Stacey Champion's Between Here and There

Stacey Champion's Between Here and There
Stacey Champion

Artist: Stacey Champion
Medium: Digital Photography

For those of you not familiar with Downtown Phoenix, there's downtown and then there's "downtown" downtown (downtown2). Living in the Coronado Historic District, compared to other cities where I've lived, I would consider where I live to be midtown, as it's north of the 10 freeway, but for suburb dwellers, I just say downtown so I don't confuse them.

So why is downtown so split off from downtown2? Well, that's a good question... Though the main answer in my eyes is what you see above. Vacant lots. Lots of them. Lots of lots. Dirt lots. Many of them city owned. Many of the others being land-banked by people who don't live in downtown OR downtown2. More ...

The countdown to 
Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

Imagine PHX, so far: 
100: Steven Revering's Westward Ho
99: Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography 

98:  William LeGoullon's Table

97.  Jason Hill's Phoenix Financial Center

89.  Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain

88.  Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang  

87.  Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix

86.  Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper

85.  Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape  

84.  Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact

83.  Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen

82.  Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel

81.  Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur

80.  Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast

79.  Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows

78.  Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre

77.  Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee

76.  Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell

75.  Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3

74.  Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro

73.  Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp

72.  Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center

70.  Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound

66.  Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest

43.  Jill Johnson's Downtown Is ...

39.  Sebastien Millon's "Phoenix. It's Fabulous."

And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email

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