Downtown Digest: Week of 9/11 – 9/17


“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

Central City Village Planning Committee

  • Today, Sept. 11
  • 6 p.m.
  • Emerson Court, 1817 North Seventh St.

Related to: zoning, light rail

The city’s public transit department will hold a presentation on possible downtown light rail changes. There will be a breakdown of a new state law which regulates “small cell wireless communication facilities.” Another presentation will tackle the Central City Village Character Plan.

City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • 9 a.m.
  • City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Related to: light rail, Transportation 2050

This week the subcommittee will be discussing possible additions to downtown Phoenix’s current light rail stops. The meeting agenda says the subcommittee will examine “Washington Street, Fifth Street, and Third Avenue to create an enhanced east-west/north-south system intersecting in downtown Phoenix.”

City Council Policy Session

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

RELATED: Trump protest ends in tear gas

Here we will see the results of the Aug. 30 takeover of City Council by protesters. The council will vote on whether to approve the formation of a citizen review panel for the police response to protests outside President Trump’s rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Aug. 22.

DACA Workshop and Information Session

    • Wednesday, Sept. 13
    • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Artlink A.E. England Gallery, 424 N. Central Ave.

RELATED: High school DACA students face an uncertain future

At this free workshop and information session, “DREAMers,” their families and community allies can learn about changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, connect with attorneys and experts and get onsite assistance completing renewal applications. Food will be provided. This event is sponsored by the School of Community Resources and Development, the Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service, DREAMzone ASU and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

PARK(ing) Day Phoenix

      • Friday, Sept. 15
      • 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
      • Washington Street, between First and Second avenues

Related to: public art, environment, city planning

This annual event invites city dwellers to put transform parking spaces into miniature “parks” using plants, art, games, grills and more. In the past, according to the Facebook event page, these have included a Willy Wonka-themed parking space, a croquet “park” and a miniature Dixieland Devils park. Participants can’t sell or advertise, but can do pretty much anything else (as long as they put change in the meter).

Arizona attorney general sues the Board of Regents over tuition

The issue of tuition once again took center stage on Friday when the Arizona attorney general’s office sued the Arizona Board of Regents over what it says are unconstitutional tuition increases at the state’s three public universities. The suit says recent tuition increases in past years violate the Arizona constitution, which states that university instruction should be provided for “as nearly free as possible.” The suit criticizes the board of regents’ tuition model and says the regents interpret “nearly free” to mean affordable as well as compares tuition to costs at similar universities and the availability of financial aid instead of just basing tuition on the cost of instruction. The suit also says that universities overcharge part-time and online students.