Alvarado "aka Palm Wonderful"

Written by Niki D Category: Valley News Issue: January 2012

Mission Az: Home styles include Spanish Colonial revival and Mission-style mansions, plus Craftsman bungalows.

Palm Futures?: Heard planted the hundreds of palm trees that line the streets to increase the value of the land for resale.

Location, Location: Bounded roughly by Central Avenue, Third Street, Oak Street and Palm Lane in Phoenix.


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Clockwise from top left:

Heard Museum
Dwight B. Heard’s namesake museum is the pride of the neighborhood. Keeping with its mission to preserve Native American heritage, cultures and arts, the museum will host an Apache Celebration featuring a performance by Native dance group Dischchii’Bikoh on Saturday, January 21. 2301 N. Central Avenue, 602-252-8344,

MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain
MacAlpine’s is an old school soda jerk joint that also houses a quaint antiques shop where shoppers can peruse everything from vintage pleather couches and ’60s ashtrays to boutique clothing and magazines that pre-date World War II. 2302 N. Seventh St., 602-262-5545,

Urban Beans
Need a boost? Urban Beans’ house blend coffee or bite-your-tongue-bitter espresso are bold enough to put hair on your chest. If you’re really daring, double-up with a sugar rush from the Dark Chocolate Mocha Smash or the Joyous Almond Smash. 3508 N. Seventh St., 602-595-2244,

Damon Brasch’s vegan eatery caters to both herbivores and carnivores willing to trick their tummies with delicious “mock meat” dishes like a sham-chicken BBQ sandwich, which PETA deemed the “best faux chicken sandwich” in the U.S. Gluten-free meals also available. 2202 N. Seventh St., 602-258-1870,