Phoenix Creates Shade On Roosevelt Row With Giant Planters

By Kathy Ritchie
Published: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:53am
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:57am
(Photo courtesy of Phoenix)
Fifteen planters line a section of Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix.
(Photo courtesy of Phoenix)
Sweet Olive was planted in all of the planters along Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix.

On the south side of Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix, between 1st and 3rd streets, are 15 large terracotta-colored planters.

The planters, which are 5 feet tall, dominate the sidewalk, despite it being 11 feet wide.

Sweet olive, a drought tolerant tree the city hopes will eventually provide shade, were planted last month. They’re stressed out because of the intense heat, but Gail Brinkmann, a landscape architect with the city, is hopeful they’ll come back.

She says the planters were used "because there’s a 12-inch waterline, a 24-inch sewer line, an underground electric line and an overhead powerline, so there was no way to get a plant in the ground."

The planters cost about $2,800 each and were paid for using a federal grant. The city also paid a small percentage of the total cost.  

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