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Old Posted Nov 22, 2010, 7:03 PM
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Phoenix - Highlights

Phoenix highlights photographed in November 2010:
This city is located in the very hot 'Valley of the Sun' in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona. It is the state's largest city, and with 1.6 million people is the 5th most populous in the United States; its metropolitan statistical area is 4.3 million, ranking 12th in the US.

Central Avenue:
The area of Central Phoenix is connected to downtown by this major street. It is a stretch of several miles primarily lined with average 1980's and 90's office towers, loosely interspersed with a few civic and cultural facilities. Empty lots, some neglected older properties, and low-density commercial strips typical of the sprawl of the metro area result in a fairly unexciting urban experience (but several notable facilities are still present). Fortunately, a cohesive streetscape gives it an identity, and a new light rail line runs the middle of much of its length with several platforms. The single light rail line is a great addition to the city, connecting Central Avenue with downtown with Sky Harbor Airport with the major suburbs of Tempe and Mesa.

Deck Park:
The 10 Freeway runs underground for about 1/2 mile, with a park on top that features several plazas and lawns. Central Avenue crosses above the subterranean freeway and park on an attractive bridge.

Burton Barr Central Library:
Adjacent to Deck Park, along Central Avenue, is this impressive public library.

Phoenix Art Museum:
Also on Central Avenue, this complex of 1959 buildings has been expanded and renovated recently, with further work in progress. It is a successful blend of slick modern enhancement that respects the original concept.

Phoenix Financial Center:
One of Central Avenue's first business landmarks, this midcentury classic was designed by Wenceslaus Sarmiento. The first 11 stories opened in 1968, and the upper 8 stories were added in 1972!

Heard Museum:
The spiral lawn bowl along Central Avenue leads to this expansive Southwest art museum housed in a pleasing complex of simple mission revival buildings.

Downtown Historic Buildings:
Central Avenue leads South into the relatively compact downtown. It is not a particularly bustling downtown for a city of its size, but it is clean and features a good selection of representative buildings from various eras and styles. Most of the limited selection of historic buildings from the first half of the 20th century are pictured here.

Downtown 1960's and 70's:
A good variety of buildings from this era house government offices and chambers, hotels, and a symphony hall.

Arizona Center:
This downtown shopping and dining and office complex surrounds a nice planted plaza and garden.

New City Hall:

Phoenix Convention Center:
This large complex of three buildings covers 9 blocks of downtown.

Downtown Sports Facilities:
The US Airways Center is home to the metro area's professional basketball teams as well as arena football and popular concerts; Chase Field features a retractable roof and is home to the metro area's professional baseball team. Both are 1990's creations, adjacent to each other on the South side of downtown.

Downtown, Various Modern Buidlings:

This new downtown development, still being completed, features lowrise buildings for shops and dining and entertainment on two blocks with a shiny highrise towering above.

ASU Downtown:
Much of the North side of downtown is being greatly enhanced by new buildings that compose an urban satellite campus of the Arizona State University, including a park dominated by sleek shade structures and a suspended sculpture.

Steele Indian School Park:
This large greenspace is in Central Phoenix on the site of a former campus, and features a lake and formal circle as well as a spiral desert garden.

Pueblo Grande Museum:
This visitor center is near the airport and interprets the Hohokam people's civilization in the area. It is built next to one of the most important archaeological sites of their culture.

Papago Park:
On the edge of the city and separating it from a few of its suburbs, this large park is mostly landscaped with its native Sonoran Desert vegetation. It is studded with several rocky buttes and attractions.

Desert Botanical Garden:
One of the attractions in Papago Park is this wonderful assembly of themed trails that interpret the local flora as well as those from other desert regions of the world.

Phoenix Zoo:
Another attraction in Papago Park is this large zoo. Its greatest area is an exhibit complex called Desert Lives, which features a trail with scattered interpretive ramadas and several large natural habitats for endangered Desert Bighorn Sheep (natives) and Arabian Oryx (exotic antelope which this zoo has had a major role in saving from extinction).

For my related Phoenix Metro picture threads, see:

Scottsdale: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=186792

Tempe: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=186823

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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 1:02 AM
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Great job!
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 1:35 AM
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Perfect ! I didn't want this thread to end. The Phoenix Financial Center is my most favorite building.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 4:37 AM
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Lovely new buildings!
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 5:59 AM
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Thanks, dont see too many threads on Phoenix.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 3:47 PM
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Beautiful pics. While Phoenix may not have the downtown density of other cities (e.g. Denver, Chicago, etc), it has an great uniqueness about it which in my mind is a good thing to differentiate it from other big cities.
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I love Phoenix can't wait to go back. Cool photos!
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For some reason I only like modernism when it is done in the desert. Seems to fit there the best. With that in mind I enjoyed the photos quite a bit.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2010, 6:23 AM
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Very good job, our downtown isn't hustle and bustle, but its gotten a lot better in the last 20 years. When I was a kid it was scary, not its just sort of dull but clean and safe, hopefully in the next 20 years it'll grow into an exciting place.

I also like that you added pictures of the beautiful Papago Park and DBG/Zoo areas.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2010, 11:59 AM
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Great tour.

Interesting, modern architecture. Thanks for sharing.

A bit too "sunbelt" for my tastes, but an attractive city nonetheless
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Interesting pics but is Phoenix devoid of human life?
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Thanks for the ride I really enjoyed it!!! You have done a great job!
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Old Posted Dec 4, 2010, 6:38 PM
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Thanks for all the compliments!

bobdreamz, I visited downtown on a weekend so it was probably less crowded than on a weekday!
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It is cool to see a Phoenix thread that shows downtown and some desert photos. The botanical garden shots were awesome! Also I really like the small history lesson showing the cool older buildings up to the modern ones. Excellent work!
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2010, 6:13 PM
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Highrise Mike, yes I think including both downtown and areas like Papago Park in one thread gives a good picture of the possible experience in this city since both are close to each other and easily linked by lightrail and bus!
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Old Posted Dec 26, 2010, 4:24 AM
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Nice city.
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