The changing face of downtown Chandler

(View of Chandler City Hall, via City of Chandler Facebook.)

By Lee Shappell | Wrangler News

San Tan Brewing Company is among a cluster of 43 thriving bars and restaurants in downtown Chandler, which also boasts 20 retail stores, 12 live-music venues and stages, five arts venues, four public parks and three lodging establishments, many of which opened in the past three years. –Photo by Andrew Lwowski for

You don’t necessarily have to be over-served at one of the brew pubs or distilleries to feel a buzz in downtown Chandler these days.

Downtown Chandler has morphed into a hub of excitement and activity where abundant parking always is free. –An Pham photo

Over the past three years, the city’s historic downtown area just south of Chandler Boulevard along Arizona Avenue has come alive. The city’s buzzword for it is a “sense of place” that appeals to West Chandler residents, who might otherwise feel disconnected from downtown, as well as to the entire city and Southeast Valley region.

The changing face of downtown bears a carefully crafted new image. It is very much by design, and it didn’t happen overnight. It had to happen in order for it to remain competitive.


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