Many times readers have asked “where are all the people” in some of my city center photographs so I thought I would explain that Phoenix is a city synonymous with the term “urban sprawl”. Phoenix is actually larger than Los Angeles in land size even though it is a little over a quarter the size in population. That means that everything is spread out making transportation by vehicle a necessity.
You have no idea how much I envy my fellow photo bloggers who reside in cities where walking is the norm. As a photographer, there is so much more to see and photograph when your commute provides you the opportunity to walk at least part of the way. That isn’t to say that I don’t see interesting things every day. I do. The problem is that when you are driving a car in very heavy traffic, you just can’t stop whenever you want to take a photo or two.
For the new few days, I’m going to take you along on my morning drive to work. You won’t exactly be sitting in the seat next to me staring out the windshield at the unavoidable sea of taillights ahead of us. Instead, you will see some of the things I see when I am able to glance from right to left. In order to accomplish this, I have been setting out on weekends to retrace my daily work route and stopping at the various places of interest that I notice along the way.
Today’s photo was taken at the intersection with Central Ave. where the light rail runs. It was Sunday morning which explains why there are so few cars. Usually when I wait at this intersection, there are cars in all lanes in every direction. You might recognize the Phoenix Financial Center Building that I have featured in photos before.