Phoenix

State Capitol News
10:20 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Economists: Be Wary of Strong Housing Market in Phoenix

The truth about

Homeowners happy with the current double-digit increases in values should be warned: There could be a bubble. And bubble can go 'pop.'

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Fronteras
2:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter

John Larsala struggles to keep his family cool during the Phoenix summer. The shade trees in his front yard have died because he cannot afford to water them.
Peter O'Dowd

A place with one of the harshest climates in the Southwest –- Phoenix -- records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country. But climate models predict metro Phoenix, with its population of four million, will get hotter.

Here in John Larsala’s driveway, the view is bleak.

“You see our tree is dead,” Larsala said. “All these trees are dying because I can’t put water on it.”

The grass is dead too. In fact, there is no grass anymore.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Phoenix Housing Market Undeniably Up

Ken Peterson is a vice president for Shea Homes, where sales are up almost 60 percent from last year.
Peter O'Dowd KJZZ

Here's a turnaround worth noting: The housing market in Phoenix is emerging from a historic slumber. Foreclosures are down, and new home sales are re-energizing the market -- up 35 percent from a year ago.

Let's get down to street level, shall we? How 'bout Ravenswood Drive near Gilbert's eastern edge.

Ken Peterson is a Vice President for Shea Homes. We're in a development called Spaces. And listen to this, air compressors and nail guns all around us.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:20 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Union: Progress Made in Phoenix Bus Strike Talks

The president of the union representing striking Phoenix bus drivers says major progress has been made in negotiations with their employer.

Union president Bob Bean told The Associated Press that he is hoping a final deal can be reached Wednesday to end the strike that began Saturday.

If a deal is reached, about 640 drivers for Veolia Transportation Services could vote on the contract Thursday.

Bean says the two sides have yet to discuss the contract with 310 striking Tempe drivers.

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Fronteras
12:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: The Southwest Zombie Problem

A solitary manhole cover in a stalled development in suburban Phoenix.
By Peter O'Dowd

PPHOENIX — Homebuilders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days and you’ll find construction projects that have screeched to a halt.

Up to 1 million lots in Central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed, according to the Sonoran Institute.

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