Phoenix, Arizona, a city in repair
Yes, I was in Phoenix before then, but I really don't remember much about the 1980s. What I do remember is a lot of road construction. And to be fair, I was in California during most of the 1980s, anyway. But if you were in Phoenix in the '80s all I have to do is mention the Savings and Loan Scandal, or corrupt politicians, and you will know what I mean.
What I have come to realize only recently is that Phoenix is a city in repair, to this day. And the more I learn about Phoenix in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the more I learn about a city that was in disrepair. If you have memories of that time, you recall the mess that Phoenix had become. The abandoned downtown, the lack of a decent freeway system, air that was so filthy and polluted that Phoenix had gone from being a place where people moved to in order to breathe clean desert air to one of the most polluted cities in the country.
But by the time my memories of Phoenix kick in, in the 1990s, Phoenix is a city well under repair. I've seen a lot of changes, mostly for the good. The air is so much cleaner, the freeways are so much better. I could go on and on, but if you've seen it, you don't need me to tell you. And if you haven't seen it, well, it's just going to get better and better, and you will see it. But be prepared for more *under construction* signs.
Photo above: road construction on 7th Avenue at the Melrose curve in the 1960s.
Posted by Brad Hall