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“Lots of Concrete” 1 of 5 stars
Review of CityScape Phoenix

CityScape Phoenix
1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
(480) 947-7772
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Ranked #117 of 217 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: CityScape is a mixed-use urban project located in Downtown Phoenix. Bordered on three sides by the city's new light rail transit system, the project's neighbors include the US Airways Center, Chase Field, the Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona State University's 15,000-student downtown Phoenix campus, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, City Hall and the Maricopa County administrative and court complex.
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“Lots of Concrete”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Kind of a cold, corporate feel. Nice to have a bowling alley downtown tho.

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“A Suburban Development Dropped on Downtown Phoenix”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

After a few visits to CityScape, Phoenix's supposedly 'exciting urban infill' development, i must say it is even worse that I expected. Far from being an authentic urban development that takes into account the surrounding urban fabric, it is yet another suburban development dropped on our city's downtown core. I guess I was naive to expect anything different from a project conceived in a Scottsdale business park.

CityScape represents yet another failed attempt to revitalize downtown. It is basically a morphing of downtown's last two failed 'urban infill' attempts: Collier Center and Arizona Center. Both these were supposed to enhance downtown's urban fabric. Both failed miserably at this goal.

The various civic 'leaders' who continue to push such misguided projects need to wake up. Instead of facilitating a downtown that ALL residents can enjoy, they have continued on the futile quest to keep suburbanites and tourists downtown after ball games or conventions by creating a suburban haven in the middle of the city.

These so-called leaders need to realize that what's needed downtown isn't foisting another new mega-project on us. Rather, we as a broad-based community need to radically rethink how we approach development. Until that happen, Phoenix will never realize the potential of being 'Arizona's Urban Heart."

Developments such as Cityscape don't take us closer to a true downtown; they move us further away. In Phoenix's desperate attempt to attract suburban tourists, downtown is morphing into a suburb itself.

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