Phoenix Receives Grant From National Endowment For The Arts For Urban Design Project

By Phoenix Business Journal

The city of Phoenix received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for urban design.

The funds will be used to redesign a downtown street to improve pedestrian accessibility to the cityâ¿¿s Downtown Phoenix Public Market. An artist/design team will be hired as part of a city of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs public art project to redesign one long block of Pierce Street in front of the market from Central Avenue to First Street.

⿿This project will bolster our efforts to revitalize Phoenix⿿s unique urban core as a connected oasis of shaded sidewalks, plazas, streets and open spaces,⿝ said Mayor Phil Gordon. ⿿The project, using sustainable materials, also will complement our ongoing downtown development efforts."

"We are honored and delighted to be a part of the project," said Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections, the nonprofit that operates the market.

Phoenix was one of 21 cities selected to receive a grant from a total of $3 million. Projects varied from environmentally sustainable public art projects to development of isolated neighborhoods or neglected waterfronts.

The downtown Phoenix project was developed in partnership with the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs and Street Transportation Department, downtown businesses, property owners and community organizations as part of the ⿿Gimme Shelter Urban Shade⿝ project.

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