Phoenix Is Pulling Off An Urban Miracle: Transforming Into A Walkable City
Phoenix Is Pulling Off An Urban Miracle: Transforming Into A Walkable City
The city that had long been the poster child of sprawl is putting its gears in reverse. With a new light rail line and a plan to make the city's core denser and more desirable, it's on the path to success.
For decades, Phoenix was the poster child for sprawl: Before the housing crash, developers were building 60,000 new homes a year in the desert at the edges of the city. But when the market fell apart and some of those new neighborhoods turned into instant ghost towns, the city learned its lesson and committed to moving in the other direction--walkable neighborhoods connected by public transit.
The transformation started with a new light rail line that connects far-flung communities, and now the areas around each stop will be developed into denser, urban places where people actually want to spend time outside.
"By building a new mode of transportation, the city stated its desire to live differently,” says Galina Tachieva, a sustainable planning partner at*Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, a consultancy that is helping the city figure out how to reverse sprawl.
After working through a series of community workshops, the design team mocked up a series of before-and-after shots showing how city streets will change--with narrower roads, bike lanes, sidewalk cafes, and new parks replacing vast swaths of concrete.
The new neighborhoods will be built over the next couple of decades, backed by a new walkable zoning code that will fight any chance of future sprawl. "Maybe some of these solutions look radical and quite ambitious, but they’re possible because the most expensive element is already in--the light rail," says Tachieva.
When a person studies the NWO, it often does not include the "hidden agenda" within the over-arching agenda. Such as the Rapid Urbanization of America. Some may say this is NON-SENSE,however,the facts say otherwise.
If a person studies the History of the Western United States, you can clearly see a pattern of how the "West was Conquered" and that is to say that once pre-dominantly conservative areas and cities like YES, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, are now progressive cities. Due to Rapid Urbanization, and strategic planning by the NWO.
A tale of One American City-Phoenix Arizona-NWO Heavy "Investment" in this Area.
This is actually a old photo, the city grows every year uncomparable to anywhere in the Inter-Continental United States of America.
Looking from South to North in City
Urbanization is NWO code word for Population Control
They want you packed in Mega Cities like sardines, easier for them to control you that way.
What you will never read anywhere in any "business journal" is that Arizona is unique and ever prosperous, because of it's location between Super Wealthy California and Super Wealthy Texas thus giving it a prosperous advantage over any other state within the United States.
As the River Runs Dry: The Southwest's water crisis
Arizona and the Southwest seek a balance of growth and water conservation as supply continues to decline
LAS VEGAS – The patroller stopped his water district truck and grabbed his camcorder.
"Here we go," he said, sliding from the cab and pointing his lens at the fine spray of water and rainbow rising from pop-up sprinklers on the lawn of a low-slung ranch home.
"Thursday," he spoke, recording the day as evidence. No watering allowed on Thursdays.
Welcome to the future, where every drop of Colorado River water is guarded and squeezed. Only here, in the city that gets 90 percent of its water from the fickle and fading river, the future is now.
The vast and highly urbanized Southwest, built on the promise of a bountiful river propped up by monumental dams, is up against its limits. Already tapped beyond its supply, the river is now threatened by a warming climate that shrinks its alpine source.
To support fast-growing urban populations in a time of dwindling supply, the Southwest is due for rapid and revolutionary changes.
Chandler 101 is a mixed-use development on approximately 24 acres with a total building area of 933,700 sf. and is strategically located in Chandler Arizona's flourishing Price Road Corridor. Designed by Davis, the development will include 3 mid-rise buildings up to 10 stories, two upscale dinner houses and retail shops.
Artist rendering of Portland Place Towers now under construction-north to south view of Phoenix
Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century
We pride ourselves in being the collaborative, “roll up the sleeves” types, pushing diligently behind the scenes to transform our community for the better. We believe in the old phrase, “Show don’t tell.” We may be young, but we have planted the seeds of sustainability all over the Valley.
2011-2014: Mixed-Income Housing & TOD Accomplishments
◾Since July, 2011 the $20 million Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) has provided:
◾$20 million of loan funds leveraging almost $200 million in additional private investment for 20 developments connected to the light rail corridor including: ◾ 1155+ affordable, workforce, market rate, and mixed-use housing units;
◾200k sq ft of Commercial space including: ◾Adelante Healthcare Center;
◾The Newton – an adaptive reuse of the vacant, iconic Beefeater’s building into a locally owned bookstore – Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix location), job incubator, restaurant and wine bar – Justin Beckett’s “Southern Rail,” Southwest Gardener, community gathering and event space; and
◾Native American Connections Office Building (Campbell & Central, Phoenix)
◾Virgina Park Medical Complex (Virginia & 3rd Street, Phoenix)
◾Apache Partners (Apache Blvd., Tempe)
◾Cielo (Cesar Chavez Foundation/Palm Communities)
◾Devine Legacy on Central (Campbell & Central, Phoenix)
◾El Rancho (Main St., Mesa)
◾El Rancho Phase II (Main St., Mesa)
◾Encore on First (1st Ave. & Main St., Mesa)
◾Encore on First Phase II (1st Ave. & Main St., Mesa)
◾Escobedo (University Dr., Mesa)
◾Gracie’s Village (Apache Blvd., Tempe)
With Sunny, Modern Homes, Joseph Eichler Built The Suburbs In Style
March 16, 2015 3:09 AM ET
In Palm Springs, Calif., a $1 million home was just built — with plans resurrected from 1951. The original sold for about $15,000, and was called an Eichler, after developer Joseph Eichler, who offered well-designed, well-built tract homes to the masses a half-century ago.
Bernie Grossman and his wife, Lyla, bought their Eichler home in 1963. Bernie was starting a law practice, and a client told him about these new modern houses going up in Granada Hills, about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. "He said way up here in this wasteland there's some crazy builders building a house ... I looked at them and, I dunno, they're kind of weird," Grossman recalls.
Best Texas Downtown (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio: things to do, suburbs, estate)
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Uptown Dallas ready for another boom- Say what you want Dallas is can't grow horzontial but they can grow vertical. Dallas skyline is getting ready to explode. Will see just how cosmopoltian Dallas feels at the end of this decade.
Construction is well underway for the Arizona Center for Law and Society, the new home for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Downtown Phoenix. In anticipation of the move from Tempe, we met with Dean Douglas Sylvester at the Valley Overlook lounge in the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown to talk about what the new campus will mean to students, faculty and the downtown community.
Transwestern Development Co. Breaks Ground on Lake-Front VELA At Town Lake Apartments In Tempe, AZ
Luxury Apartments Scheduled for Delivery in September 2016
TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Transwestern Development Co. today announces it has broken ground on VELA at Town Lake, a 290-unit luxury apartment community at 555 N. College Ave. in Tempe, Arizona. Transwestern Development Co. purchased a 4.57-acre site with its partner, FL Lakeside Investor LLC. The first units are slated for delivery in February 2016 with full completion in September 2016. Transwestern Development Co. Associate Vice President Josh Delk is leading the development team, and Transwestern Vice Presidents Jack Hannum and Bret Zinn negotiated the land sale.
---- Super Bowl drew record breaking crowds to Phoenix
Updated Feb 4, 2015 - 3:24 pm
BY COOPER RUMMELL, | February 3, 2015 @ 5:15 am
PHOENIX -- Downtown Phoenix had recorded breaking crowds due to the Super Bowl last weekend. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said out-of-town fans put the city's employees to the test.
"This was the biggest event that we have ever held in Phoenix," Stanton said
Mayor Stanton said public safety employees were tested Saturday night when a section of Verizon Super Bowl Central reached max capacity.
"We were as prepared as could possibly be for crowds of this size and magnitude and we are ready to do it again," he said.
Here is a look at some of the city's record-breaking numbers from Super Bowl Weekend:
• Valley Metro's light rail doubled its previous record of most passengers in one day. 126,000 people rode the trains on Saturday which topped its previous high of 66,000. That was set December 7, 2013 when a Beyoncé Concert and ASU game caused a spike in travelers.
• The Phoenix Convention Center had 177,000 visitors over the weekend for the NFL Experience. The previous record was set in 2010 when 110,000 people visited the center for a Major League Baseball event.
• Sky Harbor estimated nearly 200,000 passengers were at the airport Monday due to a large number of Super Bowl fans leaving the Valley. The airport averages 100,000 passengers per day.
• There were more than one-million social media hits for "Phoenix" during Super Bowl week.
• Rental Car Companies in the Metro-Phoenix area had three times the average amount of rental car customers returning vehicles Monday.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is confident that the super-sized numbers translate into real difference locally, helping businesses and residents.
"We absolutely believe that the economic impact and the media impact of Super Bowl XLIX is... you almost can't put a price on it," said Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. "Because it really does position us well for the future and being positioned as that world-class destination."
Welcome to the neighborhood known as the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. It's a block where the ACC has the most property with five schools remaining, but the*Kentucky Wildcats*are building the most enviable and impressive residence. No team wants to go home, but only four teams will stick around for another week. Here's a look at what it will take to keep playing or get sent packing:
MIDWEST REGIONKentucky Wildcats
Reasons the Wildcats advance: Doesn't seem like the Wildcats need any advice in this category, seeing as how they haven't lost yet this season. The same reasons they've remained unbeaten are the same reasons they can advance to the Final Four in Indianapolis. Kentucky is better than its opponents, top to bottom. The Wildcats have more future NBA players than any other team, and they include center*Karl-Anthony Towns, who could make a run at*Jahlil Okafor*to be the No. 1 draft pick. The Wildcats have more height, more length, more depth than any team they will face.