He and city group differ on development plans
By Eugene Scott
The Arizona Republic
When does a vibrant downtown become too vibrant?
Phoenix’s new police chief has a unique perspective when it comes the city’s efforts to amp up downtown.
Chief Daniel Garcia was an assistant police chief in Dallas before coming to Phoenix. In Texas, he saw firsthand the challenges between various stakeholders in the city’s bustling downtown.
He warned economic development officials here about the potential pitfalls in developing too many different things in one area.
“You’ve got to be cautious to what type of infrastructure you bring into an area,” he said. “Sometimes nightclubs will bring in policing issues a downtown area isn’t prepared for.”
However, David Roderique, president and CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, believes mixing development in downtown is the way to go.