“It all started with light rail,” said Christine Mackay, Phoenix’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “Every ounce of it doesn’t happen if light rail doesn’t happen. Every ounce of it doesn’t happen if our universities don’t move into downtown. They are really the catalyst that started all this.”
Many of the downtown buildings are occupied by millennials, who are attracted to the housing, nightlife and soon-to-be grocery store that didn’t exist downtown in 2012.
At that time, there were just about 1,800 tech jobs downtown. Now there are more than 7,000.