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Exploding Downtown

Exploding Downtown

Phoenix is the fifth-largest city in the country, but it doesn't look like it, particularly its dead-after-dark downtown. Why hasn't a vibrant core city happened? We've got interesting people: artists, tycoons, celebrities cultural and ethnic diversity. Why are we saddled with vacant lots and Soviet-style architecture in our core city? Downtown dwellers can't even rent a video in the neighborhood, and forget about it if you're looking for more than a handful of decent restaurants and bars. Among the few good things downtown are sports venues like Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena. But they aren't enough. The First Friday art walks, which bring thousands downtown each month, give us a taste of what downtown could be. But that isn't enough either. In a New Times special project, we examine how downtown got this way and what must be done if Phoenix is to become a world-class city.

Stories found
  1. Big Scam Theory
    News
    Downtown Phoenix has always had its high points, but the Civic Center boondoggle isn't one of them
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  2. Dark Impulses
    Feature
    At night, downtown Phoenix is a ghost town -- except for a few bright spots
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  3. Clan of the Bike Men
    Feature
    As downtown pedicabbers battle for turf and tips, major operators say city regs would end the mayhem
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  4. Cool Tips
    Feature
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  5. Who's Cool
    Sidebar
    A list-in-progress of who's living, working, creating in downtown Phoenix
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  6. The Cool Index
    Feature
    Phoenix has always been hot. But can it ever be cool?
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  7. Downtown Brown
    Sidebar
    Barrio businesses are flourishing, but not in downtown Phoenix
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  8. Operation Mickey Mouse
    Feature
    Could downtown Phoenix get more soulless? Yep! Check out Jerry Colangelo's secret plan
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  9. Sorry, We're Closed
    Feature
    Downtown businesses are struggling to stay afloat
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  10. Speech Therapy
    News
    Richard Florida jump-starts downtown dialogue
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  11. Jerry's World
    Feature
    Jerry Colangelo and his pals have gobbled up the lion's share of public development dollars. If downtown's to be saved, City Hall's got to share the wealth
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  12. Us vs. Them
    Feature
    Make downtown attractive to locals, not to outsiders wearing knee socks and nametags. It only makes sense
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  13. Creative Class Act
    Sidebar
    Richard Florida knows exactly what's wrong with Phoenix
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