The East Valley’s decade to remember

By Gary Nelson | Ahwatukee Foothills News

If you want a metaphor for how the East Valley was doing as this decade began, here’s one for you: A gaunt, rusting multistory steel skeleton in Chandler.

Elevation Chandler sat at the corner of South Price and Frye roads, the abandoned dream of a whiz-bang developer who had launched the hotel-condo project in 2006 only to run out of money – as did much of the world about that time.

The ruin loomed over every shopper who visited the next-door mall, every driver who rolled past on Loop 101. It stood as a haunting reminder of the Great Recession until the decade was almost half-past, not coming down until 2014.

If you want a metaphor for how the East Valley is doing as this decade ends, this same site will do. 


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