Kristin Koptiuch 2018
Flying below the radar of planners and public acknowledgement, migrants are busily remaking Phoenix. Globally displaced, 20% of Phoenix is foreign born. Migrants revive stagnant neighborhood economies, bring magical-realist redesign, and add colorful flair to the cityscape’s subdued design palette. Migrant planners-from-below transnationalize Phoenix urbanism with local versions of global religions, cuisines, cultures. Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix, a research collaborative at Arizona State U., explores migrant displacements thru vibrant visualization of immigrants’ urban imprint, embracing their transformative, creative, subversive power.
Published online in Urban Vignettes 2012
These days, the signs are abundantly clear to anyone willing to read them: the border has already crossed Phoenix.
... a 24-hour taqueria on every corner...
The changing urban landscape shows migrants have been busily transforming our collective urban environment in Phoenix.
The team visited this supermercado catering to Latino tastes during Hispanic Heritage Month. Maryvale location.