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The red triplex on Northwood Drive

The red triplex on Northwood Drive

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Words by Mizelle Mayo Before I stepped foot in Anchorage, I lived at the tip-top of Alaska: Utqiagvik, formally known as Barrow. The weather conditions prompted us to often stay inside because of its never-ending cold, limited daylight. The opportunity to grow up in an environment filled with socialization, where we had family and more…

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A new home for the Spenard Community Garden

A new home for the Spenard Community Garden

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Words and photos by Ryan Chernikoff The Spenard Community Garden, once located behind Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Church of Love, has moved to a new location. The garden plot now sits at 1303 W. 33rd Ave., behind the Lutheran Social Services of Alaska building in Spenard. “We knew the location [behind the Church of Love]…

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Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

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“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a phrase that the owners of The Writer’s Block don’t take lightly. Everything has a “second life,” says Vered Mares, one of the four owners at the Block. She says they attempt to have as little waste as possible — by using “every bit of everything that we have.” “Nothing gets…

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“Spenard Roadhouse celebrates 10 years of being a ‘neighborhood gathering place’”

“Spenard Roadhouse celebrates 10 years of being a ‘neighborhood gathering place’”

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Words by Mariah DeJesus-Remaklus. About 11 years ago, Laile Fairbairn and Jo Ann Asher had a vision. They wanted a family-friendly space where a mom could have her drink while the kids ate good food, a gathering place for “casual fine dining.” At the time, Fairbairn already owned Snow City Cafe and Asher had Sacks…

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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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