Daily Archives: November 3, 2008

Nielsen study finds Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix are top markets by recent population growth

[Source: Market Wire via COMTEX] — A new Nielsen Company analysis aimed at uncovering expansion opportunities for the retail industry in a down economy has found that sustained growth is occurring in large metros such as Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Phoenix, AZ, which ranked as the top three fastest growing markets over the last eight years.  The study, which was conducted by Nielsen Claritas, Nielsen’s leading marketing information source, and based on data compiled as of early 2008, showed that Atlanta and Dallas CBSAs (Core Based Statistical Areas) added more than one million in population since 2000, while the Phoenix CBSA was close at 971,849.

Rounding out the top five were the Houston and the Los Angeles CBSAs, which also grew by nearly a million people at 949,905 and 939,317, respectively.  A CBSA includes both metropolitan areas of at least 50,000 population and micropolitan areas with a population between 10,000-49,999.  “And while some of these markets like Phoenix and Los Angeles have been hard hit by the recent wave of foreclosures, there has been no mass exodus from these markets or anywhere else.

People who have foreclosed most likely have not left the market but rather have just become renters. Faltering markets, such as these, will likely rebound and continue to grow — and their underlying demographics are solid,” said Mike Mancini, Nielsen Claritas Vice President of Data Product Management and co-author of a whitepaper that documented the study’s findings, titled “Finding Growth in Challenging Times: Seven Indicators to Evaluate Population Growth.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Meetings will discuss Phoenix’s I-10 West transit corridor

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Public meetings are scheduled in Phoenix over the next two weeks to discuss how to best transport commuters along Interstate 10 in the West Valley.  Meetings are scheduled in Phoenix on Thursday and Nov. 13 to give a project update and share the latest analysis of an Interstate 10 West transit corridor study.  The I-10 West transit corridor project is examining the potential for a light-rail or bus rapid transit-service connection to the West Valley.  

Considerations being evaluated include how to connect this transit corridor with the 20-mile Metro light-rail starter line, station, and park-and-ride locations and the transit mode that best meets the needs of this area.  Metro plans to use the 50-foot median of I-10 West between I-17 and 83rd Avenue for this transit service.  Several routes east of I-17 are still being evaluated for their connection to the State Capitol and downtown Phoenix.

Over the past several months, analysis has been conducted for the various options on capital cost, travel demand, land use compatibility, connectivity to the regional transit network, potential economic development opportunities, environmental factors and other components.  Metro and Phoenix staff will be on hand to review the project’s status, listen to comments, and answer questions.  The meeting dates and locations are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m., University Park, Safe Haven Room, 1002 W. Van Buren St.
  • Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m., Carpenter’s Union Training Center, 4547 W. McDowell Rd.

Opportunities for public involvement will continue throughout the project development process, according to Metro officials.  Those unable to attend the meetings may send their comments to Monica Hernandez at 602-322-4427 or via e-mail.  Meetings are held in buildings that are handicapped-accessible.  Any individual who requires special assistance should contact Hernandez at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Coronado, Midtown Museum neighbors hold dueling soirees, Nov. 7

Tis the season for neighborhood gatherings… Here is information about two that just arrived in our in-box:

Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

  • Date: Friday, November 7, 2008
  • 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. ~ no host happy hour at Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Bar, 1326 N. Central Ave.
  • 7 p.m. ~ free docent tour of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Cowboy Artists of America exhibit

This is the group’s first social event.  Interested individuals are welcome to meet others who live and work in our neighborhood.  Attend one or both activities.  For more information, click here.

Coronado Historic District

Join us for November’s 7th on 7th Party and enter to win Coronado’s First Annual Dessert Contest!  Do you have a tried and true “knock-out” recipe that you think your friends and neighbors will enjoy?  Then bring it along for a fun evening of judging and sampling of all kinds of mouth-watering desserts.  Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners up, and the winning recipe will be published in the Coronado Dispatch.  If you can’t bring a dessert, then show up with your sweet tooth — neighbors will also have the chance to vote for the “Coronado’s Favorite.”  MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain, 2303 N. 7th St., is where all of the fun will take place.  The contest rules are simple… Bring enough to share and let us know if it has nuts (for those that may have allergies).  Judging begins at 6:30 p.m., so make sure your dessert reaches us in time!  Judges include Councilman Michael Nowakowski; Danielle Librera, Chef & Owner, Sweet Pea Bakery; and MacAlpine’s very own Monica!