This photo epitomizes one of the reason we returned to Phoenix. Two years ago, the downtown streets were completely torn up due to the construction of the Valley Metro light rail project, and this block was giant construction project as they were hard at work on this brand new convention center. The downtown area is much nicer now that these big projects are completed.
As a side note, I found it difficult to capture a photo of the Valley Metro without an accompanying automobile even on the weekend. It didn’t take me long to realize that the train appeared to control the signals at all but a couple of the busiest intersections, and I’m sure it didn’t take drivers long to figure that out either. So a car that mirrored the speed of the train could be assured of hitting most signals during a green light. The few lights it didn’t seem to control were major arteries running perpendicular to the rail and I assumed must be timed signals for traffic flow. How is that for more then you ever wanted to know about downtown Phoenix traffic!