Downtown Digest: Week of 6/19-6/26

“Downtown Digest” is your new weekly preview from Downtown Devil. Here, we’ll share information about community meetings, arts and culture events, and more. If you have suggestions for upcoming Downtown Digests, please let us know by emailing

ASU Phoenix Biomedical Campus “North of Fillmore” Visioning

  • Tuesday, June 20
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, 512 E. Pierce Street

Related to: Phoenix Biomedical Campus, ASU

Community members have a chance to give input on a redevelopment of the Phoenix Biomedical campus. In May 2015, the Phoenix City Council approved an expansion concept for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, proposed by Arizona State University, to develop new biomedical research programs in partnership with NantWorks. The land for this new expansion is located north of Fillmore Street between Garfield, Fifth and Sixth streets. After the NantWorks partnership fell through, ASU is now looking to move forward with planning and new ideas for the project. Representatives from ASU will be present at this event to hear input and ideas for the future of this expansion.

City Council Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 21
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson Street

Related to: Hance Park Master Plan, Group Homes

This week’s City Council meeting will be dominated by the formal approval of the budget. There are several items of interest to downtown on the agenda for this week. City Council will be approving $5 million to be used by New York-based Hargreaves Associates in support of the Margaret T. Hance Park Master Plan implementation. According to the council meeting agenda, the company will be providing “design services and possible construction administration and observation services with special inspections” for the implementation of the plan. Also, the street work to be done near the intersection of First Street and Moreland and McKinley streets will be chosen. Council will also be hearing the proposed text amendment to the city’s enforcement of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. This comes following an investigation into group homes in Phoenix by the Department of Justice.

“1070” at the Herberger Theater Center

  • Price: $15-$25
  • Dates: Friday, Saturdays and Sundays June 23-July 9
  • Tickets and more information:

Related to: Senate Bill 1070, Immigration, Herberger Theatre

This play will look at the consequences of Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070, which requires police to question the immigration status of people they arrest when there is “reasonable suspicion” they are not in the country legally. The play will open this weekend, and continue for three more, starring Phoenix native and Arizona State University student Anna Flores. It will follow the law’s effect on one family in a full-length play. The show will be hosted at the Herberger Theater by the New Carpa Theater Company, a troupe that supports emerging Latino and multicultural artists. New Carpa founder, James Garcia, a local playwright, journalist and media director for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, wrote the play.

Ben’s Bells ‘Belling’ comes to Phoenix

Related: Ben’s Bells project

Ben’s Bells, an Arizona-based organization with a mission to inspire kindness, will now recognize Phoenix community members going above and beyond to spread kindness. The project will now recognize an individual each week in a tradition called “belling.” Belling has been a part of the Tucson branch since 2005, and the tradition has now been expanded to include Phoenix. A weekly winner will be nominated and given a Ben’s Bell and a gift pack. In a press release, Ben’s Bells Phoenix said it has given out a few bells already. “This is such a fabulous way to recognize and honor those people in the Phoenix community who are doing kind and selfless things for others,” Christy Brown, Phoenix studio manager, said in the release. People can nominate neighbors or community members online.

Downtown Soccer League

Related: Small Goal Soccer

Small Goal Soccer, the largest adult soccer organization in America, has started a downtown Phoenix soccer league. National Director Adam Thelwell said “the main aim is to offer adult sports downtown as there is a lack of options.” He said they have a mix of residents and students in their downtown and other leagues. The league is three weeks in, but interested players can join in the new season in August. Games are Sunday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Coronado Park and include men’s and co-ed divisions for all skill levels. The organization is the same group which brought rooftop soccer to Phoenix last year.

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