By Joe Ferguson | Arizona Daily
The Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District Board has an ambitious plan to turn empty buildings on the Sunshine Mile along Broadway into thriving businesses.
It is a plan mostly on paper for now as the city moves forward to widen East Broadway between Euclid Avenue and Country Club Road to a six-lane road with bike lanes, sidewalks and landscaping.
Dozens of buildings are already empty, victims of an uncertain future ever since the city first promised to widen Broadway in 1989. More are threatened to become empty as parking lots and even buildings are swallowed up by new lanes of traffic.