Roosevelt Row: The Fight to Keep Downtown Phoenix "Authentic" Is a Fight to Let It Become Something It's Never Been

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Ben Voldman
Jimbo Reid is pissed off.

He's mad that there aren't any "cute chicks" today in Jobot, a coffee shop in an old house on Fifth Street. He's angry that the guy he's talking to on Jobot's cracked front porch keeps asking him about gentrification. He's fuming because the latte he ordered didn't come topped with a cute drawing made out of steamed milk, "like they always used to do at this fucking place."

Mostly, though, Reid is angry because the downtown Phoenix he knows and loves is, he says, about to go away.

"Come back here in five years," Reid barks, waving a heavily tattooed arm out at Fifth Street, "and I'll be sitting here at a Starbuck's, and she--" and here he jabs a tattooed thumb at a young woman with fuchsia hair wearing mismatched leggings and what looks to be a bustier, "will be some tight-ass lawyer on her way to an office."

He offers this last word as a vulgarity. Reid does not like offices. He doesn't like national chains. And he really hates that "the suits," as he calls them, are about to bulldoze the thing about Phoenix he loves the most: Roosevelt Row, the hip, scruffy arts district that has helped transform downtown Phoenix from a bombed-out also-ran feared by suburbanites to a destination for many of those same suburbanites -- and in a relatively short time, too.


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Alison King and Rachel Simmons to Host Designing for Historic Spaces Workshop in Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
These people knew what they were doing. Do you?
Phoenix is an absolute goldmine for anyone in search of some swanky old-school architecture. However, it's one thing to own an old home, and it's a whole other thing to know how to take care of it. We've seen our fair share of historic homes gone wrong, which is why we're more than a little excited to announce that Modern Phoenix's Alison King has teamed with interior designer Rachel Simmons to host an all-day intensive workshop called Designing for Historic Places.


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Friends of Mexican Art to Host Home Tour in Phoenix February 22

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Image courtesy Friends of Mexican Art
Get ready for some interior design envy.

Mi casa es su casa, Phoenix.

At least that's how participants in the Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) Home Tour and Mexican Mercado feel. The organization, which aims to promote Latin American art in Arizona, has recruited four Valley homes for its annual self-guided tour and fundraiser set to happen Sunday, February 22. Guests of the tour will be able to explore private residences that showcase worldly art and design as well as purchase pieces for themselves from art dealers at the Mexican Mercado.


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Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2015 Tickets on Sale February 1

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Becky Bartkowski
Several Al Beadle homes were featured on the 2014 tour.

Midcentury Modern aficionados, go ahead and schedule a reminder for noon on Sunday, February 1.

That's when tickets to the 2015 edition of the Modern Phoenix Home Tour go on sale. In recent years, the tour has highlighted mostly residential architecture from big names including Ralph Haver and Paolo Soleri in such neighborhoods and areas as Arcadia, Phoenix's west side, and Sunnyslope. Now in its 11th year, the tour will put the spotlight on mid-century dwellings in Southern Scottsdale.

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10 Coolest Churches in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Valley Presbyterian Church can by eye catching from several angles but our favorite is the east side.
We don't know if you worship on Sunday or sleep in the like the rest of us. (And frankly, we don't care.)

But chances are, you can appreciate good design when you see it. While we've taken the time to pay tribute the coolest buildings in metro Phoenix, from hospitals to banks, auditoriums to office high-rises, churches in the Valley deserve a category all their own. Whether you're looking to drive by or drop in, here are 10 structures that scream, "Holy moly."


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Containers on Grand Apartments to Open in Phoenix March 2015

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Renderings courtesy Containers on Grand
The Containers on Grand are expected to open in March of 2015.
Grand Avenue is about to get even more livable, thanks to a future complex of apartment-converted shipping containers aptly called Containers on Grand.

The container-based housing, located at Grand and 12th avenues, is expect to open in March of 2015. While developers have only secured permits for eight units, they would like to ultimately push that number to 20 by utilizing an adjacent lot.


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The Lab in Central Phoenix Provides Creatives a Collaborative Work Environment

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Photo courtesy of the Lab.
The Lab is a cleanly designed, modern space for creative professionals to work and meet.

The Lab in Phoenix is a new space with a simple mission: to bring together creatives in a co-working environment. Located at 818 North Central Avenue, the space is a simple-yet sophisticated environment dedicated to building local culture through art, design, and outreach.

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Graduate Hotel Now Open in Tempe; Here's a Look Inside

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Katie Johnson
There are many things to love about the Graduate lobby, but this little area may be our favorite.
Put away the blowup mattress and clear that couch, because your out-of-town guests have a new place to stay in Tempe. Graduate Hotel opened its doors two weeks ago, and while the complete remodel of what was once the Twin Palms is still in progress (management expects the finishing touches will be complete before the end of the year), guests have already begun filling the 140-room establishment.


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Scottsdale Gateway Alliance Launches Mid-Century Home Tour

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Courtesy of Scottsdale Gateway Alliance
Check out Southern Scottsdale's MCM offerings this weekend.

Sure, you've heard of Marlen Grove and Al Beadle. You know the best spot to pick up a mint-condition Eames chair and the coolest Melrose District stores to stalk on Instagram. You also oughta know that the Midcentury Modern craze extends beyond the bounds of Phoenix.

Southern Scottsdale happens to be a hotbed of mid-century architecture. And Nonprofit organization Scottsdale Gateway Alliance is hosting a home tour to prove it. Its first-ever Inspiration Home Tour is happening Sunday, November 9.

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9 Lessons Learned at Phoenix Design Week's Letterpress Workshop at Hazel & Violet Ink

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Heather Hoch
Jeryl Jones of Pumpkin Patch Press and Cindy and Gary Iverson of Letterpress Central lead the workshop.
Phoenix Design Week filled the downtown area with folks looking to beautify the city last weekend. The event featured workshops, seminars, and more, and we couldn't help but join in for a letterpress workshop at Hazel & Violet. Being newbies ourselves, we had a lot to learn at the small, 20-person class. Here are nine things that stuck with us long after the ink dried on our handmade posters.


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