A faithful reader of WSA is heading off to the American southwest next week, for a ten hour tour ten day car trip. She was wondering what nifty — or really horrible — urban thingys she should look for in the following places. Dear Readers, you know the stuff that interests fellow readers: nifty neighborhoods, old or new; traffic calming and streetscaping; transit; architecture; the weird and wacky.
Her list is already started, and includes these obvious things:
Las Vegas – the new Starchitect hotel megaplex near the Bellagio, includes the Ghery building that focuses the sun’s rays onto a hot spot at the pool. She’s been to Vegas before, and will revisit old favorites like the Bellagio and ride the Deuce double decker transit. Did the “new” monorail ever open?
Sedona – the church high on the hillside sponsored by Barry Goldwater
Prescott – for the old Victorian neighborhoods
Phoenix – ride the LRT; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West; new downtown waterfront (?) project.
She’s starting to look things up on the ‘net, so don’t go to any special effort. You are not travel agents. Really, it’s just an exercise in finding out what fellow readers know of that would be nifty and interesting. Let ‘er rip.
PS: having travelled before, she has already been the Canyon, Meteorite Hole, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, etc. Think URBAN.