Town of Clarkdale
The town of Clarkdale, Arizona is located on the banks of the Verde River in the north central part of Arizona. It is a thriving community and is the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area in the beautiful Verde Valley. Founded in 1912, Clarkdale is renowned as the first master-planned community in the state of Arizona. Clarkdale has just over 4,300 residents who thrive in the fresh, clean air.
View Clarkdale’s Community Profile to learn more about its demographics, history, and sustainability initiatives.
2019-2020 town of Clarkdale projects
Central business district revitalization plan
With the help of ASU students, the town of Clarkdale is seeking strategies to advance their vision for their central business district corridor. Student researchers will analyze current conditions of the site and develop comprehensive plans to revitalize and unify Clarkdale’s Central Business Area. Recommendations will focus on multi-use concepts such as increasing residential density, area walkability, and historic rehabilitation.
- PUP 580: Planning Workshop with Meagan Ehlenz and Kimberly Silentman-Kanuho, Spring 2020
Students will review existing site conditions and meet with city officials in order to develop guiding principles and strategies to revitalize Clarkdale’s downtown corridor as well as the 89-A commercial corridor.
- PUP 642: Urban and Regional Economics with Deborah Salon, Fall 2019
Students divided into seven groups to examine unique opportunities to activate underutilized space and engage with the downtown business community, via: recreation, local arts, eco-tourism, curbside aesthetics, public space utilization, and community engagement through local history and culture.
- PAF 509: Public Affairs Capstone with Malcolm Goggin, Fall 2019
Two capstone students completed individual projects focusing on two different aspects of historic preservation, specifically around revitalizing Clarkdale’s downtown business corridor. Hannah conducted a literature review and comparative case studies to develop funding strategies for historic preservation, such as creating a Historic Preservation Commission or implementing a Historic Preservation tax. Neelam developed strategic downtown revitalization recommendations by performing interviews, engaging directly with community members, and reviewing case studies; her recommendations included implementing a revitalization task force and addressing vacant buildings downtown.
View fall 2019 final summary report
Clarkdale in the News
ASU’s Project Cities program connects students with cities for a more sustainable state | The State Press, February 11, 2019 | Project Cities recognizes past and current community partners, while also looking forward to new partnerships for 2019-20 academic year
ASU partnership may aid Clarkdale in revitalizing business district | The Verde Independent, February 1, 2019 | Clarkdale’s business district looks for support from ASU Project Cities students for its economic development plans
ASU selects Clarkdale as pilot for downtown revitalization project | The Verde Independent, January 30, 2019 | Project Cities aims to revitalize Clarkdale’s downtown corridor through innovative university-community partnership model