Downtown art to attract Super Bowl tourists

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Just in time for the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to swarm downtown Phoenix when it becomes Super Bowl Central, a famed art display has gone up, hoping to show those folks from out of town that we've got culture, too.

The world-acclaimed "26 Blocks" photography exhibit is back.

"I'm like, I want to open a couple of weeks before the Super Bowl," said exhibit creator Joey Robert Parks. "This exhibit is for every guest. You'll come out of it saying, 'Where is my '26 Blocks' in New York? Where is my '26 Blocks' in Chicago?'"

In 2010, 26 of the best local photographers were asked to capture a randomly selected block of downtown and then 26 of the Valley's best writers were asked to create an essay about what they saw.

And so far people love it.

"26 Blocks" is now open to the public every day at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the admission is free.