r/phoenix Sep 26 '22

Passed through Phoenix a few days ago and snapped pics/took some tours. Interesting place! Pictures



u/SkipOldBaySeasoning Sep 26 '22

About that library, on the Summer Soltice, the holes in the ceiling line up for a spectacle! I’m sure you can find a video or pic on Google/YouTube


u/Shadow_jin Sep 26 '22

I haven't been in that library since I was in HS , the library is nice and so is the park outside if it. Hate to say there's been a big increase in the homeless population there that doesn't seem to be getting any better


u/howtodragyourtrainin Sep 26 '22

Umm, Phoenix has tours? Lol


u/OmniaLoca Sep 26 '22

Quite a few, although some are closed for the summer. Last time I visited was October 2017 and I went on some other ones


u/howtodragyourtrainin Sep 26 '22

Wow, now I know. I've lived here my entire life, it's quite difficult to think of the valley as a tourist destination. :)


u/desertdj Arcadia Sep 26 '22

Arizona and metro Phoenix is a huge tourist destination. In 2021, we had over 40 million visitors to the state and they spent about 23 billion dollars.


u/gottsc04 Sep 27 '22

I wonder how these data are collected. If credit cards, wonder if they have a way to disregard college students or people who moved here recently, but still have an out of state home as their card's address. Would have small impact on number of visitors but possibly large impact on dollars spent (visit for 5 days vs "visit" for 9 months)


u/desertdj Arcadia Sep 27 '22

I think they look at hotel stays, flights and then survey data for people driving in. Also survey data for how much people spent and then extrapolate that out to get a rough number for visitors.

Also sales tax is another way to look at it since those hotels/resorts and even vacation rentals have to report that.

My guess is they are able to come up with a way to determine what is the average % of people doing staycations to back those numbers out.


u/Ms_ChiChi_Elegante Sep 26 '22

I have an online pal from Wales I've known for like 20 years now (early days of Yahoo chatrooms) lol

Anyways, I recently became friends w his wife because she begged him to introduce us. She's like a HUGE fan of the American Southwest and went bonkers when I told her I've seen a real life Saguaro. She actually asked me if they are "soft" I felt bad telling her they "ouchie plants" lol

She's been dying to go to a rodeo and wants to go to Winslow to stand on the corner lol

She's been saving to come here and I told her she's welcome to stay w me...but her 2 sons play rugby and they went to a championship recently so she had to use most of the money to travel for them. :-(


u/UnderwaterAirPlanez Sep 26 '22

I just said this out loud lol


u/alonzo_raquel_alonzo Sep 27 '22

Born & raised in Arizona, there is so much to see and do in Az! OP did you have the opportunity to visit Arcosanti founded by the Italian architect Paolo Soleri? It’s about 70 miles north of Phoenix. Or you can visit his art studio in Paradise Valley. Both locations feature beautiful hand casted bells.


u/imsowhiteandnerdy Sep 26 '22

Wow, cool... somebody made a bust of Jeffrey Dunham's puppet "Walter".


u/Snoo76349 Sep 27 '22

who's the old guy?


u/defective_toaster Sep 27 '22

Frank Lloyd Wright, famous architect that designed the Guggenheim museum in NYC, as well as the house Falling Waters.


u/FriendshipMaterial30 Sep 27 '22

Where are the pictures from? Thank you!


u/OmniaLoca Sep 27 '22

The Burton Barr Central Library and Taliesin West


u/pakair59 Sep 26 '22

I hope you know who's on #4


u/OmniaLoca Sep 26 '22

Of course- I'm from the LA area, and we recently had the Hollyhock House designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just like Taliesin West.


u/[deleted] Sep 27 '22

"Interesting place" -- Not really. Not when you've lived here a long time. Just as boring as everywhere else.


u/StraightToe90 Sep 28 '22

I've lived here for about a year and haven't checked out Taliesin West yet. The Burton Barr Library is awesome though.