Archive for September, 2008

Metro Phoenix’s East Valley, with fuel at $5 a gallon

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A look at the future of the East Valley with fuel prices reaching $5 a gallon will be enlightening, and probably painful. That’s the topic the East Valley Partnership is offering, along with a lineup of powerhouse experts, at a Nov. 6 gathering at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. The Partnership’s invitation says, […]

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Food for thought: an outdoor downtown Phoenix market, and fading voices

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An all-weather outdoor market for downtown Phoenix, a lightning tamer, traveling back in time to interview Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, an Irish adventure, and fading voices in the corporate wilderness have my attention this week. All-weather market ideas for Phoenix Now that the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is opening, and with the new […]

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‘Sliver buildings’ considered for downtown Phoenix

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At least twice in recent years, a bold design for mid-rise office buildings was considered for downtown Phoenix’s architectural palette. The innovative concept is as different from Phoenix’s predictable office buildings as singer Eric Clapton’s jazz is to sleepy elevator melodies. The cutting-edge concept is for a “sliver building,” and it was a welcome change […]

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Playing in Phoenix: Bar salvaged from popular Chicago nightclub

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Sept. 24, 2008 One of the coolest artifacts near downtown Phoenix is a piece of Chicago architecture with history. It’s a long wooden bar, probably mahogany or walnut, that Steven and Andi Rosenstein say was the focal point in the Black Orchid Club when the nightspot was on Rush Street. The Rosensteins have installed the […]

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Arizona Business Highlights

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Jacobs named executive director One of the top producers in the Phoenix office of Cushman & Wakefield has been named an executive director. Jerry Jacobs received the new office title because of his high production over the past three years, his participation as a leader in the office, and his volunteer work in the community. […]

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Downtown Walkabout: City of Mesa

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Sept. 18, 2008 (Writer’s note: Downtown Phoenix rules the school these days, with the headlines dominated by the new Metro light rail, a new convention center, Arizona State University’s expansion, a new hotel and other new redevelopment. But there is more to the Valley than Phoenix. So over the next few weeks and months, I plan to […]

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Arizona Real Estate Highlights

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Arizona developers in Denver Three commercial real estate industry executives in metro Phoenix are on the list of speakers at the Urban Land Institute’s 10th Annual Place Making Conference in Denver. The executives are offering their expertise at the Sept. 15-16 conference entitled, “Place Making: The Business of Creating Thriving Mixed-Use Development.” The executives are: • […]

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Dispatches from Ireland: Days 17 through 25

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Sept. 9, 2008 Ireland, thank you for a new kingdom. I’m sitting alone in a hotel lobby after breakfast in central Ireland, sinking into a sofa as soft as Grandma’s lap. The music of Simon & Garfunkel is playing softly over the sound system, making the rest of the world fade away and sending my […]

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Luxury resort, convention center planned on former General Motors site

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 A destination resort and a convention center are the key parts of a major redevelopment planned on the former GM Proving Grounds in Mesa by DMB Associates in Scottsdale and Gaylord Entertainment of Nashville, Tenn. The proposal announced today includes DMB’s continued partnership with Westcor for retail planning on the property in east Mesa and […]

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New talks to focus on south Scottsdale redevelopment

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Residents of south Scottsdale are invited to participate in a series of discussions to plan the future of their neighborhoods. City planners want input from residents, business and property owners who own property south of Indian Bend Road, excluding the downtown area. Several two-hour discussions, called café sessions, are planned in October and November to […]

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