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Mesa’s Downtown District, Neighborhoods Seek Identity, Viability

By Mike Sakal for East Valley Tribune

Photo Credit: Tim Hacker/Tribune

For several years now, the neighborhoods along the north side of Mesa’s Main Street in the city’s downtown district have had an identity within a serene setting of historic districts.

Now, residents on the south side of Main Street’s business district are becoming more involved, and the area is seeking an identity of its own as part of the city’s Building Strong Neighborhoods program.

With the Mesa Arts Center already nearby, the area is being envisioned as a future “cultural corridor.”

Mesa’s Urban Garden is becoming a staple on the northeast corner of West First Avenue and Hibbert, Benedictine University is opening a liberal arts campus downtown, and next door to the urban garden, Marco Meraz and his parents, who immigrated to the United States in the mid-1960s and have lived in Mesa ever since, plan to open a Mexican, Latin and Caribbean cuisine restaurant in November.

A (neighborhood) meeting is scheduled for September 27 at the Inside The Bungalow, 48 N. Robson Rd., to discuss strategies and wanted improvements for the neighborhood. So far, 20 people have signed up to attend.

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