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Phoenix tackles public transit head on

by in Blogs

Remember what it was like to rely on Phoenix public transit last century? Not in the early part of the last hundred years, but as recent as the 1990s. Phoenix had limited bus service and no service after midnight or Sundays. It was not the best system for a rapidly growing city. At that time,… Read More →

Businesses Helped During Light-Rail Expansion

Light Rail Station On Washington, Phoenix, AZ
by in Featured | Small Biz

As the Northwest light-rail expands into Glendale, local business owners try to work out the project’s kinks with city officials. When talk first started of the expansion, many business owners were a bit skeptical of their success during the process. But after talking with each other and receiving much needed reassurance from the city of… Read More →

Groundbreaking for light rail extension

by in Business News

Ground will be broken Saturday on a project to extend metro Phoenix’s light rail system by three miles. The new section of line will be built on 19th Avenue in Phoenix from Montebello Avenue northward to Dunlap Avenue. Construction will begin Monday. The $300 million project is slated to be completed in late 2015 or… Read More →

Phoenix light rail strike averted

by in Business News

Officials with the light rail that serves the Phoenix metropolitan area say the potential for a work stoppage by New Year’s Eve has been averted. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 and light rail operations contractor Alternate Concepts agreed Friday to continue labor negotiations under existing work conditions. ATU and ACI have agreed to submit… Read More →

LaHood visits Mesa to unveil $75M for light rail


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has unveiled $75 million in federal funding to help build a three-mile light rail extension connecting Phoenix and Tempe. LaHood took part Friday in a grant signing ceremony in Mesa and said the light rail extension helps fast-growing cities in Arizona. The new Central Mesa Extension, operated by Valley… Read More →

Phoenix Takes On Two More Solar Power Projects

Light Rail Station On Washington, Phoenix, AZ
by in Green

With sustainability practices continually increasing with popularity, it’s no surprise that Phoenix is expanding its go green tactics and introducing new ways to put solar energy to good use. On July 6, the city launched its first solar-cooled light rail station. One of the most popular and well-used seating areas for the light rail, 3rd.… Read More →

Centennial Series: Photos Then And Now — Mesa, Ariz.

Centennial Photos Then and Now, Mesa - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” aptly describes the relationship the city of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs share. Major League Baseball first came to Mesa for spring training in 1952. Back then, the Cubs made Rendezvous Park their home until it was razed in 1976 and replaced with… Read More →

Q&A Steve Moore, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau

Steve Moore, GPCVB, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Steve Moore President and CEO Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau What is the outlook of tourism in Arizona and the Valley as you see it? Tourism is a $17 billion industry here, and it is strong enough to have absorbed some body blows over the past couple of years. The recession hurt. The “AIG… Read More →

Electric Cars For The Eco-Friendly Commuter

TeslaRoadster Electric Car
by in Executive Lifestyle | Green | Tech

“Going green” can be difficult in a city like Phoenix. You can keep track of your recyclables, buy organic and even compost, but what about that long commute every Monday through Friday? There are a few options open for those determined to reduce their carbon footprint: bus, light rail, carpool, bicycle or some combination thereof.… Read More →

The Canalscape Project Envisions Beautifying The Phoenix-Area’s Many Canals

The Canalscape Project Beautifying The Phoenix-Area Canals
by in Education | Featured | Green | Real Estate

Forget “The Valley of the Sun.” Imagine “The Venice of the Southwest.” It’s an idea that’s hard to fathom now, especially when most Valley residents think of canals as “ugly, smelly and dangerous,” says Nan Ellin, a former Arizona State University professor who conceived Canalscape with her students. Canalscape is a concept that encourages Phoenicians… Read More →

Density: Our Ticket To The Green Express

by in Blogs | Green | Legal | Real Estate

Like the spine is to the human body, light rail is the backbone of a thriving urban scene. Density is the fuel that feeds the core. To flourish, density needs zoning code changes and public policies that encourage a vertical mix of commercial and residential uses.

Hula’s Modern Tiki Brings Polynesia To Central Phoenix

Front patio of Hula's Modern Tiki
by in Dining | Featured

With new restaurants popping up on every block of Central Phoenix, it can be hard to tell which are worth a visit and which should be avoided at all costs. Well, I’m here to tell you that Hula’s Modern Tiki, located right off the light rail at Central Avenue and Camelback Road, is worth not… Read More →

Sustainability Is Possible In The Suburbs. Really.

Illustration of suburb with recycle logo
by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

Is it possible to build a sustainable suburb? The answer depends largely upon your perspective. Of course, sustainability is a word freely associated these days with eco-friendly building materials, alternative energy and “living off the grid,” and is usually used in conjunction with the concepts of urban living, light-rail and transportation-oriented development. However, some of… Read More →

Snapshot: METRO Light Rail

Light rail tracks being built near valley ho
by in Featured | Snapshot

Watch the evolution of the METRO Light Rail from start to finish. [slickr-flickr tag=”rail” items=”8″ type=”sets” sort=”date” direction=”ascending” id=”54615825@N02″]