Thirteen years ago, a group of community merchants and neighbors on Seventh Avenue in downtown Phoenix joined forces to turn the neighborhood around. With help from the city's Fight Back Program and Arizona State University's School of Architecture, the group envisioned a safer place to live, work, and play, and developed a master plan to revitalize the area. To celebrate their efforts, they launched a street fair that brought community members together and showcased local business. A decade ago, the fair was a few booths, a handful of classic cars, and a hundred or so attendees.
On Saturday, March 2, the community will host its annual Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair and Classic Car Show with more than 140 vending booths, 200 classic cars, and 18,000 visitors to the Melrose District, along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback roads. Vendors from around the state will sell handmade accessories and apparel, arts and crafts, and home decor to the tune of live music from Sara McAllister Duo, Pick and Holler, Bears of Manitou, KingFatHand, and the Lee Perreira Band. A handful of food trucks will provide extra fuel for shopping and people-watching, and the classic car show will reveal vintage eye candy for auto fans.