Nice article boyz, I couldn't agree more with the two downtown/central phx dimensions. If only we could be more like "other cities" and bring them together instead of this cliquiness. Perfect example: 2nd st/washington area where Bar Smith is. You have the white electro-hipster scene and then the Latin club/hip hop scene literally right next door. Neither party would dare even nodding their head's at one another, and no one wants to mix and match cuz everyone's so damn comfortable with their own scene. That, to me, is part of why this city does not have a "central" mentality and real cultural "core". It's the high school "cliquiness" that still permeates... Why? Maybe it's cuz most Phoenicians are from somewhere else, or just that we have caught the infectious california syndrome somewhere along the way of building our city. it's like this "beverly-hills-rollin-in-my-expedition-that-i-didnt-buy-now-let's-go-only-where-we-know-and-kick-it-with-out-clique-and-make-fun-of-other-groups" isolated attitude... I'm not trash talking my city. I love my city, I just want to point out what I think are some challenges that we need to overcome to make it even greater. I actually have been seeing things get much better... people are really branching out and 2011 is the year for us, no doubt! Now I just want to start seeing college kids feeling accepted at Conspire or Trunkspace and anarchist-punks chillin' at Casey Moores or Martini Ranch (i know that's scotts/tempe, but whatever) with no issues... long way to go (:
by the way, great set the other night at Rhythm Room!