Saturday, October 28, 2006

Resuscitating Phoenix's Woodland district

[Source: Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic] -- When Bertha Winfield first saw the house, its windows were boarded up and its walls were covered in graffiti. But Winfield thought it had potential. By the time she moved in nine years ago, the 1910 home, in the Woodland Historic District in downtown Phoenix, had been fixed up through a Phoenix affordable home program. It had been freshly painted and its wood floors refinished. It sported new windows, kitchen cabinets and appliances.

Winfield's 1,200-square-foot home [was] one of six historic and new buildings on the Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future Street Fair and Home Tour in Woodland. The tour [was] sponsored by the Capitol Mall Association, which has worked with city and state offices, community leaders, and others to help rebuild the neighborhood. Kay Jerin, the association's program director, want[ed] tourgoers to witness the changes in the 180-home district, bounded by Van Buren Street and the alley north of Adams Street, Seventh and 16th avenues. It is within the Capitol Mall area, which extends south to Harrison Street and west to 19th Avenue. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo of Winfield residence by Sherrie Buzby, Arizona Republic.]