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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 12:14 AM
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Tempe - Highlights

Tempe 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 an adjacent suburb of Phoenix, the state's largest city. Tempe's population is 175,000, making it one of the largest suburbs in the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area. Typical of most of the Phoenix area, it is developed with low-density housing sprawl and commercial strips; however, its small downtown adjoining the Arizona State University's oldest and largest campus is a livelier and higher density area with many noteworthy new developments.

Tempe Town Lake:
Forming the North border of the downtown and university campus area is this artificial lake, created by retaining an existing river with an inflatable dam and containing it within a wide basin a few miles long. As a large body of water in a parched landscape, it is a recreational asset for the metro area and new developments are starting to line its banks. Vehicle, railroad, and light rail bridges cross it as well.

Tempe Center For The Arts:
One of the new developments along Tempe Town Lake is this theater, studio, and gallery complex. Its refecting pool with an infinity edge fronts the lake, and is very effective for creating the illusion that the two are one when viewed from the center.

Other New Projects on Tempe Town Lake:

The small but growing downtown area is centered a few blocks South of Tempe Town Lake, with the dining and entertainment establishments on Mill Avenue being popular with university students. In fact, a few of the downtown buildings house some university facilities. Large new developments include an unfinished condo highrise pair, seen below, that is stalled.

City Hall:

Tempe Transportation Center:
The useful new light rail line that connects Tempe with Phoenix and the large suburb of Mesa has two platforms in downtown, including this intermodal stop.

Hayden Butte:
An arid hill rises at the junction of Tempe Town Lake, downtown, and the university. It features a large symbolic letter 'A' looming over the area and can be climbed for good views, including the campus shown below. The Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium is nestled in the butte and its sports arena is at the base.

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium:
Arizona State University (ASU) features this midcentury Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater.

ASU Midcentury Buildings:
The campus has a large amount of facilities from this era.

ASU Contemporary Buildings:
The campus also has a good variety of facilities from the last 20 years.

Mesa Arts Center:
This project is not in Tempe...it is in the downtown of Mesa, a suburb next to Tempe. Mesa is the largest suburb of Phoenix, and with a population of 460,000 it is the 38th largest city in the United States! Despite its size, it is most definitely a sprawling low-density bedroom community. Its downtown is a pleasant but forgettable stretch of several blocks, and its highlight is this new center which is home to several theaters, a small contemporary art museum, and art and craft studios.

For my related Phoenix Metro picture threads, see:

Phoenix: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=186756

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

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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 2:26 AM
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Can't wait to see more. I think Tempe Town Lake has been a wonderful addition to the surrounding area.
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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 2:48 AM
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I've always had good visits to Tempe. Very new looking, clean city with friendly people. I usually stay at the La Quinta on University because I like the view of arriving and departing planes (Sky Harbor Airport nearby).
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Nice pictures
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Old Posted Nov 26, 2010, 3:23 PM
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Thanks for the photos! Tempe's low slung sprawling appearance is somewhat deceiving. The city's population density is approximately 4200-4400 persons per sq. mile and this includes the southern portion of the city has large estates, horse properties and small ranches.
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That City Hall looks impressive - I wonder what it's like on the inside.
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Very beautiful.
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Old Posted Dec 4, 2010, 6:46 PM
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Bedhead, I was in downtown Tempe on a weekend, so City Hall was closed and I did not get to go inside.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:33 PM
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I was in Tempe (barely) recently and have nothing miraculous to add but here is the Arizona Heritage Center, a historical museum, on the edge of Papago Park, most of which is within Phoenix:

All photos taken by geomorph in 2016.
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