Dale Erquiaga Named New Executive Director of Downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row

Categories: Culture News
Roosevelt Row's Map, background by Sarah Hurwitz
The arts district has a deep-rooted history in downtown Phoenix. In the 1970s, the area was rezoned as a high-rise incentive district to bring in dense residential and office buildings. Ultimately, the new zoning stunted growth of the largely single-family home neighborhood, and as residents and businesses moved out, the value of the area plummeted.

These once-abandoned buildings and vacant houses became attractive to artists because they were affordable for studio spaces and galleries. From this revitalization came Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, which aims to "advocate for the continuing presence and role of the arts and small business in the revitalization of the district, and to foster a dense, diverse and walkable urban community."

Erquiaga says his short-term goals are to continue Roosevelt Row's successful programming and fundraising activities while helping to oversee the implementation of major national grants Roosevelt Row has received this year and will continue to fundraise for the non-profit.

"This board and its founders have a wonderful vision for Downtown that use arts as a model for placemaking," he says. "Downtown Phoenix will be a national story and will be a case study for how to use arts to build community from the ground up. We're at a tipping point. It's an exciting opportunity."

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