A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home Buried between the high-rises of downtown Phoenix, its Capitol, and freeway system, lies a neighborhood caught in a vortex of time. Immigrants make up a majority of the residents taking up residence in homes that time forgot. Local family owned businesses, mainly mechanic shops, used tire shops, and barber shops […]

Dusted

“The natural elements of prosperity seem concentrated in profusion seldom found. In our primitive simplicity we reasoned that if we could take ores from the mountains and reduce them to gold and silver with which to pay for labor and purchase the productions of the valleys, a community could be established in the country independent […]

A SAFE PLACE

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 […]

With Each Passing Day

“God, grant me the serenity – to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”   I was put in this life with the mother I have, and that’s the way it is. My parents were both addicts. I spent my childhood in […]

The Journey

My paternal great-grandparents, who were legal U.S. residents, emigrated back to their native México during the Great Depression. Their son, my Abuelo (grandfather) who was born in San Antonio, became a U.S. immigrant to México at seventeen. Time passed and fate would again intervene when my father, a chronic asthmatic learned of a place where he could live […]

RUSH

The Pink Panther, The Plex, Hotel California, Gains Palace, The Fortress, Frat Castle, The Frateau, The Gent, The Empire, The Igloo. These are the names given to the houses that now hold the proud members of Arizona State University’s Fraternities. They reside in places like master-leased apartment complexes, a former motel, and multiple houses that […]

CARROTS AND COMMUNITY

There are many community gardens in the Phoenix area. They are all used to grow food but they each one is unique. Some provide recreational space for a specific population, while some are used to grow as much food as possible to help those who do not have to eat. The physical garden spaces vary […]

GRAY AREA

I first met Sally at a yogurt shop. Inside, she divulged to me some of the most personal and painful periods of her life. I listened to her recall memories of poverty, a drug infested culture, years of neglect and maltreatment, multiple “father figures,” and repeated physical assaults against her. She told me about the […]