Though controversial, the wave of condo construction on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix also has certain indisputable benefits. One: The new density has emboldened a new generation of restaurateurs to take a chance on the wily arts district.
“I found out that [the debut novelists] are still just people,” Vitcavage says. “They aren’t these mythological figures that writers look up to. They’re still working in an office or started teaching grad school. I found that really appealing on a human level.”
“Growing up in a traditional Mexican household, being the oldest of 10 kids and all the restrictions that came with it, art became a form of freedom and expression for me,” says Phoenix painter Denise Dominguez.