Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2, South of Brown on Forest and Elmwood

Another brief hop around a rather nice looking neighborhood in north-central Mesa. I had a bit of time after visiting the local Ace hardware for light bulbs, tape and a metal yardstick (project for later). This time we are just south of Brown Road, between Stapley and Gilbert.

There is, I know, a perception that all residential construction in the Phoenix suburbs consists of tan stucco and red tile roofs. Irresponsible authors such as Yours Truly, help to perpetuate this myth, although exaggeration in the service of the literary arts is by no means a crime. It's not even bad manners. But especially in the more prosperous parts of town it is possible to find a wide variety of architectural styles living side by side. And while some of the styles may not be particularly well suited to the desert environment, as long as they reflect the owners' preferences and make them smile when they pull into their driveway, that's okay by me.

Either somebody just forgot about the handtool by the lamp or the folks who live here are engaging in subtle advertising for their lucrative handyman business. I any case I appreciate such little eyecatchers when I'm out looking for photo subjects.

One way you can tell a neighborhood in Mesa was built during the 1960's or 70's is the presence of alleys. The house where I grew up had an alley right behind it. That's where you put your trash to be picked up and it's where the utility companies did maintenance on their lines. Kids used them as shortcuts and hiding places. Not attractive and ultimately developers decided they were an unprofitable use of valuable real estate. Where we live now, which is probably less than two miles east of here there are no alleys.

Does this look say "Arizona" to you? Me neither. But I've got to admit, I like it.

I've got an itch to get back to Main Street again.

So long from Mesa. See you next time.


Tracy said...

I remember making great Christmas tree forts in the alley behind our house. The kids in the neighborhood would gather all the discarded trees, and play with them until they were so dry we couldn't get near them.

Alan Hutcheson said...
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Alan Hutcheson said...

When we first moved to that neighborhood there was a big open field just to the north and not much to the east. We dug holes about six or eight feet across and maybe a foot deep and surrounded them with tumbleweeds to make our forts. Forts seemed to be important to kids back then. Video games must serve a similar purpose nowadays, surrounding yourself with all sorts of virtual weaponry and conquering all the bad guys without the trouble or scratches involved in assembling a bristly "fort". We also played by the canal that was just a couple houses away, something I would never in a million years have allowed my kids to do.