08/272014

What’s Happening at the Roosevelt Row Arts District in Downtown Phoenix?

By: Taz Loomans

The Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix,  affectionately known as RoRo, is one of the most exciting and important nodes in the city that is contributing to the cultural sea change in the city center towards an urban, local, homegrown, funky and unique place centered around arts and culture. The arts district is a […]

07/312014

Have you Been to the Shemer Art Center Lately?

By: Taz Loomans

The Shemer Art Center is a small arts venue focused on showcasing local artists and offering arts education to the local community. It’s a special place housed in one of the oldest homes in the historic Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix. The center serves as an arts resource for the community, offering a full slate of […]

07/182014

Find Out if Metro Light Rail is Coming Near You!

By: Taz Loomans

With the outstanding success of the Metro Light Rail, light rail extensions in the Valley of the Sun can’t be built fast enough. The ridership has consistently exceeded expectations in its 5 years in operation and now that Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa have experienced the huge benefits of this amenity, other parts of the Valley […]

06/302014

7 Reasons to Fund Bicycle Infrastructure

By: Taz Loomans

The Phoenix City Council has tabled approving the Bicycle Master Place until the end of the summer. The Bicycle Master Plan aims to connect currently disjointed bicycle lanes, shared roads and bicycle boulevards and ultimately earn the Platinum rating for bicycling friendliness awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. Phoenix is one of the first […]

06/202014

12 Ways to Slow Down Traffic in a Car-Oriented City

By: Taz Loomans

For a long time now, the purpose of roads was to get people in cars to their destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is why we have highways, they’re all about moving cars long distances at a fast rate. But recently, cities have started reclaiming roads as places for pedestrians, cyclists as well […]

06/062014

Phoenix Spokes People Heralds a New Age for Bicycling in Phoenix

By: Taz Loomans

Phoenix Spokes People (PSP) is a grassroots organization in Phoenix, AZ that was formed in November 2012 by a group of passionate bicyclists who wanted to make their favorite form of transportation a regular part of the Phoenix landscape. In the less than two years that the group has been in existence, the PSP has […]

05/302014

Why it Helps the Whole City when More Women Ride Bicycles

By: Taz Loomans

A good indicator of bicycle safety in a city is if you see a mother riding a bicycle with her kids. In fact, women riding bicycles in general point to the overall bicycle safety in a city. “It is understood women are catalysts for safe pedestrian and bicycle friendly design, thus bicycling women help progress […]

05/162014

Why I Love Public Art

By: Taz Loomans

Venustas – or loveliness, charm, attractiveness, beauty – is one of Vitruvius’s three principles of good architecture, along with firmitas or durability and utilitas or utility. I define venustas as delight. When it comes to the way our cities our built, especially infrastructure like roads, highways, sidewalks, bus stations, train stations, canals, and transfer stations, […]

04/242014

A Primer on the Phoenix General Plan Update and Why it Matters

By: Taz Loomans

Did you know that the General Plan Update is underway in Phoenix? This is exciting because it is an opportunity to have voice in the way that Phoenix is going to grow, feel, and be like to live in the future. It’s a very special time to get engaged because this only happens once every […]