July/August 2021

Editorial StaffJuly 1, 2021
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Features

The Great 48 2021

From public servants to entrepreneurs, these 48 Phoenicians are raising the bar in the Valley and beyond.

Madhouse on McDowell: An Unabashedly Premature Oral History of the Election Recount

A complete but grotesquely premature oral history of the Maricopa County 2020 election recount.

The Road to Tokyo

Meet a dozen elite Valley athletes training to take on the world at the long-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.

Phoenix Files

The Great 48 2021

From public servants to entrepreneurs, these 48 Phoenicians are raising the bar in the Valley and beyond.

Madhouse on McDowell: An Unabashedly Premature Oral History of the Election Recount

A complete but grotesquely premature oral history of the Maricopa County 2020 election recount.

The Road to Tokyo

Meet a dozen elite Valley athletes training to take on the world at the long-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.

2021 Valley Dentists

Get to know the Valley’s premier dentists providing unparalleled levels of care in their practices.

Innovations in Education

From pioneering primary schools to higher learning institutions breaking new ground, here’s a glimpse into the innovative efforts put forth by Arizona’s unique education system.

Raising Phoenix: Agonizing Over Lawn Irrigation

Our columnist wrings her hands over her irrigated lawn while enjoying its fruits.

Local Concert Promoters Are Ready to Rock

Music promoters like Charlie Levy took their COVID-19 licks and are ready to rock.

COVID Recovery: Private Revival

The pandemic cosmetic procedure boom isn’t limited to brow lifts and breast implants – nor is it always aesthetic.

Land Zo: Puttin’ Off the Ritz

Delays and alleged construction defects plague a high-profile Paradise Valley resort development.

Business Buzz: Plant Solutions Uses Nature to Ease Employees Back to Work

Scottsdale’s Plant Solutions uses nature to ease workers back to their desks.

The Bitcoin Industry’s Environmental Impacts

Arizona’s burgeoning bitcoin industry raises environmental concerns.

Sharpe to the Point: Distaff Delight

Some misguided Americans imagine that the good ol’ boy system is in full effect in Arizona. Next year will prove them even more wrong.

‘Ocean of Obstacles’ Chronicles 12 Blind Phoenix Teens’ Sailing Feat

A new documentary chronicles the sailing feat of 12 blind Phoenix teenagers.

Spotlight: Zac Gallen

Zac Gallen may not be able to use a brush like Leonardo da Vinci, but the 25-year-old pitcher can paint the strike zone with a baseball like an artist.

What’s in Your Bag? With Matt Bell

Phoenix author Matt Bell gives us a glimpse of what his traditional tour bag contains.

Art Directions: Papay Solomon

Papay Solomon connects Arizona & Liberia through the subjects depicted in his vibrant, large-scale paintings.

Explore

Day Trip: Garfield Historical District aka “Phoenix Hobbiton”

Garfield was one of Phoenix’s earliest suburban expansions

Summer in the Emerald City

If you’re itching for an escape from the Valley’s heat and hubbub this summer, enjoy mellow merriment in Seattle’s backyard.

History

The Luke Salt Body Stimulated the West Valley’s Postwar Economy

An enormous salt deposit sitting beneath Luke Airforce Base helped spice up the West Valley’s postwar economy and still serves several vital purposes today.

Eat Beat

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion

Valley super chef Christopher Gross emerges from a three-year hiatus to lead a wildly decadent multi-course odyssey.

Four Corners: July and August Dining Reviews

Monthly dining reviews from all over the Valley.

3 Local Products to Try this July

Try spicy chocolate almonds, fruit juice sodas and hand-crafted pasta sauce from local purveyors this month.

Dos Cabezas WineWorks’s Carbonated Pink

Produced in limited quantities by winemaker Todd Bostock, Dos Cabezas WineWorks’ Carbonated Pink has emerged as the most cultishly consumed of Arizona’s growing number of sparkling wines.

Three Bites: Frozen Fruit Pops

Savvy Arizonans reach for refreshing frozen fruit pops during out infernal summer months.

Drink This: Opposable Rums

Tiki-inspired but not cloyingly tiki, this tall poolside sipper combines premium white rum and Brazilian cachaça with rosy-hued Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato.

From Our Partners

2021 Valley Dentists

Get to know the Valley’s premier dentists providing unparalleled levels of care in their practices.

Innovations in Education

From pioneering primary schools to higher learning institutions breaking new ground, here’s a glimpse into the innovative efforts put forth by Arizona’s unique education system.

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