Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Dodgers Spring Training facility gets approved: another feather in Glendale’s cap

As Steve mentioned earlier today (he beat me to the punch!), the Dodgers will be playing spring ball in Glendale in 2009, along with the White Sox if they can find another team to fill their spot in Tucson. This is good news on several levels – more baseball locally, more economic impact, more support of future growth, more national recognition for the area, etc. etc. etc. But what blows my mind is just how fast this area has exploded. I'm trying to picture another area which has changed more in a 10-year period than the area in Glendale along the 101 Corridor.

This whole area was nothing but farm-land at the turn of the century (although the Peoria Sports Complex wasn't too far away at Bell & 83rd Ave.) Then, one by one, new developments appeared, and each one seemed to make the ones before it look like they had been there forever. The completion of Loop 101; Glendale Arena (now known as Arena); Cabelas; Westgate; and the Arizona Cardinal's Stadium (now known as the University of Phoenix Stadium). The construction of Zanjero; several hotels (John Q Hammond Renaissance Hotel, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn); and Parkwest. And the proposals for Glendale Main Street and the Bidwills' skyscraper. And now another main attraction...

We've written about some of these before:

Glendale Main Street

Glendale's Sky Scraper

Stadium Area Development

Glendale Hotels "on the clock"

If you haven't been out to this part of town in awhile, you're not going to recognize it!

- Chris Butterworth