If you live in my neck of the woods, this is exciting news. Well, exciting for most of us, but for some homeowners this is the last nail in the coffin of development - they now live in surbubia!
Peoria is going to pave the dirt roads in the neighborhood between Deer Valley & Pinnacle Peak, 83rd Ave & 91st Ave. This should go a long way towards helping to reduce the dust in the area, especially on windy days.
I feel a little bit bad for some of the people who live in that neighborhood, though. These people were the first ones there, back when there was nothing around except miles of desert, broken up by the occassional miles of orange groves! When Cheryl & I first moved out to this part of town in 1998, we bought into one of the earlier subdivisions being built - not the first, but probably the 2nd or 3rd. We drove through two miles of orchards to get to Loop 101, and this neighborhood with the dirt roads was quaint & cute. However, now that the entire area has been filled in with new homes, the situation has changed. Call it progress (or worse if you live there!), but it's the right thing to do. So while I empathize with this particular group of homeowners, I'm happy Peoria is paving the roads.
Good job, Peoria.
Here's an article from AZCentral.com with more specifics.
- Chris Butterworth