Architecture and Design

Melrose District Arch Installation Gives Phoenix's Seventh Avenue a Facelift and an Identity

It happened, as these things have a tendency to, in the dead of night.

Exactly a week before the 7 p.m. commemoration on Wednesday, November 20, construction crews took to Seventh Avenue and Indian School Road, just yards north of the intersection, and secured a steel structure meant to give the Melrose District not only a facelift but also a tangible identity.

The Melrose Arch, as it is being called, came as a quiet surprise to morning commuters Thursday, but for residents and business owners, it was a long time coming.

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