Things To Do In Phoenix

Stuff to be entertained in Phoenix.  This can be biking, hiking, shopping, the arts or even a walk.

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The Phoenix Trolley Museum

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 3:38pm. 1265 Views, 0 Comments.

The Phoenix Light Rail may seem new, but its really a rebirth of a mode of transportation which used to exist in Phoenix. Central Phoenix used to have an extensive trolley system which was removed with the advent of the automobile. It's too bad that that happened, but at lease some people had the foresight and fortitude to preserve what was left. This was done by The Phoenix Trolley project.

The Phoenix Trolley project was started in 1975 by a group of individuals who purchased one of the last remaining bodies of an original Phoenix Streetcar. The project became a Museum and was established as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation in 1978. Since that time, a Car Barn has been constructed, and Streetcar #116 has been partially restored and made operational.…

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A Video Of Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden In Downtown Phoenix

Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 8:52am. 1109 Views, 1 Comments.

Phoenix is lucky to have so many active people looking after it and most of us are lucky to have them and the resulting beautiful city that Phoenix is becoming after so many decades of wrong. Unfortunately past residents destroyed what would have made this city truly cosmopolitan: for instance Japanese flower growers in south Phoenix or China down in the warehouse district or the dozens of magnificent historic homes and icons of modernism that have been liquidated.

None the less what is left is, for the most, part, being preserved and often re-purposed. Urban life in Phoenix compared to just a decade or two ago is much better. The boom helped. 

One of those gems is the magnificent Japanese Friendship garden in downtown Phoenix. It is a 3.5 acre…

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Fall Colors Video Of North Central Phoenix

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 8:04am. 917 Views, 0 Comments.

Fall in Central Phoenix is warm and beautiful with lots of colors from all sorts of trees. A drive on Central Avenue or a run under the canoppy of Ash trees along Murphy's Bridle Path is almost magical, so is the crinkle of leaves under the foot or bicycle tire and the smell of flora of fall.

Below is a short video of what you can see now while in Central Phoenix.


I like the music too. It's bursting and vibrant just like the colors: bassy, clean and inspiring.

Instead of watching the video, get on your bike and see these colors and leaves live, crunch them under you wheels and smell them as the aroma fills the air.

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The Perfect Weather For A Hike In The Phoenix Mountains

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 5:32pm. 618 Views, 0 Comments.

With the fall season upon us Central Phoenix is in the midst of a beautiful colorful scene. Just a drive down Central Ave will perk up anyone's mood. The colors are extraordinary as the Ash trees loose their foliage. 

This is also the season to do some searious hiking. We're lucky here in Phoenix that even in the bustling central city area there is a huge mountain range, the Phoenix Mountains, that are home to miles upon miles of hiking trails with many tall peaks reaching into the sky and to those who venture up their rocky sizes and make it to the top, beautiful views and amazing sunsets.


I'm lucky to live next to the preserve and I make it a point to hike and run it alone or with my smooth fox terriers as often as I can, at least 3-4 times a…

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Urban Bike, Giant Coffee in Midtown Phoenix

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 1:27pm. 911 Views, 0 Comments.

A cycling trip to the newly opened Giant Coffee near the Phoenix Art Museum This is an urban Phoenix blog originally posted at PhoenixMarketTrends and now move here.urban_bike_giant_coffee_2_440Giant Coffee just opened recently and I've had several chances to have some coffee there and lounge around: once by car and twice by bike.
I like the bike part better because it just feels right to ride up to this modern contemporary building lay the bike against the wall along the the many others and walk into the fully opened front while fuses the interior and exterior space together.
It's the openness and fairly nice interior that make this place quite pleasant to be in: it's got the looks and feel of a truly great place: add to that friendly service and good, not great,…

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Urban Bike To Downtown Scottsdale

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 5:54pm. 833 Views, 0 Comments.

The trip distance both ways from my house to Downtown Scottsdale: 41 miles, with some small detours. The destination was arbitrary. I figured Cartel Coffee was going to be open so I headed toward it from the North side of Mummy Mountain then down the streets near Scottsdale Road through places like the under ground parking and interior courtyard under Camelview Plaza where I saw  at least a dozen people being pulled by their dogs.


Scottsdale on a Sunday morning is pretty empty, but not completely. When I rode by The Breakfast Club all seats were full and it looked like a bunch of people were waiting for their turn at some morning grub. It must be good. After some here and there, I decided to have a latte to go at Cartel Coffee. I like this Cartel…

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Beet Up At Cartel Coffee Lab In Scottsdale

Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:40pm. 732 Views, 0 Comments.

urban foodYes, beet is spelled correctly: beet as in that beautiful dark burgundy root vegetable so dear to my Central European heart. I love beets so when the recently opened Cartel Coffee Lab got a new lunch menu which included a beet salad, I took a chance and had it.

Not really a chance. I've had many of their culinary choices in Downtown Phoenix which are excellent: Try the omelet or the Big Ben or even a simply yet awesome BLT.

Intermission: What's a salad review doing on the real estate website? What's a city without food? The better the food the better the city, the lifestyle and I bet it's good for real estate prices as well, just look at what La Grande Orange did for the 40th Street and Campbell area.

Greens, red onion, roasted beets, cherry…

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Urban Phoenix Parks, Coronado Park

Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:38pm. 808 Views, 0 Comments.

When I visited Coronado Park in the Coronado historic district the tennis courts were full, there were people doing Thai chi on the tree shaded grass, a family was feeding pigeons and several people were exercising and stretching. The public pool was empty closed for season.


The main field was filled with water, the irrigation had filled it full and it looked like a lake, maybe a shallow swamp with wild grasses strewn throughout it. If you can narrow your vision like the photo below, you could be somewhere else, but this is the middle of the city, the middle of one of the older Phoenix historic districts with home from the early 20th century: homes over 100 years sold still standing and full of life, in fact invigorated by a new influx of…

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Sunday Coffee At Cartel Coffee Lab in Downtown Scottsdale

Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:33pm. 710 Views, 0 Comments.

cartel_coffee_lab_scottsdale_578A Sunday morning in an almost empty quite and recently opened Cartel Coffee Lab in what used to be Sola Coffee Bar which I never visited.

The interior is awesome. With several couches, lots of seating ares and plenty of tables: 3 large ones in fact. Enough to spread out for a few hours of working or sitting and reading the newest book good enough to actually be read.

It's at once elegant, modern and rough. Probably the use of natural materials like wood and steel and the concrete floor all lit by a warm glow of several spot lights.

It feels warm and inviting, a comfortable place to be and enjoy some of the best coffee in town, though the food selection on Sunday sparse. This is actually good for those trying to avoid the temptation of those…

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Urban Bike: Sonoran Bikeway on 3rd Avenue

Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 10:30am. 3660 Views, 0 Comments.

The fifty mile bicycle route meanders, in part, through the lush green streets of Central Phoenix, under the canopy of huge trees, expansive irrigated lots and historic homes.sonoran_bike_way_430

The Phoenix Sonoran Bike-way is a 50 mile route stretching between Cave Creek and South Mountain with much of it going right down the center of Phoenix except for when it splits down Cave Creed Rd. or Dreamy Draw only to meet again close to Loop 101.

The photo on the right is from part of the Bikeway in North Central Phoenix along 3rd ave. South of Maryland.  Heading south this route ends at a cul-de-sac with a narrow passage to allow bicyclist through between two homes. Since this is an older part of the city the landscape is lush and green creating a very un-desert…

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