Several years ago, my friend and I took a daring chance and moved to downtown Phoenix. She liked to say we were “urban hipsters.” I believe the more common slang at the time was “ghetto snobs.” Tomat-o, tomahto, right? It doesn’t matter really, all we cared about was having a good time and exploring our ‘hood. During that time, downtown was in transition from “slightly scary” to “place to be.” When we first moved in, everything shut down at 7pm with the exception of a few nightclubs (or on game nights – both the pro baseball and basketball teams are down there). Fast forward a few years and suddenly all the newest, trendy bars and restaurants were within easy walking distance of our little casa.
It was a hard decision to leave the area, but she followed a guy to California and I couldn’t quite afford the prices in the renewed area (go figure). I’ve lived all over the valley, but downtown is still my favorite place to be. Luckily, I don’t live that far away now so I can visit fairly often. These days the trendy just keeps trending and it’s almost hard to recognize our old neighborhood. Walls that were once covered in graffiti now feature “urban art.” Old houses that made you pick up your step before are now the places to go for organic coffee, vegan treats, and hot boutiques. It’s amazing how so much can change in so little time! I admit that sometimes I do miss the downtown I knew, but I can’t help but be happy for this little piece of the big, bad city. It deserves all the attention and pretty outdoor artwork it can get. (smile)
This week’s photo challenge is “wall.”
This post is also Day 2 of the 5 day challenge. I’m tagging Ruth at Mad Meandering Me to join the fun! If you would like to participate, post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. Your stories can be fiction or non-fiction; short paragraphs, multiple pages, or poems. Each day, please invite one person to carry on the challenge. The challenge is not mandatory and can be refused, but I hope you accept and have fun!