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There is a lot of talk about new large solar projects coming to Arizona; most of which are planned for rural areas. Much of the discussion is about the benefits to the State from this new development, but what does it actually mean to the regions and communities that are housing these projects? Should these communities want the new power station and all the activity that comes with it during construction and beyond?
Weighing in at over 110 tons, the shiny and seamless stainless steel plates of Chicago’s infamous “Bean,” otherwise known as Cloud Gate, attract people from all over the world to catch a glimpse of its metallic enormity. St. Louis’s Gateway Arch demands the attention of visitors as a focal point for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and a tribute to western expansion. Up the California coastline, San Francisco’s Hearts decorate multiple avenues of the city to display the work of individual artists in annual fundraising efforts. We all benefit from public art ─ it encourages engagement within the culture of our cities and provokes the community to connect and appreciate art.
Arizona uniquely offers its own public art identity ─ our beauty is not limited to desert landscape.
“Key projects are ones that expand the function of facilities,” said Ed Lebow, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program director.
Arizona’s public art strives to bridge the connection between beauty and utility. It can be seen through the reactivation of vacant lots, landscape architecture on freeways, renovated storefronts, sculptures, or anything that aims to expand Arizona’s artful character. Read more
Our editor-in-chief Tishin Donkersley shares 8 different ways you can have a healthy, green Halloween!
100 billion plastic bags are used every year, and only 9 percent of them are being recycled. Tishin Donkersley tells all about how plastics are trashing our oceans and what you can do to help.
BY BARBI WALKER
You’ve biked around the neighborhood, maybe to a local business, but you are looking for something more, adventurous or with more of a view than cement driveways – where to go? Luckily, there are many bike-friendly spots in Arizona. In fact, Bicycling magazine named Tempe, Scottsdale, and Tucson in their top 50 of America’s Best Bike Cities. Both Outside and National Geographic magazines listed Tucson as a top bicycling city.
More recognition and praise for Arizona came from The League of American Bicyclists, which gave awards to eight of Arizona’s cities for being bike-friendly communities (BFC) – and this isn’t an easy win. In order to receive an award from the League (much like the Olympics’ gold, silver or bronze), cities need to meet an extensive list of criteria, which includes the “Five E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation – and Planning.”
It’s the start of the school year and back-to-school shopping is well under way. Tishin Donkersley, talks about some eco products to stock up on.