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Urban Wine Walk Returns to the Light Rail Corridor

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 UWW

Calling all wine-o’s: It’s time to start building your tolerance and increasing your water intake, because the Urban Wine Walk is officially here.

The date is set for Saturday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., when restaurants and bars along the light rail corridor will offer more wine and food samples than you can handle—and, yes, that’s a challenge.

Beginning the journey at the location of your choice, all you need is the map, positive spirit and an all-day light rail pass to experience the Phoenix wine scene. Walkers can expect to find two or three wine samples and snacks for $2 to $3 at each participating restaurant or bar.

Plus, the first 300 people will receive this year’s free stemless wine glass, which has as much class as its sponsor–the CityScape Residences. Just make sure to leave room in your plans for a tour of Downtown’s newest pad.

And don’t let the word “sample” fool you, those samples of wine can pack a powerful punch, so be safe and walk, take light rail, call an Uber, ride your bike, unicycle—whatever you have to do.

Stay tuned for more details, including a list and map of participating locations.

How to Eat with Dietary Restrictions in Downtown Phoenix

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Eating on a restrictive diet doesn’t have to be painful or boring. In fact, you can find a delicious alternative to almost any restriction in an array of Downtown eateries and cafes. Don’t believe me? Just check out these suggestions from Downtown community members suffering from various dietary afflictions:

Kaleidoscope Juice

Forbidden Rice Veggie Bowl, $10 – Kaleidoscope Juice – vegan and gluten free – Brandi Porter

This recently opened juice bar and eatery caters to those on a healthy diet, offering various gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. With more than just smoothies and juices, the eatery also has pre-made salads and snacks, like the Forbidden Rice Bowl, which features black forbidden rice topped with red bell peppers, carrots, jicama and more. Pour on top of that a creamy dressing and you have a tasty alternative to cheese-smothered salads served with (what I’m sure are delicious) glutenous dressings.

Curry Coconut Soup, $3 for a cup, $6 for a bowl - Phoenix Public Market Cafe – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free – Lisa Saper-Bloom

Being a person with 29 (yes, 29!) food sensitivities, eating right for women’s wellness, and having my own food ethics, this soup is one of the few dishes where every ingredient works for me! I am grateful to the Phoenix Public Market Café for making me feel like a “normal” person in a restaurant! No special orders or guilt here!

“Naked” Dog, $6 – Short Leash Hot Dogs – low carb and gluten free – Kenny Barrett

I love getting Short Leash’s dogs “naked.” They ditch the pita bread and throw in an extra dog, so you leave feeling full and satisfied. As an added bonus, you can get as many toppings as you want for the same price, so slather on the tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, red peppers or any of your favorite veggies for a carb-friendly meal.


Pizzas free from Cow’s Milk – Anna Consie

Before you ask, no, I’m not lactose-intolerant. I’m allergic to cow’s milk. This means that any dairy from a cow is off the table, but goat, sheep and water buffalo products are all safe.

About 10 years ago, this was a meaningless fact. Now, it’s what allows me to eat pizza once a week. Below are my favorites:

Bufala Verace (S.T.G), $16.95 – Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

Made with imported Mozarella di Bufala in a hand-built oven of pressed bricks and volcanic sand from Southern Italy, this is my go-to pizza. The cheese melts beautifully, the crust has a crispness without being a cracker and the sauce isn’t sweet. Bonus – Pomo will substitute Bufala (water buffalo cheese) for other cheeses on almost any pizza.

Regina Margherita D.O.C. – La Pizza Locale, $14, Burrata, $12, Salsiccia e Friarielle, $15 – La Piazza Locale

No joke, La Piazza Locale has three types of Mozzarella di Bufala pizzas. They make the Bufala cheeses in house daily, making them perfectly fresh. If you haven’t had burrata (mozzarella di bufala with a creamy center), you should just run there now. Seriously.

Goat Cheese – Pizza Studio

The brand-new make your own pizza concept in CityScape offers crumbled goat cheese on their expansive menu, meaning that I can create a veggie-filled, fennel sausage masterpiece WITH cheese. This is what dreams are made of, guys.


Spring Salad & Hurricane, $8 – Welcome Diner – Locatarian – Keith Mulvin

As a localtarian living in downtown Phoenix, the only challenge I have is choosing where to eat. Fortunately, I live in an area that offers a smorgasbord of options to fit my lifestyle. One of my favorite places sources from local producers and are locally grown themselves. Their familiar faces are as welcoming as the classic nine-stool Valentine Diner that was built in 1945.

Now that we have summer around the corner, there is nothing that satisfies your soul more than their locally sourced spring herbed greens, spring veggies, roasted walnuts, goat cheese tossed in maple miso vinaigrette paired with one of their signature Hurricanes, with a little extra splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Dairy-Free menu – Aside of Heart – vegan – Tammy Schoch

There’s a vegan restaurant in Roosevelt Row called Aside of Heart; I love it there. I’m not vegan. If anything I follow a caveman diet with a lot of eggs, bacon, pork, fruits and veggies, because too much bread doesn’t settle with me, which might be due to the whey and milk powder found in so many foods. After a bad reaction to a pizza crust that contained whey, I realized my mistake. Vegan is my guarantee that there’s no hidden dairy. I’ve enjoyed several items at Aside of Heart knowing it’s safe for me to eat.

Cheese Maker, $13 – Martson’s & Icon at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel – gluten-free and vegetarian – Samantha Jackson

A true gluten-free menu includes real gluten-free options ala bread, cookie/pastry and noodle replacements. I hate it when a restaurant says, “we have gluten-free options,” and it’s a salad. Martson’s and Icon inside the Renaissance Hotel will switch out your bread for gluten-free bread. Win! I like to go to Icon and order the Cheese Maker, a range of cheeses and jams that is ideal for sharing. Just ask for the gluten-free bread!

Photos (from top to bottom): from the Kaleidoscope Juice Facebook, by Brandi Porter, from the Welcome Diner Facebook

ASU’s Wrigley Lecture Series Makes Its Downtown Debut

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Wrigley Lecture Series

How do we build just, sustainable communities? Find out next Tuesday, April 15 as Environmental Social Scientist Julian Agyeman talks “just sustainabilities” during a free outdoor event in Civic Space Park.

While you devour your free sweet treat from one of three local dessert food trucks—that’s right, free—Agyeman will discuss how to build communities that are accessible to everyone from a social, environmental, city planning and economic perspective.

The lecture, Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining E/Quality, Living within Limits, is part of the Wrigley Lecture Series, which fosters conversations about sustainability among students and community members alike.

Hosted by ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, this is the first time a Wrigley Lecture will be hosted Downtown, with this topic becoming increasingly relevant as Downtown continues to develop and grow.

And how do we ensure a more just, equal community? You’ll just have to attend the lecture to find out. Oh, and make sure to RSVP to secure your seat.

If (when!) you go:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., doors open and dessert reception begins at 7:00 p.m.
Features local food trucks: Mamma Toledo’s Pie, Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes, and Paletas Betty Popsicles
Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave. Downtown Phoenix
(between 1st and Central Avenues, just north of Van Buren Street/Central Station)

Design Our Directory and Dining Guide Cover

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

colored-pencilsCall for local art submissions:

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership seeks to commission a local artist to create the cover artwork for its upcoming 2014 July-December Downtown Phoenix Directory and Dining Guide.

90,000 copies of the Directory are distributed during a 6 month period. This is the second edition of an artist designed cover.

The brochure-sized cover should capture the spirit of Downtown Phoenix’s diversity and vibrancy while paying tribute to the urban landscape.

For more information about the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, visit


- Once commissioned, the artist will be required to complete the job to satisfaction by June 2, 2014.

- All two-dimensional media will be considered, however, the final product must be able to be used in a graphic design program (high quality photographs and scanned images are acceptable).

- The cover will be rectangular, 4 x 9 inches and printed on gloss paper.

- Submissions from outside the greater Phoenix area will not be considered.

- One-time payment of $1000.

- The Downtown Phoenix Partnership will retain all usage rights and may re-use the image for other promotional purposes.

- All applicants must be 18 and older.

Requirements for Submission:

1.  A 350-word proposal detailing your plans for the cover artwork in either .pdf or .doc format.

2. Link to online portfolio or minimum of 5 images in .jpg or .pdf format.

- If submitting 5 images, please include an image list with title, year of creation, dimensions and medium in .pdf or word .doc file format.

3. Please provide contact information, including a phone number and email address.

Deadline for application: April 30, 2014.

How to apply: Email, subject line: 2014 DOWNTOWN DIRECTORY COVER

Student Population on the Rise in Downtown

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s announced that it will move its satellite location to Downtown Phoenix, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Rather, the rising population of students is further indication that the academic culture in Downtown is flourishing. In fact, it is home to several higher education institutions, community colleges, and high schools, some with emphases in arts- and science- based learning.

Not only are these schools located Downtown, but students are choosing to live in an urban setting. For instance, despite having no Downtown satellite location, many Grand Canyon University students reside at Roosevelt Point, which welcomed its first residents last year.

These urban learners bring vitality, attention and dollars to Downtown and can provide an important voice as the Urban Core continues to grow and develop. (Such as at the upcoming design charrette for The SPACE_BETWEEN.)

Arizona School for the Arts

ASA Founded in 1995, ASA is an award-winning charter school that focuses on college preparation through immersion in the performing arts. It officially found its home in Downtown in 2008 and currently offers curriculum for grades 5-12.


Arizona State University

ASU Over 11,500 students are enrolled at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, which is comprised of several colleges and schools. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Public Programs, the School of Nursing and Health Innovation, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and, by 2016, the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law all have a presence on the Downtown campus.


Arizona Summit Law School

Arizona Summit Law School The Arizona Summit Law School moved Downtown in 2011 and currently has an enrollment of 1,500 students.


Integrated Academics and Technologies

The School for Integrated Academics and Technologies is a free public charter high school that helps students get back on track to graduate. It was founded in 2001 and has graduated 856 students to date.


Metropolitan Arts Institute

Metro Arts Institute The Metropolitan Arts Institute is an independent charter school that places an emphases on college preparation through a balanced program of academic and visual, performing and literary arts courses. It was founded in 1997 and currently has 250 students in grades 7-12.


Phoenix Biomedical Campus

Health Sciences Education Building

A combination of medical- and bioscience-related entities is based on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, where many of Arizona’s leading institutions offer programs in health sciences field. Phoenix Bioscience High School, ASU, UA College of Medicine and Northern Arizona University all have a presence on the PBC.


Phoenix Bioscience High School
With 303 students in grades 9-12, the Bioscience High School offers a full academic program with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

UA College of Medicine
The college admitted its first class in 2007 and with a current enrollment of 454 students, has so far had three graduating classes for a total of 114 graduated students.

Northern Arizona University
Opening its Downtown campus in 2012, NAU expanded its College of Health and Human Services offering physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs in Downtown. The downtown campus will see its first graduating class this year.


Phoenix College – Downtown

Located in a historic building, Phoenix College’s Downtown campus offers a variety of courses as well as workforce development, community education and online courses.


Rio Salado College – Downtown

Rio Salado The Rio Salado College Downtown campus offers a variety of programs including College Bridge Pathways, adult basic and secondary education, high school equivalency preparation, english language acquisition and more.


Summit High School

Summit High School is a public charter school founded in 1998, which currently has 282 students.

Photos (top to bottom): from Arizona School for the Arts website; by Luz Bratcher; by Brandi Porter; from Metropolitan Arts Institute Facebook; courtesy of UA; from Rio Salado College website.

Downtown Phoenix Spring Into Action

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

spring-into-actionDowntowners, this is your call to action: Spring has sprung and now is the time to transform our city into the Downtown you want.

With well over 30 community engagement events taking place over the next three weeks, this is the time to join the community and make your voice heard.

Whether you want a say in future transportation planning and urban design or want to hear 34 bands in one weekend and catch D-backs opening day fun, this Downtown Phoenix Spring into Action Community Engagement Calendar is the place to start.

It unravels the who-what-when-where-why of each event, meaning there’s no excuse not to go to, for example, the unveiling of a new park design or a neighborhood bike ride.

Click here to explore the options and plan how you’re going to get involved in our city. We’ll see you out there!

Downtown Phoenix Will Be Super Bowl Central

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

super-bowl-announceIt’s official: Downtown Phoenix is Super Bowl Central for Arizona’s 2015 game! We’d like to say we’re surprised, but as we’ve seen over the last year, Downtown is THE place to be for major events.

Super Bowl Central – which includes all fan activities as well as the media center, NFL experience, NFL Headquarters and NFL House – will take over 12 city blocks in the heart of our city from Fifth Street to First Avenue, Jefferson to Monroe streets.

With two entertainment stages, beer and wine gardens, football fun, and cultural activities, you’re going to want to head straight for Downtown next February to be a part of the action.

Did we mention that the most iconic image for Super Bowl will be here too? You’re definitely going to want to snap a selfie next to the 30-foot tall Super Bowl XLIX Roman Numerals on Washington Street (you’ll also be able to see them as you go past on a Light Rail train).

Want to know what will go where? Read on for the breakdown:


Super Bowl Central

Twelve blocks of family-friendly fun. Look for two live performance stages featuring local and national acts, beer and wine gardens, and outdoor cultural- and football-themed activities (because it’ll be gorgeous in February). Super Bowl Central is a new addition from the last time we hosted the game in 2008, and one million people are expected to attend.

NFL Experience

Billed as the world’s largest interactive football theme park, this is the the big dog. It’ll take place at the Phoenix Convention Center and have everything from kid’s football clinics, interactive football games, free autograph sessions and so much more. Round up the kids and make this a priority!

NFL House

CityScape will play host to the VIP hospitality headquarters where the high-end business partners and VIPs will mingle.

NFL Media Center

Also in the Phoenix Convention Center, over 5,000 members of the media from 30 different countries will headquarter here for the week.

NFL Headquarters

And last but certainly not least, the NFL Headquarters will be at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

Play Urban Bingo To Win Free Tickets to MMMF

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

dtphx twitter

UPDATE: The contest has closed! Congrats to all of our winners and thank you for participating in the Urban Bingo Scavenger Hunt!

McDowell Mountain Music Festival returns to Downtown March 28-30. And, we have free tickets for you!

That is, if you can solve the new Downtown Urban Bingo and be the first to claim the tickets.

For your shot at a pair of tickets to the upcoming McDowell Mountain Music Festival, all you have to do is join us for a Twitter scavenger hunt through the streets of Downtown.


Here’s how it works:

1. Follow the Downtown Phoenix Partnership on Twitter.

2. On Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m., the first of five Urban Bingo clues will be called out.

3. Your job will be to solve each clue, take a selfie with the answer and tweet us your picture as proof.

4. Every 10 minutes we’ll announce another Urban Bingo clue for a total of five clues.

5. We have four prizes to give away. The first three people to solve all five clues and tweet us their selfies as proof will each win two passes to one of the three days of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. The fourth person will win one three-day pass to the festival.

March 7-9: A Collection of Weekend Downtown Events

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Viva PHX

It’s here—the weekend we’ve all been waiting for. Well, at least the weekend that I’ve been waiting for.

With Viva PHX, Art Detour 26 and myriad other events taking place this weekend, it’s sure to be one for the books.

To help you navigate your way through the merriment and festivities, here’s a list of things to do this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hit Up Each Stage at Viva PHX: A Downtown Music Festival – Friday starting at 7 p.m.

This Friday night music lovers and festival goers alike will witness the birth of Viva PHX, a Downtown music festival featuring over 65 bands on 13 stages all within walking distance of one another. The lineup features in- and out-of-state favorites like Black Carl, Dry River Yacht Club, The Neighborhood and—oh yeah—Sir Mix-a-Lot. The festival is proof of the success of the growing Downtown music scene. If you haven’t already, you can view the full lineup and get your tickets here.

Tour Downtown Phoenix Art Spaces at Art Detour 26 – Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Detour 26

The Downtown art scene has had an instrumental impact on the growth of the Core and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to see why. Galleries, artists, pop-up galleries and more will open their doors this weekend for the 26th Annual Art Detour hosted by Artlink Phoenix. Their map paints the way—leading you on a self-guided tour of some of the finest art spaces in town. This free weekend long event features a circulating trolley, exhibit, hands-on kids’ activities and more.

Bust a move at the Heart and Sol Health and Wellness Festival – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finding a free Zumba class is almost impossible these days but not this weekend. The Heart and Sol Wellness Festival at Civic Space Park will be a full afternoon of free activities including Zumba, yoga, Pilates, a youth football camp and more—did I mention it’s free? The event is meant to teach and inspire healthy lifestyle choices.

See Phoenix’s Finest Paint Fresh Murals Around the City – Friday through Sunday, various times

While you’re making you’re way from stage to stage and gallery to gallery, make sure to check out PAINT PHX, a weekend long mural event taking place in and around Downtown. Starting Thursday, local and out-of-state artists will paint various walls in popular areas like 16th Street, Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue. This is the first artist-organized, multi-mural event and is sure to bring new life and vibrancy to some dull walls.

Travel to the Future at Emerge: Carnival of the Future – Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Featuring dancing industrial robots, singing drones, aerialists, clowns and a circus tent to boot, this annual festival will inspire you to think creatively about the future. This year they’ll explore individuality in a digital world and host a gallery opening right next door at Combine Studios to showcase the creative process behind Emerge.

Start Art Detour 26 Early at First Friday – Friday starting at 6 p.m.

Kickoff the weekend with a little pre-Art Detour tour of galleries and art spaces this First Friday. Starting at 6 p.m., the show lights switch on, doors open and thousands of people are invited to experience the arts and culture of Downtown at numerous galleries, venues and outdoor spaces. Find your First Friday guide here.

Soak Up the Sun at Blues Blast – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Blues Blast is a family-friendly festival featuring local and national Blues acts, food and drinks, and some Vitamin D. Bring a blanket or chair, or just lie down in the grass and listen. The festival will feature food by Lucille’s BBQ and drinks by Four Peaks Brewery. You can find tickets here.

Photo of Viva PHX Mural by Kelsey Wong

Mardi Gras Parade Cancelled But Downtown Mardi Parties Are Very Much On

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Mardi Crawl 2012 589Not to rain on your parade but it’s going to rain on our parade.

Due to The Weather Channel’s 100 percent iron clad guarantee of rain showers on Saturday the Downtown Phoenix Partnership has been forced to cancel the Fourth Annual Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade & Festival.

But the parties must go on.

Downtown Phoenix is still the Valley’s Mardi Gras headquarters and many bars and restaurants are hosting Mardi Parties all day and night. So grab your masks, grab your beads, and grab a cab or ride on light rail and come Downtown for some Mardi Gras fun.


To download a full size map, click here.