Chandler's Youthful Energy

Sept. 27, 2021
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Communications and Public Affairs

Do you want to learn more about how Chandler has evolved to be the diverse, innovative City it is today? Listen to Episode 4 of Voices of Chandler, The Podcast to find out about the developments and artistic inspiration that make Chandler such a great place to live and visit.

Host Melina Zuniga dives into some of the attributes in Chandler that set it apart from other metro Phoenix cities, focusing on downtown and public art. City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Specialist, John Owens, discusses exciting changes and places to visit throughout Downtown Chandler. Visual Arts Coordinator, Peter Bugg, joins the podcast to talk to local artists and the stories behind their public art pieces in Chandler. Their work is accessible, beautifies the area and helps to bring our community together.


Episode 4 Highlights:

  • Developer Spike Lawrence speaks about the New Square, which includes exciting restaurants like DC Steakhouse, The Stillery, and Jinya Ramen Bar, during Owens’ The Downtown Sound segment. Lawrence explains why he chose Chandler for his latest project.
  • Next up is Chandler’s Got Art with contributor, Peter Bugg. Bugg interviews artist and architect Maria Salenger, who explains her journey from problem-solving to designing art installments in different areas around the metro area. This includes her playful “Sun Slides,” a shade canopy on the east side of the Oregon St. parking structure in Downtown Chandler. She took a creative approach to design this work of public art, inspired by Chandler’s youthful energy and its reputation as a great place for kids.
  • Matthew Salenger, of coLAB Studio (and Maria’s husband), details the process of building a 3D art installment and shade structure, “Our Nature,” for the Chandler Public Safety Training Center. The concept for this artwork was inspired by “human and natural elements” seen in and inspired by their fire and police badges.

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Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Meet the Host 

Melina Zuniga, Digital Media Journalist

Melina is an Arizona native that works in the Video Production Department at the City. She is passionate about connecting with the community to tell their stories and as a self-considered creative type, she enjoys the challenge of finding a different point of view for her storytelling.

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