Rebuild This City

You’re out and about and yet another cloned strip mall clogs the view, raising the question: “Why do these malls need to exist every couple miles?” Amid the Valley's sprawl, some are trying to make a difference. The third annual Phoenix Urban Design Week is a gathering of urban planners, builders, architects and other creative minds intent on examining Phoenix’s issues while rethinking urban lifestyles and Valley options. Events and symposiums continue through Thursday, April 10, though Saturday’s neighborhood tours offer a chance to get out and see how creative thinking and direct resident input recreated Central City South neighborhoods. That evening, loosen up a bit with PLAY+TASTE+PAINT, a street stencil making potluck party.

Take a trip at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5 from the Harmon Library, 1325 South Fifth Avenue. Pre-registration is required at Stenciling runs from 6 to11 p.m. Find details at Visit for complete schedule of events.

April 5-13, 10:30 a.m., 2014


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