Current Events & News | This Could Be Phoenix - Part 2
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Current Events & News

Imagine a perfect day riding your bike down a street lined with trees and endless shade, you wave to a friend who is enjoying a cup of coffee outside your favorite café. The sidewalks are busy with neighbors exploring the different shops and enjoying the sounds of the street performers. You make a stop at the market before hopping back on your bike to zip home. Now, imagine a similar street here in Phoenix...not many to choose from right? We find ourselves hopping in our cars to drive long distances just to go to the mall or to buy groceries. Many are taken aback by the sight of someone walking down our hot, unsafe streets. So what can we do as a community to change the way we live in Phoenix? What can we do to activate our sidewalks and to get people to really live? First, let's stop thinking and start doing! Local community activists have come together and decided to do just that. Better Block PHX is coming, and we'd like you to join us in bringing the Phoenix streets to life!

Project Rising Phoenix is coordinating a Call for Ideas for three key downtown Phoenix properties – two adaptive reuse projects and one vacant lot – with strong potential for multiple uses.
  1. Luhrs City Center Arcade, Jefferson St., between 1st Ave & Central Ave
  2. Regency Garage Edge (aka Matador Restaurant space), 125 E. Adams St.
  3. Adams Street Lot, SE corner, Adams St & Central Ave
Developer Goal: Create dynamic project concepts to activate the space(s) and bring vibrancy to a downtown undergoing significant revitalization. More photographs of each project site are located at If you're interested in submitting an idea to Project Rising, you'll find more information here.

Project Rising Phoenix is an urban infill accelerator, helping ideas become a reality here in Downtown Phoenix. They are currently running their call for ideas that is open to the public to submit what they want to see on three vacant or undeveloped sites Downtown.  Even if you don't want to submit a formal entry to Project Rising, This Could Be PHX wants to hear from you! What do you want to see in these spaces? Leave a comment here or join the discussion on our Facebook page. We'll be exploring each site in more depth in the coming week but here's a little preview.