Phoenix Light Rail Spurring Development

Arizona news outlets this week are touting (here, here, and here) all of the private investment — to the tune of $1 billion — that is occuring along Phoenix’s 20-mile light rail line that is currently under construction.

A majority of the proposed urban route that voters approved in Kansas City last month aligns with Troost and Broadway. Troost is starting to see improvements north of 47th Street, but remains run-down (if still well traveled) to the south. Broadway is pretty much unchanged between the Plaza and the downtown loop and sees zero pedestrian activity north of Armour until you hit Quality Hill. What are Kansas City’s options for transit-oriented development along the proposed route through the core? Are there any intersections or existing developments begging for a makeover?


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