Looking South, Downtown

Phoenix has experienced tremendous growth, and it is now the fifth largest city in the nation, with its population over one and a half million.  The metropolitan area has over four million inhabitants.  But downtown Phoenix, outside of normal workweek hours -- such as was the case at the time of this Saturday view -- can be a very quiet place.  Even during the work week there is not all that much traffic or activity on major center city streets.  The coming of light rail may add new vitality.

This photo is again near the corner of Central and Adams.  This time the camera is looking southbound.  METRO runs one-way on Central toward the photographer; the Mesa-bound track a block to the right, operating along 1st Ave.

Regular street traffic must remain off the METRO lane.  Street signals indicate the presence of a train, at which time interfering turning movements are prohibited. 

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