The other week, The Arizona Republic's weekly Northeast Valley section ran a front-page story (somewhat rhetorically) titled, "What's Driving a Downtown Phoenix Tech Boom?" and, admittedly, some of the cited statistics are impressive (ex: a 400% increase in tech firms starting or re-locating to Phoenix since 2012). There is no doubt Phoenix and especially Downtown (in concert with the local business community and surrounding neighborhoods) have made huge strides in attracting high tech companies, as well as making the Central corridor area an actual destination to live, work, and be entertained. I can't go to a meeting Downtown anymore without seeing some spanking new mid-rise apartment complex being thrown up or another decrepit commercial building turned into the latest exposed ceiling joint ready to sell me an $18 bowl of truffle mac-and-cheese.…
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