Jane’s Walk is coming to downtown Phoenix: On May 2, 2009 join in the inaugural Jane’s Walk Phoenix as they explore and rediscover the core of downtown, including the Roosevelt neighborhood, Roosevelt Row and the Arts District, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, the new Civic Space and other key areas. Most of us know about the emergence of some really cool things going on Downtown, this type of community event is a great example of the passion that so many organizations are beginning to feel in the area.
The tour will run from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on May 2nd and will start at Portland Park in downtown Phoenix which is located at 1st Ave. and Portland St., next to the Central / Roosevelt (Arts District) light rail station.
The event is intended to be fun and participatory. Whether you are a local activist, resident, business owner, politician, preservationist, or simply a citizen who loves the community, participating in Jane’s Walk Phoenix is a great way to celebrate the reemergence of downtown as a vital urban hub. Over the past decade, building on the ground work laid of urban pioneers such as Kimber Lanning and Greg Esser (and a multitude of other visionaries), downtown Phoenix has began to reemerge as a vital urban hub. This is exemplified by the success of First Friday Art walks and buoyed in recent years by the establishment of the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, TGen, and ASU’s downtown Phoenix Campus. As a result, there has been an influx of new visitors and residents to down Phoenix i.e.eyes on the street as Jane Jacobs would say, that have increased the communities feeling of safety and perceptively reduced criminal activities.