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REDESIGNED DOWNTOWN PHOENIX DIRECTORY FEATURES LOCAL ART
Featuring an artistic rendering of First Street on the cover, a redesigned 2014 Downtown Phoenix January to June Directory is hitting the streets now.
Local artist Jon Arvizu’s digital rendering celebrates the new shade trees, expanded walkable space and temporary planters installed by the City of Phoenix in late 2013.
“I’m glad to see a renewed interest in making Downtown Phoenix a more pedestrian and bike-friendly destination,” Arvizu said about the improvements that inspired his cover artwork. “In a city this large, an accessible Downtown benefits everyone.”
The redesigned cover continues the recent Downtown Phoenix Partnership publication initiative to highlight the Downtown Phoenix experience through art.
The Downtown Directory, the must-have resource for visitors and urban explorers, includes business listings for over 200 businesses and 120 restaurants in the 90-square-block urban core. The new edition also features a new Walking Tours list, encouraging pedestrians to explore Downtown’s historic buildings and public art.
The Directory will be distributed to businesses, restaurants and major event locations inside and outside of Downtown and through the Downtown Ambassador team.
In addition to the 2014 January-June Downtown Phoenix Directory, information about Downtown Phoenix is easily accessible through the Partnership’s web site www.downtownphoenix.com.
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SHERATON PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL CELEBRATES LOCAL ART
Experience the exciting art and culture of downtown Phoenix and stay the night
Every first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m., take a self-guided tour of downtown Phoenix galleries, studios and art spaces during a reoccurring event called “First Fridays.” First Fridays is promoted by Artlink Phoenix, a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together artists, the public, and businesses for a greater understanding, appreciation, and promotion of the arts and the development of a strong and vital downtown Phoenix arts community. First Fridays offers a variety of artistic things to see, hear and experience.
Additionally, the hotel and its restaurant, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, feature an array of art throughout. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar embraces downtown Phoenix’s inherent energy and many local talents. Those who come to dine, or simply enjoy the atmosphere, are immersed in Phoenix’s art scene where local DJs and artists are featured on a rotating basis. The restaurant currently features installed work from well-known local artists Joshua Dean Wiley, Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota and Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, all who are active in supporting public art and/or the growing mural projects throughout the area.
Take time to explore the creative boutiques, vendors and festivities of First Fridays and stay downtown with this exclusive Art Package:
• Rates from $99
• Complimentary overnight self-parking
• Two cocktails at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar during happy hour or reverse happy hour
• Artlink Phoenix map of local galleries upon check-in
This package is based on availability for stays every First Friday through December 2014. To reserve your stay, call (866) 716-8134 and mentioned rate plan LUPKG1 or book online at: www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/art.
Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks? To many football fans, this is the most pressing question leading up to Sunday’s big game. To others, it’s which car company will have the most outrageous commercial, or if Bruno Mars will live up to Beyoncé’s power-outage inducing half-time performance from last year.
For Mayor Greg Stanton, the question was how to enjoy the game and showcase how Phoenix will welcome visitors for next year’s Super Bowl here in the Valley.
To begin the countdown to 2015′s Super Bowl XLIX, Stanton—in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, Inc.— is inviting everyone in the Valley to his Super Pool Party on Sunday at Hotel Palomar‘s Lustre Rooftop Garden, beginning at 2 p.m. Mayor Stanton will speak at 4 p.m., welcoming guests and starting the countdown clock for the 2015 Super Bowl return to Phoenix.
“The Phoenix region is ready to play host for Super Bowl festivities next year,” Stanton said. “Our Super Bowl party will be a great way to enjoy the game and remind people what a fantastic place Phoenix is this time of year.”
While the majority of the country has been experiencing a winter of record-breaking low temperatures, Phoenix has been basking in above-average temperatures and not even a drop of rain. While the East Coast braces for another blizzard, and sportscasters stand on the sidelines dressed as if they were hitting the slopes, Stanton and DPI couldn’t envision a better way of showcasing the Valley’s temperate winters than an afternoon poolside.
Downtown Phoenix, Inc.’s CEO David Krietor shares the mayor’s enthusiasm: “Downtown Phoenix is the front door to our region, so what better place to have a party on Super Bowl Sunday. It will be good practice for 2015.”
Lustre will be serving a tailgate-inspired menu that includes mesquite-smoked brisket sliders, buffalo chicken wings, and buckets of beer for you to eat and drink while lounging by the pool, enjoying the game on the big screen.
Additional party guests will include Arizona Cardinals players Alameda Ta’amu, Franks Sanders and Anthony Clement (maybe they’ll be the ones on the field next year?), and the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinder cheerleaders, ensuring festive football fun.
If You Go
What: Super Pool Party – Countdown to Super Bow XLIX
When: Sunday, February 2, starting at 2 p.m.; kickoff 4:25 p.m. — end of game.
Cost: Free admission.
Sponsors: The Mayor’s Super Pool Party is presented by Downtown Phoenix Inc. and its affiliates Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Journal, CityScape, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Four Peaks Brewing, Shamrock Foods and Pro2U.
DPJ’s Suns Spot blog series features a fan’s perspective of Phoenix’s first major league sports franchise.
I admit, I have mixed emotions about the injury to Eric Bledsoe. Prior to his surgery to repair a torn meniscus the Suns were the surprise of the NBA, solidly in playoff contention with a 19-11 record. They are 5-6 since and clinging to a playoff spot.
Every indication is that Bledsoe will take his time rehabbing the knee to make sure he’s 100% healthy before returning to action, so there’s no telling when we’ll see him again this season. Part of me feels he should take as much time as he needs, and maybe even more.
Here’s my theory…
There are six elite teams in the Western Conference. The ageless Spurs continue to be the class of the league. The Thunder, Rockets, Clippers, Blazers, and Warriors are all loaded with young talent and are only going to get better.
All these teams are on pace to win at least 50 games this season, and are built for long-term success. Even a completely healthy Suns team would be hard pressed to crack that group this season. To once again reach the top level of the Western Conference, the Suns, as much as I love this year’s model, need to a few more key pieces. Adding another quality young player with a high draft pick would help.
On the other hand…
I can’t wait until Bledsoe gets back on the court. It would be great to see what kind of run this team could make with everyone healthy. The total domination of the Pacers on Wednesday night, who happen to have the best record in the league, proves that this team can play with anyone, with or without Bledsoe.
Everyone in the rotation is playing at or near career best levels. Miles Plumlee is averaging nearly a double-double and is in the top 10 in blocks. Channing Frye is having a truly miraculous comeback season. Gerald Green is finally in a situation that is allowing his incredible talents to emerge (did you see that dunk?). PJ Tucker has settled in as a starter and team leader. The Morris twins are providing a great spark off the bench. Leandro Barbosa is back, and hasn’t missed a beat. Jeff Hornacek is a strong candidate for NBA Coach of the Year.
With Bledsoe back, he and Goran Dragic can pick up where they left off, quickly becoming one of the top backcourts in the NBA. Did I mention that I love this team?
OK, maybe my emotions aren’t as mixed as I thought.
If You Go
Event: Suns vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, January 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: US Airways Center
If you want room service, go to a hotel. Or, if you’re planning on moving in to the soon-to-be completed CityScape Residences in downtown Phoenix, you can just go home.
Sitting atop the 10-story Hotel Palomar, residents at the apartment complex can indulge in all of the luxuries of a hotel, from room service to valet parking, from the comforts of their own high-rise home.
And if that weren’t enough to attract the perk-loving person in all of us, expansive views of the city in every direction will impress Phoenicians who have been dreaming of a more urban lifestyle in their own backyard. Preleasing tours for the apartments, which will include studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans, are taking place now, with the first residents expected to move in on February 1.
Located on Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, the apartments are the final piece of the total CityScape project, which began construction in 2005 by RED Development in partnership with the City of Phoenix.
“Through our in-depth understanding of the Phoenix market, RED Development, the City of Phoenix, and our financial partners, saw the former two surface lots and an uninviting, seldom-used public park as an opportunity to contribute to and reenergize the core of downtown Phoenix with a mixed use project that is now today’s CityScape,” said Stephanie Whitlow, director of marketing and communications for RED Development, LLC.
“Once the apartments are completed this year, we will wrap up all project phases of CityScape.”
“RED Development and our partners, Alliance Residential, felt demand was strong in downtown Phoenix for new luxury, high-rise options, and at CityScape the residential component rounds out the project as not only a work-and-play destination, but one that offers city living with upscale amenities and incredible views,” she said.
Although certain floors will be completed by the initial February 1 move-in date, the remainder of the apartments will not be fully completed until April this year.
Laura Rubeck, senior business manager for Alliance Residential Company, which is handling the leasing aspect of the CityScape Residences, said the apartments would provide an “everything at your fingertips” living experience.
“The thing that really make this project unique is the ability to take advantage of hotel amenities while being part of an apartment complex,” she said.
“We have our own individual amenities, including a 24-hour pool and a fitness center, but we also partner with the hotel and with CityScape businesses to offer our residents even more,” she said, including a partnership with Gold’s Gym and nearby dry cleaning services for residents.
The units will begin leasing at $1,027 for a studio, with 1 and 2 bedrooms starting at $1,200 and $2,100, respectively.
The underground CityScape parking structure will serve as the resident parking garage, even as downtown dwellers inch ever closer to an entirely walkable city.
Images courtesy of RED Development