Communities on the Line

October 25, 2017

There’s more than meets the eye on West Camelback Road

Casual observations of the West Camelback Road commercial corridor served by Valley Metro light rail note the empty lots, vacant office and retail space, and facades in need of freshening up. They can’t be missed. But there’s nothing casual about the way LISC Phoenix and its partners, Local First Arizona […]
August 30, 2017

With new clinic, MPHC no longer hidden treasure in Tempe

For nearly 11 years, Mountain Park Health Center has delivered its unique style of integrated healthcare in relative obscurity in Tempe. Now it’s also working redevelopment magic in the city’s center while continuing to advance community health and wellness—and you can’t miss it. At the northeast corner of Broadway Road and McClintock Drive, […]
June 14, 2017

‘Happy City’ author urges push for safe, healthy transportation corridors

The Phoenix metropolitan area has a world-class freeway system and wide arterial streets laid out in a marvelous grid pattern to move people around and within a vast, car-dependent region. Residents can’t be happy. Seriously. Neuropsychology, sociology and public health lessons about happiness tell us what we’ve done over 30 […]
May 24, 2017

Mesa Artspace Lofts Groundbreaking

In July 2015, business leaders, community development experts, arts advocates and city officials took a bus tour of a downtown Mesa area transformed by creative placemaking and transit-oriented development. John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Mesa Mayor John Giles was among them. Tour […]
April 28, 2017

Bazaar days make a world of difference at 19th Ave. and Camelback

The area near the Park-n-Ride lot at 19th Avenue and Camelback Road is one of the most ethnically rich, culturally diverse parts of Phoenix. It has been for decades, largely because of a large concentration of immigrants, including refugees who are part of resettlement programs. It is one thing to […]
March 30, 2017

Creative economic development efforts grow success in downtown Mesa

On a sunny March afternoon in downtown Mesa, a rooster’s call is louder than a light-rail train’s toots, a retiree tends a plot of an urban garden wrapped in local artists’ murals, and a party of four repeat customers talks shop during a meal at a restaurant with Mesa roots […]
February 23, 2017

Long-awaited redevelopment heating up in Apache Blvd. corridor

Apache Boulevard has a storied history as a major thoroughfare for travel and commerce. Long before it became a legacy route for motorists heading to the West Coast, it was a trade route indigenous people used to move goods and make community connections. The boulevard’s long timeline shows decades of […]
January 18, 2017

LISC push on economic development strikes a chord

When Maurice Jones became LISC CEO in September 2016, he set economic development as a key strategy to help lift up struggling communities. “You cannot have a sustainable growth path if you’re not figuring out how to make all of your communities ‘communities of opportunity’,” he said during a recent […]