Downtown Digest: Week of 7/17-7/23


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July Artist Reception for Sabrina Michelle Reed

  • Friday, July 21
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Songbird Coffee & Tea House: 812 N. 3rd St.

Local artist Sabrina Michelle Reed has had her art on display at Songbird for the month of July, and she will be in the cafe this Friday for a meet and greet. Learn from the source what her art is about and ask questions about your favorite piece. Bring friends and stick around for live music.

Downtown Debrief: Roosevelt Row BID update

Related to: Roosevelt Row, Business Improvement Districts

Oral arguments in the city’s lawsuit against the state over a law concerning business improvement districts, or BIDs, were heard last week per Brenna Goth of The Arizona Republic. A BID is a geographic area within a city where property owners pay taxes so the city can use them on services to better the area. A law passed by the legislature last year changed the rules for how BIDs are approved, making approval by property owners within the area of the BID mandatory for formation. The city filed a lawsuit saying its proposed BID had its boundaries drawn up prior to the law’s passage, which would exempt it from the law’s provisions thanks to a retroactivity clause. The BID would be created for the area between Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street from Moreland Street to Fillmore Street.

ICYMI: Cronkite School receives high praise from national accrediting council

Related to: Cronkite School, ASU, journalism

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has re-accredited the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s bachelor’s and master’s programs for another six years. The Cronkite School was found in compliance with all nine accreditation standards, including mission, curriculum, diversity, faculty, scholarship, student services, resources, facilities, public service and learning outcomes for both programs. In the report, ACEJMC praised nearly every aspect of the Cronkite School, calling it a “model for retention, transformative education and inclusion.” ACEJMC also praised the school’s innovation, diversity and facilities. A five-member team visited the Cronkite School in January 2017 to conduct an on-site review before the ACEJMC voted to re-accredit the school.

New York Times correspondent Fernanda Santos coming to Cronkite School

Related to: Cronkite School, ASU, journalism, Cronkite News, Borderlands Initiative, 

Award-winning author and New York Times correspondent Fernanda Santos will be joining the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass communication this fall as a Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor. At the New York Times Santos covered Arizona and New Mexico as southwest correspondent and the Phoenix Bureau Chief. She has reported extensively on border issues and wildfires. Her book “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots” covers the Yarnell Hill Fire, which was the deadliest wildfire in Arizona history. The book won the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book. She will teach short form and long form narrative classes at the school as well as be joining Southwest Borderlands Professor Rick Rodriguez and former 12 News lead anchor Vanessa Ruiz as a part Cronkite’s growing staff focusing on borderlands coverage.

LGBTQ youth center needs help after fire

Related to: LGBTQ youth, social services

Following a blaze that destroyed everything inside LGBTQ youth center One-n-ten needs help from the community to get it started again. The youth center helps LGBTQ youth who need a place to stay or someone to talk to. The nonprofit’s new space inside the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness will be opening within the next month. See how to help here.

Forno 301 Moving to Central Avenue

Related to: moving businesses, downtown dining 

  • Roosevelt location is closing in September
  • New location near Central Avenue and McDowell Road is set to open in October

Owners Roberto Dadone and Luca Gagliano are moving locations due to a 3-year construction project that is planned for Forno 301’s current building. The new restaurant will be located at 1616 North Central Ave. An opening date has yet to be announced.

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