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Phoenix’s Warehouse District and the residential communities to its south and west have suffered from the unintended consequences of land speculation. This has, in many instances, resulted in older buildings being demolished in order to lower property taxes for the owners, creating vacant dirt lots where once there was a thriving micro-economy. Blacktop parking lots comprise a large portion of the Warehouse District’s land area, and connections with Phoenix’s reviving Downtown area are, at present, limited to unnecessarily-wide streets and one-way north-south routes for motorized traffic.
The Reactivation Plan is exactly what the title suggests. It is a plan to move forward and implement actions that will create the conditions for promoting and supporting a sustainable live-learn-work-play community. The goal is to encourage the development of new opportunities for jobs, and a physical environment, which actively supports healthier living for inhabitants to the south of Phoenix’s downtown area.
The Report was researched and drafted by graduate students at Arizona State University’s School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning for the PUP 598 Urban Design Workshop Class held in the Spring Semester 2014. Final writing and editing was done by Professor Lauren Allsopp, Ph.D., who serves as a Faculty Associate in ASU’s School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning and Philip D. Allsopp, D.Arch, who is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
The report provides a picture of what exists and the challenges that residents and businesses face today, and a set of proposed actions that have been designed to begin the economic, social and environmental reawakening of Phoenix’s historic Warehouse District.
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