Phoenix’s first light-rail extension is anchoring a new vision for the city’s north-central neighborhoods along 19th Avenue, where community leaders want to improve safety and revitalize an area they’re calling “19 North.”

With years of light-rail construction woes along 19th Avenue finally over, a coalition of city officials, business owners, school officials and religious leaders are rebranding the area while launching several initiatives to transform it into a safer, more walkable destination. At the center of the corridor is the $327 million light-rail line stretching from Montebello to Dunlap avenues that opened in March.

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