So, which came first: the chicken or the neighborhood?
In a not-so-quiet neighborhood of Phoenix, near 32nd Street north of Thomas, you will find an age-old joke come alive: chickens crossing the road.
Aside from getting to the other side, they’re seeking shade beneath shrubbery, scurrying away from curious cats and inspecting gardens for insect treats, all the while creating a cacophony of crows and clucks so loud, I had vivid flashbacks of childhood days spent at my grandparents’ Minnesota farm.
Canadian homebuyers helped stabilize Valley real estate during its darkest hour. Now leave some for us, eh?
Two summers ago – during the nadir of Arizona’s real estate fortunes – USA Today ran a story under the headline “Canadians Become Top Out-of-State Homebuyers in Arizona.” The article described how Canadian snowbirds, lured by warm winters and a generous exchange rate, were starting to outpace pack-leading California buyers in snapping up bargain-basement Arizona homes – a trend that held through this spring.
Competitive barbecue is becoming a big deal in the Valley. And there’s the rub.
Move over, mixed martial arts. Take a hike, lacrosse. The fastest-growing sport in Arizona just might be barbecue. Before you start raising the inevitable objections – how could the smoking of meat constitute a sport? – consider that competitive barbecue requires endurance, constant practice and a well-devised game plan. “I’d say it’s a sport,” Michael Reimann says. “It involves training and strategy. But like any sport, it’s also an art. You have to perfect your art.”
Think driving across town for dinner is crazy? What about flying to Payson for breakfast? Take to the sky with the Valley’s $100 hamburger club.
et’s go to Sedona,” Scott Pasmore deadpans, opening the throttle on his two-seat, homemade airplane. After a brief taxi down the runway, we’re aloft, floating placidly over Deer Valley Airport like a fiberglass sparrow.
A year after the much-publicized Coronado mansion deaths, Dina Shacknai – mother of 6-year-old Max Shacknai – talks for the first time about the tragedy and her efforts to create a legacy for her only child.
Dina Shacknai tells a charming story about her late son, Max, and she relates it so vividly the boy seems to inhabit the room – his 6-year-old essence finding a momentary foothold in his mother's weary smile and tear-shot eyes.
A hearty Asian fish breed keeps Valley waterways weed-free. Anglers love them, too.
Thomas Hemphill fondly recalls the fishing trips of his youth. On those sun-kissed, halcyon days of amateur angling, Hemphill would catch catfish and carp at the local watering hole with his father and uncle, listen to the frogs croak, and swap stories as the sun went down. The 55-year-old Bass Pro sales associate calls it “wonderful” bonding time.
Yep, there’s nothing like fishing in a Mesa canal.
Valley entrepreneurs are foregoing banks in favor of online “crowd-sourcing.”
“The dirty faux paint on the walls makes it look like a little gnome cave,” Aaron Johnson says.
This is fitting given the name of the charming bookstore we’re standing in: Lawn Gnome Publishing. As owner Johnson, 30, shows me around half of an old bungalow on Fifth and Roosevelt streets in Downtown Phoenix, his eyes light up like Willy Wonka leading children around the chocolate factory.
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