Downtown Phoenix Partnership highlights 2012 achievements, goals for future

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The 2012 Annual Report from the Downtown Phoenix Partnership detailed many of the projects currently being built in Phoenix, including the Roosevelt Point apartments, above.(Madeline Pado/DD)
The 2012 Annual Report from the Downtown Phoenix Partnership detailed many of the projects currently being built in Phoenix, including the Roosevelt Point Apartments above. (Madeline Pado/DD)

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on downtown development, released its 2012 Annual Report in February, highlighting the successes and projects under way downtown.

DPP’s Online Community and Publication Editor Anna Consie explained that it was important to show the partnership’s achievements.

“We do a lot of things that we don’t really shout from the rooftops,” Consie said. “We wanted to highlight things that we’ve done.”

The report covered notable rankings, downtown residents, spaces and places, statistical highlights, growth, the future and goals of the city, and funds.

The key information from the report breaks down into five points regarding successes, construction and future community projects.

• Phoenix racked up some impressive numbers. Among the rankings are first in the nation for rate of entrepreneurial activity and third strongest economy in the nation. Other notable numbers include a 6.7 percent increase in light rail ridership and a downtown office vacancy rate of 13 percent, which is 9 percent lower than the rate in the metropolitan area.

• Several construction projects were completed in 2012, including the University of Arizona Health Sciences Education Building, the Palomar Kimpton Hotel, the Lofts at Fillmore and the Maricopa County Court Tower.
• Projects still on their way include the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the Native American Connections family apartment complex, Roosevelt Point student apartments and the YMCA and ASU’s Student Recreational Center.

• DPP is looking to raise the bar for their community events. New initiatives starting in 2013 include a monthly podcast about events and projects called “Central Avenue” and two new murals painted by local artists. Zombie Walk 4 will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of human zombies in the nation. Pop-Up Parks, the lunchtime activities set up by Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors, will step it up a notch by adding a life-size chess set, flamenco and salsa dancing, art demonstrations and fashion shows.

• The cover of the report featured local artist Meghan Mitchell’s colorful sketch of a compressed downtown with a black background. The design won the Downtown Phoenix Banner Design Contest. Her banner design will appear around downtown during the year.

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership writes the report as part of their contract with the city, Consie said.

“It’s an effort to … get people excited and to show that we’re more than ambassadors and events,” Consie said. “We do a lot for the community.”

Contact the reporter at ddworth1@asu.edu

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