A Walk to Arizona’s Statehood

Approaching Arizona State Capitol

The area around Arizona Capitol Mall is looking very festive. With the help of the Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA), the Arizona Centennial Commission completed its first signature project, the Capitol Mall Centennial Flag Walk.

Fifty-four Arizona State Flags will be flying proudly on street light poles along Washington Street from 7th Avenue to 17th Avenue and around Wesley Bolin Plaza. The flags will be on display until September, 2011 when they will be replaced the following day with the official Arizona Centennial Flags which will fly through the States’ centennial year 2012.  This is just the first of many opportunities to celebrate the joy of being an Arizonan and we encourage everyone to come out to take a look.

Arizona Capitol Mall Centennial Way & Flag Walk Project

PCA was proud to be apart of this experience by leading efforts to raise funds for the flag and the Arizona Centennial Commission obtained major sponsors, Bluemedia and Fluoresco to manufacture and install the banners and new street signs, marking the area “Centennial Way.” But like every project, nothing could be done without the support of our community, the following corporations or individuals stepped forward to adopt-a-flag: ALLSTAFF Services, Inc., Architectural Resource Team, The Arizona Republic, Austin Commercial, Barron Collier Company, Diane Haller, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, E.B. Lane, Pinnacle West Capital Corp/APS, Katie Pushor, Kenneth Sonner, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., SmithGroup, Southwest Airlines, Steve Betts, and St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.

Flag Walk at Carnegie Center

The top-half of the Arizona State flag consists of 13 rays of red and gold behind a copper-colored star. The rays represent the original 13 counties and our beautiful desert sunsets, while the star symbolizes the copper industry. As we approach our 100th year of statehood, take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about our State culture. The Arizona Centennial Commission is working on several projects to highlight Arizona’s 100 years of statehood. To see the strategic plan and join the Centennial Network, visit the web site: www.arizona100.org.

If you love the Flag Walk and Centennial Way share your experience with us. We would love to see your photos, videos, or comments. Please feel free to post them here or share them with us on Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook. Visit our web site: www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com

2 thoughts on “A Walk to Arizona’s Statehood

  1. Hooray! Nothing like brilliantly colored flags to generate a little excitement and joyous anticipation for the Centennial! Kudos PCA for rallying the troops, and starting the celebration! The Capitol Mall is so beautiful, yet so under utilized!

  2. Flags are fine. Spending 7 million dollars of borrowed money to replace a perfectly good sidewalk with a fancier one is an outrage. See:
    Phoenix’s Washington Street will receive centennial face-lift
    Lynh Bui
    The Arizona Republic
    Sep. 9, 2010

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