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When he was a young boy, Mesa Mayor and native Scott Smith remembers what it was like being a child growing up in the fun-filled environment of downtown Mesa. He now looks to the future as he and the city plan for the new urban environment he knows downtown Mesa can eventually become.
Chandler was far from the glitz of Chicago or the glamour of Los Angeles when it opened for settlement in 1912. But the man whose name the town bore, Dr. A.J. Chandler, envisioned drawing such visitors.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
Browse original work from more than 60 artists or enjoy the live music, gallery openings, food booths and kids games that pepper Downtown Mesa during its monthly 2nd Friday block party.
Nearly a year ago, I hosted the first Downtown Development Summit at the Mesa Arts Center. We invited developers and financiers from Arizona and around the country to come see what downtown Mesa had to offer. We highlighted development opportunities and showcased available properties through downtown and along the light rail corridor.
Kickoff the Christmas season with an afternoon at the Valley’s coolest outdoor ice rink, which spans Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets. There will be craft tables, face painting, a visit from Santa, a figure skating performance, live music from Phoenix Theatre and Valley Youth Theatre and a tree lighting to top off the day.
PHOENIX — When Twitter and Facebook first began to catch fire, so did food trucks. Mobile kitchens in cities like Los Angeles and New York branded themselves, using social media to gain foodie followers. But the gourmet meals-on-wheels trend was slow to hit Phoenix streets.
It’s a simple case of supply and demand.
A series of Veterans Day events meant to honor those who have served in the armed forces are scheduled to occur in Gilbert and Mesa between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9.
On Nov. 5, voters across the East Valley will vote on several items concerning additional city- and school-district funding that would add millions of dollars to continue funding education efforts or to continue city and school-district improvements.
PHOENIX — It is not illegal in most Arizona cities to text and drive.
Halloween is still a few days away, but the big holiday news in the East Valley this week is that downtown Tempe’s annual New Year’s Eve block party is going to be back in its blockbuster glory.
SanTan Brewing Company not only survived the recession but thrived in it, and the Chandler brewery showed off its latest reward this week.
Like most high school seniors, Isabella Weems is balancing school work with extracurricular activities, all while deciding where she will attend college after graduation.
After significant growth over the last decade, the City of Mesa is revamping its transit plan to adapt to what city staff believes will be a large influx of people over the next 30 years.
Despite deep roots in the East Valley, Xico Arte and Cultura art gallery is relocating from downtown Chandler to Phoenix at the end of the month and leaving behind its signature patchwork “rug.”
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has selected Mesa resident and former state Rep. Dave Farnsworth to serve the remainder of outgoing state Sen. Rich Crandall’s term.
This fall, the City of Phoenix is offering a range of hikes meant to help hikers explore South Mountain with the expertise of a park ranger to guide them.
The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station declared an unusual event when oil-soaked insulation behind a water pump caught fire, officials said Tuesday.
A crowd of more than 250 gathered in downtown Mesa Tuesday for a blessing and ribbon-cutting in the building that was once Mesa’s Southside Hospital and is now home to Arizona’s first Catholic university.
Diocese of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted says a prayer before blessing Gillette Hall at the Benedictine University at Mesa campus, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
City of Mesa manager Chris Brady,left, is greeted by Diocese of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted during a ribbon cutting at the Benedictine University at Mesa campus, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]