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  1. Donate a downtown building to HeatSync Labs.

    For the last 2 and a half years, HeatSync Labs (a 501c3 non-profit) has been the main force driving technology forward in downtown Mesa. It has a very small location fully funded by its members while regularly keeping the doors open to anyone interested in making cool things.

    The flickr stream ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/hslphotosync/ ) shows hundreds of projects and prototypes made by people in the lab. Also a few incredible HackPHX ( http://hackphx.com/ ) events have been run by the members.

    Downtown Mesa has a great culture built on things like the Mesa Arts Center, the museums, and the local…

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    • Save the BUCKHORN BATHS. The plan proposed by the Mesa Preservation Foundation

      Let's work to save the BUCKHORN BATHS -- one of Mesa's greatest historical treasures. The plan proposed by the Mesa Preservation Foundation is an ideal model for a private / public partnership.

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      • A downtown place to tell Mesa's story

        Let’s celebrate Mesa’s story and strengthen the emerging downtown arts and cultural district by renovating the city-owned historic Federal Building at 26 N. Macdonald Street. By making it the downtown home of the Mesa Historical Museum, residents can more easily learn how their city came to be and how the past is shaping the future.

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          The City of Mesa has contracted with Ron Peters of HistoricStreetscapes and Vince Di Bella of Sameish + Di Bella Architects to do the renovation of the Federal Building in downtown Mesa. When completed in summer 2015, the Federal Building will house the Mesa Historical Museum and sections of the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

        • 216 votes
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          • Evening entertainment

            Allow or cultivate a night life downtown. I just came from visiting a small town in California that has a really cool night life in the downtown area. Bars, restaurants, live bands, but quality, not quantity.

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              Downtown Mesa has been growing its nightlife over the last few years with several great venues for arts, entertainment and live music. The Mesa Arts Center and its five theaters schedule a plethora of arts and entertainment throughout the year. The Nile Theater and Underground have live music weekly featuring both regional and national acts. Many of the clubs and restaurants feature live bands, DJ’s and open mic nights – Monsterland Bar and Grill, De la Cruz Bistro, Lo-Fi Coffee and Kirks Sports Grill to name a few. Live music is a staple at all the downtown events including the monthly series Motorcycles on Main and 2nd Friday Out. This Saturday’s Mesa Rocks Block Party features six bands featuring national reggae recording artists IRATION.

              For schedules of Downtown entertainment visit these sites:

              http://www.downtownmesa.com/index.php/calendar
              http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/misc/calendar
              http://www.niletheater.com/calendar/
              http://www.loficoffee.com/forums/
              http://monsterland.com/wp/?page_id=14

            • Create High Density Living in Downtown by Encouraging Construction of More Mid/High Rise Buildings

              Light rail will be operating in Downtown Mesa in the next 4-1/2 to 5 years, which means a direct connection with ASU and Downtown Phoenix. Living in Downtown Mesa will become a viable option for ASU students who don’t want to live in Tempe among all the “kids”, and for those who work in Downtown Phoenix but don’t want to live down there. Downtown Mesa already has an Arts culture, and over the last 2-1/2 years, a night life is starting to immerge. Downtown Mesa can be a grownups playground, not as immature as Tempe, more sophisticated than Phoenix, but…

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              • Build a dog park at Heritage Park.

                We have many dog owners in the community that would love to have a place for our dogs. It is such a large space if built at the west end of the park it would leave probably use less than 30% and create a multi-use park. Three sides of the fencing is already there along with parking. The one side of fencing, a double gate, some trash cans, a spigot for water and a couple of benches is all that it would take!

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                • Revitalizing downtown Mesa

                  Downtown Mesa can be revitalized. It needs a 'draw'. Something to bring people out, spend their money and KEEP them there past 9pm.
                  1. Use the Arts Center and one of the theaters as a movie theater (current movies). This brings them out and introduces them to the Arts center and downtown (for those who have not been to the center.
                  2. Regardless of what some may think of the activity, there needs to be 'adult' entertainment. A club similar to "Eli's" in Scottsdale. (no ****...just adult drinking and dancing). No teens. You would get people from the fringes of…

                  64 votes
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                  • "BYU Mesa"

                    Build "BYU Mesa" campus on city owned land at Univ & Mesa Dr. This would bring foot trafic and jobs to downtown, creating an economic center to support the revitalization efforts on Main St. A campus at this location would also leverage the LDS Temple on Main Street, Mesa and other East Valley cities large LDS population, the Downtown library, and an opportunity to revitalize or redevelop city owned housing on the north side of University between Mesa Dr & Center.

                    A campus at this location would bring an economic center that could support the previous revitalization efforts along main…

                    50 votes
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                    • 30 votes
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                      • Bring back Pioneer Park

                        When I was young the park was an exciting place to play, the train was amazing, now it's behind a fence. Festivals like in Down town Glendale would bring life to the park and give her back her glory.

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                        • 21 votes
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                          • Develop along Main St. an appealing avenue of landmark neon signs from motels and stores.

                            Develop an avenue of neon signs from old motels and stores along Main St. Example would be the Diving Lady Sign and other signs that might be donated or purchased.

                            20 votes
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                            • MESACO (or politically correct: "Little Mexico", Mesa style)

                              South Central Mesa has developed, without any apparent planning, a “barrio” I affectionately call “Mesaco” that is growing to look and feel a lot like a city in Mexico. I believe we need to be proactive in taking advantage of this resource that has grown here and build on it.

                              For example, we can foster the development of a large, planned Mexican style open air market, create a restaurant/cantina district and develop an industry zone featuring and building on our already present Mexican resources. Special events and educational opportunities can also be fostered and embraced in the district to show…

                              20 votes
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                              • Get a cafe on the MAC campus...please! Give your captive audience a reason to linger

                                You have the contemporary arts gallery going to a free admission model. You have dozens of tables and chairs along the theaters (but no one is sitting at them except staffers). You have a store. You obviously want folks to stick around awhile once they get on the campus - start by offering a kiosk coffee/beverage cart and then build up to an actual cafe. Heard has one, Phx Art has one. Even TCA has "The Lounge". It's not enough to just have cafes along Main Street. The good ones are not within a close walking distance. I'd love to…

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                                • Start a Tool Library through the downtown Library

                                  Many people that own homes here in Mesa can't afford to make repairs or fix up their property. Lending tools would eliminate financial barriers so people could fix their houses and improve their neighborhoods. Did you know the average power drill gets used around 15 minutes for the life of it? Tools are expensive and they are used less than 1% of the time they are owned. Here is a webinar on how to start a tool library and if you skip to 45 minutes into it, is where it talks about starting one through a government funded library.

                                  http://www.newdream.org/blog/webinar-start-a-tool-library

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Offer cactus league stadiums to Japanese teams post earthquake and tsunami

                                    Bring the Sendai Golden Eagles and any other teams in Japan who's stadiums have been destroyed to play in the United States next month when the Japanese season starts. Use the proceeds to help Japan.

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                                    • "Gates" by the entrance/exit to downtown Mesa

                                      Not as in the kind that close, but rather like, say, in San Francisco where they have a visual cue that you are entering Chinatown. It might help to differentiate the used car lots from the real downtown.

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                                      • Create a smartphone app, similar to "SmartPHX" to help people discover downtown Mesa

                                        Digital media students at ASU recently created "SmartPHX," which is a smartphone app that helps people find things to do in Downtown Phoenix.

                                        It uses geolocation to help people navigate, lets people know what businesses are open or closed, and even helps people find parking.

                                        With all of the worry about how light rail is going to affect downtown, can we really afford not to have this? Some of the biggest concerns I've seen are:

                                        1) People won't know about parking in back of the shops.

                                        2) Restricting traffic means people won't get to see as many store fronts, and…

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                                        • Educational farm with Horse Rides for children as part of the Farmers Market in Downtown Mesa.

                                          Part of Mesa's history is a connection to the land and agriculture. Today there are free standing farms and empty parcels of land close to Downtown Mesa. The Downtown Mesa Farmer's Market could be the largest in the valley, with accompanying attractions that celebrate the unique character of Mesa Grande. An integral part of agriculture in Mesa Grande has been the existence of prehistoric irrigation canals and their unique history, including the Mormon Pioneers that reinvigorated them to settle this valley.

                                          People complain that we need to manufacture a culture for Downtown Mesa, but it already exists. It just needs…

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