It was an offer Mayor Greg Stanton could easily refuse. Eyeing a win-win investment opportunity, Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof wrote a letter to Stanton in July requesting permission to open a temporary house of ill repute in Phoenix during next year’s Super Bowl. His offer: $500,000. His rationale: Hey, prostitution will happen anyway, so why not undercut the human traffickers and whatnot?
Valley cities seek ad agencies for marketing makeovers. Locals say look inward.
What’s in a name? That which we call the East Valley would probably smell as sweet if it paid a Denver-based company $225,000 to rebrand it “Phoenix East Valley.” Or would it?
Identity makeovers are all the rage with local municipalities, and the methods may surprise you. In 2009, Downtown Phoenix Partnership spent $160,000 to sub-brand Copper Square, the 90-block city core, as “Arizona’s Urban Heart.” This year, Phoenix’s Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) aims to rebrand Phoenix again – as a business-friendly city full of talent.
After guiding the Phoenix Art Museum to greatness, director Jim Ballinger is retiring. Who will take up the brush?.
When Jim Ballinger came to work at the Phoenix Art Museum 40 years ago, he got a crash course in curating.
“I was the curator, the only curator. The curator of everything,” says Ballinger, an art historian with a focus on Western American and American Modernism.
Extreme Valley runners take on long-distance trail runs, in the dark.
Last September, with McDowell Mountain Regional Park shrouded in darkness, Dave Bloom opened up his stride along the hardpack soil. His headlamp created a tunnel of light, illuminating only a few feet of trail at a time and occasionally catching the lurking figures of towering saguaros or creeping tarantulas. Alone, he was accompanied only by the sound of his footfalls and his own inhales and exhales.
Residents in the East Valley got a minor scare on Saturday, June 28 when a nighttime trembler rippled across southeast Arizona. Though not large by, say, Californian standards, the 5.2 earthquake was a generational event for some seismic virgins in the Valley. Just how rare are earthquakes in Arizona? On its website, the U.S. Geological Survey bothers to list just one: a 5.6 trembler on July 21, 1959, in the northern Arizona town of Fredonia. And that wasn’t even a true tectonic-type earthquake. It was caused by a rock slide in the Grand Canyon.
Phoenix teacher Kathleen Johnston gets an “A+” for uplifting students – and a grant from a national foundation to scale her methods across the country.
When Tuscano Elementary School teacher Kathleen Johnston asked one of her fourth graders, “Angela,” to describe herself, Angela replied, “I’m pretty stupid.”
Feeling slow and inferior may be common among students, but few confess it openly – or believe it as strongly as Angela, accepting her perceived lack of faculty as part of her very fabric. “I’ve had students who have been severely below grade level, but had never had a student who perceived herself as unintelligent,” Johnston says. Johnston set to work, enlisting Angela’s mother – who also struggled with literacy and reading comprehension – as a partner in her daughter’s education inside the classroom and out. Johnston hosted an after-hours pajama reading night, where Angela, her classmates, and their parents could share their favorite books. At home, Angela and her mother read together and discussed the books, capturing their conversations on an old-fashioned tape recorder or a Smartphone video. At the end of the year, Angela was performing at grade level.
The Phoenix Zoo and ASU band together to conserve Arizona’s endangered species.
At the back of the Phoenix Zoo, like the back of a classroom, dwell the misfits. Squirrels so sexually frustrating they attack a potential paramour on all but six hours in a single day of the year. Snails the size of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ear on a dime. Ferrets so disease-prone zookeepers must don biosecure clothing before entering their enclosure.
Death in the Brotherhood
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street. ...
With an assist from a motivated widower, Mayo Clinic uncovers a genetic link to a little-known heart condition called SCAD. On Jan. 2, 2011, 51-year-old Judy Alico experienced blurry vision and pain in her right arm. She was rushed from her Scottsda...
In Development: Group/Think
A new breed of niche business incubators in the Valley goes beyond the techie-coworking model. ...
MIXED MEDIA: As badly as the recent Veterans affairs scandal has tarnished the agency’s reputation – secret waiting lists, 115-day wait times, deadly neglect – Americans still trust it more than Congress. According to a recent USA T...
Hells Angels Shootout
After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?It was a peaceful Saturday morning like any other for Terrance...