September 2020

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September 2020 Editor’s Note

Features

Copper State, Red Lines: The Long Battle Against Racial Injustice in Phoenix

The African American experience in Phoenix has been a long battle against racial injustice involving school, housing and business segregation.

The Callback Kid: Mike Watkiss on his Memoir and Movies

Ex-3TV newshound Mike Watkiss lets down his locks to discuss his new memoir and his latest ambition: to make it big in the movies.

Love Your Downtown

From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.

Phoenix Files

The Callback Kid: Mike Watkiss on his Memoir and Movies

Ex-3TV newshound Mike Watkiss lets down his locks to discuss his new memoir and his latest ambition: to make it big in the movies.

Love Your Downtown

From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.

Pain Management

From lifestyle changes to innovative procedures, pain management options abound. Empower yourself with the help of the Valley’s top pain physicians.

BECTON DICKINSON (BD) Leg Pain Management

Innovative technology from Tempe’s Becton Dickinson (BD) helps doctors to save limbs – and lives – affected by peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Raising Phoenix: Rwandan Immigrants Self-Publish Racially Sensitive Coloring Books

Young Rwandan immigrants etch lines of acceptance and purpose via racially sensitive coloring books.

ASU and PCH Provide Voice Therapy for Transgender Youth

Clinics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University provide voice affirmation services for transgender youth.

Land Zo: New Co-Op Provides Homeowners with Solar Energy Resources

Solar United Neighbors of Arizona provides resources for homeowners to learn about solar opportunities sans sales pitches.

Business Buzz: Wine Spencer Brings Wine to New Audiences

Two oenophile sisters bring wine to new audiences and showcase black winemakers.

Homeless Encampments in the Work-From-Home Era

Once invisible, homeless encampments are the new scourge of app-equipped neighborhood watchdogs in the work-from-home era.

Surges in Unemployment Could Result in Increases in Homelessness

University of Arizona researchers are predicting a homelessness epidemic.

Scoop: Osha Gray Davidson’s New Podcast Explores Institutional Racism

A new podcast explores how America can move beyond racism and live up to its creed of liberty and justice for all.

Spotlight: Steve LeVine

Steve LeVine spoke with us about the future of Fashion Week and not letting the coronavirus stop him from finding ways to bring people together while remaining at least 6 feet apart.

What’s in Your…Gym Bag? with Spencer Tatum

Here’s an inside look at what helps Tatum Human Performance founder Spencer Tatum stay on his toes.

Explore

Escape to San Diego

Flee from the heat this fall with a getaway to America’s Finest City.

Harvest Hosts in Arizona

Yet another silver lining of the pandemic: a boom in RV travel. Harvest Hosts, a nationwide network of caravan hosts, has dozens of Arizona spots to enrich your road trips.

History

Copper State, Red Lines: The Long Battle Against Racial Injustice in Phoenix

The African American experience in Phoenix has been a long battle against racial injustice involving school, housing and business segregation.

Electric Avenue: The Vibrant History of Van Buren Street

Four major highways coalesced in a neon spectacle to create Phoenix’s most exciting street. Then Van Buren went dark.

Eat Beat

Summer Miracles: 5 New Eateries in the Valley

Opening a Valley restaurant in the summer is always a bold maneuver – and this summer, doubly so. See what our critic has to say about these new eateries.

Four Corners: Coffee Shops

From established roasteries to promising newcomers, these coffee peddlers know their way around a cup of Joe.

Miso Inferno: Cutino Hot Sauce Co.’s Smoked Pork Belly & Miso Butter Recipe

Hot sauce specialists Jacob and Natalie Cutino have a new palate-pleasing condiment in their arsenal – and it goes great with smoked pork belly.

3 Local Products to Try this September

Try handcrafted caramel, deluxe picked produce and Bohemia-style bread this September.

Liquid Arizona: New Gin on the Block

Blue Clover Distillery enters the ring as a contender for Arizona’s best gin.

Three Bites: Alternative Hot Dogs

You’ve heard of Chicago-style. You’ve heard of Sonoran. But are you acquainted with these lesser-known regional twists on the humble hot dog?

Drink This: The Stimulus from The Americano

This ravishingly herbaceous cocktail at The Americano in Scottsdale costs a mere $2.

From Our Partners

Pain Management

From lifestyle changes to innovative procedures, pain management options abound. Empower yourself with the help of the Valley’s top pain physicians.

Escape to San Diego

Flee from the heat this fall with a getaway to America’s Finest City.

BECTON DICKINSON (BD) Leg Pain Management

Innovative technology from Tempe’s Becton Dickinson (BD) helps doctors to save limbs – and lives – affected by peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

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