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Darwyn Harp

Meet Tempe’s biggest parking advocate Darwyn Harp

Darwyn Harp handles property management and business development services for Hines by day. By night, however, Harp is Tempe’s biggest parking advocate. AZRE caught up with the Aggie alum to see just what keeps his meter running for Tempe’s 8,500 parking spots.


What does it mean to be a parking advocate?
It is one who understands the importance of having an excellent parking management system along with the necessity of appropriate parking inventory for the desired functionality. It’s more than just shouting from the mountain tops that we need more parking; rather, it’s understanding that in fact we may just need better communication about where available parking is located.

How did you get into this cause?
I was recruited by the Downtown Tempe Community (DTC) to help with parking because, at the time, I managed one of the larger parking structures in the enhanced services district in the DTC. It was a natural fit as I had a vested interest in protecting my client and being a good neighbor.

What are some of the most important advances Tempe has made?
Honestly, one of the best decisions by the DTC has been hiring its present Director of Operations Adam Jones. Adam is a consummate parking professional, and he has consistently brought new ideas to the table that have served to advance the cause of well-managed parking in downtown Tempe.

What’s a surprising parking fact?
If you have a destination with very limited, parking and nearly always full parking at your front door and limited, frequently full, overflow parking a block away, people will generally not let that deter them from patronizing your destination if they like what you offer.

World of Beer

World of Beer Tempe Goes ‘Pale’ and Artsy

He took some of the world’s most beautiful black and white photographs long before Instagram and digital cameras. His work was as real as a cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on a crisp day.

In the spirit of the Tempe Festival of the Arts held April 5 -7, World of Beer Tempe plans to host a special exhibit of two original portfolios of works by Ansel Adams, who was a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways magazine.

sierra Nevada tapThe portfolios will be set-up and displayed April 1 – 7 in the back of WOB Tempe’s historic Tempe National Bank building which sits at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Mill Avenue, and dates back 100 years.

Admission is $8 and includes one free draft of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, perfectly fitting as it pays tribute to one of Adams’ most revered work: Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, 1944.”

WOB Tempe will be discounting the admission fee for students from any educational institution.

Our WOB family likes to be involved with and promote the communities where we do business,” said Manager John Watts. “We are especially interested in promoting institutions of higher education and the arts and hope this will inspire some up and coming photographers.”

Watts says a portion of proceeds will go to benefit the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc.

World of Beer started in Tampa in 2007 by two friends who shared a love of beer. The franchise has since expanded to more than 30 locations across the country. The unique bar concept provides customers with a friendly and neighborhood atmosphere and offers more than 75 beers on tap, 500 different bottles of beer from more than 40 countries as well as premium wines and fine cigars.

WOB Tempe location: 526 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe, Arizona 85281.

For more information on World of Beer Tempe: Go to the Facebook page, follow WOB on Twitter @WOBTempe or visit our wobusa.com/Locations/Tempe.aspx