Yay weekend! And it’s not just any weekend – it’s a wedding weekend! While I’m off playing at the beach and helping out with last minute details, I thought I’d give you guys a little tour of Downtown Phoenix. I lived downtown for a couple of years and it was amazing! Once I decide how long I want to remain in Phoenix, I may seriously be looking into buying a place down there – it’s just that much fun!
Phoenix is actually made up of a “downtown” and an “uptown.” Thanks in part to a misunderstanding amongst developers, the two sections of what most would think of a downtown proper have never actually grown together “properly.” I think you’ll see what I mean in this skyline photo:
I lived downtown proper (far left section of tall buildings) near Chase field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks). Downtown Phoenix has a lot of the same things that other downtown areas have – history, museums, shopping, clubs, restaurants/bars, etc., but it’s really been revitalized in the last 10 years or so. For a long time the area was strictly for work and perhaps a baseball or basketball game. However, the area is truly picking up again and becoming quite the urban hipster area (in a good way). The vibe is very artsy and eclectic, which is a nice break from some of the other areas around town. The only real requirement is that you leave judgment at home.
Phoenix has recently implemented a light rail system that runs from Mesa through the uptown area of Phoenix. This has been huge in terms of bringing people to the downtown area (less worry about parking). There are new and exciting restaurants and bars popping up all over the place, so there’s always something new to try. There’s the 1st Friday art walk where you can visit local galleries and other vendors (one portion is pretty much a large street party = awesome). There’s the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the Science Center (among others), all within an easy walking distance of the light rail. ASU has a growing campus in the area, which makes for a beautiful walk around. If you’re around on Wednesday nights or Saturday mornings there’s also an amazing farmer’s market that’s worth a look. There’s always some form of entertainment to be had whether you’re into movies, plays, ballets, operas, sports, concerts, jazz clubs, dance clubs, ghost tours, or some combination thereof!
Now don’t get me wrong, it is a downtown area so it’s good to always keep your street smarts; however, I have never had an unfortunate incidents in any of my many adventures.
If you’re ever in the Phoenix area, I encourage you to head downtown and check it out!
P.S. This website has some great photos of the area!