Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Searching for The Village


You may find a few local newspaper articles about Allenville if you search the archives, youíll find very little anywhere else. The papers will tell you about the flood of í79 and the evacuation of Allenville. You can read about the displacement of residents and the efforts to relocate them, which results in the founding of Hopeville in í81. However, those are the details of a series of events that donít get any closer to what made Allenville a community many residents did not want to leave. Our interest became uncovering that story. Why would residents prefer to stay in the Gila river floodplain? The answer is simple, it was home.

Our interest in this project began in late 2013. We were driving around exploring Surprise and the surrounding towns. About 40 minutes into our ride, we came upon a tiny community surrounded by farmland. The cluster of modest homes, so unlike the sprawling city of Phoenix, caught both our attention. As we did a slow circle through, it was pretty clear to both of us that there was something special about this place. It didnít look like more than 100 people lived there and we were left wondering how Hopeville came to be. We took to searching on the Internet only to find there wasnít much written about Hopeville, but we did find out about Allenville and decided if we wanted to know more we would have to explore both Allenville and Hopeville ourselves.

This exploration consisted of making images of Allenville and Hopeville, researching the archives at the Buckeye Valley Museum and Buckeye Valley News, and interviewing former Allenville residents, some of them now located in Hopeville. The dynamics of relocation are complex, but we realized there was one piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked, and that is, understanding what makes a community resilient.

As we collected stories about living in Allenville we realized, any place can be a community, often arising from the external conditions that require a strong interdependence. In many ways, Allenville was all about the connections that the residents shared. Relocating was not an geographic concern but a social one. Severing social ties meant the elimination of a subculture, which also meant losing the heart of Allenville. Hopeville could be built with all the amenities Allenville lacked, but amenities will never trump social bonds.

This video and images are an attempt at uncovering remnants, echoes of a tightknit community. However, like any dissection, we only get at the pieces involved in this complex phenomena we call community. This dissection may only clarify what we canít regain, what lives in the memories of those who called Allenville home.

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas & Sandra Rodegher
Title: Searching for The Village
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Gila River, Interview, People, Video, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 1
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Agriculture, Border, Canal, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It used to be a place
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Housing, Riparian, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: It used to be a place (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 2
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Agriculture, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: I forgot all about the Village
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: We feel that they did it on purpose
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Abuse, Artifact, Desert, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: We feel that they did it on purpose (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: We feel that they did it on purpose (3)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 3
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Housing, Recreation, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: You could hear it coming but you didn't know what it was
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: You could hear it coming but you didn't know what it was (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, People, Roads, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: When people tell you to get out, you better take their advice and get out
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Housing, Interview, People, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: When people tell you to get out, you better take their advice and get out (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, People, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 4
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Water is the strongest thing on the face of this earth
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Commercial, Construction, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: You could see the animals' eyes at night
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Abuse, Desert, Gila River, Public Space, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: You could see the animals' eyes at night (3)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: After we moved from down there, I said,
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Housing, People, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Community. Everyone got along
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Aquaculture, Desert, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: We shared our little drinks
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Birds 5
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Desert, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: It was still home
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Agriculture, Backyard, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: We were forbidden to go back there... but we went anyway
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Abuse, Desert, People, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It was like going on a treasure hunt
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: I know I miss Allenville and, like, the kids now they miss Hopeville and the way it used to be
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Desert, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: I used to lay out there and write letters to my boyfriend
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's not like it was at all
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: People, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: The one's who did not have the privilege of growing up in Allenville as a child...
Description: they thought that we were like poor people
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Airspace, Demolition, Housing, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Some of them may have thought we were less fortunate
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Public Space, Recreation, Residential, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: We had that greatest thing and that was each other
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, People, Recreation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 5
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Un-developed, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: That's something that money can't buy
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's sad now. It's like Allenville is about to be...
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, People, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: My mom taught me how to make something out of nothing
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Development, Public Buildings, Public Space, Riparian, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher & Edgar Cardenas
Title: Work with what you have and don't worry about what you don't
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, People, Recreation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: They're trying to erase us (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: They're trying to erase us
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, People, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's different (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 6
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Desert, Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: All I know is: it's not the same
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Housing, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: It's different
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Housing, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It doesn't look the same (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher & Edgar Cardenas
Title: It doesn't look the same
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's not the same
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher & Edgar Cardenas
Title: It doesn't feel the same
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It doesn't feel the same (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It was us
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Interview, People, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's just different (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Housing, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: It's just different
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Public Buildings, Public Space, Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: I know where this place came from
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, People, Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: It's just different (3)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 7
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Canal, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: But I still... I still have my values
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: People, Public Space, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: After the ones from Hopeville die off - we're forgotten
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Housing, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: I know where this place came from (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Homelessness, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: After all the ones from Hopeville die off - we're forgotten (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Vegetation, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Who's gonna tell our story?
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Housing, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Who's gonna tell our story? (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: That's lost now
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: We once was a community
Description:
Date: circa 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Housing, Public Space, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's gone
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Housing, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Those values are gone
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: This is where I am (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Desert, Housing, Roads, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: This is where I am (2)
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Roads, Transportation, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: It's part of me, Hopeville... well, Allenville, really
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Hopeville
Keywords: Housing, Public Space, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Hopeville is, like, slowly going away
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Edgar Cardenas
Title: Allenville - it's just a place
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Artifact, Desert, People, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 8
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Riparian, Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Sandra Rodegher
Title: Bird 9
Description:
Date: 2014
Location: Allenville
Keywords: Vegetation, Wildlife, All Images

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