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rodpitts RICKY.

Ricky is one of the elders at the church plant that I'm a part of - Mercy Hill Phoenix. He is very involved in community life in downtown Phoenix. I always have a good laugh when I'm around him as he is a funny guy. It's an amazing privilege to know him and work with him!

This photo was taken a while back when I was walking around one day exploring the Downtown area. I stopped by the Phoenix Public Market Cafe to take some photos and rest when I happened to run into Ricky. We talked a little, and then I asked if I could take some photos of him.
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rodpitts I'm curious - what person has inspired you the most so far this year? (not a rhetorical question - I really want to know)

I'd have to say that Matthew (@booshoe37) has inspired me the most so far this year. I randomly ran across Matthew's profile a while back and was immediately hooked. His photos are unique, creative, and provoke emotion. He shares his thought process and inspiration behind each photo that he shares from his 365 project. He has inspired me in many ways - one of those is to not be afraid to try new things even if we're not familiar with it or good at it. Thank you for inspiring me, Matthew!
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rodpitts HISTORIC & MODERN.

This photo idea came from @pegelow. A group of us were having lunch after a meeting this afternoon when she mentioned the perspective in view.

The building pictured is the Westward Ho. It's a historic building here in downtown Phoenix. It was built and opened in 1928 as an upscale hotel where many famous people stayed when coming to Phoenix. The hotel closed in 1980 at which it became a living community for senior citizens and the mobility impaired and is still operating as such.

Below the Westward Ho are a couple of the food trucks which are part of a weekly community lunch event called Food Truck Friday. This will one day become part of Phoenix's rich history.
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rodpitts This is an amazing art piece in downtown Phoenix! It is located inside the @grandavenuepizzacompany - it's their door! They have a cool mural inside as well.

I stopped here today for a couple slices of pizza and must say that I enjoyed them very much. They have great food, awesome service, and friendly staff. Check them out sometime!

The artist is Monica Robles.
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rodpitts Good afternoon!

STOP! Seriously stop what you're doing right now, pause, and observe your surroundings for a moment. Take it in and appreciate it. If there is negativity around you, then look for the positive. Do it. Okay, are you done? You can continue whatever you were doing now.
I'm hanging out in downtown Phoenix all afternoon until about 3:30 if anyone is in the area and would like to hang out. Comment, DM, or email me if interested.
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rodpitts MELT ICE CREAM.

I had only ventured in here once to look around during First Friday when it was way too crowded. I had never experienced it though. My friend, Diego (@dmoreno31), had told me that it was really good, but I didn't get around to trying it until yesterday when we were hanging out together.

Melt (@meltphx) is a tiny ice cream shop located in one of the houses on 5th St and Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. They offer some of the coolest flavors that will make your taste buds leap with pure joy! I got a scoop of horchata and a scoop of dulce de leche. It was amazing! And it comes in little Chinese take-out boxes with a fortune cookie on top (unless you get a cone)! If you're ever in the area you should definitely give this place a try.
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rodpitts DOWNTOWN CHILL.
Diego and I have been hanging out downtown today. I introduced him to Matt's Big Breakfast before walking around a little. We're hanging out at Songbird (@songbirdcoffeehouse) now.
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rodpitts Every vehicle, every bike, every person walking, every seat in every bus, every office cubicle in every office building, every pew in every church, and every person asking for money on a street corner represents a different story. Life is so much larger than just us and our story.

Take the time to listen and get to know someone else's story this weekend. Feel free to share your story with me anytime. My email address is in my bio.
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rodpitts The buildings featured in this photo are Chase Tower and the historic Professional Building in Phoenix, AZ.

The Professional Building (on the right) was built in 1932 to house the Valley National Bank of Arizona (VNBA) and medical offices. The building has been vacant for 20 years after occupancy began to dwindle in the 90s. Grace Communities purchased the property in 2006 and began renovations to turn the building into what would become Hotel Monroe - projected to open in 2008. Unfortunately the project halted as they ran out of money. CSM Lodging purchased the property in 2013. Construction is currently underway as this space will now become Monroe Hilton Garden Inn - slated to open next year. This historic building is in the opening shot of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho.

Chase Tower (on the left) is the tallest building in the state of Arizona at a height of 483 feet (40 stories). There once was a public observation deck on the 39th floor, but it was later removed. It was built in 1972 as the new headquarters for the VNBA as they outgrew their space in the Professional Building. VNBA and Bank One merged in 1993. Bank One merged with Chase Bank in 2005 and the building was renamed.
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rodpitts FLEE THE NOISE. "O take me from the busy crowd, I cannot bear the noise! For nature's voice is never loud; I seek for quiet joys." - John Clare 3w

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rodpitts DON'T LOSE HOPE.

Life has a way of dealing us some serious disappointments and pain. We experience blow after blow until we find ourselves lying on the ground, weak and broken. This is where hope comes in. Hope gives us a reason to get back up. Hope is what gives us the strength to persevere. And hope is what will carry us home.

This view is from atop a parking garage on Van Buren and 2nd St in downtown Phoenix. The two towers with the crosses on top are a part of the historic St. Mary's Basilica.
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rodpitts FOGGY. "You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." - James 4:14

This photo is from this morning here in Phoenix. The fog was amazing and overtook the skyline.
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amyfrancesphoto My hat twin and I went and experienced Gallo blanco for the last time tonight. all the good guac and tacos were had. #instagramaz #instagramphx 1mon

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rodpitts CARTEL COFFEE LAB.

If you are in Phoenix for #SB49 and are need of some great coffee, Cartel is one place you don't want to skip. There are many great local coffee shops in downtown Phoenix, but this one is my favorite. You will love the coffee, atmosphere, and friendly service.

Stop by for a visit! It is located in #SBcentral on the corner of Washington & 1st St.
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rodpitts RAINBOW SKYLINE.

This photo was taken last Friday from atop a parking garage. I was taking some photos of the Republic Media building and then turned around to see this!
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rodpitts The Super Bowl Central main stage is up and ready for this week!

There are a great deal of events this week in downtown Phoenix for those of you in the area. For more info, visit azsuperbowl.com. Make sure to follow @downtownphoenix & @azsuperbowl and tag your photos with #SB49 & #SBcentral.

More photos of my recent downtown adventures coming soon!
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rodpitts MEET LAURIE.

I met Laurie randomly in the middle of an alleyway as I was exploring the city. I was checking out this amazing mural on the back wall of the Monarch Theatre Nightclub. She joined me in the alley and started taking photos with her phone.

She asked if I was a local, and I told her yes. We had a great conversation, and I asked if I could take her photo for Instagram - she agreed. I enjoy connecting with people, so I'm thankful that we had the chance to meet.

The content you see on the wall in this photo is only a small portion of the entire wall which was painted by local artist Carlos Rivas aka Servous Nystem (@servousnystem). Rivas says that alleyways are "inner-city backyards" and should be welcoming and inviting. I definitely got that vibe from this alley yesterday. All that was missing were some tables and chairs to sit and talk. For more information about Rivas and his inspiration, read this article: http://ow.ly/HSrxU.
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