I actually think this article is spot on, yet nothing most of us didn't already know. Roosevelt Row and the people that run it as a First Friday event are idiots and think they can charge vendors $75(or whatever the fee is now) to set up outside at some random spot while the hipsters "hang out" and don't give a shit about the artwork on display or the artists for that matter. It's not even an organized event anymore. I attended last Friday to see a friends work at Modified and other then the artists set up over at Galeria de los Muertos I saw nothing new or interesting down there. As mentioned none of the galleries have A/C and the flies are rampant. The only "cool" place I went in to was CADE.
In Mesa however, there's tons of great shops and galleries(with A/C) and their 2nd Friday events are actually organized and promoted well. Main street is lined with artists and vendors(not people selling their used clothes). Oh yeah, and it's FREE for them to set up. Within the past 3 months Mesa has seen new spots open such as Gotham City Comics & Coffee, The Rusted Nail Gallery, Heatsync Labs, The Royale Theater, and opening soon Monsterland. Add to that the recently reopened Nile Theater and Evermore Nevermore along with all the other great shops and galleries and Main Street in Mesa is where it's at. So hopefully the bits of real art left on Roosevelt will realize this and head east to Mesa. The cost of rent in Mesa is less then half of that of a run down "house" along Roosevelt.