Community members discuss future of Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row

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More than 20 community members gathered Thursday afternoon to discuss ways to ensure areas like Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue grow and succeed in the future. They were all were united by a common theme: They want main street areas to flourish. Read story

Grand Avenue Merchants' Association looks to apply for 501(c)3 IRS nonprofit tax status

Grand Avenue has been subject to several projects throughout its long history, including its most recent addition of new bike racks and other street improvements. Now, the street’s merchants’ association hopes to receive 501(c)3 IRS nonprofit tax status to increase funding for future projects. Read story

Arts district flourishes from dregs of downtown, but now faces new problems

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Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix has had a significant transformation over the years, from a crime-ridden area to a now-substantial arts district. But some worry big businesses may threaten the current community. Read story

Grand Avenue festival celebrates goals met

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The Fifth Annual Grand Avenue Festival celebrated improvements the street has made, including the addition of on-street parking, bike lanes and planters, while looking forward to the potential it has to grow. Read story

Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion show to exhibit chic creations made from trash

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — or for dozens of local artists, a fashion show. The sixth annual Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show gives artists and community members the chance to show off the outfits they created from trash and recycled materials over the past weeks. Read story

Grand Avenue Festival holds promise of rejuvenation for arts district

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The Grand Avenue Festival, the annual culture, arts and music showcase happening Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. could mark the beginning of a new era for the district. Five years ago, the first festival was celebrated in what seemed like a promising time for the businesses of the area. Read story

Art Detour 25: A look at artists that helped to shape the Phoenix art scene

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Though the many downtown art spaces we covered last week provided the physical space for the local art scene to grow, it is truly the people who make a place worthwhile. Each of the below faces has contributed something unique and valuable to Phoenix’s art scene since the inception of Art Detour. This list encompasses gallerists, painters, photographers, performers, property owners and sculptors. While there are certainly many vital figures missing, we feel this array provides a diverse set of men and women who have affected Art Detour’s past, present and future. Read story

Craft store owner and property revitalist breathes life into lower Grand Avenue

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If Grand Avenue were a street on the Monopoly board, Beatrice Moore would be its owner. But instead of identical, characterless little red and green plastic houses lining the roadway, each unique structure has an interesting story to tell, just like the woman behind their preservation. Read story

Restaurant slated to open in Grand Avenue's Bragg's Pie Factory

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A new restaurant will be taking over the small retail space inside Grand Avenue’s Bragg’s Pie Factory mid-February, bringing with it familiar vegan and vegetarian food and for the first time, pie. Read story

Mayor, panel discuss budding entrepreneurship in downtown Phoenix

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The Downtown Devil Discussion on Tuesday focused on entrepreneurship in downtown Phoenix, including ASU Downtown’s effect on businesses and parking problems near local shops. Read story