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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2007 7:02 am | Updated: 6:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The city hopes to lure more people to its downtown by adding shade to its sidewalks and constructing mini-parks, fountains and public art.

Several crucial projects that would fulfill those aspirations are under way or in the final planning stages, city officials said.

Crews are working on a 2.7-acre, $30 million park that will bring trees and shade near Arizona State University’s Downtown campus.

The red bricks of Patriots Square will be bulldozed in the fall to make way for CityScape, a development that promises green space for large events.

A slew of new development also is a big lure to walkers, said one councilman.

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