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Old 10-14-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Hello Friends
I live in Wisconsin right now, but hoping to relocate soon.
I have a phone interview scheduled this week for an outpatient VA clinic, which I've been told is on Dunlap Rd., east of the freeway, near the Metrocenter. Is that in the heart of downtown Phoenix? Anyone familiar with that area? I would like to know about easy commutes from residential areas. It looks like Gilbert is fairly close. Any other newer developments close by with fairly short commutes. I'm looking for pretty new construction in the $200,000 range. Any info appreciated
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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No, Metrocenter is nowhere near downtown. Its quite a bit north of it. Metrocenter area was a very up and coming area in the 1970's, but has since gone downhill a bit. Working in that area shouldn't be an issue at all safety wise, but i would recommend looking for a home northwest of there. For the better neighborhoods, i'd probably look north of Cactus rd, and west of 43rd ave.

Oh, and Gilbert is definitely nowhere near Metro. You'd have a fairly short commute if you lived in either NW Phoenix, North Glendale or even Peoria. Generally the further north you go, the newer the houses are.

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Old 10-14-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Fruita, CO
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I agree. I would not live near Metro. If I were you, I'd look in NW Glendale or NW Peoria. Any where near easy access to Loop101. Gilbert is pretty far from Metro area.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Sheeesh!!! I got the "G cities" confused! I meant Glendale. I'm glad to hear that area is not in the middle of downtown Phoenix, mainly because of traffic issues. Thanks for the housing info!
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Metrocenter was once the largest indoor mall complex in the nation ... this was during the 1970s & early '80s. Since then, other much larger malls have sprouted up across the country (especially the Mall of America in Minnesota). However, I understand Metrocenter has recently gone through some major renovations ... but I haven't been in that area for many years to notice the changes.

The area did have a problem with gangs at one time not too long ago. Not sure if that has improved any since then. However, you won't really find any newly constructed residential developments around Metrocenter. That area is very established & built out, and very little room for additional development ... unless they build upward!
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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I was asked on a P.M. if Metrocenter area is a decent place to stay on a temporary basis. I'll reply to that on the open forum by stating it might be better answered by those who actually live near Metrocenter, or frequent the area more often than I do. I'm not sure what the apartments or rentals are like around there. I know it's a bustling area, and there are some hotels that might be decent places to stay temporarily as well.
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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Personally, I wouldnt' live in the area. Not too long ago (less then 4 months) someone was beat and drug behind a car in the metrocenter parking lot. That kinda stuff can happen anywhere, but in some locations it just happens more often.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:03 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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We live a mile north of Metrocenter Mall.

Last night, someone decided to destroy our solar walkway lights.

Grafitti problems all of the time.

A tweaker always seems to beg from me every time I gas up in our neighborhood. Even had one approach us as we were goin' for breakfast one Sunday morning.

I could go on....but in my experience, Phoenix has handed me much more crime in four years than the Detroit area did for 24 years.

We gotta change our zip code.
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: car guy in Phoenix AZ
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I heard they even steal police cars at metrocenter lol. Try to stay away from metrocenter as a place to live.
And I-17 southbound is one of the worst places to commute during early morning traffic, alway a spotlight for wrecks/accidents.

You should download google streets if you have internet on your phone, and see the traffic flow, or monitor traffic from some local tv channel websites so you can have an idea.
If I worked there, Id stil live as far west as I could. Im in Goodyear now but would hate a drive like that every day. I would consider cautiously if you have children or teens.
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