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Finding my own Spenard

Finding my own Spenard

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Words by Paola Banchero. Somewhere I read that Henry Rollins, the punk raconteur and Southern California fixture, had to move away from Santa Monica because he was getting too comfortable and he wanted to stay counter-cultural. I’ve rolled that sentiment over a lot, especially as I’ve become older and more settled in my suburban-like home…

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Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

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Words by Mariah Dejesus-Remaklus. Photos by Young Kim. There have been vacant buildings in the Spenard area for some time now, including the old buildings that once housed TapRoot and La Mex. But while Anchorage locals may have walked and driven by seemingly abandoned properties, they were actually passing by the resurrection of these “ghosts.” …

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Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

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Words and photos by Darcy Stein Seven years ago, I moved here from New York, selling pretty much everything I owned besides some clothes, books and my 12-cup Bodum French Press. I grew up in a town called Long Beach, which is the most south you can go on Long Island. Basically, my hometown is…

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Spenard, my home away from home

Spenard, my home away from home

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Words and photos from Dikeos Foudeas My parents own Milano’s, a pizzeria on 36th Avenue, near Spenard Road. My family opened the restaurant in the summer of 2001. They wanted a place where they could work and spend time with their kids. I was six years old at the time. I remember waking up in…

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Faces of Spenard: Dia Matteson

Faces of Spenard: Dia Matteson

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Words by Ammon Swenson Photos by Young Kim Dia Matteson was 14 years old when she started working at the Anchorage House of Harley-Davidson in Spenard. When her dad sold her the business in 2012, along with dealerships in Wasilla and Soldotna, Matteson was 25, making her the youngest Harley-Davidson franchise owner in the world….

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