Revitalizing Lower Grand Avenue

APA Arizona Chapter


Wednesday, March 2, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST

phoenix, AZ, United States

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Revitalizing Lower Grand Avenue
a Professional Development Workshop/Walking Tour

Now is the time to experience the renaissance of an urban street. Lower Grand Avenue near downtown Phoenix, home to a true mixed use community of artists, professional offices, innovative residential development, industries, and services.

The area is experiencing a renaissance due to the commitment of local businesses, landowners, merchants who inspired the city to develop and implement a 2015 National Planning Achievement Award Winning plan.  Attendees will obtain insight into how a commercial strip in downtown Phoenix was activated and renewed.

On this 3/4 mile walking workshop(1.5 miles total trip) during a beautiful March afternoon, you will see an implemented road diet, meet with the developers and tour a recently constructed container housing project and connect with local artists that were involved in the planning and implementation of the project.

The developers of the Oasis live-work housing will provide valuable insight regarding their successful project.  You will learn about the community involvement and stakeholders that helped to make this dream a reality.

You will have an understanding of how the Grand Avenue Members Association continue to work with the city to implement the GLGA plan.  

During our tour, we will take a break in our journey at the Thirdspace restaurant, arts, and entertainment venue and learn about tactical urbanism, and how it worked on Grand Avenue. 

This tour is included in the 2016 APA National Conference Workshop agenda and you will experience the same event before anyone else at a lower rate than the conference.

At the end of the tour, participants will meander back at their own pace to the start of the tour or leave for other destinations. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Refreshments will be served at Thirdspace, and water will be provided.

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Leslie Dornfeld, FAICP

Leslie is a multidisciplinary planner with over 30 years of experience in planning, community engagement and design. Leslie is the principal of PLAN*et in 2010, a multi-disciplinary planning, design, and policy firm. Leslie's professional accomplishments include leading the development of the National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design ... Read More