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Best Street of Dreams Phoenix 2009 - Mill Avenue

We are so over Mill Avenue. We are so over Mill, in fact, that we're even done complaining about it. These days, we're just feeling a little sad over what are becoming such distant memories of the heyday of Arizona State's main drag — just about the only spot in metropolitan Phoenix that ever had hope of hopping.

In the past year, things got even worse. Tempe Marketplace sucked pretty much what was left of the retail off Mill. Even Coffee Plantation bailed. Now, it's mostly a lot of empty storefronts and buildings a, testament to the worst of the failed local economy.

But don't call code on the patient quite yet. Just recently, we've started hearing word that things might finally turn around on Mill. The new director of Downtown Tempe Community Inc., Nancy Hormann, is rumored to be a real live wire (in a good way) and MADCAP Theaters (www.madcaptheaters.com) has moved into the old Harkins movie house at Centerpoint, planning to turn it into alternative performance spaces. Then we heard that Tempe finally has its own farmers market, Market on Mill (www.marketonmill.org).

At this rate, Mill Avenue might just get there. And that would have us dancing in the streets.

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Johnny
Johnny

If you read the article, it doesn't talk about businesses that left Mill to head to Tempe Marketplace it just states that "Tempe Marketplace sucked pretty much what was left of the retail off Mill" which also could mean that nobody wants to go to Mill because all the good retail places are now gone the list of all the stores is too long to list. As for good things that are happening down Mill the only thing I see going down there is a bunch of drunk folks causing all kinds of problems at all the bars.

GJones
GJones

I am talking about businesses that left to go to Tempe Marketplace, and EVERYONE is suffering, not just Mill Avenue. Scottsdale has had 100% turnover in their Southbridge Project for example. And, the reason all the Abercrombies of the world left was because the Centerpoint on Mill complex was supposed to be torn down, so they let leases run out, then the economy tanked so they could no longer redevelop. I am very sure my facts are straight, people just have a biased for Mill Avenue and its too bad, because they have some great stuff going on right now.

Johnny
Johnny

Gjones,

Are you serious? Get the facts straight? I'm not a writer for the new times but everybody knows there are many businesses suffering down Mill ave. just ask Monti's. As for businesses that moved out how about Abercrombie, Harkins theaters, who were also given tax breaks to occupy that building or the suspended high rises right next to them or even the suspended Hayden Ferry project. The list goes on and on I think you should get your facts straight.

GJones
GJones

I'm not sure why everyone keeps saying Mill Avenue lost retail to Tempe Marketplace...the only one that moved was Urban Angels. And Coffee Plantation's lease was up, so that is why they left. Good to know the writers are getting their facts straight.

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