Downtown Phoenix is in the midst of a historic revitalization effort that is reshaping the skyline and generating a buzz about the area as an increasingly attractive place to live, work and play. 

Through strategic growth, the once-sleepy downtown is going from dull to dynamic, waking up to a development boom.

“Downtown Phoenix is in the middle of an incredible resurgence,” said Christine Mackay, director for the City of Phoenix’s Community and Economic Development Department. “When you go into the 1800s to the early 1900s, even the 1950s and 1960s, downtown Phoenix was a vibrant, thriving urban shopping corridor,” she said. “It’s where everybody came to do business. It’s where they came for their recreation. It was truly the city center up until about 1970. In the 1970s, it really started to flip.” 

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