Palm Walk is a pedestrian mall on Arizona State University's Tempe campus lined on either side with palm trees.
Palm Walk starts at the foot of University Bridge and extends south to the entrance to the Student Recreation Complex, a distance of about 0.4 miles.
The mall is roughly aligned with Normal Avenue, a Tempe city street located directly south of the campus. (A noncontiguous portion of Normal Avenue also exists in the same alignment in northern Tempe.)
In the 1930s, Palm Walk marked the eastern boundary of the Tempe campus, but ASU has since grown to the point that Palm Walk now serves as a central artery through the campus.
University Archives maintains a Web site that displays photos of Palm Walk from the 1930s, 1946, 1957, 1966, and the 1990s. A crowded Palm Walk is a standard photograph often used by the university to illustrate press releases about its growing enrollment.
The site — and particularly the indication that many of the pictures posted there were taken without the knowledge or permission of the women pictured — drew the ire of a columnist at The State Press, and the campus newspaper's editorial board also expressed its disapproval of the site.
- Thorson, Laura (Sep 14, 2005). "'Palm Walk's Hottest' not so hot". The State Press.
- "Boos & Bravos: Palm Walk and pocket change". The State Press. Sep 15, 2005.
- "Editorial: The women of ASU". The State Press. Sep 20, 2005.
- Famiglietti, Michael (Sep 20, 2005). "Palm Walk site under review". The State Press.
- Eaton, Kristi (Nov 14, 2005). "Groups stand up to Palm Walk site". The State Press.
- Palm Walk on the ASU campus tour Web site
- A 360° view of the intersection of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall