Thank you, Phil Gordon
Today’s daily reports on the new light rail scheduled to open for business December 27.
The article lists some of the routes and areas to be served. This is a notable bit of information from the article:
Those glory days are long gone. Today the restaurants, theaters, the once popular five-and-dimes, drug store, by-the-slice Pizza D’Amore, Orange Julius and the then-trendy basement level, Janitor’s Closet bar are memories. The once-fashionable shopping destination has become home to big box Wal-Mart, Target and Costco.
The daily has also misspelled the mall’s name. It has nothing to do with a deity. It was originally named in 1961 for Chris Harri, a Swiss-born farmer who owned and farmed the land where the original mall was constructed. The quiet man with bushy eyebrows, was known to everyone in the area simply as “Chris.”
We are assured extensions are planned over the next two decades. Valleyites are waiting to find out where our tax dollars will take us next. Maybe to the once majestic, now ghost-like Trotting Park west of Phoenix?
How many more longtime, family-owned businesses will be permanently closed due to construction barriers that inhibit customer access?
The article quotes Jack Tevlin, a retired city executive who was Phoenix’s deputy city manager for transportation when the Metro line of light rail was planned. He says he is familiar with the complaints. “People say: ‘I live in Paradise Valley. This doesn’t help me,’ ” Tevlin said. “But this is just the beginning.”
That sounds more like a threat than a promise. It’s doubtful there is a clamor for the plodding rail line, and the accompanying loss of a traffic lane, by residents of the exclusive area.