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Roosevelt Row Seeks Community Feedback On Future Of Arts District

A new public input portal has been opened for the Roosevelt Row Arts District in Phoenix.

The district’s Community Development Corporation (CDC) wants to hear from residents, visitors, artists, and business owners on a variety of issues like how they patronize the district, what they like, what could be improved and how they stay connected to it.

The corporation’s communications director, Nicole Underwood, said the  online survey is open until the end of April. “Our goal as an organization is to have artists be the focal point and the creative element that makes this place so special to be a sustainable element as the community continues to grow.”

Part of making that a reality is sustainable incomes and housing. “Certainly creative people have been part of why this community is so great and having them have the ability to have a livable wage that they sustain their efforts and be able to live here is a part of that process,” said Underwood.

The survey results are expected to be shared with the public at the end of May.

In a separate press release echoing Underwood, Amy Otto, executive director of Roosevelt Row CDC, said: “This community has seen dramatic changes in the past two decades, but nothing like what we’ve experienced recently. As an organization, we have had to intentionally pivot our programming this year to continue serving the needs of the artists and business owners in a meaningful way, keeping the arts at the center. This survey and the launch of our new website are two significant steps in that direction. We want to ensure the arts remain a foundational aspect to our community leading into 2021 and beyond.”

David Krietor, executive director of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus said, “Input from surveys such as this are incredibly important to provide authentic insight into the growth of our city. The development of downtown Phoenix is not only informed by those who invest financially, but also by those who live here and enjoy what this community has to offer.”

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.