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Old 11-11-2011, 10:54 PM
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Originally Posted by suezy View Post
can u tell me something about the downtown i notice there are some loft bldgs and it seems that the symphony bldg has some wonderful performances. can one walk at night from wherever they live to the symphony bldg and feel that they are safe. thanks.
Generally, yes. I've lived downtown for a few years and have never felt unsafe. I'm speaking of the large residential loft/condo developments between the area around the US Airways center and Chase Field, north to I-10, and between the 7s (7th st/7th Avenue). Most of the large residential developments are around Central or east of it.

Because of all of the venues, convention center, hotels, and ASU, downtown is heavily patrolled by police and private security. That doesn't mean there is no crime, but there are a lot of things to protect downtown, so there is a lot of protection.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:28 PM
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Downtown is probably about the best. Old town Scottsdale is really nice also. Or Tempe. I don't have anything against living with college students, but there are a LOT of them in Tempe, so it can be a little bit... collegiate...

Old town Scottsdale is great. Although I don't know about grocery shopping, everything else is abundant. Groceries are around, but I just don't know exactly where. It's an active nightlife area.

Phoenix is a car city--it's hard to find everything on foot, but downtown has very good options. Groceries are available, but you have to plan a little bit. The Phoenix Public Market along Central Ave, is a grocery store, and also has Saturday and Wed. evening open air farmer's markets that are really good. I buy a lot of food at the farmer's market and do a couple car runs to Whole Foods every week (not that far), or Trader Joe's near the Biltmore. I like fresh food and I'm in and out of town so I shop frequently. Your needs might not be as demanding. There is also a new grocery at Cityscape, but I haven't checked it out yet.

There are enough bars and restaurants in or immediately around downtown, to keep me satisfied. I like hotel lounges, so that opens up additional options within a couple of blocks of where I live. If you want to go a little farther and enjoy a few drinks without driving, there are more options along the light rail. I'm not a big nightlife person, but I like to have the option to go out and grab a drink or some dinner when I want to.

Other options for walkability are around. Kierland is an example. If you lived somewhere around the golf course at Kierland, you could walk to grocery shopping, entertainment, eating, bars, etc. There are others as well. Overall, I like downtown for the balance of everything.

FWIW, I came from the DC metro area. I consider a mile to be walkable, a little less in summer. I may be a little more tolerant of the heat than are others. Downtown has been a very good choice for me.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:52 AM
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Phoenix's downtown & Central Corridor, downtown Tempe, and Old Town Scottsdale are the most obvious walkable areas ... but there are few additional ones that are often overlooked. Downtown Glendale (although not a favorite of mine) has lots of historic shops along Glendale Avenue & Murphy Park. With the upcoming holidays, there is also Glendale Glitters, which attracts a good crowd.

A couple of other walkable areas to note: the Kierland area in NE Phoenix, which includes Kierland Commons & Scottsdale Quarter. Also, the Camelback Corridor (roughly 24th Street & Camelback) is somewhat walkable due to it being a buisness hub, but it is just as car centric as it is pedestrian friendly.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:24 AM
Location: Avondale and Tempe, Arizona
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Downtown Phoenix is walkable but not so much midtown.

Central Avenue through midtown is very autocentric, probably less so now with light rail but still heavily vehicle-driven.

Even some suburban areas like Verrado and close-knit communities like Sun City can be very walkable, they are certainly safe enough to be so.
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