New pilot program launched to improve Downtown Phoenix alleys

2016 November 29
by Lyle Plocher

Phoenix is opening its downtown alleys to additions like public art, seating and restaurant service under a pilot program launched this month to enliven the spaces….

The vision is to transform passageways used for dumpsters and deliveries into places passers-by can “linger, relax and socialize,” according to the alley activation program policy approved by a City Council subcommittee.

Amenities could range from murals or potted plants to temporary fencing and a spot to grab coffee.

Phoenix will consider proposals for its public alleys located from McDowell Road to Sherman Street and Buckeye Road, between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue. Applicants fund the improvements and have to pay a fee for larger renovations.

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