TOD

August 2, 2019

Trellis branches out with Phoenix TOD townhouse project

A ¾-acre residential lot in the West Camelback Corridor is long past its prime as a single-family-home property. As fate and determination have it, that’s a very good thing for 20 future homeowners and a neighborhood experiencing revitalization spurred by light rail. Trellis broke ground in May on a townhouse […]
January 14, 2019

Strong Towns founder Charles Marohn urges people-first approach to urban development

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” — Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” The definition of insanity, the adage goes, is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Charles […]
November 6, 2018

Valor on Eighth marshals resources, inspires hope for veterans

Honor, dignity and opportunity took up residence at Valor on Eighth when the Tempe apartment community designed and built for under-served veterans opened in January. Hope and determination have made themselves comfortable there, too. With Valor, housing and veterans’ advocates scored a victory in the ongoing battle to create decent, […]
August 8, 2018

Impact 2008-2018

LISC Phoenix’s investments spur double-digit population, buying power growth over a 10-year period
June 19, 2018

Affordable homeownership opportunities growing from LISC partner

In a Phoenix metropolitan area known for urban sprawl, two affordable housing infill projects are getting to the heart of matters of homeownership and healthy community development. Price, location and cool design features will attract buyers to a split-lot, single-family home project near downtown Phoenix and to “micro estates” near […]
March 7, 2018

A Second Chance for McDowell Road’s Miracle Mile

Nearly seven decades ago, shop owners frustrated by the challenges of conducting business in downtown Phoenix went looking for the next big thing in local commerce. They found it on McDowell Road, which back then was on the outskirts of town. McDowell Road quickly became a mid-century commercially vibrant, pedestrian-friendly […]
November 6, 2017

With help from LISC Small Business, CO+HOOTS expands and thrives

Jenny Poon is thankful every day for LISC making it possible for her to expand her thriving co-working space, CO+HOOTS. CO+HOOTS currently houses more than 250 entrepreneurs, and demand is so high that Poon is in the process of expanding the venture to two more facilities in the Phoenix metro […]
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 […]