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Phoenix is a unique desert metropolis that sprawls into open desert on all sides. It has a driving culture due to the distance people travel from one connected city into another. The nightlife scene in downtown Phoenix is scattered, with limited venues within walking distance. Nightlife districts are still in early development, with many hidden gems scattered across the Valley. The monthly First Friday Artwalk activates the historic Roosevelt Row and Grand Ave Arts districts to bring more people out onto the streets than any other time. Afterwards, people fill every bar and restaurant for a night on the town. While the Roosevelt district has boomed with development (and gentrification), Grand Ave has opposed corporate development and has maintained a more historic vibe. Phoenix is on the brink of an arts and culture renaissance, of which nightlife and party culture will play an important role. Can Phoenix learn lessons from other cities to prevent poor urban planning and gentrification?