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Downtown Phoenix is Full of Gleaming Progress Surrounded by Vacant Lots -- Now What?new

With boring old suburban McMansions commanding a half-million dollars, you can see why developers decided that downtown Phoenix would be the next big thing. And then the bottom dropped out.
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  10-20-2009  |  Housing & Development

Arizona Artists Cover Each Other on the 'When in AZ' Compilationnew

With an $8 download card (proceeds benefit charity), you'll get 55 Phoenix-area artists covering songs by other Arizona artists. Along with the recorded output, organizers are planning six shows at the best small venues in town. All in all, pretty cool.
Phoenix New Times  |  Martin Cizmar  |  09-01-2009  |  Music

For Freegans, Eating Garbage Is Getting Downright Trendynew

John Greentree's what many would call a "freegan" -- a vegan who dumpster-dives for his meals -- but he prefers the terms "post-consumer," "urban harvester," and "vegan reclamist." Everything he eats or owns is second-hand. He manages to live virtually money-free, but modern-day hunting and gathering is practically a full-time job.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  08-25-2009  |  Food+Drink

Metro Phoenix May be the Next Porn Capital of the Worldnew

The adult business isn't what it used to be, especially in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, the long-reigning capital of porn in America. But luckily for Taryn Thomas, her new company's based in a place considered the next big hotspot for pornography: metropolitan Phoenix.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  08-18-2009  |  Movies

DOSE Takes Graffiti from the Street to the Museum and Beyondnew

Life's a ripe plum for DOSE right now. The veteran Phoenix writer has been steadily increasing his fame over the past few years, helping to form an art collective called Forever In Control and beginning to show in galleries and museums.
Phoenix New Times  |  Stephen Lemons  |  08-11-2009  |  Art

Danny Dirtnap and The Video Nasties Are 'No Hope Kids'new

Before he could legally drink, Danny Valdez was married with a kid. Now he's the part-time custodian of a 3-year-old son, along with his ex-wife. Yet he makes time for a band and a 'zine. Danny's biggest aspiration is to set something in motion with the Phoenix punk scene, and he's confident it'll happen.
Phoenix New Times  |  Martin Cizmar  |  07-21-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Phoenix Police Raid a Local Pastor’s Home For Holding Church Servicesnew

Did the City of Phoenix overreach when it sent a swarm of police officers to local pastor Michael Salman's home to investigate an alleged zoning violation?
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  06-23-2009  |  Religion

Willy Northpole Wants Hip-Hop Fans in Phoenix to Feel 'Tha Connect'new

In the increasingly formula-following rap game, Phoenix rapper Willy Northpole likes to do things a little differently.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  06-16-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Don't Even Think About Fighting Phoenix City Hall Unless You're a Good Old Boynew

Miriam Hayenga thought that she had a simple project, one that required no special favors from the city of Phoenix. Instead, she found herself in a nine-year nightmare.
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  05-26-2009  |  Housing & Development

Darkness Dear Boy Is Fighting for Local Music with The Best Fucking Live Shownew

Ted Organ of Darkness Dear Boy wants to rebuild the pecking order of Phoenix's local music scene.
Phoenix New Times  |  Martin Cizmar  |  03-24-2009  |  Concerts

Will Phoenix's Camelback Neighborhood Become a Scientology Recruitment Mecca?new

If one talks at length with the concerned citizens who live in Phoenix's tony Camelback Village neighborhood, it becomes apparent that these nice people are afraid that their neighborhood will become known not for its neatly xeriscaped lawns, but for turning out culty radicals.
Phoenix New Times  |  Robrt L. Pela  |  02-10-2009  |  Religion

Hollywood Heartthrob: How a Lucky Break and a Lot of Cash Made the Bandnew

The day he won a huge raffle, Ted Myers called his bandmates and told them not to worry about money anymore. He had an investor who would pay for everything.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  01-13-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Has Phoenix Finally Arrived?new

This newly hopeful vision of Phoenix is one that's pretty easy to support these days, because the fifth-largest city in the country has lately been looking like, well, the fifth-largest city in the country.
Phoenix New Times  |  Robrt L. Pela  |  09-30-2008  |  Culture

Hart v. Arpaio Civil Rights Class-Action Suit Awaits Verdictnew

Of the more than 2,500 jail-related lawsuits filed against Arpaio, Hart v. Arpaio may be the most crucial because it addresses the civil rights of all inmates awaiting trial. It has the potential to affect conditions in Arpaio's jail.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  09-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Was Juan Mendoza Farias Beaten to Death by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Guards?new

On Dec. 2, 2007, a 40-year-old man named Juan Mendoza Farias was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail for a DUI-related offense, a probation violation. Farias wound up with a death sentence.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  09-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

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