Archive for the 'Mesa' Category

Downtown Walkabout: City of Tempe welcomes light rail

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Dec. 30, 2008 (Writer’s note: Downtown Phoenix rules the school these days, with the headlines dominated by the new Metro light rail, the expanded Phoenix Convention center, the new 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Arizona State University’s expanded downtown campus and other new developments. But there is more to the Valley than Phoenix. As part […]

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Arizona homebuilder starts luxury clubhouse, despite the slow market

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Dec. 5, 2008 A prominent homebuilder in Arizona, confident of a rebound of the housing market, is moving forward with plans for a gated upscale community in the southeast Valley. Shea Homes broke ground today on a luxury clubhouse in the company’s Encanterra country club community in the Queen Creek area. The Club at Encanterra […]

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Stress-free road trip without a steering wheel

Mike Padgett -

Oct. 9, 2008 What are you doing Friday about 9 a.m., the caller asks. It was an invitation to a road trip without a steering wheel. The caller was Kris Baxter, marketing specialist in the City of Tempe’s Community Development Department. “How’d you like to ride the light rail?” she asks. Sure, I’ll be there. […]

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Metro Phoenix’s East Valley, with fuel at $5 a gallon

Mike Padgett -

Sept. 30. 2008 A look at the future of the East Valley with fuel prices reaching $5 a gallon will be enlightening, and probably painful. That’s the topic the East Valley Partnership is offering, along with a lineup of powerhouse experts, at a Nov. 6 gathering at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. The […]

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Downtown Walkabout: City of Mesa

Mike Padgett -

Sept. 18, 2008 (Writer’s note: Downtown Phoenix rules the school these days, with the headlines dominated by the new Metro light rail, a new convention center, Arizona State University’s expansion, a new hotel and other new redevelopment. But there is more to the Valley than Phoenix. So over the next few weeks and months, I plan to […]

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Luxury resort, convention center planned on former General Motors site

Mike Padgett -

Sept. 3, 2008 A destination resort and a convention center are the key parts of a major redevelopment planned on the former GM Proving Grounds in Mesa by DMB Associates in Scottsdale and Gaylord Entertainment of Nashville, Tenn. The proposal announced today includes DMB’s continued partnership with Westcor for retail planning on the property in […]

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Phoenix business community honors ASU’s Duke Reiter

Mike Padgett -

Aug. 13, 2008 The business pipeline between Phoenix and Chicago, created generations ago by Windy City retirees wintering in Phoenix, and by the Chicago Cubs training in the Arizona sunshine, has grown a little wider. Wellington Reiter, the former dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University, pointed out the Chicago-Phoenix pipeline during […]

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Metro Phoenix’s future light rail linked to region’s past

Mike Padgett -

Aug. 12, 2008 Tom Crosser studies the aging black-and-white photographs of his father, Thomas Crosser. They were taken in Phoenix in February 1948, about three generations ago, when the city was at the brink of major growth after the end of World War II. One of the photos shows Crosser’s father standing between two other […]

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Phoenix light rail system 92 percent complete

Mike Padgett -

Aug. 5, 2008 Like most other parts of the local economy, interest in redevelopment along the $1.4 billion light rail system in metropolitan Phoenix has cooled. But much could change by the end of this year. December is when three major downtown Phoenix projects will be finished: the $1.4 billion light rail system; the $350 […]

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From pediatrics to geriatrics, developer bullish on Arizona

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Aug. 1, 2008 Every 24 hours, on average, 20 to 25 babies are born at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. That means, in just one year, 365 new kindergarten classes arrive at one hospital in one of metro Phoenix’s largest suburbs. At the other end of the age spectrum, people are living longer […]

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