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Collaborative work continues to define Tempe’s first two character areas

Post Date:03/26/2014

Media contact: Amanda Nelson
480-350-2707 (o) 480-250-5177 (c)

Tempe community members interested in discussing neighborhood character are encouraged to attend the city’s annual Neighborhood Workshops on Saturday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. This year’s workshops include one focusing on Kiwanis/The Lakes Character Area and one focusing on Corona/South Tempe Character Area.

As part of the 2014 Neighborhood Workshop & Awards, the April 5 workshops will focus on identifying residents’ favorite places and activities that make these areas special, as well as opportunities for change and improvement. The workshops will be the second meetings of five for each of the two Character Areas to define the desired character and influence the appearance, amenities, future development and services.

In 2013, the City Council identified eight specific Character Areas representing the unique personalities of these geographic parts of Tempe: Papago/North Tempe; Diablo/Double Butte; Rio Salado/Downtown/ASU; Escalante/Marketplace; Central City/Shalimar; Arizona Mills/Emerald Center; Kiwanis/The Lakes; and Corona/South Tempe. Between 2014 and 2018, the city will focus on planning two areas per 12-month period.

Nearly 200 people, including residents, business owners, church and school representatives, attended kickoff meetings for the two Character Areas in March, discussing what they like and what they would like to change or improve about the geographic areas in which they live, work and play.
Beginning with the Corona/South Tempe and Kiwanis/The Lakes areas, Tempe staff and City Councilmembers are working closely with stakeholders – including residents, property owners and managers, neighborhood and homeowners’ associations, community organizations, schools and businesses – to develop a plan for each Character Area. The goal of the planning process is to develop a vision and role for each area by identifying existing assets, assessing needs and developing implementation strategies.

The April 5 event also includes the inaugural State of the Neighborhoods address by Mayor Mark Mitchell, followed by awards honoring community members who are building community and character every day. The schedule includes registration and light breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by the State of the Neighborhoods address and Neighborhood Awards presentation from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and four concurrent workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon. RSVP by April 1 at or 480-350-8234.

For more information about Tempe’s Character Areas, visit:

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