Phoenix light rail

“The population in the United States is now increasingly urban, which makes the relationship between land use policies and transportation policies that much more important, because we are accommodating so much more growth in cities we need to be able to have the funding to provide alternative forms of transportation. We have a budding light rail system that we need to continue throughout the city.”

-Maria Baier, Phoenix City Council

“We’ve seen $7 billion in both public and private investment along the light rail line, because they want to be where light rail is and so it tends to be a huge factor in the vitality of your downtown. I’m sure that you will take a picture of some of the construction going along here. Those decisions were made based on having the light rail line here.”

-Maria Hyatt, Assistant to Phoenix City Manager

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.