stadium.
Tickets for the event are $40.00 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Tillman Foundation. Each ticket purchase includes admission, happy hour food and carbo-loading pasta stations, as well as two drink tickets redeemable for draft beer and wine.
The event will also include a football discussion and Q&A moderated by King and featuring Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, new Head Coach Bruce Arians and new GM Steve Keim (pictured left to right below).
Space is limited and advance tickets are available now by calling 602-379-0102 as well as by visiting the Cardinals Tempe Training Facility (8701 S. Hardy Dr.) or University of Phoenix Stadium Box Office.
If you go
Event: Peter King Pre-Pats’ Run Tweetup Hosted by @AZCardinals
When: Friday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Tom’s Tavern, 2 N. Central Ave.
Tickets: $40 each with all proceeds going to the Pat Tillman Foundation
Transportation/Parking: Light Rail to Washington. Park in the CityScape parking garage or nearby meters (free after 5 p.m.)
Images provided by Arizona Cardinals
DPJ’s Bike Chic series by Nathan Simpson. You may see him around town scouting locals who not only ride their bikes but look dapper doing it.
Her Neighborhood: Historic Roosevelt
Favorite thing about living in Downtown Phoenix: I like going out on my bike at night. I ride around the jail and government buildings where the streets are empty. It feels like your own city.
How do you get involved in your community? I sing in a band (Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce). Every few months we have a jam session at our house. We put out flyers and invite everyone in the neighborhood. I’m really proud of the events because they promote community and bring people together and promote some of what the city has to offer.
What she’s wearing:
- Dress and belt from Buffalo Exchange
- Feathered earrings from vendor at McDowell Mountain Music Festival
- Ring purchased in Redondo Beach
Her biking essentials:
- Bike salvaged from alley
- Front and rear baskets
- Bike repairs done by Derrick at Hood Ride
Name: Megan Salisbury
Occupation: Student at ASU Downtown, Intern at Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, Volunteer
Her Neighborhood: Medlock Place
What you love about downtown? The diversity of the community. The fact I don’t have to drive to get my everyday needs met, and it seems like most everyone I interact with is committed to buying local, and finding creative solutions to the changing society (such as with Valley of the Sunflowers). I like the urban component, the murals, the coffee shops, and the fact I can walk to great dining, an improv theatre, and my mechanic without trouble.
How you are involved in the community? I do a lot of work with the homeless. I am passionate about ending homelessness and aspire to live in a community where we can all have our basic needs met.
General biking ensemble: I tend to travel light because I’m clumsy. I definitely don’t wear flip flops while biking. I’ve learned my lesson with that.
- Vintage Schwinn Breeze – scored at a yard sale
- Helmet – Nutcase bought on clearance from REI
- Hello Kitty Bell – gift and tribute to a friend who passed away last year
- Light- headlamp fastened to the basket
What she’s wearing:
- Shirt and pants from Goodwill
- Shoes – simple flats from REI
- Earrings from Frances
It’s no news to anyone who lives in downtown Phoenix that there are a ton of vacant lots. I am deeply familiar with all of the ones in my Garfield neighborhood. I have photographed them, walked across them and located the remaining debris of homes on them. They are a very real part of the structure here and are more than just undeveloped areas of desert. They are built-upon, once-used, stripped clean, recovered with gravel and continuously trimmed and maintained pieces of land.
When talking about these bits of patchwork that stretch throughout the city, the tendency is to talk about how these areas can be “developed.” We want someone to “do something” with this space, to fill it, or to make practical business use of it. We might think “store,” or “community garden.” Most developers might already have their eye on it as a place with increasing or decreasing property value that can be turned over for a profit and don’t care what it becomes.
More often what I tend to see is free, open space—a fact of the landscape that we regularly interact with on many different levels. I see a platform situated tightly within a community that could make relevant, temporary use of it. Why all this clamoring for indoor, stifling “art” space when we have a wide, vast outdoor venue that is just waiting to be drawn back into the city?
Some organizations and individuals have already begun to do this. Roosevelt Row CDC’s A.R.T.S. program managed to cultivate an entire field of sunflowers; INFLUX and the City of Phoenix are planning and realizing numerous arts projects on vacant spaces and even Mayor Greg Stanton has gotten involved by utilizing the space adjacent to Steele Indian School park for education, community farming and arts projects. “The Lot: What Should Go Here” poses the question to the community to think about what they’d want next to monOrchid. These people and organizations see the availability of this land as an opportunity to beautify our spaces and utilize them for the community’s creations.
These spaces also hold the potential for different types of work. Rather than putting the spaces through the same process of application, review and execution, individuals have the opportunity at any moment to interact meaningfully with this part of the landscape. An impromptu performance, a shortcut walking from one area to another, a place to fly a kite, an area of soft ground to run on (it’s more acceptable to run around a track?)—these allow us to see the land as less “vacant” as it is continuous.
While some areas may be fenced off and monitored, many others are available and have been for some time. What’s to stop someone from launching an impromptu, temporary and litter-less artwork? What would prevent us from inviting people to converge on a space for one hour to be part of a new performance, action, or participatory piece? New York-based 596 Acres has managed to organize a massive project that identifies all the vacant spaces in the city along with a path to activating them.
While the calls for proposals from places like INFLUX or the City of Phoenix ask us to consider a space, we also have the power within us to determine where to enact a project, with or without an organization’s approval. By regularly being present in these spaces, we can address them as something other than an off-limits area that should be looked at or treated differently. We create, through them, the same as what we have done with the once unpopulated sidewalks and streets of downtown Phoenix. By being physically present, we transform the space.