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Phoenix mulling downtown pedestrian mall

PHOENIX -- A pedestrian mall might be coming to the heart of downtown Phoenix.

The mall would be located in an area that's become the most heavily traveled pedestrian thoroughfares in the city: The area near the Phoenix Convention Center.

Since the expansion of the convention center and areas around it, foot traffic has exploded.

"What we are looking at is how we can activate the street," said Eric Johnson, Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Phoenix. "What we need are more retail and commercial and just other activities to try to activate the area."

Phoenix is currently studying the idea and is asking for input from business owners, organizations and community members. The information will be used to produce a summary which will be reviewed during public meetings coming in the summer.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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