Category Archives: Local Happenings

From Car Spaces to People Places: Park(ing) Day is coming to Phoenix

pd2009_poster_commemorativeFollowing up on the successful Jane’s Walk Phoenix in May, a couple of friends and I are organizing another ‘place making’ event on Friday, September 18th.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event that promotes the importance of green and urban public spaces as community activists, neighborhood leaders and urban planners step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The event is intended to help people rethink the way we use our streets and creates diverse conversations about how we can make sustainable cities. This concept of PARK(ing) Day is based on the idea that putting money into a parking meter is like ‘renting’ a public space.

Jane Jacobs, in The Death and Life of Great American Cities wrote that, in order to make a city safe, prosperous and worth living in, one must start with “lively and interesting streets.” With this end in mind, Park(ing) Day PHX is an opportunity to create community, engage the public and begin a dialogue on topics ranging from city parks and public space to the environment to mobility options and community improvement projects.

The Park(ing) Day PHX spaces will be located adjacent to ASU Downtown, on 1st St. between Polk St. and Fillmore St. between 7 and 9 a.m.

PARK(ing) Day was originally created in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, as an experimental exploration in repurposing public space. Since then has been creatively adapted and sparked imaginations around the world.

For more details on Park(ing) Day in general, visit or contact me via email.

If you living in Phoenix, I hope you can stop by and support us. You can RSVP on Facebook or Yelp.

Here are some pictures from past Park(ing) Day events in other cities.

Clevland 2006

Cleveland 2006

Los Angles, 2008

Spokane, 2007

Brooklyn, 2006

Brooklyn, 2006

Stay tuned for pictures from the inaugural Phoenix event!

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First Saturday: Jane’s Walk is only the beginning

Downtown Phoenix has been busier than ever and this weekend is no exception. In addition to First Friday,  Saturday is also choke-full of events.

janeswalk42Of course, Saturday morning is the city’s inaugural Jane’s Walk. Once again Jane’s Walk Phoenix will start and end at Portland Park, located at 1st Ave and Portland St, next to the Central and Roosevelt light rail station and goes from 9am-11am.

After the walk,I encourage you to continue the discussion with some of the otehr participants (and hopefully newly made friends at  to check out only of the many nearby restaurants, such as Fair Trade, Carly’s or Matt’s Big Breakfast.  Otherwise, you can drop by the Downtown Phoenix Public Market to check out this weeks specials.

hmnAfter lunch,  head on over to Modified Arts for the Handmade Nation screening and booksigning with author/director Faythe Levine at 2pm. Come learn about the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design as documented in Levine’s film and book. Seating is limited and $10 tickets are available at Stinkweeds, Frances and MADE.  Books will be available at the screening.  (if you can’t make it Satuday, there will be an encore showing on Sunday at 2pm.

During the afternoon, you can get your weekend errands done or rest up, before returning downtown for more fun…

img_06151At Phoenix’s incredible new Downtown Civic Space (at Central and Fillmore), there will be an all-ages outdoor screening of the movie Wall-E. Otter pops and other cool treats will be available as you watch this great flick on a huge screen, right in downtown. Screening begins at 7:30.  If you haven’t yet seen the Echelman sculpture “Her Secret is Patience” at night, here’s your chance!

Otherwise, you can head over to Space 55 (636 East Pierce) for the “Spring Fling Shorts Show,” an evening of short films curated by No Festival Required at 8 pm (doors open at 7:45 with café open for snacks and drinks) Admission is $6. Cash only, $1.00 off with student i.d.

Local Happenings: Radiate Phoenix @ Turf on April 28th

6a00e39827aafa883301157056cd2f970b-320wiOne of the groups that is celebrating the resurgence if downtown Phoenix is RadiatePhx, a downtown centered non-traditional networking group. RadiatePhx is more about community building, knowledge sharing and supporting local business than swapping business cards. In other words it is the type of group that Jane would support. The group meets that last Tuesday of each month at different central Phoenix establishments  with a guest speaker to discuss place making, design, community building and what’s going on in our urban core.

Turf2This month the Radiators are gathering at one of the local businesses that will be highlighted during Jane’s Walk PhoenixThe Turf Restaurant & Pub in downtown Phoenix.  The group will be joined by Malissa Geer.  Malissa is the Community Engagement Liaison at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. who serves as a catalyst to enrich the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the community that surrounds ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

We will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm and will also hear from Turf’s owner Andrew Mirtich about how ASU and other factors influenced their decision in selecting Turf’s location. I will also be making a brief presentation about Jane’s Walk Phoenix.

All Radiators get 15% off their bill tomorrow night.  That’s on top of the 50 cents off happy hour specials.

If you’re following this blog, chances are you are already interested in seeing downtown thrive.  This is a great opportunity to come out and here from people who are helping make it happen, while  supporting a local business, and learning more about Jane’s Walk.

Come Radiate with us.