A Letter From South Phoenix, Where Two Pandemics ‘Have Turned American Life Feral’

Raising a Black and Brown Family Here Was Complicated, Even Before COVID Struck

Thank God for the sun. Its excessive heat has forced the ants, flies, and cockroaches to retreat under the electric boxes planted around the neighborhood jungle gym I call “Dope Bag Park.” (It gets its name because frequently I’ll see cellphones glow and lighters flicker under the slide as dope dealers and smokers lounge, disguised by the night; come dawn, little plastic bags holding on to the faint smell of weed will remain, blowing onto my front doorstep.) Although insects are no longer a nuisance in the Arizona heat, the …

Phoenix Is a Survivor

This City in the Sonoran Desert Is an Old Hand at Grappling with Its Thirst for Water and Electricity

The fact that people question Phoenix’s existence has been good for the city. That was the headline lesson from Tuesday night’s Zócalo/ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions event, …

Here Are the Biggest Reasons Why the Southwest Keeps Expanding

Phoenix and Other Cities in the Region Have Flourished, Thanks to Dams, Clean Government, and Just Plain Good Timing

In places where the average temperature climbs to 105 degrees in July, it’s easy to understand the importance of air conditioning. Was it cooler and more comfortable living that drew …

12 News Phoenix Political Reporter Brahm Resnik

He’ll Guess Your Neck Size, and He’ll Probably Be Right

Brahm Resnik hosts Sunday Square Off, a political talk show, and covers politics and government for 12 News in Phoenix. Before moderating a panel on Goldwater libertarianism’s legacy, he talked …

City of Phoenix Educator Tim Valencia

An Unexpected Horseman

Tim Valencia is the youth and education program manager for the City of Phoenix. Before participating in a panel on why Arizona is holding back third graders, he confessed to …