Phoenix Transect Project

Renee Dennison

Renée Dennison is Dine (Navajo) and was raised on the Navajo Reservation in a small community, Tohatchi, New Mexico. She is born to the Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle people) and for the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House people). She moved to the East Coast at twenty-four years old and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree (MBA) in finance and investments at the George Washington University while working for various Native American organizations in Washington, DC. After ten years of East Coast life she moved to Phoenix, Arizona and continued her work with Tribal governments at the Ak-Chin and the Gila River Indian communities. Five years ago she decided to take a different career path and pursue her creative and artistic aspirations in photography. She is enrolled in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at the ASU Herberger School of Arts Institute to further her creative aspirations in photography.

As a visual storyteller I enjoy documenting other Native artists and learning about their influences and artistic process. I have completed several series with other Native artists that examine their creative process and how culture and history influence their work. I am continuing a project with my grandmother that tells her story of family, culture, and tradition.

The project “Paved Paradise” has sparked an interest in me to examine the impacts over time to our environment and the ever changing landscape. I intend to continue this particular series and see how this story evolves.

Email: renee-d@cox.net

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Pecos Road
Description: Pecos Road looking west and facing the Estrella mountains.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Foothills Club West
Description: Looking down into a valley of homes in what is known as Ahwatukee Foothills West.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: New Beginning
Description: Nine months after the demolition of 100 homes, new growth emerges in the middle of this cul-du-sac.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Hey Birdy, Where Are You?
Description: A large bird's nest built near Pecos Road and is in the direct pathway of the future 202 Loopway freeway.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: A Million Dollar Home No More
Description: Several million dollar homes that are in the pathway of the future 202 Loopway freeway were demolished by ADOT in August 2015.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Let Nature Run Its Course
Description:
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Wildflowers
Description: Wildflowers growing next to Pecos Road.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Soccer Ball Left Behind
Description: A red soccer ball rests in the direct pathway of the future 202 Loopway freeway. The Kyrene De Los Lagos elementary school will sit right next to the freeway.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Freeway Toxic Zone
Description: Various organizations such as ProtectAZChildren.org are continuing their fight to stop the construction of the freeway.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Metal Fence
Description: ADOT has purchased and demolished homes that are in the direct pathway of the future 202 Loopway freeway.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Protect our Preserve
Description: The 202 Loopway freeway will cut through three ridges of the South Mountain Park and Preserve that is home to numerous types of wildlife that live in the Sonoran Desert.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Sphaeralcea ambigua
Description: Orange Globe Mallow and the Estrella mountains in the background.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Keep Out!
Description: Several locks on a gate at the end of Pecos Road.
Date: 2/2106
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Carnegiea gigantea
Description: A Saguaro stands tall against the South Mountain Park and Preserve as people make their way on the numerous trails throughout the park.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Metal Machinery
Description: Construction has begun in various areas of Ahwatukee.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Springtime blooms
Description: Bougainvillea sit undisturbed in what was called the Goldman Ranch community where over 100 homes were demolished in August 2015 in preparation of the 202 Loopway freeway.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Ferocactus
Description: the Ferocactus, meaning "fierce or wild cactus," is tagged as ADOT prepares to relocate numerous plants that are in the direct pathway of the 202 freeway.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title:
Description: A pamphlet from one of the numerous organizations that describes the implications of the 202 freeway to the Ahwatukee community.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Looking through Concrete
Description: An ADOT sign looms in the background of what was once a large development of houses.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Biker memorial
Description: A biker's memorial stands in the direct pathway of the 202 Loopway.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title:
Description: New construction of homes by Lennar Homes continues. The 202 Loopway will sit right next to these houses that are being built on 17th Avenue and Pecos Road.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: No Trespassing
Description: ADOT has placed fences and "no trespass" signs along portions of Pecos Road.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Four-lane Highway
Description: Pecos Road, a four-lane highway will be replaced by the 202 Loopway, an eight-lane freeway.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: God cannot stop progress
Description: A twelve-foot cross sits on top of a hillside and at the bottom of the hillside is the Mountain Park Community Church that is set for demolition in the next several months.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: A Sippy Cup and Two Plastic Balls
Description: Remnants of children are a reminder that a community existed at a demolished site.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Encroachment of Concrete
Description: The intersection of I-10 and E. Pecos Road and the Estrella mountains in the distance.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Future Freeway
Description: A sign at 32nd street and Pecos Road.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Renee Dennison
Title: Nature Versus Man
Description: A wildflower grows next to Pecos Road.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Ahwatukee
Keywords: Construction, Development, Landscape, People, Roads, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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