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City of Dreams Community Awareness Group key to urban renaissance in the Valley

Imagine downtown Phoenix--its streets

owner of Sukha Creative, a consulting

and buildings with even more amenities,

and design business, embraced an idea

shopping, living spaces and foot traffic

that would create a space where peo-

and more green space parks for chil-

ple can share their creative thoughts on

dren, plush pads and a lively

urban revitalization and inspire others to

by katie snyder

nightlife.

do the same.

These are all elements downtown Phoenix could see arrive within the next several years with the help of This Could Be Phoenix, a community urban awareness group focused on raising awareness about urban living and sustainability in Phoenix through monthly envision-

“Many people are intrigued by the idea

ing projects, educational blogs, and in-

of creating a more sustainable and lively

spirational showcases.

urban center but they don’t often know where to go or how to get involved to

Quinn Whissen & Ryan Tempest

“Community revitalization cannot be

make it happen,” said Whissen. “This

limited to the input of landlords and

Could Be Phoenix is a creative outlet

business owners,” said Ryan Tempest,

that allows people, visionaries to explore

architect at Studio Ma in downtown

their dreams for the city and potentially

Phoenix and co-founder of This Could

make them a reality.”

Be Phoenix. “We want to bring the entire community together and re-envision the

The approach made by the website and

future of downtown Phoenix.”

through social media is to first get input from the public and residents of down-

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The project began earlier this year when

town Phoenix on their own city. Individ-

Tempest and partner Quinn Whissen,

uals, groups can then envision the proj-

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