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TrueDTPHX celebrates local food, music, art and the ‘True’ urban experience
With NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl activities putting Downtown Phoenix in the national spotlight, the downtown community is throwing an extended open house party to give visitors and locals a taste of what makes downtown so rad.
TrueDTPHX kicks off Jan. 23.
Here’s the game plan:
- TrueDTPHX , a showcase of our local music and art scenes, will be held at award-winning Civic Space Park in the heart of Downtown Phoenix over two days on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24. This free, family friendly gathering includes musical performances by Steve Ayote, Luna Aura, Decker, WLFPCK, Captain Squeegee and Jared & the Mill. TrueDTPHX will also feature a live art installation by local artist Isaac Caruso. Known for his attention-grabbing public art pieces, Caruso had his first showing at the Smithsonian when he was just 19 years old. The festival also features food trucks, beer garden and community vendor tables.
- Speaking of local fare, DTPHX City Sampler gives locals and visitors alike the wallet-friendly opportunity to taste test many of downtown’s mouth-watering restaurants. DTPHX City Sampler is a self-guided walking tour so wear sunscreen and comfortable kicks. And with over 20 downtown restaurants each offering two menu items for $5, best bring your appetite, too.
- Feel like shopping local? How about dancing? Check out the Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale or Phoenix Public Market Featuring Kalliope.
- One of the most anticipated projects of 2015 is the new Desoto Building and you can get a free sneak peek at the property during an all-day patio party Jan. 24 benefiting the Evans Churchill Community Association.
- What about something quintessentially downtown cool? That would be the Super Fooshuman foosball tournament being held Jan. 23-31 at Kitchen Sink Studios.
- Speaking of cool, Jan. 23 thru Feb. 1 locals and visitors are encouraged to travel between activities at Super Bowl Central and to community based events to the north via First Street, which is emerging as the preferred pedestrian corridor linking the downtown core to the Roosevelt Row Arts District. During Pro Bowl and Super Bowl weeks First Street will feature stimulating activations like pop-up living rooms, the first phase of the temporary park Space Between as well as the impactful storage container art installation The Scarlet Cord.
Images courtesy of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
Linton’s collection of black-and-white photos of people living on the streets returns downtown in a February exhibition at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery, and “I Have A Name” has expanded with ambitious plans for a mural on the monOrchid building.
The gallery show opens on February 6, with additional events on February 13 — when the local support organization Pineapple Triangle hosts an artisan market benefiting the mural project — and on February 20 (the closing reception).
Meanwhile, Linton is running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the monOrchid’s exterior artwork, with the goal of spurring conversation about homelessness. “The ‘I Have A Name’ Project has teamed with prominent artists Brian Boner and Wayne Rainey to create this powerful and important mural,” Linton states in his fundraising description. “A west wall of the building will carry a message in humanity and compassion while the north facing wall shall list names of those lost to the street. The overall scope of this work intends to create a dialogue beyond the boundaries of this city and help motivate action that might end the human suffering that is homelessness.” Of the $15,695 goal, $10,000 is designated to pay for artist labor over several months.
“During this past year,” says Linton, “the Project…has supplied or helped facilitate many donations in clothing or hygiene kits to local shelters, and enjoys working with Justa Center and Central Arizona Shelter Services.” He continues, “We have provided shoes, socks, meals and water to our neighbors in need on the street.”
Linton describes another aspect of his organization’s charitable activities. “Recently, we sold tee shirts printed by TumbleTees, a local Phoenix company that hires formerly homeless teens, and used the proceeds to provide a meal to 50 homeless veterans at Christmas at MANA House.”
Although “I Have A Name” is not a non-profit 501c3 organization, its association with monOrchid’s Shade Projects allows tax-deductible charitable contributions. Linton explains, “The…project is essentially a one-man army, and while receiving donations that have allowed the exhibition to travel, our efforts remain self-funded.”
“Over these past months, I have dedicated nearly 1800 hours in expanding this message of compassion,” he adds. “I continue to take photographs and gather narratives weekly. It’s tragically dehumanizing to be on the street — on many occasions the most valuable thing I can offer is an ear.”
- The “I Have A Name” project’s website and Facebook page
- Gallery show runs Feb. 6-20 at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery
- 214 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix
- email@example.com or 602-253-0339
- The mural campaign for “I Have a Name” on Indiegogo
- Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)
- 230 S. 12th Ave.; 602-256-6945
- Justa Center
- 1001 W. Jefferson; 602-254-6524
- MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House
- 755 E. Willetta; 602-254-6785
- Part of Madison Street Veterans Association — Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) at 233 S. 11th Ave.
- TumbleTees t-shirts
Last year, a conflicted, but deeply engaged community process led to a City Council recommendation of approval for a proposal from Roosevelt Housing Associates (RHA) for “The Row,” a mixed-use development that included new residential buildings and the renovation of the historic L.C. Knipe House.
Over the ensuing months the developers experienced a setback when they learned they would not receive tax credits for the residential part of their project. As they looked for alternative development strategies, they were charged with beginning work on the renovation of the Knipe House. The work needed to commence by end of year, 2014, or the development agreement with the city would be terminated.
As of late yesterday afternoon, DPJ received word from Scott Sumners, Deputy Economic Development Director for the City of Phoenix that the City and RHA had agreed to mutually terminate the agreement. The information came in the form of an email to Kevin Rille, President of the Evans-Churchill Community Association. The ECCA group had provided leadership and outreach for community engagement with the RFP process for this parcel of land, and had written a letter of support for the project months earlier.
We’ve opted to print the email whole, so that no questions are left unanswered.
I’m writing with an update on The Row, the mixed-use project on 2nd Street including the historic L.G. Knipe House approved by our City Council earlier this year. We appreciate Evans Churchill’s participation throughout this process, and your leadership on this key project.
From the start, the preservation and adaptive re-use of the Knipe House has been of paramount importance to the City. Throughout the year, we have remained hopeful that RHA would commence renovations on the historic building before the end of the year, as required in our development agreement. RHA had a setback in June, when they learned that the residential part of their project would not receive tax credits. RHA was committed to this project, and took the initiative to explore alternative development strategies that would allow their project to continue.
In recent discussions, the City and RHA acknowledged that RHA will not be commencing renovations on the Knipe House by the end of the year, and we have mutually agreed to terminate our development agreement. While The Row will not be built on this site, we remain supportive of RHA, confident that the market demand for their product will remain strong, and respectful of their success in neighboring cities, with award-winning projects that enjoy 100% occupancy and waiting lists.
We look forward to working with Evans Churchill on a new plan for the Knipe House and the surrounding City property. I hope to meet with you in early 2015 to discuss this further.
Thank you again for your support and leadership.
Scott Sumners | Deputy Economic Development Director | City of Phoenix
We contacted Sumners to suss out next possible steps with regards to this parcel. “We don’t really know what the next steps will be yet,” he said. “Our biggest concern is that building,” he continued, referring to the preservation of the Knipe House. “We want to get something viable in the building and protect it.”
The building was broken into and set on fire over a year ago, which resulted in major damage. Sumners mentioned that on December 23 this year, a community member alerted them that someone had once again tried to break into the Knipe House. They were able to send workers out to fix the damage and board up the house again, but it highlights the vulnerability of the building.
With the preservation of this building as the key driver, Sumner hopes that a consensus can be reached among neighbors, the city and other stakeholders on how to both preserve a piece of our history and add life and business to the area.
Greater downtown Phoenix businesses are invited to learn more about the preparation for Super Bowl XLIX. As the NFL’s Pro Bowl and Super Bowl quickly approach, there are opportunities for your business to be involved.
Downtown Phoenix Inc. is officially coordinating activities and the block party for these events, and will be a resource during this time and going forward. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss plans that include parking matters, promotions, expected attendance, scheduled activities and more.
Downtown Business Huddle
When: Monday, December 8, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Arizona Center, 400 E Van Buren Street
Who: Business and community representatives.
Why: Get an exclusive look inside Super Bowl Central with special guests from NFL, City of Phoenix and the AZ Super Bowl Host Committee.
RSVP: To register, visit azsuperbowl.com/huddle/register
Business Outreach Meeting Hosted by Phoenix Council Members Kate Gallego and Michael Nowakowski
When: Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Film Bar, 815 N. 2nd St.
Why? You are invited to join , and representatives of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (DPI) on December 9 to learn more about the activities planned during this time and how your business can be involved.Meet with Councilman Nowakowski and Councilwoman Gallego to discuss business opportunities during the Arizona Super BowlP
RSVP: RVSP to Councilman Nowakowski’s office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Councilwoman Gallego’s office, email@example.com.
Presented by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Downtown Phoenix Journal, and Phoenix Community Alliance, RadiatePHX provides a forum to learn about downtown opportunities, issues and solutions; receive key updates from guest speakers on what’s happening in downtown; and discover how you can contribute to building the downtown we want.
The holiday season is officially upon us, and there is no better time to shop – and shop local. We’re offering up a different kind of shopping list this holiday season:
Unique product selection? Check!
Benefits local economy? Check!
Helps build community? Check!
This month’s RadiatePHX will be hosted outside at the Phoenix Public Market Cafe and feature brief updates on local downtown initiatives.
Guest speakers will include Christine Mackey, Director of City of Phoenix’s Community & Economic Development Department; Kendall Crever, Community Outreach Coordinator of Local First Arizona; and venue host Aaron Chamberlin, Chef/Owner of Phoenix Public Market Café.
What: RadiatePHX – a monthly networking event for business, community, and city leaders
When: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Public Market Cafe Patio and Alley, 14 E. Pierce Street
Cost: FREE, with complimentary bites and bar provided by Phoenix Public Market Café and Four Peaks Brewing Company
Parking/Transportation: Valet parking provided by GoGreen Valet and bicycle parking provided by Valley Metro.
RSVP: Register here
About Downtown Phoenix Inc.:
Downtown Phoenix, Inc. is a unique partnership of business, community and city leaders charged with coordinating and advancing the revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. DPI coordinates the activities of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance while assuring that the Downtown business community has a synergistic relationship with its community partners and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit downtownphoenix.com.
About Downtown Phoenix Journal:
Downtown Phoenix Journal invites you to Explore Your Core, offering a friendly, straightforward insider’s view of all things Downtown Phoenix. DPJ is powered by Urban Affair LLC, which was founded to elevate urban ideas, ideals and Phoenix’s sense of place by articulating and promoting the voices and insights of the community. This focus contributes to the development of a dynamic core sensibility in the predominantly suburban Valley of the Sun. Visit downtownphoenixjournal.com.
About Phoenix Community Alliance:
Phoenix Community Alliance is an affiliate of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and the premier membership organization for downtown leaders. Through the alliance of a strong and diverse membership, PCA fulfills its mission to activate, advocate and build the Phoenix we want. Visit phoenixcommunityalliance.com.