DPJ Article-Growing a Community in Central Phoenix: Abraham James

What started as a way to reconnect with his past, has led Abraham James to connect with his central Phoenix community in ways he never imagined.

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DPJ Article: It All Adds Up: Christoph Kaiser and His Garfield Neighborhood

Christoph Kaiser is helping to rebuilding Garfield one house at a time. Once an epicenter of gang activity and urban blight in Downtown Phoenix, Kaiser‚Äôs houses are now at the heart of Garfield’s resurgence, and among the coolest in Downtown Phoenix.

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From Car Spaces to People Places: Park(ing) Day is coming to Phoenix

Park(ing) Day is coming to downtown Phoenix on Friday, September 18th, as community activists, neighborhood leaders and urban planners step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

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Urban Textures

One of my favorite things about living in an urban environment are the multitude of textures than I come across on a daily basis. Often unseen and unnoticed, the textures of a city form the backdrop in front of which we conduct our lives. Textures makes a significant contribution to the expressive quality of a city. They impact how we relate to specific places, whether it be a distinct address, a neighborhood or an entire metropolitan area. Continue reading