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Old 12-01-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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I'm looking at a property in the 16th St./Glendale area. It is near a canal. Is this a decent place to walk or bike? How safe is it?
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hmmm...I used to live off of 16th St and Northern more or less. The best way for me to put it is a 6 out of 10, with 10 being the safest. I've seen shady types about but was never bothered by anyone and never actually felt concerned.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:12 AM
 
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The canals should be thought of as an attribute. In fact I'd say they are one of the most underutilized "gems" in the metro area. They allow for walking/jogging/biking with minimum street conflict, since they have had a right of way and usually are only crossed by major streets. For years they have been underappreciated and looked at as dusty corridors for water. It would be great if they were treated more like greeenbelts, with attention to making them nicer via landscaping, paths, lighting, vegetation, etc. Some cities are waking up to this.

Tempe did a great job with their section of the Crosscut canal, that flows on the backside of Papago park. It's artsy, chock full of native vegetation, and is a great place to stroll/bike. Meanwhile the biggest chunk of private investment being poured into Scottsdale of late is along their main canal. Serious money - about $2.5 Billion.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:44 AM
 
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Hmmm...I used to live off of 16th St and Northern more or less. The best way for me to put it is a 6 out of 10, with 10 being the safest. I've seen shady types about but was never bothered by anyone and never actually felt concerned.
And the closer you get to south Phoenix, the worse it gets. Let's just say my wife found someone being raped next to our apartment complex. Sigh, i can't wait to leave Phoenix.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Inside the 101
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Hmmm...I used to live off of 16th St and Northern more or less. The best way for me to put it is a 6 out of 10, with 10 being the safest. I've seen shady types about but was never bothered by anyone and never actually felt concerned.
I live right near 16th St & Glendale and generally agree with this assessment. I might say 7 instead of 6, though. I've never felt unsafe along the canals, but you will occasionally see homeless people pushing shopping carts along the banks. Go a little east and I'd upgrade the rating to 8 or 9. From Granada Park through Biltmore and Arcadia, the Arizona Canal is very nice and always full of runners, walkers, etc.
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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I have lived near various canals through out the metro area and while that area is OK I do remember encountering more than a few dogs. I started stashing big sticks along the route and once doggy got wind of a jogger with stick, the issue was over. People were no problem though but things have changed over the last few years and I would use caution and mace if you are not on a bike. Previous is right, east is better with Indian Bend Wash the best and Biltmore a close second.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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I lived on 16th street, just north of Glendale by the Point. Walked the canals alot, there were some homeless people who hung out around the Chevron station on the northeast corner, but never gave me concern. Walking northwest towards 12th street and beyond can get a touch rough, but the worst I ever ran into was a man taking a d**p behind a bush!!
Walk southeast as the other post said, nicer area. Plus you can walk the point resort too.
ps. If I was a female alone, I'd choose to walk when others were present. Or go walk the bridle path on Central.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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This thread is going on 2 years old now. I was wondering if there have been any improvements to this canal/trail system? Is it well used by walkers and about how far can one go on these trails. Are there parking lots where one can access the areas? I don't know much about them so Im not sure if it is an actual park like system. Im trying to find paved trails in the Phoenix area, and Im not sure if this canal system is part of that Rio Salato Trail I found somewhere on the net. Any info would be appreciated. THANKS.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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I've never felt unsafe in that area of Phoenix/Paradise Valley/Biltmore. If you head further west is definitely gets seedy though.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Tempe
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This thread is going on 2 years old now. I was wondering if there have been any improvements to this canal/trail system? Is it well used by walkers and about how far can one go on these trails. Are there parking lots where one can access the areas? I don't know much about them so Im not sure if it is an actual park like system. Im trying to find paved trails in the Phoenix area, and Im not sure if this canal system is part of that Rio Salato Trail I found somewhere on the net. Any info would be appreciated. THANKS.
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