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.
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CO+HOOTS TAKES OVER THE CLARENDON HOTEL
Phoenix’s first coworking space to celebrate 4-year anniversary with an all-day event at Phoenix’s hippest hotel on Aug. 13.
CO+HOOTS, downtown Phoenix’s first coworking space, is celebrating its fourth year of nurturing Phoenix entrepreneurialism with an all-day event consisting of working, learning, swimming and dancing at The Clarendon Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Stanton, Valenzuela and others will have the opportunity to “cowork,” meet and mingle with up to 150 event attendees, many of who are entrepreneurs currently shaping Phoenix into one of the biggest innovation hubs in the U.S.
Starting at 9 a.m., VIP guests and event attendees will be able to work at The Clarendon and its luxurious pool-side cabanas and swim at their leisure. There will also be a full day of events, including a one-hour social media seminar by local comedian and social media guru Amy Donahue, an extended happy hour, a rooftop yoga session and a Flamenco dance performance.
Tickets to the event are just $4, which includes access to The Clarendon Hotel’s pool (regularly $10 M-TH for non-hotel guests) and pool-side cabanas (which are regularly $99 to rent M-TH).
WHAT: CO+HOOTS 4-year Anniversary event
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 13; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
WHERE: The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix.
WHO: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Phoenix community leaders and many of the entrepreneurs who are shaping Phoenix and its economy from the ground.
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Arizona Super Bowl Countdown Clock Unveiled at America’s Friendliest Airport
With 179 days and counting until Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which will mark the days, hours and minutes until the opening kick-off of the State’s third Super Bowl since 1996.
“We’re thrilled to have the Super Bowl XLIX countdown clock prominently located at Sky Harbor, the most highly-trafficked point of entry to the state. As we hit the six-month mark, this will help drive awareness and anticipation for the Super Bowl and all the surrounding events,” said David Rousseau, Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
The state-of-the art digital clock located in Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor is illuminated on a 55 inch, high-definition LED screen. After today’s unveiling on the west end of the baggage claim area, an additional countdown clock was illuminated on the east end of baggage claim in Terminal 4. The terminal serves more than 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers.
“The city of Phoenix is ready to host its largest Super Bowl celebration yet,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Phoenix Sky Harbor will be the gateway to the Valley for tens of thousands of Super Bowl visitors and we are working closely with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure the best fan experience the NFL has ever seen.”
In the month surrounding the big game, Phoenix Sky Harbor will serve an estimated 4 million passengers. The new PHX Sky Train will provide a quick, convenient ride from the airport to the light rail connection, giving football fans an easy way to travel to Super Bowl Central, a festival made up of 12 city blocks that will be the epicenter of free, fan fun, in Downtown Phoenix. Super Bowl Central will be held for four days leading up to the game.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s third Super Bowl in 19 years. At Super Bowl XLII in University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.