A Downtown Phoenix Wish List: Seven Arts/Culture Resources We Need

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Yes, downtown Phoenix has a (growing) culture of its own -- and plenty of spots that make us happy and proud to claim it as our own. But the grass, er dirt lot, could always be greener, and along with Chow Bella, we've come up with a few wishes we have for the hub we call home.

Here are a few arts/culture-related wishes we have for downtown Phoenix, inspired by lofty wishes, places we've been around town, and drool-worthy spots around the country. (And if we miss anything, feel free to add your own wishes in the comment section.)

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7. The Strand
See also: Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore Is One Step Closer to a Second Location in Phoenix

Negotiations between Changing Hands and Venue Projects, which took over the Beef Eaters building on Camelback Road and Seventh Avenue in Phoenix are still "positive" according to Changing Hands staff, but the need for a Downtown bookstore is no secret.

Sure, Lawn Gnome on Fifth Street is a great spot to catch a few indie titles and self-published zines, but we want the floors, and aisles of New York-based Strand bookstore with an endless supply of paperbacks and hardbacks.

It'd be a place to really escape on a lunch break, a day off -- or anytime really --and find a new book.



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11 comments
julieparisiart
julieparisiart

Regarding number two, there are MANY gallery spaces downtown that are the same or better than art one.  Try Warehouse 1005, 1005 N 1st St. and then go up and down Roosevelt Row....I mean, have you been downtown??????!!!

Julie Baier
Julie Baier

In White Center, near Seattle, there's an ice cream shop called Full Tilt. They have yummy ice cream and vintage arcade games. There's also a pizza shop called Proletariat Pizza. They have awesome pies and a great selection of craft beers. Downtown could use some of that action.

Amanda Zawjatunazmul
Amanda Zawjatunazmul

Somewhere to watch some good slam poetry. Somewhere that is nice and entertaining for all ages during the day and has a good, clean nightlife that attracts the adults at night.

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Better Arts coverage, (IE: PHX Centric Arts Journal) more media involvement, professional standards for Artists and Galleries, professional business model for same, weekly events, less booze, more places to eat, bookshops, art spaces that have an AC system... you know- like real cities do it?

Gabriela Hernandez
Gabriela Hernandez

Perhaps some nightclubs, or lounges- some upscale non-ghetto ones. I'd love to party in& celebrate out tiny sky line, but other than Bar Smith...there's not much else that's fun to dance

Ramblin Rozy
Ramblin Rozy

i.e. buskers... poetry...musicians.. singers..etc

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Ah, the biggest problem with Phoenix culture -- The Sprawl. We have all these cool things, but not in a centralized locale. I just wish we could lift up Mill Ave, shake out all the skanks and bros and set it down next to Roosevelt Row. Mill needs art, Roosevelt needs bars.

Joey Grace
Joey Grace

Sports bars. Phoenix in desperate need a of a sports bar where one can sit and watch a football game and eat hot wings.

Jules Demetrius
Jules Demetrius

More muralist. For some reason Phx thinks there's only 3

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