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Celebrating local history and sustainability (ghosts and all) at free performance in Apache Junction

April 11, 2018

smiling students collaborating in a circle

In the city of Apache Junction, just east of Phoenix, sharing ghost stories and advancing local social sustainability are complementary activities, according to a class of graduate students from ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theater.

In a course project coordinated by the ASU Wrigley Institute’s Project Cities program this semester, the students partnered with the City of Apache Junction to develop innovative ways to enrich the community’s historical awareness and strengthen the city’s brand. To do the trick, they’re leveraging the city’s rich Wild West history, complete with ghostly and superstitious tales.

The students have culminated their hard work in a performance titled “Positively Ghostly”, taking place on April 15th in Apache Junction. The students will reenact haunted tales both remembered and forgotten that are woven into Apache Junction’s history. The performance is free and open to all ages. It will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Flatiron Park (100 North Apache Trail). Free cookies will be served at 7:30 p.m.

ASU’s Project Cities wraps up a successful first semester

December 6, 2017

first semester-end project showcaseASU Project Cities held its first semester-end project showcase with the city of Apache Junction at the university's Memorial Union on November 29, 2017.

Professors and students from multiple campuses presented on the findings of seven courses, during which extensive time was spent researching and creating recommendations for the city that straddles Maricopa and Pinal counties. Roughly 150 people attended the showcase, including members of the Apache Junction government and community, ASU faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.

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SCN Kicks Off Project Cities at Apache Junction

October 2, 2017

Students arrive for the Project Cities Kick-Off Event
Students arrive for the Project Cities Kick-Off Event

On August 30, 2017, over 130 ASU students and faculty from multiple disciplines filed into the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center.

The draw? A kick-off event marking a partnership between ASU’s Project Cities program and the City of Apache Junction – one that plugs students into projects that make Apache Junction a better place to live.

Not only did students get to hear more about these projects from Project Cities and Apache Junction staff, the kick-off event included networking with the Apache Junction mayor, city council, board commissioners and staff – not to mention a bus tour of the city. Breakout sessions allowed students to ask city project leaders questions, learn about community history and brainstorm possible solutions to local challenges.

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Apache Junction becomes inaugural partner of ASU’s Project Cities

August 29, 2017

View of desert community at the foot of large rocky mountains

Nestled at the foot of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction is strategically positioned as the eastern gateway into the Greater Phoenix metro area and the western entry to the Tonto National Forest’s recreation venues. This geography, coupled with a western atmosphere, make the city appealing to residents and visitors alike.

Along with its many attractive qualities, the city of Apache Junction – like most communities – faces unique sustainability challenges as it continues to grow. It is these challenges that form the basis of a partnership with Arizona State University’s Project Cities program.

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Pairing sustainability knowledge with implementation know-how

June 6, 2017

Project Cities AnnouncementPicture the main streets of your city shielded by solar panels – would that make a summer outing downtown more comfortable? How about vertical farms on former brownfield sites down the street from your home – wouldn't such easy access to fresh food be nice?

Arizona State University’s Project Cities thinks so too.

That’s why the new program, part of ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network (SCN), is working with municipalities to implement environmentally-conscious projects that make life better for people and businesses alike.

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