Downtown Scottsdale is among the most vibrant and unique urban centers in the American Southwest.
Its pedestrian-friendly streets are home world class art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops … and when the sun goes down you don’t have to because of the exciting nightlife.
Scottsdale's Downtown has also known for hosting great events throughout the year such as; markets, art walks, festivals, parades, concerts, and block parties.
Check out DowntownScottsdale.com for a full directory of businesses and listing of events.
Downtown Scottsdale 2.0
The city is embarking on a new community effort – Downtown Scottsdale 2.0 - that will bring a holistic approach to downtown planning.
Watch this video presentation for an overview of what lies ahead.
Residents, business owners and other stakeholders are invited to a presentation and discussion to help chart the future of Downtown Scottsdale.
Three sessions will be held in early May to review key findings of Downtown Scottsdale 2.0, a tourism-related economic feasibility study launched last May.
The study includes an economic and planning analysis of Scottsdale’s downtown area with a focus on maximizing economic performance and enhancing a desirable, vibrant downtown.
Options representing three levels of potential investment will be outlined during the May sessions. They are based on more than 150 interviews with downtown stakeholders, including input gathered from previous public meetings.
The city’s consultant CSL International will lead the presentations and city staff will facilitate a discussion to identify preferences and direction.
“Gathering feedback on these options is critical in determining our steps forward,” said Karen Churchard, the city’s director of events and tourism. “Downtown Scottsdale is a community jewel, vital to our economy and quality of life. The goal is to keep it that way and to make it an even better place to live and visit in the future.”
Downtown Scottsdale 2.0 is guided by four fundamental principles:
Inclusion – Consider the views of local stakeholders throughout the study process
Unique and Authentic – dig deep to ensure that elements unique to Scottsdale infuse findings and recommendations
Actionable – develop a “roadmap” that presents specific findings and recommendations, timelines, funding options and definition of the structures that will have to be involved to realize key plan elements
Thoroughly Research-Based – ensure a credible foundation on which plan findings can be based. These are the scheduled meetings.
- May 3, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Session includes a free continental breakfast
- May 3, Noon to 2 p.m. - ASU SkySong, 1475 N Scottsdale Road. Session includes a free light lunch
- May 4, Noon to 2 p.m. - Scottsdale's Museum of the West, 3830 N Marshall Way. Session includes a free light lunch
Visit downtownscottsdale2.com for more information and sign-up to receive project updates and announcements. Also, if you are unable to participate in the open house meetings, feel free to inquire online with questions, comments or suggestions for the project team.
More Downtown News & Info
Parking Locations and Trolley Map
- Parking in Downtown Scottsdale is FREE!
- Many of the streets in the Downtown area have on-street parking spaces available. On-street parking has no meters or fees, just time limitations.
- On-site business parking, if provided, is also free.
- There are several public parking lots and garages spread throughout the Downtown area that also provide free parking.
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