Monday, June 22, 2009

The PHX Wild West, an All-American Staple

It has finally happened. Sure, we locals know that downtown PHX is one of the friendliest areas around--a small town in the 5th largest city in the country. We know our neighbors, work together and collaborate everyday. It's nothing extraordinary, that's simply how we do it here in the Wild West. It just so happens that there is an award for community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work together to address critical local issues. Over the years, 500 cities towns, counties, neighborhood and regions have earned the All-American City Award. This year PHX was chosen as one of the 10 winners out of 29 finalists in the 60th annual competition in Tampa Bay last week. We were the only AZ finalist of the country's most prestigious community recognition award thanks to a committee of 60 people, including 40 community members and 20 city employees.

The Phoenix delegation included Mayor Gordon, Councilmembers Michael Johnson and Michael Nowakowski, City Manager Frank Fairbanks and Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark, along with several community members including our very own Greg Esser, the Executive Director of Roosevelt Row. Thanks so much to everyone who worked hard to get the word out about this big small town embarking on uncharted territory everyday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Business Week Ranks Phoenix #1 City For Recent Graduates

Business Week analyzed 30 major cities and compared available entry-level jobs, average annual salary, cost of living and unemployment rates.

The conclusion? "The job market in Phoenix is apparently as blistering as the desert heat..." Read the full story here.

Wait, There's More!

The article does not address the affordability of home-ownership in today's market, the opportunities to start your own business or the fact that we host one of the largest free monthly First Fridays events in the nation, attracting more than 15,000 people every month. Homes located within the new downtown Phoenix arts district, especially in the Garfield neighborhood, are currently selling for under $100,000. The monthly mortgage payment on a $100,000 home at 5.5% interest is about $570 per month. That is less than the price of housing in Laramie, Wyoming.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Happy Hour Doesn't Hibernate

There's a secret about downtown PHX that many of you may not know. It seems to be time to let the cat out of the bag--even if it means we lose our favorite seat at The Lost Leaf or have to wait an extra 15 minutes at CIBO. Here it is: after First Friday, we don't all hibernate for the rest of the month. In fact, the hustle and bustle continues every other Friday... and every Saturday or Wednesday for that matter. There are great things happening here every weekend and a new spot for lunch or happy hour every day of the week. Take some time to check out that great spot that was too packed on First Friday and bring some friends. Fridays in PHX happen every week and we want to help you find the latest happenings. Don't miss out on everything this city has to offer.

Some fun thoughts for Friday, June 12th:

Outdoor Movie Night at Civic Space: Casablanca
Hosted by Councilman Michael Nowakowski and the city of Phoenix Parks Department
424 N Central Ave

Modified Arts presents Daniel Francis Doyle (TX), The Present (NY), DJ Set by Queensm, Cardiac Party, and Treasure Mammal
407 E Roosevelt St

"Jack Rabbit & the Desert Tortoise" at the Great AZ Puppet Theater
302 W Latham Street
$6 for kids, $8 for adults

Happy Hour:
Carly's Bistro
128 E Roosevelt St
4pm-7pm, 10pm-12am
$1 off draft beer & wine, ask about drink specials

Moira Sushi
215 E McKinley
Sushi and cocktails starting at $5