Phoenix's Roosevelt Row Arts District Named a Great Place in America

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The American Planning Association announced on Thursday, October 1, that Roosevelt Row Arts District has been named one of 15 great places in America. 

Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation shared the news via Facebook that morning, with the message, "Thank you to all who have made this amazing community a great place to be. We celebrate with you!"

Three other neighborhoods received the distinction: Wynwood in Miami, Florida; Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri; and Downtown Plano in Plano, Texas. Under the Great Places program, there are three designations: neighborhood, street, and public space. 

"Our Great Places in America designees reflect the many facets that make up planning, including community engagement, economic benefits and quality of character," APA president Carol Rhea says in a news release. "These exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces showcase the positive outcomes when a community works together to create communities of lasting value."

The American Planning Association singled out RoRo for its vibrant arts scene (particularly First Friday art walks), nearby Light Rail access, "conscious planning" involving sustainable, walkable, and transit-oriented infill development, and the Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space (ARTS) program, which activates empty lots. 

Roosevelt Row isn't the first place in Arizona recognized by the APA. In 2008, Mill Avenue was named among the great streets in America. Prescott's Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza was named among the great public places that same year. 

Phoenix will host the APA's 2016 National Planning Conference, which will take place from April 2 to 5.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.