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A mural honoring Cesar Chavez
Millions in federal grant money will go to help revitalize historic neighborhoods west of Sky Harbor that were hurt by airport expansion. The grant for more than $10.2 million will pay to add miles of sidewalk that is compliant with federal disability law.
Jun. 23, 2023
Legend City amusement park in Tempe
Less than a decade after Disneyland opened in California, Phoenix got its own magic kingdom of sorts: Legend City. Through our Q&AZ project, a listener asked what was Legend City like, and why did it shut down?
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Jun. 21, 2023
Juneteenth event at the Arizona Heritage Center
In Tempe, the Arizona Historical Society hosted its annual Juneteenth Community Celebration on Sunday to honor African American history and culture.
Jun. 18, 2023
Tovrea Castle East Patio
A man accused of causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the historic Tovrea Castle was arrested by Phoenix police last week, officials said Friday. Police say 46-year-old Matthew Anderson broke into the castle near 50th and Van Buren streets in May.
Jun. 5, 2023
The post office in Winslow, Arizona.
Last month, Architectural Digest published a list of the world’s 11 most beautiful post offices. The list included what one might expect — ornate buildings found in international cities like Algiers and Mexico City — but it also included a post office one might not expect.
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Jun. 5, 2023
Ahwatukee sign
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: What does Ahwatukee mean?
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May. 29, 2023
Lynn Downey, author of American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West
The Show spoke with Lynn Downey, an archivist, historian, and author of the book "American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West." In it, she traces the long and storied history of the dude ranch, America’s original western vacation.
May. 11, 2023
Closed entrance
A special viewing of the 1989 movie, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” will be held at the former Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix.
May. 10, 2023
A new exhibit by art students at Hamilton High School in Chandler has opened at the city’s museum. The project is a direct response by students to an existing installation of documentary photography capturing Dust Bowl migrants on their journey from the central plains through Arizona and on to California.
May. 9, 2023
On the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix is a room filled with Arizona history dating back to territorial days. The James H. McClintock collection includes 2,000 photos, 15 scrapbooks and 33 linear feet of files.
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May. 1, 2023
Jennifer Kuller
The patio dress is an icon in Southwestern fashion history with its light cotton fabric and three-tired flowing skirt. These 1950s-style dresses or sets feature bright colors, Southwestern patterns and fancy rick-rack trim. Two Arizona designers made them popular midcentury when Southwestern tourism was booming and Western styles abounded.
Apr. 28, 2023
Phoenix City Hall
The city of Phoenix will officially recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The new city holiday was approved during Wednesday’s council meeting.
Apr. 20, 2023
A bola tie
Bola ties have been Arizona’s official state neckwear since 1971. They have a distinctly western feel, so it makes sense that the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg has such a large collection — about 300 — of them.
Apr. 19, 2023
metrocenter mall
Phoenix residents with fond memories of the former Metrocenter Mall will get a chance to say goodbye during a public party. Fans of the 1989 movie “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which was partially filmed at Metrocenter, can enjoy it again.
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Apr. 14, 2023
Turf Paradise
Turf Paradise, the historic horse-racing facility in Phoenix, is up for sale.
Apr. 14, 2023
Ken Koshio
Every morning for the past three years, Ken Koshio has been waking up before sunrise to hike Phoenix's Piestewa Peak.
Apr. 10, 2023
Plaque that reads, "This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior"
A group of residents and business owners along Grand Avenue in Phoenix wants the city to stop plans to turn a church into apartments.
Apr. 4, 2023
Biruni Hariadi
Country music in the West and poetry reverberate the sounds of spring in this episode of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Apr. 2, 2023
S’edav Va’aki Museum volunteer mudslinging
Once a month, while weather allows, volunteers gather at S’edav Va’aki in Phoenix to throw mud at an over 800-year-old structure. Its outside walls are vulnerable to erosion from wind and rain, and the mudslinging helps keep it standing.
Mar. 31, 2023
LOOKOUT PHX is an online newsletter
"When I moved back here two years ago, I noticed that all the queer news that I used to go to as a kid was gone," said Joseph Darius Jaafari, a reporter with the Arizona Republic. In January, he founded LOOKOUT PHX, an online LGBTQ newsletter on Substack
Mar. 28, 2023


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