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Downtown Phoenix METRO Light-Rail Activity

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

light railThe Downtown Phoenix Partnership has released a new collateral piece that illustrates commuter activity at the eight METRO light rail stops in and around the city’s urban core.  The information represents total boardings in 2012 along the line from McDowell Road & Central Avenue on the north to the stop located near Chase Field at Third and Jefferson streets.  The totals were taken from Valley Metro ridership reports that can be found on their website at

The highest number of boardings occurred at the two stops located at Central Station on Van Buren Street.  The boardings drop at the Encanto Station north of McDowell and at the Twelfth & Jefferson Station to the east of Downtown.  This shows that employees, students and visitors are taking advantage of the METRO light rail to access Downtown Phoenix in particular.

A copy of the new piece can be found on the Downtown Phoenix Partnership website at along with a wealth of information on Downtown Phoenix.  If you have any questions about Downtown or are looking to locate your business in the most vibrant, urban location in the Valley please contact David Noble at or by phone at 602-744-6408.


Urban Wine Walk Returns April 20

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Urban Wine Walk LogoSpring in Downtown Phoenix means two things: 1) The Diamondbacks begin their pursuit of an NL West championship and 2) The return of Urban Wine Walk, Downtown’s seasonal celebration of the grape.

Wine enthusiasts from all over the Valley—with palates ranging from rookie to refined—will pour into the streets April 20 from 1-6 p.m. to sample wine and snacks from 18 restaurants located in close proximity to METRO Light Rail as Urban Wine Walk makes its seventh appearance in Downtown Phoenix and the Central Corridor

Whether you’re passionate about food and wine or just looking for a good time, Wine Walk encourages urban adventurists to safely park-and-ride while soaking up some sunshine and our vibrant central city scene. With $4 all-day light rail pass in hand, Wine Walkers can pick a starting point and let their stomachs lead them from restaurant to restaurant to taste a wide variety of wines. Urban Wine Walk restaurants are strategically clustered to allow Walkers to maximize their experiences at each stop along light rail.

Participating restaurants will pour three featured wines from 1 to 6 p.m. but Wine Walkers will need to get to Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill early to get a gift. Commemorative Urban Wine Walk glasses will be handed out to the first 300 folks who purchase a wine sample at Tom’s, beginning at 1 p.m.

Participation is FREE and wine samples cost between $2 and $3.

In addition to Tom’s Tavern, featured Urban Wine Walk restaurants include 1130 The Restaurant, Bonjour Vietnam, Brick Pizzeria, Cheuvront, District American Kitchen, FEZ, Hula’s Modern Tiki, ICON, Kincaid’s, LUSTRE, Networks, Province, The Rose & Crown, Steve’s Greenhouse Grill, The Arrogant Butcher, The Duce and The Strand Urban Italian.

Make it a weekend getaway downtown and take advantage of special hotel room rates for Urban Wine Walkers at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel starting at $129 or The Westin Phoenix Downtown starting at $139. Use the code WINEWALK when you book.

Urban Wine Walk is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill.

For all things Urban Wine Walk, including maps and menus, visit

Downtown Pedestrian Counts Released

Monday, March 18th, 2013

DPP_FINAL_6535-smallIn the fall of 2012 the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Research Department began an effort to track mid-day pedestrian activity at major intersections throughout Downtown. The results were surprising and provide us with tangible evidence that the investments of the past decade are paying off.

As you can see from the numbers below, Downtown Phoenix employees and residents are taking advantage of the recent influx of retail and restaurants and are choosing to spend their lunchtime dollars here.

The survey began with the selection of fourteen intersections, chosen for their proximity to major retail centers, METRO light rail and bus stops. The counts were collected in half-hour increments between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and pedestrian is defined as any person who approaches the intersection. The counts were done at random on different weekdays then doubled to represent an hourly total.

We discovered that the highest traffic volumes are found around CityScape as patrons take advantage of the fifteen restaurants located in the complex. Averages in the area surrounding CityScape range from 1,120 per hour at Central Avenue and Washington Stret to 1,649 per hour at First Avenue and Washington Street. Another area of high traffic is the intersection at First Avenue and Adams Street (1,135/hour) with employees from City Hall and the surrounding office towers taking advantage of restaurants such as Thai Basil, Yasda Bento, My Mom’s Thai Kitchen and Enjoy Sushi.

We will continue to conduct surveys to keep our numbers fresh and track street activity as more restaurants open and sales tax revenues continue to rise. For a complete listing of all the pedestrian counts please refer to the chart below (for a full size view click on the image or here) or visit our website for the most accurate, up to date information on Downtown Phoenix:

Downtown Phoenix Pedestrian Counts 030613

Big Screen Big City

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

popcornPicture this: You’re in your favorite pajamas aboard Downtown’s own Urban Polar Express – the Light Rail – being whisked toward Civic Space Park for a double feature holiday movie showing under the stars.

Grab your friends and family and join us for PJs in the Park on Dec. 7 to experience the magic of Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the big screen in the big city.

Don your favorite holiday pajamas, grab two blankets – one to sit on, one to snuggle under – take the Light Rail to the Van Buren and Central Avenue or the Van Buren and First Avenue stop and claim your spot of grass at the park.

Polar Express, the heartwarming story of a boy who boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole, will start at 6 p.m. Bring your little ones because Santa will be on hand to give out bells after the movie.

For the older crowd, the misadventures of Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will begin at 8 p.m.

This event is free to attend and open to all.

Oh? And hot chocolate? Yeah, we got it. (And, it’s free!)

If You Go:

Where: Civic Space Park
When: Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Light Rail Stop: Van Buren and Central or Van Buren and First Avenue
Polar Express: G
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: PG-13

These holiday events and decorations wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. Thank you to United Healthcare, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, The City of Phoenix, Central Park East Associates, Snell & Wilmer, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Chevy Humphrey and NC Bookkeeping Services.

Holidays in Downtown

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

You’ve caught snippets that certain jolly music is drifting through the air and, what’s this?  Store shelves inexplicably devoid of canned chicken broth and pumpkin pie filling?

holiday-logoIgnore the unseasonably warm temperatures, if you’ve been inside a store in the last few days or peaked at a calendar, it’s clear – the holidays are here.

As Downtown begins wrapping trees with twinkle lights and hanging the banners with care, there’s several events going on that are worth fitting into your busy holiday calendar.

Tree Lighting and Ice Rink Grand Opening

Ice skate on Central Avenue! This year the ice rink at CityScape will spill into the streets and Downtown is throwing a party to celebrate. Join us Nov. 24 from 2 – 8 p.m. for a tree lighting event featuring carolers, face painting, storytelling, cookies and hot chocolate for the little ones as well as a grand entrance by Santa to the horns of Bad Cactus Brass Band. Don’t miss photos with Santa, a figure skating show and the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with Jimmy Eat World.

Spirits of the Season

A 6-week holiday cocktail competition, Spirits of the Season toasts the holidays the best way possible – with festive drinks! Skip the traffic after work or turn a Saturday into a self-guided walking tour and sample the concoctions from over 15 Downtown bars and restaurants. From the Snow Flake to the Fiery Night Martini these drinks aren’t your average mulled wine. The best part? You decide the winner. Voting will begin Nov. 24 and end Dec. 20 in the quest to crown the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012.

PJs in the Park

Don your favorite holiday pajamas and board Downtown’s own Urban Polar Express – METRO Light Rail –  for a double feature holiday movie showing under the stars at Civic Space Park. Grab your friends and family and join us on Dec. 7 from 6 – 10 p.m. for a viewing of Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Free hot chocolate, holiday treats and a special visit from Santa will make it a night to remember.

Festive Friday

Knock out the rest of your holiday shopping on your lunch hour. Sounds impossible, but with the Jolly Trolley doing all the driving and three outdoor markets bursting with unique gifts you’ll be done in plenty of time. Downtown’s sixth annual Festive Friday has expanded to three locations this year – including an Adams Street Mercado, an sidewalk sale at the Arizona Center and vendors at CityScape – and into an event that will see you right into happy hour. Shop from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and return at 4 pm to get the gifts wrapped and enjoy a cocktail or two at an outdoor street fair.

Luminarias Downtown

You see the soft glow of candle-lit paper lanterns throughout the Southwest during the holidays and this year, for the first time, you’ll see it in Downtown. On Dec. 24 multiple Downtown businesses and public spaces will be decorated with luminarias – also known as farolitos – to celebrate the season. We welcome Downtown residents, visitors and families to discover our city by observing the luminarias on a self-guided walking tour starting at 5:30 p.m.

Wine Walk Moseys Downtown Nov 10

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


Consider them our Sweet 16.

Urban Wine Walk gets uncorked Saturday, November 10 and features 16 restaurants along the Central Corridor and in Downtown Phoenix. Each of the participating eateries will lure Wine Walkers into their delectable dens by offering three wine samples and a snack—all at wallet-friendly prices.

Designed to be METRO Light Rail-friendly, Urban Wine Walk encourages culinary adventurists to park-and-ride to stay safe while soaking up the city scene. With $3.50 all-day light rail pass in hand, wine lovers will simply pick a starting point and let the beautiful fall day take them wherever it may. Urban Wine Walk restaurants are strategically clustered to allow Walkers to maximize their experiences at each stop along the light rail route.

Urban Wine Walk restaurants will be pouring three featured wines from 1 to 6 p.m. but you’ll need to come early to get a prize: Commemorative Urban Wine Walk glasses will be given to the first 300 Wine Walkers who purchase a wine sample at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

Participation is free and wine samples cost between $2 and $3. Be sure to tell your server you’re a Wine Walker to get the best deals!

In addition to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Urban Wine Walk restaurants include Arrogant Butcher, The Strand Urban Italian, 1130 The Restaurant, Brick Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Icon Lounge, Kincaid’s, Networks, Province Restaurant, The Rose & Crown, Steve’s Grill, Maizie’s Café, Hula’s Modern Tiki and Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Urban Wine Walk is proudly sponsored by Downtown Phoenix Partnership, 98.7 The Peak FM and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is offering Wine Walkers discounted rooms starting at $89 -  mention code WINEWALK when reserving or book online at – and the Westin Phoenix Downtown is offering rooms starting at $95 – mention code WINEWALK when reserving or book online at

For all things Urban Wine Walk, including maps and menus, visit:

Light Rail Concert Crawl to Benefit Susan G. Komen Phoenix Affiliate

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The Tour de Light Rail organization is hosting its popular annual charity event for the fourth year.

tourdelightrailThis year’s edition will be called the Tour de Light Rail Concert Crawl as opposed to years past where it has been known as a Pub Crawl. This annual fundraising event has contributed more than $20,000 to local charities in just three years and will benefit the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2012. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tour de Light Rail has partnered with several pubs and restaurants along the light rail line stretching from Central Phoenix to Tempe. The George and Dragon Pub, in Central Phoenix, will kick-off the event while The Macayo’s Depot Cantina, in Tempe, will host the event’s conclusion. Other partnering establishments, such as, Seamus McCaffrey’s, will offer food discounts, drink specials, extended happy hour prices and other deals to patrons that visit their establishment on the day of the event wearing the official event t-shirt. Patrons can look forward to live music from several local bands at each location, such as Valley favorite, Race You There. “We have hundreds of loyal Tour de Light Rail followers and they’ve been asking for more entertainment, so we’re bringing more music as a starter,” said Jake Rashkow, the event’s entertainment coordinator.

Ten percent of the proceeds made from this event benefit the Komen Phoenix Affiliate. The event’s t-shirts will be sold in a special presale that will take place online at for $40. Included in the presale package, known as the “Conductor’s Special,” will be a raffle ticket as well as an all-day light rail pass. After the presale ends on September 30th, t-shirts will still be sold online and can also be purchased the day of the event at George and Dragon for $40. Raffle tickets and light rail passes can be purchased separately after the presale ends.

“The economy continues to suffer and so does the non-profit sector,” said Lennox Punch, Event Coordinator with Tour de Light Rail. “The Tour de Light Rail Concert Crawl is a creative way to raise funds to help Komen Phoenix continue to serve the breast cancer community in Central and Northern Arizona.”

For more information: Please visit the official Tour de Light Rail web site at for detailed information about the event, updates on partnering establishments and to purchase official event t-shirts.

Luxury Penthouses to Open at 44 Monroe

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Some of the most spectacular birds-eye views of the Valley will soon be available when 44 Monroe, the tallest residential building in Downtown Phoenix, unveils eight luxury penthouses.

44 monroe viewThe penthouses range from 2,200 to 2,800 square feet and will be situated on the 33rd and 34th floors of the tower. Tenants can have their pick of northeast, northwest, southeast -or southwest views. Monthly rental rates range from $5,150 to $6,500. All of the buildings signature luxury amenities are included.

“These amazing residences have floor-to-ceiling view windows and offer panoramas of the city and beyond,” said 44 Monroe Property Manager Kevin Bohm. “These penthouses are remarkable.”

Bohm said the target market for these units will be executives, doctors, attorneys, professional athletes and others working in Downtown or Central Phoenix.

The penthouses are designed and built with the best products and finishes. Each unit includes Viking designer stainless steel appliances, Whirlpool front load washers and dryers, polished quartz countertops, Kholer fixtures, European frameless cabinetry and customized flooring, paint and window coverings.

As Downtown Phoenix’s only luxury high-rise rental property, 44 Monroe offers notable amenities including a resort-style pool and spa, a community room with flat screen TVs, a fireplace, pool table, seating areas and an expansive kitchen for entertaining as well as a spacious terrace with dramatic views of Downtown. Tenants also enjoy a meeting room equipped with a large conference table, secure, covered parking, on-site security and a well-maintained environment.

While living in a trendy space with upscale perks is a big attraction for tenants, so is the opportunity to live Downtown in the heart of the city’s entertainment core. The convenience of living within walking distance of all of the Downtown entertainment venues such as CityScape, Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Orpheum Theater, Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Herberger Theater is unsurpassed.

Located along Valley Metro’s light rail line, 44 Monroe is in the heart of an area seeing a flurry of new restaurants, hotels and night life options – all within walking distance. “Our location has proven to be highly attractive to our residents,” said Bohm, adding 44 Monroe is 97 percent leased. “We’re pioneering a new luxury lifestyle in Downtown Phoenix.”

For information, visit

For a photo slide show tour, check out ABC 15’s coverage here. For a video tour, check Fox 10’s tour here.

Central Station Opens

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

After a year of construction, Downtown’s Central Station reopened Monday offering increased comfort, coolness, and color.

Central_StationWEBBus and METRO light rail passengers can stay out of the sun thanks to larger shade trees and oversized fabric canopies and bike lockers, corner kiosks, and night-time lighting were also added.

The transit center’s sustainable features include: solar energy, light-emitting diode (LED) lights, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and programmable irrigation.  According to a news release, the City is pursuing certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) as one of the first refurbished buildings for the city.

1997-built Central Station hosts 10 Valley Metro local bus routes, two express bus routes, and METRO light rail service within the property as well as houses Customer Service staff and Police Transit Bureau staff.  The $3.7 million design and reconstruction project was funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kini Knudson, deputy public transit director for the City of Phoenix, told the Phoenix Business Journal that increased area traffic from light rail and ASU Downtown made the improvements to the station necessary.

“With the changing context of Downtown, we wanted to get in line with how Downtown was redeveloping,” Knudson said. “There are more than a thousand buses that go through the site each day, so it’s our central hub.”

Passenger amenities include:
•    More seating with benches and planter seatwalls
•    Expanded shade areas using ramadas, fabric canopies, vertical screens, and large trees
•    New bike lockers and bike racks
•    Air hose to inflate bike tires
•    New lighting scheme including embedded lights in the walkways
•    Information kiosk with bus schedules
•    Upgraded security system: more cameras with video recording and monitoring
•    Chilled water fountain

Downtown Dine Around Saturday

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

revised_logoIf you didn’t get enough to eat over the Thanksgiving holiday, Downtown Phoenix has a way you can fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.

This Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 core restaurants will particpate in the First Annual Downtown Dine Around, an opportunity for adventurous (and hungry) day-trippers to experience Downtown’s blossoming dining scene while feasting on an array of menu offerings on the cheap.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dine Arounders can ride the light rail or walk to 10 Downtown restaurants: ICON Lounge, Kincaid’s, 1130 The Restaurant, Brick Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Ghost Lounge, District American Kitchen, Coach & Willie’s, Sing High Chop Suey House, Z Pizza, and Matador Mexican Food Restaurant. Each restaurant will offer three menu items under $3.50, as well as a drink special. And we’re not talking about low-brow fare, either. Dine Arounders are going to be savoring everything from green chili soup and lobster bisque to margherita flatbread, bacon-wrapped meatballs, pesto chicken pasta, and spicy Moroccan lamb sliders. Download and print the full menu here.

Drooling yet?

While the Downtown Dine Around is a FREE event (save perhaps for the $3.50 cost of a light rail day pass) organizers do ask that you spread a little holiday cheer by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. Food donations can be dropped off at any of the 10 participating Dine Around locations or at the Downtown Ambassadors Information Center on First Avenue and Adams Street.