For quite some time, there has been a lot of discussion (and a lot of controversy) over the choice of where the light rail line should run. This past weekend, the newspaper had an article titled “Route choice aims to draw passengers” which covered the topic pretty well. Of course, you have the people that say it should never have been built, and those that say it should be everywhere. Thankfully, the initial design appears (to us) to have been well planned. At either end, you have some older, established neighborhoods and in between you have a ton of different types of residential and commercial neighborhoods. The areas range from sub $100k residential to well over the million dollar mark in Tempe and in Phoenix. Commercial developments and business type vary from “dives” to divine.
I would suggest that people take a look at some of these areas, there really is a lot of things to do along the line. The job base is extensive, the sports scene is rockin’ and the tourism/hotel/convention business is going to benefit greatly from the route.
I am enclosing a couple of links to show you a sampling of housing near the Phoenix Light Rail stations near the beginning of the line at 19th Ave/Montebello and the other end of the line at Sycamore /Main Street in Mesa. As you can see, there is a lot of affordable housing near the light rail lines. It would make sense that people would choose these areas because of the proximity to the line and the ease of getting to a job or to some of the entertainment along the route.
Different sections of the line vary greatly and it is fun to look at the diversity of housing options. Rail Life plans to share as much information about the areas as possible and wants to help people learn how to best utilize the light rail system. We have seen how cool some of these neighborhoods are and have done a lot of research in forming our opinions of how people will be able to have a lot of fun in these areas. THAT’S what were talkin’about…
“Your Life Is On The Line!” – You might as well enjoy it!