Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Offers a New Twist on Annual "State of Downtown" Address

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Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is leaving behind the old "State of Downtown" speech this year and instead turning it into a "Celebrate Downtown" address.

He plans on delivering his message at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue (one block west of the Van Buren Light Rail station).

Mayor Stanton's speech will be part of the Art d'Core Gala, a downtown celebration, which begins at 6 p.m.

He plans to highlight the progress of downtown Phoenix and the way businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and his office have been working together to "rebuild neighborhood identity, culture, and business," according to a press release.

The newly formed Downtown Phoenix Inc., a conglomerate of local businesses and neighborhood associations, and Artlink Inc., which bolsters downtown's arts scene with First Fridays and Art Detour, are co-sponsors of the event.

Stanton will be joined by downtown Phoenix artists and neighborhood and business leaders to celebrate downtown with the free, public event.

Arrive early for best seats and to enjoy the music, dancing and art exhibits.

ArtLink promises this event will be a "fun formal" affair with live music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; art installations featuring premiere local artists; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.

Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully with creative formal attire.

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Wow, I think this is great! I have been telling my friend about all this new interest in downtown Phoenix, such as VIVA PHX and other art festivals and he actually opened my eyes up to what Phoenix is doing. I think everyone knows that there is a lack of culture here in phoenix- but that's not necessarily true... There is culture, unfortunately this city is built within sprawl so we cannot see the culture like other cities around the nation can. With this being said my friend and I traveled to Brooklyn once for a festival called Celebrate Brooklyn which created a central art festival celebrating all local artists and musicians, and honestly I still regard it has one of the best festivals and concerts I have ever been to- now we are not a Brooklyn I understand that, BUT he was saying that Phoenix is trying to gather in the younger crowd, a crowd that supports art and support innovation. It's a very smart move, and hopefully build on this younger crowd, otherwise Phoenix will just remain to be the deserted desert city that it is now.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

The mayor is too busy focusing on taking away your right to own pets and the humane society's pursuit to make it a felony if you do.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Is he going to address the killing spree PPD is on?

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