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June 11, 2019


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My mother, two brothers, sister and myself arrived here in 1965. There must be a special use for this building. What about a themed event location or wedding venue. We need to preserve Phoenix.

Union Station is still situated in such a way that it could serve its original purpose -- a transportation hub linking light rail, long distance/commuter rail, and heck, if money and imagination weren't limited, the airport via an extension of the people mover from the rental-car facility to downtown for another point of access. I'm sure a professional transportation planner can tell me a million reasons why none of this would work.

Union Station is an example of the "good bones" that people don't think exists in Phoenix. The potential of it being a multi-use transportation and tech hub is unbelievable. This is ripe for a public/private partnership.I only hope that it doesn't get turned over to a private developer who will either tear it down or stucco it over and put in the standard Subway/Dunkin Donuts/Nail Salon.

Union Station will still be standing when the rails are rusted, the asphalt and concrete has desert grass growing through it and the desert has reclaimed the land.
Thats, "The Good News."
Look up and the large soaring black bird will be Cactus Ed Abbey. Smiling!

Thanks Jon, great article, full of history and ideas on how to save it. There needs to be more publicity about the proposed sale. I didn’t see anything about the a price, is that available?

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