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By Daniel “Buzz” Gosnell | Scottsdale Independent
With its mixed-use development projects, innovative architecture and walkability, Kierland has become one of the most vibrant and iconic urban cores in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Residents are able to tap into a work, live and play lifestyle envied by other communities while city planners try to emulate its success throughout the country. Often understated in Kierland’s success is that it did not happen by accident but instead an adherence to a vision of a community that will perpetually evolve.
In the early 1990s, the Kierland master plan was unanimously approved, making it the largest rezoning case in Phoenix history at that time. Shortly after approval, Woodbine Development Corp. developed Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa along with the infrastructure required to develop the entire Kierland master-planned community.