This is where you’ll find sports arenas, live music, rooftop lounges, museums, theaters, art galleries and more than 100 restaurants. Downtown is also home to the Phoenix Convention Center and Arizona State University’s downtown campus. And it’s all served by one of the newest light rail systems in the nation.
CityScape, a two-block concentration of restaurants, bars, and fashion retailers, is home to an urban-chic bowling alley, a dance club and arcade, a live-music venue with 60 beers on tap, and a comedy theater and supper club with rentable meeting space.
Pro sports are almost always afoot at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center and home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury) or Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), and Roosevelt Row is the place to go for coffee shops, art-house movies and First Friday Art Walks.
Living in Phoenix
Once defined by suburban sprawl, Phoenix is in the midst of a most-surprising reimagining: millennials, young professionals and baby boomers are leading a march back to the center city. For the first time in four decades, Downtown Phoenix is repopulating in a big way.
Fueled by an ever increasing demand for a work/live/play/learn lifestyle and an infusion of highly desirable tech, health and innovation jobs, Phoenix is growing up. As of March 2018, more than 7,000 vertical living units were recently completed, or in some stage of construction or pre-development. That translates to approximately 10,000 new residents, which represents an 85 percent spike in downtown population.
What’s behind the urban migration? Downtowners want to be less dependent on their cars. They want to walk or ride their bike to work. They want easy access to myriad restaurants and the top cultural destinations. Basically, they want it all right outside their doorstep. That’s the Beauty of Downtown Living.
Things to do in Phoenix
If you’re in the mood for live music, head to Crescent Ballroom where local and well-known national acts take to the stage most every night of they year. Get there early and chow down on the fantastic Mexican food at Cocina 10.
Crescent’s sister venue, Valley Bar, is located just a few blocks away. Catch live acts in their underground music hall, show off your skee-ball skills, and grab a bite from the Short Leash Kitchen (featuring an expanded menu from the delicious Short Leash Hot Dogs).
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Ride a skycycle on a tight rope or take a trip to outer space in the IMAX planetarium at the Arizona Science Center. With more than 300 hands-on exhibits in seven themed galleries, there’s lots to see for both kids and adults alike.
In the heart of downtown, CityScape is a hub of shopping, dining, entertainment, events, and nightlife. Gypsy Bar, Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, and Stand Up Live are just a few of the spots to explore.
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