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50 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Phoenix

To be honest, our thoughts on Thanksgiving tend to align with Wednesday Addams circa 1993. We know we're not alone there — nor are we alone in recognizing the holiday as, well, super problematic. (Please see Chescaleigh for further explanation.) But with mild pyromania and general rage at bay, we know there's a lot to be happy about. In no particular order, here are 50 reasons why we're feeling thankful to live in Phoenix.

50. The Valley is home to countless creatives — and every other year, we're lucky enough to talk with 100 of them.

49. Seemingly against all odds, Mesa is developing quite the vibrant arts scene.

48. Every December, Santas run rampant through Scottsdale.


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

46. Postcommodity, an art collective with Phoenix roots, will show at the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

45. The warehouse district just keeps getting artier, thanks to ASU and Michael Levine.

44. Finally! There's a full-blown Sephora within city limits


43. Speaking of beauty, our nail artists continue pushing the boundaries of the medium (and cuticles, too).

42. Scottsdale gallery Art One has been supporting up-and-coming local artists for 23 years.

41. Some pretty stellar scientific discoveries have been made in our backyard.

40. And our inventors are impressive, too.

39. Our neighborhoods are gorgeous. 

38. We have an entire festival devoted to zines.

37. It's been a year of tough transition for Roosevelt Row, but at least those god-awful planters are gone.

36. Fall means highs of 80, a.k.a. dreamy light sweater weather.

35. Our tourist attractions are so dope we visit them regardless of towing along out-of-towners.

34. Two words: "Chaos Theory."

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

32. Twenty artists with ties to Arizona will show work during Art Basel in Miami Beach this year.

31. We do Día de los Muertos right.

30. From wheatpaste to digital art, our creative set is ready to take on Donald Trump. 

29. Feminist comedians are taking the Phoenix scene into their own hands.

28. Phoenix is a hotbed for stellar architecture. These iconic properties are all the proof you need.

27. It was touch and go for a minute, but Arizona Theatre Company got the funding it needed to produce its 50th season.

26. From fantasy to sci-fi, our local authors are worthy of a spot on your nightstand. 


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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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