Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row received the City’s first ever “great place” designation by the American Planning Association (APA), which recognizes neighborhoods, streets and public spaces that represent the best in architecture, accessibility and community involvement.
Only 15 areas were selected from the entire United States for 2015: five neighborhoods, five streets and five public places. Roosevelt Row was recognized for its excellent urban planning and transformation over the past 10 years, as well as its emphasis on arts and culture through events like First Friday. It was hailed as a walkable area with access to amenities like bike sharing, and has transformed vacant lots into community spaces.
Roosevelt Row is the third Arizona locale to be recognized by the APA, following Tempe’s Mill Avenue and Prescott’s Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in 2008. The great place awards began in 2007.
One underrated aspect of Roosevelt Row is its emerging food scene, with some of the hottest new restaurants in the Phoenix area. If you’re looking to sample some of this cuisine and learn some of the history of Roosevelt Row, check out Taste it Tours’ Roosevelt Row Day Tour.