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Phoenix rebuilds downtown as it woos Silicon Valley professionals

But sceptics worry there is just too much building going on and that it will come crashing down soon

The Phoenix that has been disparaged by so many is undergoing a change. These days, there is hardly an empty lot left in the city's core, and there are as many apartments under construction, or about to be built, as all of those that were built from 1996 to 2008.

Mr Marino (left) and Mr Park worked as software engineers in Silicon Valley before they turned an old hardware store on the southern edge of downtown Phoenix into headquarters for their online mattress business.

The Phoenix Public Market cafe. Eager to transform their city's image, Phoenix leaders are betting big on education-driven urban renewal projects to draw young, tech-savvy residents downtown.


ON King of the Hill, the animated sitcom that aired for 13 years on Fox, the character named Peggy Hill once called Phoenix "a monument to man's arrogance". Last summer, on a day the temperature broke records at 115 degrees, someone posted a segment on Reddit under the thread "...

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