News & Analysis

North Phoenix News provides breaking news and in-depth analysis of neighborhoods, schools, businesses and real estate in NoPho, the North Phoenix I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River, including Anthem, Desert Hills, the Tramonto area and the Sonoran Foothills area. Our news and feature stories are reported, written and edited by us. To provide the many communities of North Phoenix with as much useful and interesting information as possible, we also publish selected press releases, here. If you have a press release or a news tip, let us know.

Spring Cleaning: Big Recycling Event Open to All

From New River to Norterra, we all have junk. March 4 is the day to clear the piles and pack up the Prius (or the pickup) ... no matter where you live. Gather those paint cans, old electronics, unused medication and documents to be shredded, along with household and clothing donations, for the biggest recycling event in the North Phoenix area.

Wildflower Season Begins: Should Be a Great One

Heavy rains in recent weeks should bring an explosion of wildflowers, those in the know say. In fact, it's begun. "The colorful poppies, lupine, globemallow and brittlebush are beginning to bloom right now, and will continue to do so during the next few weeks throughout the region," said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department director. Where to go, what flowers you'll see, plus some photography tips.

North Phoenix Filming of ‘Transformers’ Movie Brings in $15 Million

North Phoenix residents might recall when the Loop 303 was shut down for several days last year during filming of “Transformers: The Last Knight.” City officials this week said the movie brought $15 million into the Phoenix economy. “Transformers,” which also filmed around the Deer Valley Airport, hits the big screen June 23. It remains to be seen how much of the NoPho will be recognizable. The film trailer suggests other locations were involved, but check it out.

Pace of Home Sales Highest Since 2007

Sales of existing homes nationally increased 3.3 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, according to a report Feb. 22 from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). That's the fasted pace since 2007. Locally, homes were on the market longer, but prices remain strong.

Sprawling, Swanky Development Planned for North Phoenix

Construction is expected to start later this year on a new development along Norterra Parkway that, if completed as envisioned, would be the swankiest in North Phoenix. Think Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter: a trendy Main Street with wide, shaded sidewalks, lofts above retail stores and restaurants, and a town center that is a “hub of activity.”

Thousands of New Jobs in North Phoenix

Jobs were once relatively scarce north of the Loop 101. No more. The North Phoenix job market is booming with hundreds of open positions, from entry-level to highly skilled. And there are more jobs on the way as major employers move into North Phoenix and others expand their footprint here.

Introducing: North Phoenix Real Estate Watch

In&Out Publications has launched Real Estate Watch, a new section focusing on real estate activity in North Phoenix along the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River. In print and online, it covers local real estate news and trends, with data on homes sold, average sales price and more for five distinct regions: New River & Desert Hills; Anthem Parkside; Anthem Country Club; Tramonto & Sonoran Foothills Area; and the Norterra Area.

Juried Art Show & Sale

The second "Art in Public Places" exhibit, featuring paintings and other artwork by North Valley artists, is on display at the Civic Building in Anthem. The art, which is for sale, can be seen anytime during normal business hours. There will be a reception March 1 when people can meet the artists.

Earn Points By Learning About Recycling

The City of Phoenix aims to double its current waste diversion rate to 40 percent by 2020. So it launched a rewards program last month that aims to educates residents on what they can do. Participants can earn points redeemable at local businesses and national chains, such as Bunky Boutique, AMC Theatres and Target.