RoRo row: New law hampers Roosevelt Row plan

Turner Davis of Tucson delivers his work to Eye Lounge and Contemporary Art Space, an arts collective at 419 E. Roosevelt St. /Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times
Turner Davis of Tucson delivers his work to Eye Lounge and Contemporary Art Space, an arts collective at 419 E. Roosevelt St. /Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times

Hundreds of people flooded Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix on April Fools’ Day.

Some carried signs offering “free hugs.” Others decried the bungled presidential preference elections and vowed to organize against elected officials.

They came to check out art galleries, eat at local restaurants and get to know one of the region’s most successful arts districts, Roosevelt Row, for its monthly First Friday art walk.

It’s been such a success that Roosevelt Row was recently named one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association, the first such designation for a Phoenix destination.

But a law signed by Gov. Doug Ducey could derail future plans for more formal support and money to aid the burgeoning district. And neighborhood advocates say they’re gearing up to fight the law and vow to continue their plans for a special taxing district.

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