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.