Transforming the 32-acre Margaret Hance Park in central Phoenix to something more akin to Central Park is the best planning idea in the Valley today. Read about it here.
We hope the “Hance Park Conservancy” is one day regarded like the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale. There, volunteers and fundraisers alike act as stewards for one of the great preserves any city in America has created.
Both are in the spirit of the great Robert Moses who over decades let New York breathe a little easier with his expanse of recreational amenities and planning imagination.
We hope someone like him will emerge in Phoenix now to see that a great idea doesn’t sit on a drawing table. It has happened before. Not too long ago it was believed Indian School Park would emerge as that great, good Phoenix place. But it certainly hasn’t evolved so.
This time we’re betting the future will turn out differently, for the momentum in downtown Phoenix is real. And so will the enthusiasm from a growing constituency many didn’t think would ever be possible for the area: residents. Actual residents choosing to live in the urban core demanding the features to take a downtown from good to great.