Last week’s games
01/22/09 Bulls 115, SUNS 104
01/23/09 SUNS 112, Warriors 103
01/25/09 Jazz 124, SUNS 115
01/26/09 Bobcats 114, SUNS 109
This week’s games
01/28/09 SUNS vs Mavericks, 8:30 p.m., TNT
01/31/09 SUNS @ Rockets, 5 p.m., My45
02/01/09 SUNS @ Hornets, 6 p.m., My45
02/03/09 SUNS @ Nuggets, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know
These lyrics from The Clash describe how I feel about the current situation with All Star Power Forward/Center Amar’e Stoudemire and the only team he has ever played for, the Phoenix Suns. If he stays, he’ll have to agree to take less than the max. If he goes, he’ll more than likely get the max from some foolish team. If he leaves, there will be trouble, as there are still plenty of Suns fans that like him and would like him to remain a member of the Suns. If he stays, it will be double, as even more people think Stoudemire isn’t worth the max and it’s time for both parties to part ways. So, I’d like someone to come on and let me know, preferably sooner rather than later.
If I had to guess now, I’d say the Suns will move Stoudemire before the February 18th trade deadline. Is this what I want? Not really. Do I understand where Phoenix is coming from? Yes.
I’d love for the Suns to keep Stoudemire, but not if he won’t take less money. He’s simply not worth that. Originally, I thought Amar’e would be willing to play in Phoenix for less, however it’s not looking that way now. He has the tools to be a max guy, but he doesn’t bring it every night and that’s the frustrating thing. Amar’e will put together games where he gives you 25 points and 13 rebounds, but then there will be those nights where he barely cracks double figures scoring and pulls down three boards. If STAT expects to make the same as guys like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, he needs to bring it every night.
Last week, I defended keeping this team together. I said we shouldn’t blow things up. I still believe that, but I wouldn’t be against shaking things up, which we could do by dealing Stoudemire. The Suns just have to do things wisely. Don’t dump Stoudemire just for cash. Hold out until some team gives us the perfect combination of young talent, draft picks and cap space. If the Suns play their cards right, they can turn this Stoudemire situation into something special for the present and the future.
Currently, we hold the ninth seed out West. Only a few games separate us from the fourth spot. If the Suns trade Stoudemire for someone like Antawn Jamison of the Washington Wizards, we’d still have enough talent to make some noise out West.
We don’t own our draft pick (it was part of a previous trade) for the upcoming draft, so I believe getting into the playoffs this year is essential. We can’t afford to give a young, upcoming team (Oklahoma City) out West a lottery pick. So, Steve Kerr, I beg you, do the right thing. Don’t talk to the Spurs, Bulls, Pistons or Cavaliers. They have nothing to offer that can help us now or in the future. Only listen to the Nets if they’re willing to either part with Brook Lopez or their first-round pick this year (unprotected!). Listen to Miami, Washington, Houston and Minnesota, but wait it out until one of them makes the perfect pitch.
The Suns have plenty of options available to them. Hopefully, they choose the right one.
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
409 W. Jackson St. in SoDo/Warehouse
If you’ve ever stepped foot in the Icehouse, you know it’s a relic from the Phoenix of old. The open cathedral entrance, grandiose in scheme, depicts the kind of early 20th century architecture that is rare form for Phoenix. Constructed in 1910, the building was first known as the Constable Ice Storage building (hence the name it was rechristened most recently).
The loading dock of the building, now a functional outdoor space for filming and photo shoots, was the original loading point for trains and trucks transporting produce heading east. The site manufactured 300-pound blocks of ice, used to keep the mobile storage units cool. Jackson Street, right on the tracks, was the perfect location for such a facility.
The building itself, broken up into several warehouse-sized rooms, is made of reinforced concrete. The pedimented temple front entrance (now known as the Cathedral Room), facing Jackson Street, is indeed part of the original structure. The structural piers on 4th Avenue remain in excellent condition. The building, converted for different uses over and over, retains its shell, which turns 100 this year.
Though it was used for years as a storage facility for the Phoenix Police Department, it has been a transitional arts space since 1990. Hardly turnkey, the building is purposefully intended to be a blank canvas for artists, performers and clients to create their own vision.
Sources: Phoenix Historic Building Survey by Charles Hall Page and Associates, Sep. 1979; The Icehouse
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If you love the smell of Pad Thai and chillin’ with the business class, Wild Thaiger is your place. At least that is what my first thought was when clamoring through the front door. Plus, any place that adorns its walls with tiger faces must be amazing.
Nestled up on Central Avenue just south of Thomas, this place is supposedly one of the premier Thai food destinations in the Valley. From the smells that had my nose tingling, I would agree. Honestly, I had not ever tasted Thai food until I moved out here. I suppose it is too racy for the South. Who knows.
Anyway, I decided to wet my whistle with a signature drink. Considering that Wild Thaiger seems to think highly enough of a drink to christen itself the same name, my palate felt certain to be riveted.
I felt that shocking my system with a little Tom Ka Gai was the perfect kick-start. Chicken soup in a light coconut broth sounds a little odd, but it absolutely rocked my gullet. Certainly the bar was set high for my imminent drink.
Garnished with a Three Musketeers fruit salad (an orange and a cherry speared with a blue sword), this drink was definitely not the manliest drink ever. A creation of spiced rum, orange and pineapple juices, Wild Thaiger had the makings of something quite tasty. I don’t feel like it delivered on the high hopes that I had set in mind. Not that it wasn’t good, but shouldn’t something that you prize enough to name your restaurant after be absolutely breathtaking? Honestly, if I’m going to brave the insults that can be lofted at me for ordering a girly drink like this, my taste buds had better vacation in the land of splendor. I expected to hear an angel chorus erupt and a tear to cling to my eye. Did any of this happen? Nope. To be honest, I struggled a little to finish it off.
From what I witnessed, you should definitely come here to have the food conquer your appetite, but maybe you should wait on their signature drink.
The Wild Thaiger couldn’t drag me away… all right, I apologize but it had to be done.
Wild Thaiger is located at 2631 N. Central Ave. in Midtown — light rail station at Central/Thomas. 602.241.8995
CenPhoCamp’s inaugural run showcased some great discussion and important opinions about Phoenix, media, communication, the Web and so much more. DPJ is encouraging those that attended to tweet their thoughts on the event (respond to @dtphxjournal or use #cenphocamp). We’ll post the responses here, in hopes that the discussions continue and connections are furthered.
@andrewkfromaz: it was a good resource for businesses to learn about social media and how to access their customers who use it.
@Chris_Coffel: best part about #cenphocamp was everyone drunk after at the Turf! Well except for me, I had my Sprite.
@kbump: That was some good networking y’all!
@SusanBaier: Nice to see so many folks from outside central Phoenix come to help, support, guide, build community at #CenPhoCamp.
@tdhurst: BEST EVENT OF ALL TIME.
@MoLo_: It was nice hearing local business owners give their opinions on what is important to them and how they are using “new media”.
@ModernRoots: Mixing social media with downtown Phx culture was a great idea. We loved the un-conference concept. Lack of corp BS appeal.
@KnitFrogger: Panel discussions needed more intro, and to stay on topic, though I got good struff from biz strategy at day’s end.
@cartelcoffeelab: [Great things:] Drinking copious amount of toddy, mingling w/ others, & the format of the un-conference which fostered great discussions.
@conrey: #cenphocamp was well organized, run, and had more than the usual twitter crowd show up – all successes in my eyes
@MissAnnieJ: I really enjoyed #cenphocamp – Helped me rethink how I use social media.
@FamilyPlanning: It was a great experience, as one of the few Non profits in attendance, it opened up the doors of possibility
@TheBrettWalker: #cenphocamp was really cool. I learned alot about how local businesses are adapting to social media to reach more people!
@matthewpetro: It was great to have a diverse collection of CenPho and non-CenPho residents get together and communicate at #cenphocamp.
@wconeybeer: @coneybeer convinced me to go to #cenphocamp, and I’m happy he did. Met some great new people and got some good biz insight!
@JoeManna: Great mixture of social media and non-social-media types. Enjoyed the small business owners’ input.
@srumery: #CenPhoCamp was a well organized event bringing together local business owners with technology innovators. A perfect match.
I recently figured out why I think living in neighborhoods with real streets is so important. Before I get started, I want to disclaim that I am not an urban planner, New Urbanism expert, population density wonk or really even that good at reading a map. I’m not some nut job who wants to turn every navigable roadway into a tree-lined pedestrian mall. I am just an average guy who loves living in the city.
I was telling my friend, a Gilbertian, that I walked from my friend’s house at Century Plaza to join friends at Fez. As I was telling her about my short walk, I noticed that I knew the names of all the streets between the two locations, and that I had a pretty good idea of what was located on each. This is in stark contrast to the experience of visiting my friend in her comfortably cul-de-sac’d neighborhood with one way in and one way out. My friend in Gilbert couldn’t name any of the other streets within a block of hers, because there was rarely, if ever, a reason to drive on them. As long as she knows her way on and off of the arterial road (in this case it is euphemistically called “Drive”) she is fine.
I used to think that what made the city special was the convenience of walking to and from the coffee shop and bumping into my pierced, artistic friends who just happened to be there at the same time. In fact, what I realized is that one of the biggest distinctions between Downtown and the suburbs is the way you drive in them. When I come home to my place in the city, I can choose one of 25 ways to get to my driveway. There is a complete grid of streets from which I can chose the most labyrinthine combination of turns to get to my destination, if I want to. I can choose how I want to experience my neighborhood in my car. I can choose what businesses I want to drive past, which types of buildings I want to drive by and which coffeehouses I want to drop in on.
In contrast, the suburban experience is all about control. Neighborhoods only have one way in and one way out. There is only one freeway exit within a reasonable distance of home. And, because you can only take arterial streets to get to your destination, you are cursed to drive past the same chain restaurants and stores that you would see on any other suburban arterial street anywhere else in the country. The suburban experience controls where you shop, where you drive, what it looks like. The suburbs tell you how you are supposed to experience your neighborhood.
The controlled experience of the suburbs is especially ironic since suburbs were originally designed for the freedom of country living within the reach of city dwellers. Just the opposite has happened. The suburbs are restricted places, and the core of the city is liberated.
Of course, of you already live Downtown, you know this. What I would encourage you to do is to take a different way home every day this week and experience your city the way people who live on streets with names like “Vista Del Mar” could never dream to.