BIRTH & DEATH OF INDUSTRY: The Warehouse District wasn’t really founded but evolved over time, says Dan Klocke, vice president of economic development in Downtown Phoenix. The district was integral to the Valley’s retail culture, with warehouses storing produce coming off freight trains that ran through Phoenix. The district began to lose steam as Phoenix expanded outward, but Klocke says it is evolving in a “grassroots sort of way” today, with adaptive reuse of historical buildings. LEVINE SCENE: Developer Michael Levine, owner of Levine Machine, has made adaptive reuse projects out of many warehouses in the district. THEN & NOW: The Phoenix Cotton Oil Company building, constructed in 1895, is now the site of the ASU Step Gallery. The Phoenix Merchandise Mart, constructed in 1946, is currently a Downtown Mini-Storage building. In 1918, the building at 215 E. Grant St. was home to Bell Laundry; it now houses the Bentley Gallery. IN THE ‘HOOD: Modern attractions in the District include Chase Field, US Airways Center and Alice Cooper’stown restaurant.
Most Powerful Computer
Just as the ultra-wealthy have the Forbes 400, super-powerful computers have top500.org, a website that doggedly tracks – and ranks – the world’s most insanely fast computers. Arizona’s reigning champion: a little machine called El Gato at the University of Arizona.
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Calvano’s mint clarifying shampoo removes grease and product buildup in a tingling, herbaceous lather, while olive oil shampoo and deep moisturizing conditioner soothe stressed strands ($15 each). Surf cream ($25) provides a tousled look and hair polish lends control and shine sans crunch ($22).
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2505 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
The summer is in full swing, and it’s time to face facts: You’re not making it to Paris this year. Don’t despair! Grab a smokin' resort deal for a splashy and splendid in-town escape.
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34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree,
Want to feel like you’re vacationing in another part of the world, without the hassle of baggage fees and TSA pat-downs? The Boulders is your jam. Artfully integrated into the Black Mountain foothills of Carefree, the sprawling Waldorf Astoria property feels like an alien hybrid version of Phoenix, with spectacular fairways framed by towering saguaros and multi-ton desert granite, and elegant chaparral flats between the casitas and footpaths. The pièce de résistance: a mountain of russet boulders overlooking the main lobby and pool, shielding guests from both the late afternoon sun and any visual evidence of the metro beyond. It’s like getting away from it all, without going away.
After two years of double-digit gains, Phoenix Metro home values have leveled off in 2014. Still a good time to buy? Experts say yes, but buyers need to be savvy. For your consideration: 10 Valley neighborhoods to watch. Bonus: Tips and insights from real estate pros at all levels of the game.
Median Metro home value (May 2014) - $195,100
Projected one-year average increase in home values. If your home appreciates
more than this percentage by May 2015,
you’re ahead of the curve. - 6.9%
Craft your own artisanal shopping spree, from perfume and pottery to custom couches and D.I.Y. beer.
“If you want something done right, do it yourself” has endured as a maxim since the mid-1800s – even as procuring essentials like food and clothes became an increasingly “hands-off” experience. These days, shopping is often done with a swipe on a smartphone while lounging in pajamas, no driving or walking into a building required. But while e-commerce has its benefits, there’s still no substitute for creating and consuming with a personal touch. Find your inner artisan with D.I.Y. activities at these local businesses.
From the infamous Phoenix Lights to the spaceship allegedly buried beneath Dreamy Draw Dam, Valley residents know their UFOs. The most tangible sighting yet: Universal Furnishings & Offerings, the central Phoenix brainchild of Leonardo Ramirez. With the help of upholsterer Juan Carlos Salcido and visual coordinator Corinne Wheeler, Ramirez makes a practice of abducting boring furniture, flying it to the outer limits of interstellar design, then returning it to earth beautifully revamped and unrecognizable – an ideology he calls “Recycletude.” Pieces at U.F.O. can range from homemade kaleidoscopes to vintage typewriters.