Posts Tagged ‘urbanism’

PHX Urban Expo Returns to Downtown

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

One of the biggest and best expos is returning to Downtown Phoenix the first week of December.

6a00d8341e3add53ef0162fbf8865c970d-800wiPHX Urban Expo presented by the Greater Phoenix Urban League will bring an exciting end to 2011 on Dec. 2 and 3 at Downtown Phoenix Convention Center.

Last year marked 65 years of excellence. The event was not only a first for Greater Phoenix Urban League but it was the first of its kind for the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

This year, the Expo will be held in Downtown Phoenix and it’s free and open to the public – bringing together families, seniors and youth with businesses interested in building a better Arizona through cultural connections.

The PHX Urban Expo will offer more than 100 exhibitors including retail and corporate displays along with educational, youth, financial, career, housing and health workshops.

One of the best things about the PHX Urban Expo is that local businesses can showcase themselves by being involved with one of Phoenix’s largest expos. PHX Urban Expo can give your business the chance to be exposed to over 8,000 people in just two days.

There are many ways for companies to participate in the PHX Urban Expo and promote your products and services.

Don’t miss out this great opportunity – contact a member of the PHX Urban Expo team at 602-254-5611 to discuss ways to grow your business by being a part of the PHX Urban Expo.

More information and applications are available at

PARKing Day Sept. 16

Friday, September 9th, 2011

On Friday, Sept. 16, Downtown Phoenix will join cities around the globe in transforming metered central city parking spaces into public parks and social spaces, if only temporarily.

PARKINGDAYThe annual PARK(ing) Day event was born in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio. According to a release by organizer Stacey Champion, creator of the sustainability group Rogue Green, “PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.”

Phoenix PARK(ing) Day will take place in three different Downtown Phoenix locations:

MORNING SESSION (7 – 10 a.m.)

* Parking meters on the east side of 2nd Street between Taylor and Filmore streets to engage ASU Downtown.
* Parking meters on the south side of Washington Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, across from City Hall.

EVENING SESSION (4 – 7 p.m.)

* Parking meters on 5th Street between Garfield and McKinley streets in the Roosevelt Row arts district.

“I am happy to have been handed the torch by Yuri Artibise, who brought PARK(ing) Day to Phoenix three years ago,” said Champion in the release. “There is a huge need for green public spaces and pocket parks in our city, increased community involvement, a city plan to reduce urban heat island effect and a concerted effort to at least (temporarily) put better use to our many vacant lots throughout the city.”

According to Champion’s release, PARK(ing) Day 2010 included more than 800 “PARK” installations in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.

There will be teams of community activists, urbanists, workers from Downtown offices, and various organizations.

Get your friends and co-workers together to create your own park on Friday, Sept. 16.

Walk for Urbanism in the Warehouse District

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I say often that Phoenix should have listened to Jane Jacobs (and that is my firm conviction) but how can the city listen to her, if they don’t know who she is?

jane-jacobsJane Jacobs was an activist (most famous for taking on and defeating the City of Manhattan and the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway) and urbanist who championed dense, walkable cities over car-centered and car-dependent cities.

She articulated the ideas and the elements that must be integrated to build great cities, such as identity, a sense of place, civic pride, connection to heritage and history, and pedestrian friendly streets with healthy and defined neighborhoods.

Most people who have grown up in Valley don’t quite understand the concept of a neighborhood. With few exceptions we don’t have a strong sense of neighborhoods and we lack that sense of community and belonging that other cities have. That’s not to say “community” doesn’t exist in Phoenix, it does, but on a much smaller scale.

If you don’t believe we have community, please come out to the 2010 Jane’s Walk on May 1st in the Warehouse District. Get out of the car and walk on the city streets because you’ll be amazed and pleasantly surprised. Come learn about the beautiful and historic warehouses and the ways that they have been adapted for reuse. Jane Jacobs is known for saying that “new ideas require old buildings” and there are many in the Warehouse District.  Come celebrate local Phoenix history and learn about the things we have in our city that we can be proud of. And it’s a free event!

“No one can find what will work for our cities by
looking at suburban garden cities, manipulating
scale models, or inventing dream cities.
You’ve got to get out and walk.”

- Jane Jacobs