Monday, September 10, 2007

West Valley Population Explodes – my unscientific opinion

Every morning my oldest son & I join thousands of other Phoenicians in the tradition of parents taking their kids to school. However, in our case it's a little more of a journey than it is for most people; we leave our house in the Arrowhead area (Northwest Valley) and travel to ACT School in downtown Phoenix. Last year my son attended Chrysalis Academy in Tempe, but our route through central Phoenix was the same.

Well, now that we're about a month into the school year, one thing has become very clear to me: Traffic is much worse this year! I take the 101 South from Peoria/Glendale (not much traffic) to I-10 eastbound (using the carpool lane). Last year I was able to get onto I-10, and I usually had about a mile or so to merge over into the carpool lane before we hit major traffic. This year the I-10 traffic is backing up onto the 101 offramp! (see my expertly drawn illustrations below!)

Statistics? None. Housing permits? Nope. County Recorder's Office official data? No way. But how can you argue with the change in traffic?

The only thing I can surmise is that there are more people living west of the Loop 101.. An absolute population boom!

- Chris Butterworth