Why Downtown Phoenix's Warehouse District Is Expected To Transform

Why Downtown Phoenix's Warehouse District Is Expected To Transform

Valley Metro is planning an extension of the light rail that will bring attention to Phoenix's Warehouse District.


The South Central Extension of the Valley Metro light rail may help develop Phoenix's Warehouse District in the area just south of the railroad tracks.

Existing businesses in the Warehouse District are anticipating a positive change as the light rail may bring more people to their location. Other residents and business owners are worried that the extension won't make a positive change at all.

The six-mile, 11-station expansion will be one of seven projects that aims to increase workforce volume, build business connections and rejuvenate transportation in south Phoenix.

The South Central Extension map of its future location in Downtown Phoenix.Valley Metro

According to public records, about 4.5 million annual linked trips are expected of the South Central Light Rail Extension in 2035.

Officials in Phoenix are expecting to expand downtown Phoenix's artsy vibe by implementing plans of improving the formerly forgotten area south of west Jefferson Street.

Community workshops were held March 24 and April 4 to give citizens the ability to vote on design elements for the South-Central Extension. Artwork will be included at stations, substations and Park-and-Ride locations. The artists have been selected through a competitive process, and the designs they create will represent Phoenix's culture with bright colors and intricate designs inspired by the nature and culture of Arizona.

Artwork design idea for the Central & Lincoln stop. Valley Metro

As well as creative sights, the light rail will provide better access to south Phoenix while bringing consumers along with it.

"The South Central Extension Project will allow for people to have a convenient option to discover all that South Phoenix has to offer," says Corrine Holliday, the public information specialist for Valley Metro.

According to Valley Metro, the light rail extension will boost development by making transportation easier to future businesses, restaurants and venues.

However, many located in south Phoenix are opposed to the plans to extend the light rail into their neighborhood and others have just recently become aware of the idea.

About 3,000 south Phoenix residents, business owners and frequenters of the area have signed a petition that disapproves the decision to the South Central Light Rail Extension. The group uses the phrase 'Four Lanes or No Train' to voice their concerns about the development.

Celia Contreras explains that the biggest issue is the design of the future light rail.


When Valley Metro began construction of the 19th Avenue extension in 2013, similar complications surfaced then that are feared to reappear with the new plan.

Small business owner of Central Mart Shopping Center Siho Lee voiced his unease at a Phoenix City Council formal meeting on April 4, 2018.

Lee speaks of his business and explains the devastation of the light rail's 4-lane design.YouTube

"We would be devastated by a permanent reduction from four lanes to two lanes of traffic on Central Avenue," Lee said. "Small businesses like us absolutely rely on drive-by vehicle traffic for exposure to draw customers in. We can't afford to lose those customers."

Margot Bunten, owner of an Ace Hardware store on south Central Avenue, says she feels like the light rail will harm her business because the transit will not allow for the large delivery trucks to enter.

While Lee and Bunten do not want to extend the light rail for fear of a decline in their customers, not all business owners along Central Avenue feel this way.

John Levisee, one of the owners of Lane Award manufacturing, says he has been waiting 54 years for the light rail extension.

"The light rail is going to be awesome for our area and the city of Phoenix," Levisee said during the meeting. "Phoenix is experiencing growth, energy and a vibe like the city has never seen before."

Levisee thinks the light rail extension will help the city of Phoenix. YouTube

Many new tenants and businesses are expected to surface in the southern region of downtown Phoenix once construction is completed. Some of the first construction includes new offices and restaurants down South Central.

Director of Phoenix Communication and Economic Development Christine Mackay believes that the Warehouse District is in high demand today.

"The thing that makes this area so incredibly different is the historical warehouses," Mackay said. "They are some of the greatest cluster of buildings you'll find in the valley."

Renovations will be made to the original 36 warehouses that gave the location the title "Warehouse District."


The unique looking buildings were built in the late 1800s at a time when South Phoenix was predominantly a farming area. The warehouses still remain accessible, and they will be renovated for businesses to occupy while preserving the historical buildings.

The Warehouse District may look like a "gritty" and "eerie" place according to The New York Times, but the semi-dormant area will soon be a vibrant location full of new restaurants, tenants and offices in the next 10 years, says Mackay.

Mackay is confident that the region will be a hub for upcoming businesses because it is "incredibly different," and it is evident that change has already taken place.

Public Information Specialist for Valley Metro Corinne Holliday suggests that the South Central Light Rail Extension will allow for people to commute to work, school and places of entertainment in coming years.

"The Valley Metro connects people throughout the region and is growing with the Valley. The future is very exciting," says Holliday.

Updates can be found on https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-...

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say


For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.


If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.

1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.

I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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