Lawrence W. Cheek


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  • 26 years ago | Longform

    A forlorn picket shuffles listlessly across the forecourt of America West Arena, trying to rain a little conscience on the crowd celebrating the opening of this entertainment palace. His sign reads: $$$ TO BUILD ARENA BUT NO XXX FOR HOUSING No one...

  • 26 years ago | Longform

    ARCHITECTS WOULD always rather start with a clean slate-a nice, bare patch of dirt with no other buildings crowded around it, and no architectural masterpieces in the neighborhood that a new kid would either have to bow to or fight with. When the ...

  • 27 years ago | Longform

    When fast feeders locate on a strip shopping center's pad, the design review boards force them to sing in tune with the strip's colors and materials-to use blue roof tiles, for example, if same are in the backdrop. This doesn't necessarily mean go...

  • 27 years ago | Longform

    AMERICA MAKES the best fast food in the world. This is not an oxymoron. It is one overlooked point of light in our black hole of economic gloom. No Russian morozhenoye franchises are popping up in downtown Phoenix, even though ice cream might be m...

  • 27 years ago | News

    IT BURSTS OUT of the asphalt steppes at McDowell and Scottsdale roads like a Dada stage set, a crazed, skewed, hallucinatory caricature of pueblo architecture. Part nightmare, part cartoon, it looks like it might have been designed by a committee ...

  • 28 years ago | News

    Andy Conlin can't decide whether he's happy or wary about the antiwar demonstration that turned up at Arizona Center shortly after its November opening. "I was flattered," says the Rouse Company's Phoenix point man at first, "because it showed tha...


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