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America’s Pastime
March 31, 2015 0 5

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in a frenetic, digital world. As one author put it, "In an age of instant gratification, today's fans desire entertainment that is fast-paced and straightforward… Casual fans are no longer willing to devote the requisite mental energy demanded by a nuanced game such as baseball.” The truth is the MLB has issues that run deeper than shortening attention spans. But there’s no denying that the sport has been clumsy in its engagement of America’s rapidly changing culture. Unable to connect with casual and potential fans, especially young ones, the MLB’s fan base is aging and shrinking. As a result it no longer stands at the center of American life as it once did. So is it destined to be just another niche sport on the margins, too fundamentally out...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in a frenetic, digital world. As one author put it, "In an age of instant gratification, today's...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in a frenetic, digital world. As...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in...

Major League Baseball is dying. Or is it? Think pieces and talk radio debates abound regarding the future of America’s Pastime. Critics argue that the methodical pace of baseball makes it poorly suited to compete for attention (read: consumers) in a frenetic, digital world. As one author put it, "In an age of instant gratification, today's fans desire entertainment that is fast-paced and straightforward… Casual fans are no longer willing to devote the requisite mental energy demanded by a nuanced game such as baseball.” The truth is the MLB has issues that run deeper than shortening attention spans. But there’s no denying that the sport has been clumsy...

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Graffiti for Good
March 10, 2015 0 4

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read Getting Up by Craig Castleman about subway street artists in New York City. “It threw a fire underneath me and I started studying their fonts and different styles that they were creating on their subway cars,” said Such. “It was so alluring for a teenager.” After experimenting in the alley with spray paint from his dad’s garage, Such was ready to branch out. “Me and my buddies formed this little crew called the PCP Bombers and went down to my local high school and did this seasonal — a burner we call it. It said ‘Merry Christmas.’ The next morning the students rallied. The administration came out and looked at it and they didn’t know what...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read Getting Up by Craig Castleman about subway street artists in New York City. “It...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read Getting Up by...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when...

Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read Getting Up by Craig Castleman about subway street artists in New York City. “It threw a fire underneath me and I started studying their fonts and different styles that they were creating on their subway cars,” said Such. “It was so alluring for a teenager.” After experimenting in the alley with spray paint from his dad’s garage, Such was ready to branch out. “Me and my...

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Making Old Things New
February 25, 2015 2 5

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill Sandweg, who is owner of Copper Star Coffee and an adaptive reuse enthusiast. His building was once a Chevron station in the 1930s and is now the hub for coffee drinkers, college students, and the surrounding neighborhoods. This is adaptive reuse. It’s the process of taking an old building and repurposing it into something new to thrive once again. It helps to conserve land and combat urban sprawl, while turning vacant, forgotten buildings into galleries, salons, restaurants, workspaces, and more. When Walls Tell a Story “All of these buildings are still here, and we’re taking what was here and we’re bringing it back to life,” Sandweg said, “We are breathing life into what was largely once abandoned.” Sandweg embarked on...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill Sandweg, who is owner of Copper Star Coffee and an adaptive reuse enthusiast. His building...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill Sandweg, who is owner of...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill...

“The payoff? I’ve got a great building that is going to celebrate its 80th year. It was already a part of the community, and it’s a part of the community again.” These words come from Bill Sandweg, who is owner of Copper Star Coffee and an adaptive reuse enthusiast. His building was once a Chevron station in the 1930s and is now the hub for coffee drinkers, college students, and the surrounding neighborhoods. This is adaptive reuse. It’s the process of taking an old building and repurposing it into something new to thrive once again. It helps to conserve land and combat urban...

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The Scarlet Cord
January 21, 2015 1 9

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it is played. There will be live music, great food, national sports broadcasts, and even a giant climbing wall reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. Those who wander a few blocks north towards Roosevelt Row will find something else that may seem out of place: a 40-foot storage container with people streaming in and out. Inside the container they will find The Scarlet Cord, an award-winning exhibit by artist Pamela Alderman. The exhibit, which opens January 23 and runs through February 1, will be open from 10am to 9pm each day and admission will be free. The Scarlet Cord is presented by StreetLightUSA, a Phoenix-based nonprofit specializing in providing care for child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. Our editor...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it is played. There will be live music, great food, national sports broadcasts, and even a...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it is played. There will be...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it...

For five days beginning next Wednesday, downtown Phoenix will play host to an expected one million visitors, all anxious to be part of the unparalleled hype that surrounds the Super Bowl each year wherever it is played. There will be live music, great food, national sports broadcasts, and even a giant climbing wall reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. Those who wander a few blocks north towards Roosevelt Row will find something else that may seem out of place: a 40-foot storage container with people streaming in and out. Inside the container they will find The Scarlet Cord, an award-winning exhibit by artist...

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Being Good Neighbors
November 5, 2015 0 3

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks on the door make the crew rethink their timing. This home belongs to an elderly lady who heard about Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TNHN) through...

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks on the door make the crew rethink their timing. This home belongs to an elderly...

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks...

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks on the door make the crew rethink their timing. This...

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks on the door make the crew rethink their timing. This...

It’s 7:00 a.m. and the volunteers are ready to work; one has even started pulling weeds in the front yard. But a few unanswered knocks on the door make the crew rethink their timing. This home belongs to an elderly lady who heard about Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TNHN) through a friend. A few minutes later, that same friend arrives and informs the group leader that the side gate is unlocked. Volunteers grab their rakes, ladders, and bags and make their way to the backyard. Everyone somehow knows their task and immediately starts removing the accrual of pine needles from...

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