City praised for ‘managing’ its way out of financial disaster
Jen Fifield | Arizona Republic
Just past the roadblock on Ball Park Boulevard near Camelback Ranch in Glendale, crews are extending the street to the Glendale Sports and Entertainment District.
A short stretch beyond Glendale’s spring training ballpark, the road dead ends into desert.
Ball Park Boulevard was supposed to anchor a bustling district where people could dine, work and vacation.
Instead, the vacant land is a lingering reminder of where this city has been.
Glendale became known nationally for experiencing one of the worst municipal crashes in the country during the Great Recession, in part because of the money it borrowed to build this stranded ballpark.
But there are signs here, and around Glendale, that after teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the city has recovered.
Just past the roadblock, crews are extending the street north, to the Glendale Sports and Entertainment District where it was originally supposed to go.
Elsewhere, across the city, the roughest roads are being repaved.