More residents call downtown Phoenix home

Artisan Village, Roosevelt neighborhood

[Source: Justin Schmid, Special for The Republic] — Just a few years ago, downtown Phoenix turned into a ghost town after business hours.  Only baseball, hockey, or basketball could bring it to life.  And that was just for a few hours at a time before sports fans retreated back to the suburbs. But more people are making the downtown area their home.

Real-estate broker Chris Campbell of RooPho Realty doesn’t just sell homes to people hungry for city living: He bought a live/work condominium on Roosevelt Street more than three years ago, part of a vanguard of people choosing an urban lifestyle over sprawl and long commutes.

According to Jeremy Legg, an economic-development program manager for Phoenix, Campbell is among nearly 10,000 people who have moved within a 3-mile radius of Central Avenue and Washington Street since 2000.  In the past four years, developers have built or plan to build 4,500 residential units.  The numbers may not seem staggering, but they’re on par with the city’s projections.  Legg expects an additional 5,500 residential units in the next six years.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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