KJZZ is a service of Rio Salado College,
and Maricopa Community Colleges

Copyright © 2024 KJZZ/Rio Salado College/MCCCD
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

McDowell Gateway Arch Rededicated As Part Of Phoenix 'Miracle Mile' Revival

A landmark along McDowell Road in Phoenix was rededicated Saturday as part of a community effort to revitalize business along the strip known as the “Miracle Mile.”

In 1991, Michelle Stuhl designed the McDowell Gateway Arch, inspired by the arch in St. Louis, as a landmark for the community following the widening of the road, once known for its “Miracle Mile” shopping stretch between 7th Street and the 51.

Stuhl returned to the arch Saturday as community leaders seeking revitalization in the area held a rededication ceremony. Stuhl said she’s pleased by the positive energy from this restoration.

“It looks like it’s an opportunity now where numbers of small businesses and interesting cafes and interesting kinds of community businesses are clustering in this area,” Stuhl said.

Kathy Cano-Murillo is the co-owner of Mucho Mas, a Latinx gift boutique on McDowell Road near 18th Street. She said she feels support from the surrounding community.

“This area," Cano-Murillo said, "just has this sizzle to it where it feels like there’s some magic happening here and I feel like we got in here at the beginning of it and it has grown so much in the two years that we’ve been here.”

A group of nonprofits behind the project have received $125,000 to beautify the area.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.