50 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Phoenix

To be honest, our thoughts on Thanksgiving tend to align with one Wednesday Addams circa 1993. We know we're not alone there — nor are we alone in recognizing the holiday as, well, incredibly problematic. (We'll refer you to Chescaleigh for further explanation.) But with mild pyromania and general rage at bay, we know there's a lot to be thankful for — especially when it comes to living in Phoenix. Here are 50 reasons why we're feeling thankful in no particular order.

50. Phoenicians love Roosevelt Row so much, they're willing to protest against coming changes to the arts district.

Roosevelt Row was recognized for its First Friday art walks.
Roosevelt Row was recognized for its First Friday art walks.

49. And locals aren't the only ones paying RoRo attention. The American Planning Association named the neighborhood was among 15 great places in America.

Are you ready for Santarchy 2015?
Are you ready for Santarchy 2015?

48. Every December, Santas run rampant through Scottsdale.

Dangos by Jun Kaneko exhibited in the Rental Car Center at Sky Harbor International Airport.
Dangos by Jun Kaneko exhibited in the Rental Car Center at Sky Harbor International Airport.

47. Phoenix Sky Harbor has the best airport name ever — and it showcases stellar art. 

Beatrice Moore loves crafts-inspired, childlike assemblage.
Beatrice Moore loves crafts-inspired, childlike assemblage.

46. Grand Avenue is keeping it weird, thanks to Beatrice Moore.

Ferryman's Crossing by Bruce Munro installed at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Ferryman's Crossing by Bruce Munro installed at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

45. British light artist Bruce Munro's work is everywhere.

Entrance to Northlight Gallery on the west side of Grant Street Studios.
Entrance to Northlight Gallery on the west side of Grant Street Studios.
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44. The warehouse district is on the up and up, thanks to ASU's art galleries, mattresses, and Michael Levine.

Michael Levine is rehabbing downtown Phoenix's Beth Hebrew Synagogue.EXPAND
Michael Levine is rehabbing downtown Phoenix's Beth Hebrew Synagogue.

43. Levine's also hard at work restoring the Beth Hebrew Synagogue — and we can't wait to see the finished project.

Will Forte (far right) at Crescent Ballroom's first-ever bean burrito eating contest.EXPAND
Will Forte (far right) at Crescent Ballroom's first-ever bean burrito eating contest.

42. Will Forte hits up our burrito-eating contests.

Clyde Tombaugh at a Zeiss Blink Comparator in Flagstaff, 1935.
Clyde Tombaugh at a Zeiss Blink Comparator in Flagstaff, 1935.
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41. Some pretty stellar scientific discoveries have been made in our backyard.

Created in Phoenix, rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) is used on many highways throughout the state.
Created in Phoenix, rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) is used on many highways throughout the state.
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40. And our inventors are pretty impressive, too.

Hy-View consists of mostly mid-century homes and offers easy access to hiking and bike trails.
Hy-View consists of mostly mid-century homes and offers easy access to hiking and bike trails.

39. Our neighborhoods are gorgeous. 

Some say the "Hotline Bling" video is more than an homage to Arizona artist James Turrell.
Some say the "Hotline Bling" video is more than an homage to Arizona artist James Turrell.

38. Drake is inspired by one of our state's most notable artists. Okay, maybe a little more than inspired, but still.

The Arizona DeLorean Club awaited Back to the Future Day for years.EXPAND
The Arizona DeLorean Club awaited Back to the Future Day for years.
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37. We take Back to the Future Day as seriously as we damn well please.

Stine might've titled her story: It Came from Reddit!
Stine might've titled her story: It Came from Reddit!

36. Maggie Goldenberger, a.k.a. The Ermahgerd Girl, is all grown up and calls Phoenix home.

35. Our tourist attractions are so cool we don't even need out-of-towners as an excuse to visit them.

34. There are plenty of places to party and catch a great show.

Mellow out at one of Phoenix's top spas.
Mellow out at one of Phoenix's top spas.

33. And anytime we need a break, we know our spas offer world-class treatments.

32. Phoenix is a great place to be a single woman.

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31. Or a single dude.

30. But if you're looking to meet someone, there are great places to do just that.

29. If things go well, you might be in the market for a stellar starter home

Taliesin West was the house Frank Lloyd Wright for his winter home.
Taliesin West was the house Frank Lloyd Wright for his winter home.
Evie Carpenter

28. Speaking of real estate, these iconic properties are evidence that Phoenix is a hotbed for stellar architecture.

Work from "Maybe Tomorrow, Darling" at Modified Arts.
Work from "Maybe Tomorrow, Darling" at Modified Arts.

27. Phoenix is a great place for young artists to get their start

26. And Phoenix seems to be on its way to becoming a place where artists can establish long-term careers.


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