Downtown Digest: Week of 7/3-7/9

“Downtown Digest” is your 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

Fabulous Phoenix 4th

  • Tuesday, July 4
  • 6 – 10 p.m. (Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.)
  • Steele Indian School Park: 300 E Indian School Road

Related to: Independence Day, July 4, Fireworks

This family-friendly event will feature two stages of recording artists and a variety of vendors offering food and beverages, arts and crafts, and interactive exhibits. There will also be a classic car display. Youth activities include rides, inflatables and a water spray zone. Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. and feature one of the largest displays in the southwest.

City Council meeting

  • Thursday, July 6
  • 9 a.m.
  • City Council Chambers: 200 W Jefferson Street

Related to: Historic Preservation, Downtown development, Fifth Street, Hance Park

At this week’s City Council meeting a flurry of downtown items are on the agenda. First up, council will decide whether to approve a $5-million contract to make Hargreaves Associates the design consultant for the Hance Park Master Plan. This will allow Hargreaves to begin implementing aspects of the design plan. The Hance Park Conservancy estimates the Master Plan will take a total of $118 million to implement.

Council will also preside over a development agreement on a property a current council member is under investigation for. Developer High Street Fillmore LLC is bidding to make a 7.6-acre property between Fourth and Sixth avenues into a mixed-use development project.

The attorney general’s office is investigating District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski over the land. His part-time employer, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, was one of the original bidders for the land and initially won the rights to develop it but the deal was cancelled when Nowakowski’s relationship with the foundation was revealed in an Arizona Republic article.

The council will also approve easements for historic preservation on two buildings in the Evans-Churchill Neighborhood. The Wurth House at Roosevelt and Fourth streets and several buildings along Fifth Street will get 30-year conservation easements, protecting the exterior of the buildings for 30 years.

Community Town Hall hosted by Rep. Ruben Gallego

  • Thursday, July 6
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Burton Barr Central Library: 1221 North Central Avenue

Related to: Congress, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Burton Barr

Congress is on recess for the Fourth of July and that means legislators are back in Arizona. Representative Gallego will be taking questions from the community at Burton Barr this Thursday.

GET LIT: The Body

  • Thursday, July 6
  • 7 p.m.
  • Basement: 130 North Central Avenue

Related to: Phoenix Poet Laureate, literature, ASU, the body

Join Phoenix Poet Laureate and ASU English lecturer Rosemarie Dombrowski for an intimate gathering to discuss “The Body.” The event is hosted by Four Chambers Press and is inspired by the 17th century salons. The night will consist of community gatherings, conversations about literature, and drinks. There will be discussions about how the body is represented through literature, other people’s bodies, race, genders, sexuality, age, ability, etc.

Youth Power Conference

  • Saturday, July 8
  • 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Puente Arizona: 1937 W Adams Street
  • Register for free here

Related to: Immigration, deportation, mass incarceration, political education, Puente Arizona

Puente Arizona is hosting a youth power conference to give young people an opportunity to connect with others and share their experience of living during the Trump presidency. There will be art, music and other activities for attendees to express their current and future hopes and fears. There will also be political education and information on upcoming opportunities for youth to take action to fight deportations and mass incarceration.

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