Before Tempe’s Mill Avenue became the anchor of trendy restaurants and high-rise housing, the downtown was known for a mix of aging retail stores, biker bars and head shops. But a transformation in the 1980s brought the iconic red brick sidewalks and ficus trees — along with new businesses that revitalized the historic downtown.
You can hear the stories behind this rebirth April 11 from former Congressman Harry Mitchell, who was Tempe’s mayor from 1980 to 1992. Mitchell will discuss what was behind the transformation at 11:30 a.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. The event is free, and coffee will be provided.
Information: (480) 350-5100 or www.tempe.gov/museum