The Arizona Center is a shopping and office complex located in downtown Phoenix. It was opened in 1990 as a key component in downtown revitalization efforts. Because of a lack of permanent upscale housing in the downtown area, the retailers struggled and the center evolved from all retail to part retail and part offices. That issue is gradually changing. Arizona State University has opened a “downtown” campus and condominiums and apartments are cropping up everywhere. The center contains a number of restaurants, a major theatre multiplex, and specialty and gift shops. It is also home to another desert oasis, with beautiful fountains and gardens. The Arizona Center is another Phoenix Point of Pride. If you look closely, you can see the sign to the right of the walkway in this picture.