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7th Avenue Streetscape – Call to Literary Arts Teaching Artists
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is seeking two (2) experienced and accomplished Literary Arts Teaching Artists to work with a classroom of youth to write poems that broaden public thinking about reuse, recycling and a greener environment. The poems will be featured as part of an annually-changing outdoor exhibition of poetry and art at 7th Avenue and West Glenrosa Street.
Literary Arts Teaching Artists will lead 6-8 workshops with students (ages 10-18) to create poems that will be read at a culminating community event and exhibition at the Public Art Program’s 7th Avenue site of changing art and poetry panels. Literary Arts Teaching Artists chosen for this project will be expected to:
- Work with the special recycling initiatives of the City of Phoenix Public Works Department to develop a project curriculum.
- Teach creative writing and build mentoring relationships with young people.
- Develop poems that feature student writing on the topic of recycling and a greener environment.
- Select poems to include in the art panels displayed at the 7th avenue site.
- Participate in a community poetry reading of works created during the project.
- Use assessment and evaluation tools given to document impact of residency.
Selected works will be enlarged and displayed on three double-sided translucent Lexan panels at the project site. A graphic designer will be hired to design the layout of each poem and panel. The Office of Arts and Culture will purchase reproduction rights, not the original works created through this project. The city will retain rights to reproduce the art and poetry on the Lexan panels and use them for promotional and educational purposes.
The Office of Arts and Culture encourages applicants to visit the site at Seventh Avenue and West Glenrosa Street to view the current art panels. A project description is also available online at https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program/public-art-tours/7th-avenue-streetscape.
There will be a presubmittal meeting held on September 11, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Burton Barr Library auditorium, 1st floor, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
To learn more about this project please go to www.phoenix.gov/solicitations/93. For more information about this project please contact Jeanine Garcia, Public Art Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-534-5084. Go towww.phoenix.gov/arts to learn more about the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, or call 602-262-4637.
Image courtesy of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
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Local First Arizona Releases Fifth Edition of Phoenix Small Wonders Map
Pocket-sized guide serves as resource to find local restaurants, shops, and more
Local First Arizona has released the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map, a pocket-sized guide featuring nearly sixty local restaurants, galleries, boutiques, venues, and experiences located in the central Phoenix area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated.
“We created the Small Wonders maps series to help Arizona residents and visitors find the unique local businesses in their neighborhoods,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Our central Phoenix map has been one of our most popular maps. We have found that visitors especially love to use the map to find the best local restaurants and shops to experience Phoenix like a true local.”
“Participating in the Small Wonders map has always been a no-brainer for us,” says Lisa Olson of Practical Art, one of the participating businesses in the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map. “Not only have the Small Wonders maps helped bring in new customers to Practical Art, they have also been a great tool for us to share information about other small businesses with our customers. When someone asks about other places they should check out around the area we can just hand them a map and circle our recommendations!”
Some of the businesses featured in the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map include recently opened businesses such as The Clever Koi, Joyride Taco House, and The Welcome Diner, but also includes old favorites like the Duck and Decanter, frances, All About Books and Comics, and many others. The map boundaries cover the area south of Bethany Home Road, north of Washington Street, east of 15th Avenue, and west of 12th Street.
Local First Arizona has also produced Small Wonders maps for the Phoenix Arcadia Area, Tucson, the Verde Valley, Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa. The Phoenix Small Wonders map can be viewed digitally at the Local First Arizona website: http://localfirstaz.com/small-wonders/phoenix.php. Physical maps can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, hotels, apartments, and events in the Phoenix area. Business owners, realtors, property managers, hotels, event organizers, and individuals can request maps for distribution free of charge by contacting Local First Arizona at email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Local First Arizona.
The following release was issued by the city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department.
EXTENDED PARKING METER HOURS COMING AUG. 18
Meters to operate from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is notifying residents, commuters and business owners on changes to parking meter hours of operation, effective Aug. 18. The changes were adopted by the City Council in June.
Beginning Aug. 18, all parking meters will be enforced from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., including weekends and holidays.
The new hours were enacted to increase the turnover of parking spaces in central Phoenix and downtown areas where meters are most often used.
As part of the council action, parking meter rates will also be changing in November of this year. Under a new demand-based pricing system coming in November, rates at credit card enabled meters can vary from 50 cents to $4 an hour, with higher meter rates reserved for high demand-parking during special events. Until demand-based pricing is implemented in November, meter rates will remain $1.50 per hour. For the public’s convenience, the city has purchased and installed 598 new single space credit card enabled meters. With this upgrade approximately 1,500 of the city’s parking meters, or 81 percent of citywide maters, will take credit cards.
More information on the proposed parking meter changes is available at the Street Transportation Department website, phoenix.gov/streets/parking-meters.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
I want you to mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 26, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. It’s the premiere of RadiatePHX, a monthly networking event for business, community, and city leaders. Hosted by Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Downtown Phoenix Journal, RadiatePHX provides a monthly opportunity to connect with a broad spectrum of downtown advocates, receive key updates from guest speakers on what’s happening in the city core, and learn how you can connect and contribute. RSVP here.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is seeking 5,000 volunteers to help out over a nearly two-week timeframe at various Super Bowl-related events, including Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix. If you have friends, family, or employees interested in helping to showcase our downtown (and I know you do), have them visit the Super Bowl Volunteer webpage.
This Could Be PHX, a website that promotes downtown businesses, launched PHX Coffee Culture last month to emphasize the city’s growing coffee movement, highlighting 13 coffee shops in central Phoenix. The project is a joint effort between Ryan Tempest and Quinn Whissen, co-founders of This Could Be PHX, and Jonathan Carroll, owner of Songbird Coffee & Tea House.
Turning Phoenix Green
According to the Arizona Republic, homes and businesses along light rail routes in Phoenix should save about $13 million a year on electricity bills from new energy-efficiency projects paid for by Energize Phoenix grants under the federal government’s 2009 stimulus program. But an audit released earlier this year showed that energy savings from upgrades, which included better lighting, shade screens, cooling systems, and duct repairs, were lower than predicted.
Progress is being made on the renovation of the 1931 Professional Building at 15 E. Monroe St. in downtown Phoenix. The project, renamed the Monroe Hilton Garden Inn, is now in the city permitting stage.
Several recent studies highlight how Arizonans and Phoenicians are becoming less reliant on a car-centric transportation system:
- Arizonans Driving Like It’s 1994, Streetsblog USA, July 23, 2014
- When Car-Loving Cities Start to Embrace Light Rail, Next City, July 15, 2014
- HUD Sustainable Communities Grantees Take a Healthy Path Toward Urban Development, National Prevention Strategy, July 1, 2014
- Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros, Smart Growth America, June 16, 2014
Snell & Wilmer LLP has renewed its lease for approximately 10 years at Arizona Center. A long-standing anchor tenant at the downtown development, Snell & Wilmer is the largest commercial law firm in metro Phoenix.
Buffalo Wild Wings is seeking a new restaurant location in central Phoenix, possibly downtown Phoenix, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
College students and Millennials are driving the local multi-family housing market as younger demographics are pushing new apartment developments in central Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Despite this trend, the Phoenix-area housing market is officially in a slump, according to a new report from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
According to the Wall Street Journal, as Millennials and other urban dwellers have children, their needs are changing. And cities, like Phoenix, want to hold on to them by becoming more “playable,” for both children and adults.
Parking meter changes in downtown Phoenix take effect next week. Hours that drivers have to pay to park are extended to seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., including holidays. How much drivers pay will vary depending on what area or “zone” they are located.
AZ + Africa
The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a six-week professional civic leadership training institute for 25 young African leaders, was recently concluded by the ASU College of Public Programs. Listen to Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College, and Al Kags, one of the ASU Fellows, recap the time spent in downtown Phoenix in this KJZZ Radio interview.
A $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will enable ASU journalism students to produce daily coverage of business and economic issues for regional and national media outlets. The Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau will be located in a state-of-the-art newsroom at the Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program, in partnership with Friendly House and the ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, will receive a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant. The funds will be used to create “Story Days,” a two-year series of story-based arts programs and events that explore the connections Phoenix residents have to their communities.
Congratulations to three young downtown advocates who received significant recognition this past month. Kimber Lanning (right), director of Local First Arizona, a small business owner, and member of the Downtown Phoenix, Inc. board of directors, has been named the recipient of the International Economic Development Council’s 2014 Citizen Leadership Award.
What do you think a flexible transportation future for Phoenix could be? Mayor Stanton wants to know.
The City of Phoenix announced this morning at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park the launch of Talk Transportation – a public involvement process that will create recommendations for a citywide transportation plan for future routes for buses and light rail; maintenance and capital improvement needs for roads and streets; and a proposed funding mechanism.
The Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation was appointed on July 2. Public meetings will be held throughout the city over the next few months and talktransportation.org was launched to encourage everyone to join the conversation.
The initiative and planning process was introduced by Mayor Greg Stanton, and speakers and committee members included Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee; Councilman Daniel Valenzuela; Councilwoman Kate Gallego; Mary Peters, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation (and this committee’s chair); Kerwin Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce; and Phil Pangrazio, president and CEO of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. For a complete list of committee members, check here.
Councilman Valenzuela stressed the economic development impact of the first 20-mile stretch of Metro Light Rail. “It cost 2.4 billion dollars, but has already created a seven billion dollar return…and it’s not just about catching a train to a game, it’s about catching life’s appointments: doctor visits, getting to work, laundry, grocery shopping.” He pointed out that many people in neighborhoods throughout the city either don’t have cars, or cannot drive for a variety of reasons. “It’s not okay for neighborhoods to be living without infrastructure.”
Councilwoman Gallegos thanked Mayor Stanton for his dedication, calling him “the transportation mayor.” She and the others reiterated the importance of multi-modal transportation options and bringing rail to people who choose not to drive, or cannot.
Join this conversation by signing up at talktransportation.org and voicing your ideas, and your vision of the city you want; participate in the community conversations as they are announced; and be a part of building a stronger, viable transportation future for Phoenix. We’ll keep you posted as community discussions are planned. The committee is expected to present their recommendations by the end of the year.