A Livable City
Dedication to a Livable City
The city is dedicated to making – and keeping – Phoenix a livable, safe city for its residents. For example, the Phoenix City Council adopted 26 recommendations and provided funding for six new positions and several new programs to enhance school safety in 2001.
That’s a commitment that continued in 2008, with the Phoenix-area city of Goodyear winning the National Civic League-sponsored All-America City Award competition. Given since 1949, the award “recognizes civic excellence, honoring communities of all sizes in which citizens, government, businesses and voluntary organizations work together to explain how they are successfully resolving critical local issues.”
In 2009 the Valley of the Sun received more accolades because of its commitment to livability. For the third year in a row, KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to encouraging cities to devote time, energy and resources to creating play opportunities for kids, designated Phoenix as its 2009 Playful City USA for, “The quality of and access to hundreds of city parks, recreation facilities and other playspaces.” Also, Businessweek.com identified Phoenix as, “…a magnet for Generation Y residents because of its history of having some of the nation’s best job opportunities.” Readers of TV Y Más magazine, a Spanish-language television guide, that year voted Phoenix as their “Best Place to Raise a Family,” and both Apartments.com and CbCampus.com rated Phoenix as number seven in its top 10 cities in the United States for recent college graduates.
Valley Metro, an institution formed under the auspices of the Regional Public Transportation Authority, handles public transit in Phoenix and throughout Maricopa County, which is now more important than ever given the recent growing gas prices. It’s services include busing, local-area shuttles, Paratransit (for residents with medical challenges in need of transportation) and METRO, a new, 20-mile, $1.4 billion light-rail transit system that takes commuters though a metropolitan area that includes such major Valley of the Sun cities as Tempe and Mesa. Launched on December 27, 2008, future METRO plans include building 30 more miles of light rail lines by 2025.
The bottom line is that Phoenix has a lot to offer, and has been recognized for its reasonable cost of living and universal appeal by national relocation companies and surveys.