Overview of the Urban Villages of Phoenix

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There are many cities and towns that make up the Greater Phoenix area. To make matters even more confusing, the City is Phoenix is broken up into defined areas, or Urban Villages. So is Ahwatukee a city or a town? How about Maryvale? Neither. They are Urban Villages of Phoenix. An Urban Village is simply an area of the city that has its own Village Planning Committee which makes recommendations to the City Council on the area's progress and needs. These are not to be confused with Council Districts.

Urban Villages of Phoenix

  1. Ahwatukee Foothills
    1. Village Boundary: I-10 Freeway to Gila River Indian Community, splits South Mountain to Gila River Indian Community/Pecos Road
    2. Ahwatukee Foothills has its own Chamber of Commerce.
  2. Alhambra
    1. Village Boundary: Northern Avenue to Seventh Street to Grand Canal to Black Canyon Freeway to Grand Avenue to 43rd Avenue
  3. Camelback East
    1. Village Boundary: Borders on town of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale to Seventh Street, Northern Avenue/North Mountains/Squaw Peak Park to Grand Canal and Salt River
  1. Central City
    1. Village Boundary: McDowell Road to Rio Salado, Black Canyon Freeway to the Grand Canal and Hohokam Expressway
  2. Deer Valley
    1. Village Boundary: Generally, 16th Street east to the city limits (51st and 67th avenues) on the west, Greenway Road on the south and the Central Arizona Project aqueduct on the north
    2. The Deer Valley Airport is in this area.
  3. Desert View
    1. Village Boundary: Carefree Highway to the north, the Central Arizona Project canal to the south, the eastern city limits near Scottsdale Road to the east, to the Union Hills and unnamed mountains on the west (generally along the Seventh Avenue alignment)
  1. Encanto
    1. Village Boundary: Grand Canal to Black Canyon Highway to McDowell Road
    2. Encanto Park is a Phoenix Point of Pride.
  2. Estrella
    1. Village Boundary: The Estrella Village encompasses approximately 41 square miles bounded by Interstate 10 on the north, the Black Canyon (I-17) Freeway and 19th Avenue on the east, the Salt River on the south and 75th, 83rd and 107th Avenues on the west
  3. Laveen
    1. Village Boundary: The village is bounded by the Salt River on the north, 27th Avenue on the east, Gila River Community on the west, and South Mountain Park on the south
    2. Vee Quiva Casino is in Laveen.
  1. Maryvale
    1. Village Boundary:  Grand Avenue/Black Canyon Freeway to 83rd Avenue to McDowell Road to Indian School Road to El Mirage Road, to Bethany Home Road, to 99th Avenue, to Camelback Road
    2. Maryvale Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  2. North Gateway
    1. Village Boundary: Generally bounded by 67th Avenue on the west, the Union Hills and unnamed mountain range on the east, the Central Arizona Project Canal on the south, and the city of Phoenix corporate limits on the north (an irregular boundary extending as far north as Jenny Lin Road)
  1. North Mountain
    1. Village Boundary: 51st Avenue to Acoma Drive to 39th Avenue to Greenway Road/Parkway to 16th Street (extended) to Cactus Road and through mountains to Northern Avenue
  2. Paradise Valley
    1. Village Boundary:  Scottsdale Road to 16th Street, Central Arizona Project Canal to area of Squaw Peak/Cactus and Mountain View roads
    2. This is not the same as the Town of Paradise Valley, which lies just south of the urban village.
  3. Rio Vista
    1. Village Boundary: Table Mesa Road alignment on the north, Interstate 17 on the east, an irregular area on the south bounded by the Desert Hills Drive, Pyramid Peak Parkway and Carefree Highway. The western boundary is New River Road and the 75th Avenue alignment. This urban village was previously known as New Village.
  1. South Mountain
    1. Village Boundary: 48th Street on the east, 27th ave. on the west, the Salt river on the north and South Mountain Park/Preserve on the south
    2. This area includes the northern border of South Mountain Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S.