Poalo Soleri, a...
Poalo Soleri, a Turinian born in 1919, moved to the United States in 1947, and began Arcosanti in 1970. This is a prototype town for 7,000 people located in Cordes Junction, in central Arizona. The project is based on his urban development concept of 'Arcology'architecture, an ecological architectural philosophy. advocating cities designed to maximize accessibility to the surrounding natural environment., while reducing to the minimum the use of energy, raw materials, land usage, waste and environmental pollution.
The prototype city he developed has been under construction since 1970, funded by the sale of his marvelous bronze and ceramic windchimes and through semester interns who pay for the “privilege” of working construction on this facility.
The setting is superbly fantastic, the architecture is interesting, the concept is fabulous, and the travel en route is outstanding. Make certain to include a visit on your travels through Arizona.
Hidden amongst the plain ranch houses and fake grass of Glendale is an oasis alluding to the city's past as a rural farming community.
Saguaro Ranch is run as a city park and features an orchard (grapefruit), historic ranchhouse, flower garden and small botanical garden. There is also a rather large resident population of chickens, as well as a small group of peacocks, roaming free on the grounds.
Admission is free and parking is ample. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially with kids.
59th Ave between Olive and Peoria.
The best way to see downtown Scottsdale (which you should not miss) is to take the trolley. That way you won't miss anything and you won't be too tired to shop.
"The trolley is a free circulator service traveling through Scottsdale’s historic Old Town, Main Street Arts District, Marshall Way Arts District, Fifth Avenue Shops and Scottsdale Fashion Square. "
Park at Fashion Square Mall and catch the trolley there. See the following map...
New York Pizza Sports Bar & Grille
This is a great place to visit if you are a Sport's Fan. This place is packed for games. There are Big Screen TV's everywhere. Their website says they have 100 TV's. I believe it!
Great New York Style Pizza, Buffalo Wings, Salad bar. This is a fun place to eat! If you are out this way stop in. Buffalo Wings- best I've had in the Valley
The Heard Museum
In a beautiful setting, The Heard Museum is a very nice museum dedicated to Native American art and culture in the U.S. This is one of the best Native American museum we have ever visited. Visit it when you are in town! See the art and learn about the culture of the tribes that have lived here in Arizona for generations. They have a wonderful collection of Kachina dolls,baskets,pottery, art and jewelry to name a few exhibits. Very nicely done museum!
If you visit in Feb. Don't miss the Hoop Dancing Contest-it is incredible!