Saturday, December 20, 2014


Guitar Heroes

A new player on Lower Grand Avenue has just upped the resurgent neighborhood’s cool factor.

On a recent day at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a handful of students stood at work benches making guitars, while cars outside cruised Grand Avenue past a jumble of old buildings and iconic neighborhood hideaways like the Bikini Lounge.

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Paving the Way

Downtown’s Centennial Way Project transforms a busy Phoenix thoroughfare into ground zero for Arizona’s 100th anniversary celebration.

More than a year ago, Karen Churchard pitched an idea to the Arizona Department of Transportation: Give Washington Street in Downtown Phoenix a facelift.

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100 Years and Counting

On the cusp of Arizona’s Centennial, a Phoenix woman is working to end age discrimination by celebrating Arizonans over age 100.
Just before Doris Krapell’s family moved to Arizona from chilly 
Washington, her father told her she could run around barefoot in her sunny new home whenever she wanted. It was 1928, and Krapell was 17 – just eight months older than the desert state she would soon call home. Unfortunately, her father was misinformed – Flagstaff was just as cold as Bellingham.

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¶lim¶Dead Heat

Traditionally nonpartisan and suspense-free, the Phoenix mayoral election goes down to the wire on November 8 with the city’s first runoff vote in six decades. Bye-bye, civil transfer of power. Hello, slashed tires and partisan bickering. 

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Flower Power

Downtown activists have come up with a creative use for the city’s desolate dirt lots: blooms for biofuel.

The only thing that flourishes on the dusty two-acre lot near Sixth and McKinley streets in Downtown Phoenix is blight. But that’s about to change. More than 20,000 bright yellow sunflowers are poised to bloom there, transforming the space into a so-called Valley of the Sunflowers.

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Food Fight

Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal 4 will soon be loaded with local eateries, but behind the scenes of the competitive bidding process, tensions are simmering.

Thirty-eight million travelers passed through Phoenix Sky Harbor last year, with approximately 80 percent of them trekking through Terminal 4, robotically snacking on overpriced Cinnabon rolls and reheated Pizza Hut pepperoni slices.

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Dear Mayor...

As Phoenix elects a new mayor, we’ve asked Valley movers and shakers to give the next leader an action plan for taking the city to the next level.

Dear Future Mayor
of Phoenix,

As you know, you’re taking the helm of America’s sixth largest city at a pivotal time. The state has been weakened by budget woes, Downtown is pocked with empty lots and abandoned businesses, and foreclosures run like fissures through the former backbone of our economy.

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