Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times: Home Echh

By Ray Stern

The front of this preschool building on McDowell just east of 44th Street doesn't look much better — a blotch of painted-over graffiti stains the wall near the front door. Sadly, this sign symbolizes the state of too many homes in the Valley, both in terms of appearance and the functionality of the families inside.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.