[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Downtown Phoenix’s development boom is shaking up the once close-knit Garfield neighborhood. The area, bound by 7th and 16th streets and Van Buren Street and Interstate 10, is historically known as a tough Latino enclave with vintage bungalows, small businesses, and deep family roots. But today, it’s surrounded by multimillion-dollar projects: Arizona State University’s downtown campus, the downtown medical school, and upscale condos.
Garfield residents, who have toiled for decades to fight crime and build affordable homes, worry those efforts could be swept away by student rentals, business traffic, and land speculators. “It’s going to change,” said Garfield resident Alicia Ruiz, 45. The veterinarian grew up in Garfield and lives near families she has known since she was 5. “We want more people who own homes because homeowners care. It will be interesting to see what happens.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]