Devil’s Advocate: Looking back at fall 2019

Downtown Phoenix, October 4, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)

As always, downtown Phoenix has changed so much in such a short period of time. Since August, we experienced hyperlocal changes like the introduction of electric scooters to broader ones like Mayor Kate Gallego stepping into her new position. Downtown Devil went through it all, sharing all of the news we could get our hands on with the community.

Downtown Devil had a great year, but as is the case every December, it is time for us to part for our winter break. With the end of this semester, we also say goodbye to our Executive Editor Leah Soto as she graduates next week.

Before we hibernate for the winter, Leah and Editor in Chief Sara Edwards wanted to look back at some of the best stories from the semester.

Arts and Entertainment:

Gallery honors fallen Phoenix artist

Reporter Daja Henry attended a Gallery 119 exhibit put on in honor of David Bessent, a local artist who was shot and killed last year. Daja led us through the exhibit, which displayed Bessent’ sketch books and paintings, and relayed the voices of his family and friends, who had not been very vocal to media since his death.


Phoenix residents discuss bike lanes at transportation department meeting

Reporter Helena Wegner updated the community about bike lane decisions. From the public meeting at Burton Barr Central Library, where residents were able to speak up about the lanes, to the official City of Phoenix meeting that approved the month-long bike lane trial, Helena was there every step of the way.


Drone Racing League holds World Championship at Chase Field

Reporter Bella Schneider gave us all a front row seat into the intense sport of drone racing. With bright neon lights and high speed zooming around the course, this sport made its first Phoenix appearance at Chase Field, introducing the global Drone Racing League to downtown.


Arizona Board of Regents to implement ban on vaping products on university campuses

As the controversy surrounding vaping increased with high risk health effects popping up across the country, Reporter Kaleigh Strong shared how the Arizona Board of Regents plans to combat it. The proposal would amend previously enacted bans on vaping and smoking on public university campuses to include prohibiting the sale of such products on university property.


City council to improve relationships between police and community members

The summer saw a rise in tensions between the Phoenix Police Department and the community since a viral incident between a young family and Phoenix police officers. Education Editor Jonmaesha Beltran and Reporter Christian López explored Mayor Kate Gallego’s and the city council’s attempts to improve relations between the police and the community.

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