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History

History Taylor CostelloAugust 8, 2023
Meet Larry Lazarus, A Phoenix Community Alliance “City-Shaper”

There’s no place Larry Lazarus would rather be than Phoenix. In the early 1970s, Lazarus relocated to Phoenix from Chicago. He began as a neighborhood activist, advocating for city services... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Douglas C. TowneJuly 25, 2023
Verde Park: Downtown Phoenix’s First Waterworks

Verde Park, located just east of Downtown Phoenix along Van Buren Street in the Garfield Historic District, once provided the city with much more than just a recreation outlet. The... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Cris Arellano-PortJune 22, 2023
Boot the House Down: The History of Phoenix Pride

**Notice to readers: This article contains language that refers to cisgender queer people at times. Please note that this is not intended to exclude specific groups within the LGBTQ+ community... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Douglas C. TowneJune 22, 2023
The Jefferson Hotel: Downtown Phoenix’s Original Garden Spot

People worldwide have peered in suspense into an open window on the fourth floor of the Jefferson Hotel in Downtown Phoenix, though most don’t realize it. But savvy filmgoers know... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Taylor CostelloJune 15, 2023
Meet Michael Lieb, A Phoenix Community Alliance “City-Shaper”

Michael Lieb is an essential part of the story in the formation of the Phoenix Bioscience Core. In the early 2000s, Downtown Phoenix arrived at a pivotal juncture: What would... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Daniel Hernandez RosalesMay 25, 2023
A Phoenician Renaissance

As someone who works Downtown and is constantly outside with the public, I often get asked “What is there to do here?” While this question is often asked by out-of-towners... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Downtown Phoenix Inc.May 24, 2023
DTPHX Celebrates Historic Preservation Month with Community Submissions

Historic Preservation Month would not be possible without community support. By protecting our heritage, we help shape our City’s identity by establishing a sense of place and honoring what was... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Taylor CostelloMay 18, 2023
Adaptive Reuse: Where Old Meets New in the Phoenix Warehouse District 

As a technique, adaptive reuse is practical. It prevents waste from demolishing an entire structure and can give new life to a perfectly good preexisting building that provides function and,... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Douglas C. TowneMay 17, 2023
ASU’s University Center was Once Downtown Phoenix’s Largest Office Building

In 1956, it was hard not to notice the new nine-story First National Bank of Arizona Building at 411 North Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. The neon sign atop its... continue reading. Click here for more info.

History Taylor CostelloMay 11, 2023
Valley Metro artists create functional public art in new Downtown Hub

If a single rider, among thousands of daily ridership, is cognizant enough, they’ll notice a trait that ties Valley Metro light rail stations together: the public art. When the South... continue reading. Click here for more info.