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In a year where so many words have been devoted to the notion of building that giant wall, how about we change the conversation and, instead, thank our neighbors to the south for all the ways that Mexico makes life better for us here in the Valley of the Sun. It's a fast two-hour drive (okay, you might have to speed a little) from the outskirts of Phoenix to the edge of Nogales, but in so many ways, our metropolis bumps right up against Mexico, borrowing language, art, music, sports, food, love, and more. The influences in Tucson and Yuma may be more obvious, but they're here in Phoenix, too, everywhere from kindergartens to university classrooms, on the streets and in high-rise office board rooms. They're hidden, at times, and often with good cause. But we're here to shout it from the rooftops. Turn the pages of the 38th annual edition of New Times' Best of Phoenix as we tear down a few walls, celebrating the best hearts, minds, and culture this city has to offer.


En un año en el que tantas palabras se han dedicado a la idea de la construcción de ese muro gigante, qué tal si cambiamos la conversación y en cambio damos gracias a nuestros vecinos del sur por todas las formas en que México enriquece la vida para nosotros aquí en el Valle del Sol. Es un viaje rápido de dos horas (de acuerdo, puede que tenga que acelerar un poco) de las afueras de Phoenix hasta la frontera de Nogales, pero en muchos sentidos, nuestra metrópolis se entrelaza con México, absorbiendo el lenguaje, el arte, la música, los deportes, la gastronomía, el amor, y mucho más. Puede ser que las influencias en Tucson y Yuma son más evidentes, pero también están aquí en Phoenix, en los salones de kinder hasta las aulas universitarias, en las calles y también en los edificios de oficinas. Estas influencias deben ocultarse, a veces, y con razón. Pero estamos aquí para revelar que existen y hacer que se conozcan a los cuatro vientos. Te invitamos a explorar las páginas de la edición anual número 38 de New Times' Lo Mejor de Phoenix, donde vamos a derribar algunas fronteras, y celebrar algunos de los mejores corazones, las mejores mentes, y la cultura que esta ciudad puede ofrecernos.


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ESSAY
A Tale of Two Places: What Is a Border Town? | Una historia de dos sitios: ¿Que es una ciudad fronteriza?
by Alberto Ríos

AS TOLD TO ROBRT PELA
Jose Cardenas of KAET’s Horizonte Has a Front-Row Seat to Latino Culture in Phoenix

Casandra Hernandez Faham of CALA Initiatives Thinks Arizona Needs to Create a New Vision of Itself

Playwright Guillermo Reyes Thinks Phoenix Theaters Need to Shine More Light on Latino Culture

Columnist and Author Linda Valdez Understands That Love Knows No Borders


Fun & Games

ESSAY
Is Arizona Actually Now "Open For Business" When It Comes to Relations with Mexico? | ¿Es cierto que Arizona esta dispuesto a hacer negocios cuando se trata de las relaciones con Mexico?
by James Ahlers

AS TOLD TO ROBRT PELA
Angelina Ramirez of Flamenco Por La Vida on How Flamenco Is a Lifestyle


Goods & Services

ESSAY
How the Crafty Chica Started an Empire with a Blog, the Phoenix Latino Community, and a Lot of Glitter | Como la Crafty Chica Comenzo un Imperio con un Blog, la Comunidad Latina de Phoenix, y Mucha Brillantina
by Kathy Cano-Murillo

AS TOLD TO ROBRT PELA
Jose David Chavarria Jiminez of Mundo Piñata Found Success, Happiness in Putting Donald Trump's Face on a Piñata

Miguel Guerrero of Miguel’s Beauty Salon Knows Going to the Salon Is About More Than Cutting Hair


Food & Drink

ESSAYS
Tacos, Tortillas, and Family: Mexican Food Is the Uniting Force in Phoenix | Tacos, Tortillas, Y Familia: La Comida Mexicana Es La Fuerza Unificadora En Phoenix
by Patricia Escárcega

The Problem With Tequila: Mezcal May Be Endangered in Both Phoenix and Mexico | El problema con el tequila: El mezcal podría estar en peligro de extincion tanto en Phoenix y Mexico
by Minerva Orduño Rincón

AS TOLD TO ROBRT PELA
Aureliano Dominguez Had To Fight To Make Sonoran Hot Dogs Legal in Phoenix

Armando Hernandez of Tacos Chiwas on Making Good Tacos, Not Just Cheap Ones

Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva Is Introducing Phoenix to Mexican Wine — Good Mexican Wine

Bibi and Veronica Canales of Fair Trade Cafe Are Baristas, Not Robots


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ESSAY
How One Mexican Gay Woman Found Home in a Phoenix Nightclub | Como Una Mujer Mexicana Gay Encontró Su Segunda Casa en un Club Nocturno de Phoenix
by Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza

AS TOLD TO ROBRT PELA
Salvador Ojeda Wants To Keep Mariachi from Disappearing in Phoenix

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