Submit ideas to improve Phoenix’s transportation system

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Talk Transportation is a project of the Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation Departments to visualize the future of public transportation and streets. The ideas and comments generated from the site will be reviewed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation and potentially incorporated in future improvement plans and programming for public transportation and streets.

What should the City’s streets look like, how do we connect people to their destinations, and how do we fund the future? Phoenix need your BIG ideas!

All of your ideas are going to help the City of Phoenix:

  1. Develop a draft long range, public transportation plan
  2. Identify and match funding sources to proposed projects and plans
  3. Identify critical issues and needs for street improvements
  4. Present a citizen-led recommendation to the Mayor and Council on the future of transportation in Phoenix

If you drive, bus, rail, bike, or walk this affects you and how you travel, Take a minute to sign up and post an idea, comment, photo, or video.

6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival joins forces with Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts, Nov. 8

Phoenix, AZ (June 28, 2014) – The Grand Avenue Members’ Association (GAMA) is joining forces with the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) to organize the 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on November 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Grand Avenue Festival and PAPA have similar missions of bringing the arts and community together, so the combined events is a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history, and adaptive re-use of Grand Avenue and adjoining neighborhoods, as well as an audience participatory arts and performance parade to include Phoenix’ creative community-at-large.

The PAPA event (their 9th annual parade) brings an eclectic and exciting component to the day’s activities with an organic, mobile art parade and performances that will travel down Grand Avenue beginning at dusk. PAPA will also bring music, performances, children’s activities, and other magical and whimsical surprises to the event throughout the day with a main stage located at the beginning of the parade route.

Popular activities from past Grand Avenue Festivals will return with tours of vintage and historic commercial buildings; art exhibits; eclectic fashion shows; performances and music; hanging gardens, woven fences, and other recycled sculpture projects created by the community; and special activities that highlight the history of this distinctive area of downtown. New activities, including a tour of the newly painted and mosaiced planters along the street, are also being planned.

About the Grand Avenue Members’ Association

The purpose of the Grand Avenue Members’ Association (formerly known as the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association) is to actively and collectively promote a distinct, pedestrian-friendly arts and retail district along Lower Grand Avenue. GAMA coordinates efforts that encourage both existing and new independent, locally-owned businesses while preserving the corridor’s unique, historic, and diverse character. The goal of the Grand Avenue Festival is to celebrate neighborhood sustainability, encourage creative recycling, highlight the arts, promote small business, and foster appreciation for, and reuse of, valuable neighborhood resources.

About Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts

Over the years, Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts has been a unique, award-winning event that celebrates artistic expression in the landscape of downtown Phoenix. The main parade organizers, Stephen Strange and Sahar Mitchell, from the nationally-recognized performing troupe Strange Family Circus, have created an audience participatory festival that encourages the community to express their creativity, share the streets of Phoenix, and enjoy the company of area businesses, professional artists and local government. Since its inception in 2006, when the procession consisted of 300 people, the parade has attracted as many as 3,000 participants to its annual celebration. The parade has won several accolades from the New Times’ “Best of Phoenix.” In 2010, Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC formed as an autonomous entity to expand programming, location, and outreach for the PAPA event. The mission of PAPA, LLC is to provide opportunities for the public to engage with their neighborhoods and the local arts community in free, public, and family-friendly activities, where audience participation drives quality cultural experiences.

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ThirdSpace to open on Grand Avenue

10365728_584665561632345_1143789728958141396_nAs of June 1, The Groove on Grand will change names and management, and will be called ThirdSpace. A cafe with FOOD will open in the front building. The Red House Pub will no longer reside in the red cottage. All food and beverage will be situated in the front building. A new service window will be added where patrons can order food and beverages. Live music and many more fun events will happen weekly.

Phoenix Urban Design Week now underway

1896837_1460875190809357_1545045740_nPhoenix Urban Design Week convenes and engages people making the future of Phoenix. The design of our rules, our built environment, and our culture are essential ingredients of economic growth, sustainability, and community empowerment. We are collaborating to design and build a city we all want to live in. Join us!

PHXUDW 2014 organized by Design RePublic Studio and Lindsay Kinkade, Kirstin Van Cleef, and Aaron Kimberlin. For more information, visit http://www.phxudw.org/

Gimme some Grand Avenue Mural Love

MuralMapCover_590Grand Avenue is the home to some wonderful murals painted by a variety of local artists. You can take a self-guided tour of these eclectic urban art projects by following this map. Discover these little treasures in offbeat and unexpected nooks and crannies, while enjoying the vintage architecture that makes Grand Avenue a distinct and unique place in Phoenix history.

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Celebrate Grand Avenue streetscape improvements, Oct. 19

gaf-2013-ribbon-cutting-590Join for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new permanent bike lanes and on-street parting improvements on Saturday, October 19, at 3 pm, in front of Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 NW Grand Avenue.

The City of Phoenix, in partnership with the Grand Avenue Merchants Association, completed significant improvements between 7th Avenue and 15th Avenue that include on-street parking, green bike lanes, bike racks, new LED lighting, decorative crosswalks designed by Bob Graham of Motley Design Group, and beautiful, low water use desert plants that will keep our Avenue vital and beautiful all year round.

Join Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, and community members to celebrate the transformation of lower Grand Avenue. These improvements represent significant progress toward our plans as submitted for the Greening America’s Capitals EPA grant award, an $80,000 grant recently received by the neighborhood. These plans will be on display during the 5th Annual Grand Avenue Festival, at Motley Design group located at 1114 NW Grand Avenue.