93: Yuri Artibise

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No. 93: Yuri Artibise


Yuri is a recovering public policy wonk. He has a
depth of
experience in research and analysis of contemporary policy issues,
including a
stint at ASU's Morrison Institute of Public Policy. His current passion
is
community building and creating livable neighborhoods.

Since moving to
the
Valley from Canada in 2007, Yuri has dedicated himself to building a
community
of people interested in creating and sustaining authentic urbanism in
central
Phoenix.

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Five things on your inspiration wall:


Travel.
While I strongly believe that Phoenix
has a
unique spirit of place that needs to be nurtured there is a big world
out
there, filled with awesome ideas to learn from. Being exposed to new
ways of
doing things is perhaps the most inspirational activity we can
undertake.

Books.
Although I'm a Google Reader fanatic, there
is something
permanent about books that continue to motivate me. My latest
inspirational
read was What We See, Advancing the Observations
of Jane Jacobs
.
The breadth of the collected essays is amazing, as is how the book
presents a
fresh perspective on Jane Jacobs' thinking for a contemporary audience.

People. Despite living in a city best know for
its
sprawl, I've found a small but passionate community of people determined
to improve
Phoenix's urban fabric. As Tim Ferriss said: "It doesn't matter how
many people don't get it. What matters is how many people do." Each time
somebody
else who 'gets it,' I know I'm on the right track.

Architecture:
Arizona has an amazing
architectural
lineage
starting from Frank Lloyd right up to today's crop of
young
architects like Merz Project and plus
minus studio
. I also value our city's mid-century modern
heritage.
The sense of optimism that architects like Ralph Haver, Al Beadle and
Frank
Henry brought to the Valley is a constant sense of inspiration. It is
sad,
however, to see so much of it being torn down or stuccoed over.

History.
Despite being accused
of being a city with no
history, Phoenix actually has quite a bit. I continually refer back to
the
Phoenix that 'once was,' before the
automobile and
speculators began to dominate our planning decisions. Believe it or not,
until
the 1960's Phoenix had a dense, walkable and vibrant downtown. It would
be
great if we could bring even a portion of that fine-grained urbanism
back to
our core.


What was your last
big project?

My latest big project
was Jane's Walk Phoenix on May
1st. Jane's Walk is
a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in
touch with
their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic
gaps
and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. This was the
second
year that I organized a walk in Phoenix. Over 80 people came out to
celebrate
Jane Jacobs and learn more about Phoenix's Warehouse District. The large
size
of the group (nearly three times last year's attendance) is a testament
to a
growing passion for downtown Phoenix and our authentic urban fabric.

What's your next
big project?

I
have a few lined up.
I was recently invited by Bill Wyman to write for Phxated.com,
a blog about culture, media and politics in and around Phoenix.

In
terms of big
projects, I'm gearing up to bring PARK(ing) Day back to the
streets of Phoenix
in September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where
artists,
activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily
transform
metered parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks.
This
year's event will be on September 17th.

I'm also working with Tyler
Hurst

to hold another CenPhoCamp
in October. CenPhoCamp is an 'unconference' designed to bring small,
local
organizations together and introduce them to the power of social media.
This
first event in January was such a success that we've been asked to do it
again.
Stay tuned for details!

How much do you
hate being asked what your next big project is?

 I
actually like it. The
question keeps me grounded and focused. If you want to change the world
(or
even a small part of it), you have to keep on pressing forward.

What's something
you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's
something
you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)

The answer to both questions is really a moot point. I lead a pretty open life online. If there is anything you don't already know about me, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or ask me on Formspring and you will quickly find out.

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97. Jane Reddin
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