Elevation is power. The neighborhood of Sunnyslope provides one of the best examples of wealth and power dynamics within the larger footprint of Phoenix. In an area extending over just a nine-mile radius, wealthy residents of Sunnyslope neighbor with the less fortunate, sometimes on the same street or a few blocks apart. Within this tightly […]
Nearly every day, stories of shocking violence and crime are featured in the back pages of the newspaper. A terrible event relegated to a less important section; anonymous crimes that deserve mention but are not front-page worthy. Some tragedies, like the Baseline Killer murders and the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, become the focus of […]
The canal network that flows through Phoenix, the basis for the metropolis itself, offers the city a chance to sustain green neighborhoods in the interior of the city, agriculture at its periphery and perhaps a place for public life and space in the future. Looking back, the canal banks, lined by Cottonwood trees, were places […]
Agriculture at the Phoenix Indian School site has had a long history, from the ancient Hohokam canal running through the site, to farming programs at the Phoenix Indian School, and to the most recent incarnation at the PHX Renews site. Examining the history and land use of this one site over time reveals interesting tensions […]
You may find a few local newspaper articles about Allenville if you search the archives, you’ll find very little anywhere else. The papers will tell you about the flood of ’79 and the evacuation of Allenville. You can read about the displacement of residents and the efforts to relocate them, which results in the founding […]
The sites of historic photographs of the Phoenix Metropolitan area have been relocated and the views repeated (rephotographed), sometimes on several occasions. New sites have also been created for the purpose of rephotography at a later date.