In 2012 and 2013, NEDCO, in concert with State Farm, LISC Phoenix and the City of Mesa worked with property owners and downtown residents in Mesa’s downtown to envision a more attractive and functional back alley for businesses during light rail construction and beyond. Supported by a grant from […]

Activate the Alleyway - 2013

With all the talk about “the Rise of Mesa’s Innovation District” we ask, ‘What on Earth is an Innovation District’?  Tucson created theirs in 2014. Phoenix in 2016. Mesa’s in 2018? Join us as we view the presentation by The Brookings Institute to Mesa, and then a lively discussion on […]

What is an Innovation District?

In 2013, the Downtown Community, led by NEDCO — who at the time was helping to organize what later became RAIL, hosted the follow up to Mayor Scott Smith’s successful 2012 Mesa Downtown Development Summit — inviting over 100 professionals from development, finance, city staff, and other urban development areas […]

Mesa Urban Development Summit

Mesa’s Light Rail Corridor is the hub of culture and development in Mesa. Featuring world-class arts, restaurants, employment, and more, the Corridor has seen significant revitalization and continued investment. Since 2008, Mesa’s Light Rail Corridor has seen more than half-a-billion dollars in investment in transportation, retail, residential, education, manufacturing, global […]

Mesa Light Rail Development – 2017 – Quarter 1 & ...

In March, downtown residents took a beautiful stroll through downtown Mesa with a critical eye towards what makes downtown such a wonderful place to walk – and where improvements might be made. Our route took us through about 1.75 miles of downtown, including 1st Avenue, the Mesa Arts Center, Main […]

Walking Audit Recap & Recommendations – March 2017

More than 85 locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, taco stands, and more are conveniently located along Mesa’s Light Rail Corridor! Everything from Burgers to Falafel, Pho to Pecan wood grilled chicken.

Looking for a Place to Eat? Mesa’s the Place!

Following the success of our Camelback Light Rail Corridor bus tour, For(u)m shifts its attention eastward. Complementing Local First’s work in small-business technical assistance for those affected by the Mesa light rail extension, this bus tour focuses on the current and prospective developments taking place as the light rail runs […]

For(u)m: Mesa On the Line Bus Tour

The Festival features 20 temporary prototypes (created by artists, architects, designers, students, makers, urban planners and others). These experiments activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in downtown Mesa. Prototypes include concepts for gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction, performances, […]

Main Street Prototyping Festival

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Arts in Downtown Mesa. Main Street Prototyping Festival. The new GRID development proposed Join us Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm at Volstead Public House in beautiful downtown Mesa to learn more about these projects — and more! The GRID is a proposed urban, mixed-use development that will be located next […]

Arts in Downtown, Prototyping and The GRID

[food + music + art + dance + love + drinks] Come enjoy a beautiful morning on the campus of the Mesa Arts Center. Live music, drinks, crepes, fun art, DIY craft activity, raffles, and more — with yourself and other creatives! Part of the Main Street Prototyping Festival Festivities. […]

Mimosas & Palomas

Here are the slides that were presented at the Understanding Housing event on September 7, 2017. They include the decks from both Mark Stapp and Deirdre Pfeiffer. Jon Ford did not have slides. RAIL Understanding Housing Event from dcrummey On the evening of September 7th, RAILMesa put together a forum […]

RAIL Understanding Housing Event – Slides

November’s guest will be Mesa PD’s new Chief, Ramon Batista. Chief Batista began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department. He honorably rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Assistant Chief until his appointment as Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in July […]

RAIL November Meeting w/ Chief Ramon Batista

Settled in 1878, Arizona’s third largest city has made a remarkable contribution to the growth and development of the Valley. Regrettably much of early Mesa has disappeared leaving little for future generations to appreciate. In a special presentation exploring Mesa’s Lost Architecture, Vic Linoff, Mesa Preservation Foundation President, will highlight […]

RAIL August Meeting – Historic Downtown Mesa – Wednesday, August ...