Phoenix is starting to say goodbye to chain restaurants and hello to locally owned establishments. “We’ve really emerged as a culinary destination,” R.J. Price, vice president of marketing and events for Downtown Phoenix Inc., said. The award-winning chef and owner, Chris Bianco, brought New York-style pizza to Phoenix after moving to the desert city in the 1980s.
Phoenix is a rising star in the Valley of the Sun. With a strong sense of community, a developing downtown, and a growing arts and culinary scene, the desert city is in the middle of a cultural renaissance. Although most people may not think of Phoenix as much of a cultural hot spot, those who live there beg to differ. “It’s probably one of the most creative cities in the country,” said Catrina Kahler, publisher of the Downtown Phoenix Journal.
As a professional athlete, Luis Gonzalez moved around a lot, but Phoenix has always felt like home to him. The Diamondbacks legend, who is also a senior adviser to the president and CEO of the team, came to Phoenix in 1999. “I feel attached to the fans and the people here,” Gonzalez said.
With superb weather and a relaxed ambiance, Phoenix has long been known as a great place to visit, but this Valley of the Sun city is revamping its image and proving it’s also a great place to live. During the Great Recession, Phoenix — with its economy primarily based on real estate and construction — was one of the hardest-hit cities. Other community leaders had to look in the mirror and say, ‘We’ve got to change our ways,’” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
The city of Phoenix made history after Jeri Williams was hired as police chief and Kara Kalkbrenner as fire chief. Phoenix is the largest city in the country with both a female police and fire chief. “They were by far the most qualified and respected candidates, who happened to be women,” Mayor Greg Stanton said.
Forget Silicon Valley: Tech entrepreneurs are flocking to Phoenix to start their businesses. In 2012, there were 67 tech companies in downtown Phoenix. Arizona State University has played a major role in the city’s tech boom.
Phoenix is throwing away the reputation it once had as the world’s least sustainable city and making great strides to become more resourceful. It has launched a Reimagine Phoenix Initiative with a goal to increase the city’s waste diversion rate to 40 percent by 2020 — and it doesn’t stop there. “We’re going straight to zero waste by the year 2050,” said Ginger Spencer, the city’s public works director.
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a decorated Marine Corps veteran, has quickly made a name for himself as an outspoken critic of President Trump. In a wide-ranging conversation with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Moulton spoke about his decision to run for office, his views on President Trump and the future of the Democratic Party. Before making his run for the House of Representatives, Moulton served four tours in Iraq, which would earn him both the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor.
Queens has a very rich music culture that spans genres and decades. Hidden in Corona is the home of jazz great Louis Armstrong, who lived in the borough and now has a museum named after him. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a national landmark that has been preserved in such a way that you can almost feel Louis and his wife, Lucille, going about their daily routines.
After a recent renovation, the museum boasts new interactive exhibits that explore all forms of media production, a vintage arcade exhibit, as well as a large-scale theatre that plays classic and modern hits, including a recent screening of a 70mm print of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The museum’s most exciting new addition is a permanent wing dedicated to the work of Jim Henson. “There’s a deep connection between Jim Henson and Queens,” Carl Goodman, the museum’s executive director, said.
One of the most attractive things about Queens is the variety and authenticity of the borough’s food. If it’s made anywhere in the world, chances are you can find it credibly represented in Queens. The food, particularly Colombian food, is one of the reasons John Leguizamo revisits his old neighborhood of Jackson Heights.
If you’re looking to sample culture from around the world, without ever leaving the country, then look no further than Queens, N.Y. Boasting a diverse community with residents from over 100 countries, a new influx of tourists have come to realize that Queens offers a potpourri of cuisine, art and lifestyle. It’s a marriage of traditional and modern culture, as new arrivals enjoy current attractions as well as visit popular institutions that have been around for decades.
New businesses moving into the vastly changing Long Island City Area include a large number of technology companies. Companies like Shapeways, whose factory in LIC produces amazing products using 3D technology. Shapeways has over 8 Million products in their database, and use an online platform where over 40,000 people are selling their products online to customers around the world.
The perseverance of Queens was tested in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy ravaged sections of the borough. One of the hardest areas hit was the coastal community of Rockaway Beach, where Queens native and Muay Thai champion Chris Romulo watched both his home and his business get destroyed. CROM wasn’t just a gym, but an institution where Chris and his wife were able to help residents of the Rockaways with both physical fitness and direction.
Someone who knows about the diversity of Queens all too well is actor John Leguizamo, whose family immigrated to the Jackson Heights section of Queens from Colombia. “It’s the perfect human experiment,” John tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “Everybody came to this neighborhood.
Just over the East River of Manhattan lies one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the world. As any local can tell you, Queens has become New York City’s fastest-growing borough, with a recent influx of new families, young professionals and businesses both large and small. It offers a healthy mix of new and old, as multigenerational families from countries all over the world are keeping their old traditions alive while sharing the space with new younger residents.
Then-US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III prepares to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Dec. 16, 2009. One of the things Congress must do in the next two months is pass legislation reauthorizing the existence of the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates air traffic in the United States and is operating under a law that expires Sept. 30. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who famously piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009, has some serious concerns about how these bills would affect the safety of aviation and access to air travel.
With a thriving downtown, a bustling restaurant scene and world-renowned museums, there’s no doubt Cleveland is experiencing a cultural renaissance. After falling on hard times during the decline of the steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleveland is coming back in a big way. Between 1980 and 2000, Cleveland lost 17 percent of its population, but more and more people have been moving there since.
“The day he left [for the Miami Heat in 2010], I think, was one of the saddest and ugliest days in Cleveland sports and just in Cleveland in general,” Jim Donovan, WKYC anchor and sports director, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric while she was visiting Cleveland as part of her “Cities Rising” series. The Cleveland native announced his return in 2014 and, just two years later, led the Cavaliers to the NBA championship.
Cleveland, Ohio, has always been rich in arts and culture, but recent developments have helped bring even more life to the city. Until 2009, very few movies were filmed in Cleveland. “We’ve created over 1,700 full-time-equivalent jobs and over $400 million of economic impact,” said Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric got a taste of the city while visiting as part of her “Cities Rising” series. “The food scene preceded the renaissance that happened here,” Zack Bruell, one of Cleveland’s biggest restaurateurs, said. Bruell played a major role in the city’s food explosion.
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Khaled to talk about his latest album, "Grateful"; his collaborations; and how fatherhood changed his life.
After losing her son, Christopher, in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Christine Leinonen works to ensure that such attacks never happen again.
In his latest nonfiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” New Yorker writer and bestselling author David Grann investigates the mysterious murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe of Oklahoma in the 1920s. The Osage was a small tribe whose members became some of the richest people in America. Through treaties with the government in the early 1900s, the tribe had retained oil and mineral rights to the land members had been forced to live on in Osage County, Okla. By the 1920s, the oil deposits beneath the land made them rich, but they also became targets.
When Nina Riggs died in February at age 39, she left behind a literary legacy. “I was just blown away because she not only was letting me read it in real time, so I was getting to see myself develop as a character and our children develop as characters in her book, but the things she was writing about were in real time,” John Duberstein, Nina’s husband, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “The book is just such an amazing, amazing legacy she left for us,” Duberstein said.