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Sun-Drenched Phoenix, Arizona, is the capital of Arizona and the biggest city in the state. It is home to almost one point five million people, which places it well in the top ten largest cities in the country. The greater Phoenix area is the hub of commerce, culture, and tourism in the state of Arizona. The city has steadily grown for decades, owing to its great climate, economic opportunity, and the many world-class entertainments and tourism options available there. Many people don’t know that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, was a resident of Phoenix. She was sworn in in 1981. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation's largest nuclear power plant, started producing electricity in Phoenix in the 1980s. There have also been a number of prominent UFO sightings in Phoenix, and the general New Mexico area is one that has a thriving UFO observer culture. The first female American casualty of the 2003 Iraq war was an Arizonan named Lori Ann Piestewa, who was the first Native American woman to die in combat in the US military.

People don’t just come to Phoenix to enjoy it. They come to Phoenix and then stay in Phoenix, becoming residents of the local area. Babe-Directory.com is proud to have Phoenix as one of the major urban areas that we serve for bookings. We hope that you will book your Babe-Directory.com escort experience today and begin exploring everything that Phoenix has to offer you.

The History of Sun-Soaked Phoenix

In 1848, when the war between the United States and Mexico finally abated, the country south of the border sold its northern portion off to the US, and those in that part of what had been Mexico became part of the United States. What was to become the city of Phoenix was then part of a territory called New Mexico, for obvious reasons. A mining settlement was established there in 1863, and famous Maricopa County was unincorporated at the time. Concern over conflicts with hostile native Americans prompted the US Army to establish a military fort in the area. One of the oldest structures in Phoenix was built in 1870. The city itself starts its story proper when a veteran of the Civil War decided to start farming the area in 1867. As the area grew and development spread, then-president Grant paved the way for the modern-day city of Phoenix to begin building its first telegraph office, dance halls, and saloons by signing the necessary paperwork. Phoenix was incorporated in 1881, and by that time, with the railroads coming to town, things were poised to change economically and politically for the area. By the end of the 1800s, the city had its own high school, and things were well underway for Phoenix to become the fabulous city that it is today.

According to Wikipedia, “on February 25, 1901, Governor Murphy dedicated the permanent state Capitol building, and the Carnegie Free Library opened seven years later, on February 18, 1908, dedicated by Benjamin Fowler The National Reclamation Act was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, which allowed for dams to be built on waterways in the west for reclamation purposes. The first dam constructed under the act, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam began in 1903. It supplied both water and electricity, becoming the first multi-purpose dam, and Roosevelt himself would attend the official dedication on May 18, 1911. At the time, it was the largest masonry dam in the world, forming Theodore Roosevelt Lake in the mountain east of Phoenix. On February 14, 1912, under President William Howard Taft, Phoenix became the capital of the newly formed state of Arizona. This occurred just six months after Taft had vetoed in August 1911, a joint congressional resolution granting statehood to Arizona, due to his disagreement of the state constitution's position regarding the recall of judges. In 1913 Phoenix adopted a new form of government, changing from a mayor-council system to council-manager, making it one of the first cities in the United States with this form of city government. After statehood, Phoenix's growth started to accelerate, and by the end of its first eight years under statehood, Phoenix' population had grown to 29,053. In 1920 Phoenix would see its first skyscraper as well. In 1929, Sky Harbor was officially opened, at the time owned by Scenic Airways. It would later be purchased by the city in 1935, who operates it to this day.” In March of 1930, President Coolidge dedicated the Gila River dam that was named for him, but there had been a drought and there was little or no water in the reservoir.

When it came to the economy of the city of Phoenix in its infancy, the area relied on natural resources and the keeping of livestock as well as farming. Cotton, Citrus, Climate, Cattle, and Copper were the five things cited as central to the area’s economic well being. The city developed rapidly once irrigation projects brought a flow of water from the Salt River. In the early 1900s, alfalfa was a major crop. Cotton and citrus were still being farmed. Things changed when World War One broke out, however. According to Wikipedia, “As the war began, imports of foreign cotton were no longer available to American manufacturing, since cotton was a major material used in the production of tires and airplane fabric, those manufacturers began to look for new sources. The Salt River Valley looked to be an ideal location for expansion of the cotton crop. Led by Goodyear, tire and airplane manufacturers began to buy more and more cotton from valley growers. In fact, the town of Goodyear was founded during this period when the company purchased desert acreage southwest of Phoenix to grow cotton. By 1918, cotton had replaced alfalfa as the number one industry in Phoenix. As the price of cotton rose, more and more of Phoenix acreage was devoted to the crop. However, in 1920, when cotton accounted for three-quarters of the cultivated acreage in the valley, the bottom fell out of the cotton market due to the dual reasons of lower demand due to the end of the war production machine and foreign growers now once again having access to the American market, resulting in their shipping large amounts of cotton to the U.S. This led to a diversification of crops in the valley from that point forward.”

With cotton a bust, the meat industry and livestock, including cattle, became more important. With cotton failed, barley, wheat, citrus, and alfalfa were more important than ever. All that grain being produced made the livestock industry a natural complement. By the twenties, there was a huge meat packing plant in Phoenix. Small multistory buildings and other structures started to go up as the economy swelled, including many famous buildings and monuments.

“With the establishment of a main rail line (the Southern Pacific) in 1926, the opening of the Union Station in 1923, and the creation of Sky Harbor airport by the end of the decade, the city became more easily accessible,” reads Wikipedia. “The construction of the Westward Ho was part of a concerted effort on the part of both civic and business organizations in the city to develop it as a tourist destination. Phoenix already had two highly rated resorts, the Ingleside Inn and the Jokake Inn, and after the Westward Ho, the Arizona Biltmore, designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's students, was constructed in 1929. Other major hotels were built during this era, such as the San Carlos (also in 1928), which led older hotels, like the Hotel Adams, to refurbish themselves in order to remain competitive. By the end of the decade, the tourism industry topped $10 million for the first time in the city's history. Tourism remains one of the top ten economic drivers of the city to this day.”

You know that the Depression hit the nation hard in the thirties, but thankfully for Phoenix, things were not as bad there as they were in other parts of the company. Thanks to its economic diversity that did not involve a great deal of manufacturing at the time, Phoenix weathered the Depression quite well. Still, with the national economy on the ropes, overall economic growth in Phoenix fell as well. Mining for copper was not as big because there was less industrial demand for it. Livestock and farming also decreased. Fortunately again, Phoenix did not suffer as much from unemployment, bankruptcy, and foreclosures, as did the country at large.

When World War 2 broke out, the economy of the area again changed, with Phoenix and its environs rapidly transforming into an industrial production center to produce needed items for the military effort. The area boasted multiple airfields, including Falcon Field, Luke Field, and Williams Field, and there were a couple of big pilot training facilities in the area. Following the war, the city continued to expand. Again according to Wikipedia, “A town that had just over sixty-five thousand residents in 1940 became America's sixth largest city by 2010, with a population of nearly 1.5 million, and millions more in nearby suburbs. [Historian] Shermer argues that after the war Phoenix boosters led by Barry Goldwater and other ambitious young businessmen and politicians, often with an Eastern education, created a neoliberal pro-business climate. They attracted Eastern industry by rejecting the New Deal formula of strong labor unions and tight regulation of industry. They told prospects that Phoenix had excellent weather, cheap land, good transportation, low-wage rates, a right-to-work law that weakened unions, minimal regulations, easy access to the West Coast markets, and an eagerness to grow. They pointed out it was highly attractive place for young couples to raise their families. Hundreds of manufacturing firms were attracted to Phoenix, especially those that emphasized high technology, along with, corporate headquarters. Shermer argues that the Phoenix plan was widely admired by other ambitious cities in the South and Southwest, and became part of national conservatism as exemplified by Goldwater and his supporters. The Phoenix plan was not built on libertarian low-government ideals. Rather, Shermer argues, it involved active government intervention in the economy to promote rapid growth. For example the state played the central role in giving Phoenix a guaranteed water supply, as well as good universities. When the war ended, many of the men who had undergone their training in Arizona returned bringing their new families. Large industry, learning of this labor pool, started to move branches here. In 1948 high-tech industry, which would become a staple of the state's economy, arrived in Phoenix when Motorola chose Phoenix for the site of its new research and development center for military electronics. Seeing the same advantages as Motorola, other high-tech companies such as Intel and McDonnell Douglas would also move into the valley and open manufacturing operations. At the conclusion of World War II, the valley's economy began to further grow and expand. After the war, the city's population began to surge, as many men who had undergone their military training at the various bases in and around Phoenix returned with their families. In 1948, Motorola chose Phoenix for the site of its new research and development center for military electronics. They were followed in time by other high-tech companies, such as Intel and McDonnell Douglas.”

The construction industry grew with the city itself. The city had a population of a hundred thousand in the early 1950s. There were thousands more living in the greater Phoenix area by then. The area is very hot, as most people know, and one of the reasons that population in the Phoenix area was able to improve has to do with breakthroughs and improvements in the technology of air conditioning. As it became possible to make being in the heat of Arizona more bearable, more and more people started to come to the area. In the decades to come, thanks to the growth of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the entertainment possibilities in the area, and the opening of the Phoenix Corporate Center (which was for its day the tallest structure in the state), the city continued to grow. Some of the other skyscrapers and buildings that took shape during this period were the Phoenix City Square, the Rosenzweig Center, the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and a variety of other structures.

In the 1970s downtown saw a resurgence. Wikipedia says that “with a level of construction activity not seen again until the urban real estate boom of the 2000s. By the end of the decade, Phoenix adopted the Phoenix Concept 2000 plan which split the city into urban villages, each with its own village core where greater height and density was permitted, further shaping the free-market development culture. Originally, there were 9 villages, but this has been expanded to 15 over the years (see Cityscape below). This officially turned Phoenix into a city of many nodes, which would later be connected by freeways. 1972 would see the opening of the Phoenix Symphony Hall. Other major structures which saw construction downtown during this decade were the Wells Fargo Plaza, the Chase Tower (the tallest building in both Phoenix and Arizona) and the U.S. Bank Center.”

Increased access to low-cost housing saw the area again swelling in terms of population in the 1990s. This influx of new residents also brought with it a plethora of new spoken languages, contributing to the multiculturalism of Phoenix. There were some crime pressures, too. The famous (some would say infamous) Sheriff Joe Arpaio set up his famous tent-city jail and inmate labor programs in the Phoenix area. The growth in Phoenix has continued, with both positives and negatives. Crime rates in Phoenix have decreased in recent years thanks to diligent policing and an overall decrease in crime throughout the nation.

In the mid to late two thousands, the city saw some further economic difficulty when the financial crisis of that time affected most of the country, including the housing industry. The heavy reliance on the construction industry in Phoenix meant that the city experienced the recession as a leading indicator compared to the rest of the country. Now, though, Phoenix is enjoying a steady recover and more economic growth as the nation’s economy gets back on track.

Phoenix is a fantastic spot for you and your Babe-Directory.com escort to enjoy for recreation of all types. There is plenty to see and do here, and thanks to the wonderful climate, you’ll have sun about 90 percent of the time that you’re here. That means that on any given day you have a great chance of enjoying super nice weather, although if you’re not into heat, Phoenix may not be the place for you when the sun is highest in the sky. Never fear, though: As in all desert-accessible cities, Phoenix has plenty of air conditioning to keep you cool in the heat of the day, and a super-hot night life to warm up your world when you’re ready to go out and have some fun!

Fun Facts About Warm, Inviting Phoenix

There is a reason that Phoenix is said to lie in the “valley of the sun” in southern Arizona. The Sonoran Desert borders it to the north. There are also mountains, although generally, just as in Arizona statewide, the topography is fairly flat. The streets in Phoenix are laid out in a very orderly grid pattern, and the flatness of the area helps make that easy to do. The city itself covers about 500 square miles, give or take, but the population density in the sprawling southwest is actually pretty low. Phoenix specifically and the state of Arizona more generally do not observe Daylight Saving Time. According to Wikipedia, “In 1973, Gov. Jack Williams argued to the U.S. Congress that due to air conditioning units not being used as often in the morning on standard time, energy use would increase in the evening. He went on to say that energy use would rise "because there would be more lights on in the early morning." He was also concerned about children going to school in the dark, which was quite accurate.”

Also according to Wikipedia, “Since 1979, the City of Phoenix has been divided into urban villages, many of which are based upon historically significant neighborhoods and communities that have since been annexed into Phoenix. Each village has a planning committee that is appointed directly by the city council. According to the village planning handbook issued by the city, the purpose of the village planning committees is to work with the city's planning commission to ensure a balance of housing and employment in each village, concentrate development at identified village cores, and to promote the unique character and identity of the villages.” Those villages tally up to South Mountain, Rio Vista, Paradise Valley, North Mountain, North Gateway, Maryvale, Laveen, Estrella, Encanto, Desert View, Deer Valley, Central City, Camelback East, Ahwatukee Foothills, and Alhambra. There are also districts and regions in the city, including Sunnyslope, Arcadia, Biltmore, South Phoenix, North Phoenix, West Phoenix, Midtown, and Downtown.

Wikipedia has a lot to say about the climate of the area. “Most deserts undergo drastic fluctuations between day and nighttime temperatures, but not Phoenix due to the urban heat island effect. As the city has expanded, average summer low temps have been rising steadily. The daily heat of the sun is stored in pavement, sidewalks and buildings, and is radiated back out at night. On average, Phoenix has only one day per year where the temperature drops to or below freezing. However, the frequency of freezes increases the further one moves outward from the urban heat island. Frequently, outlying areas of Phoenix see frost. Officially, the earliest freeze on record occurred on November 4, 1956, and the latest occurred on March 31, 1987. The all-time lowest recorded temperature in Phoenix was 16 °F (−9 °C) on January 7, 1913, while the coldest daily maximum was 36 °F (2 °C) on December 10, 1898. The longest continuous stretch without a day of frost in Phoenix was over 5 years, from November 23, 1979, to January 31, 1985. Snow is a very rare occurrence for the city of Phoenix. Snowfall was first officially recorded in 1898, and since then, accumulations of 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) or greater have occurred only eight times. The heaviest snowstorm on record dates to January 21–22, 1937, when 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10.2 cm) fell in parts of the city and did not melt entirely for three days. Before that, 1 inch (2.5 cm) had fallen on January 20, 1933. On February 2, 1939, 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) fell. Snow also fell on March 12, 1917 and on November 28, 1919. The most recent snow of significance fell on December 6, 1998, across the northwest portions of the valley that are below 2,000 feet. During the 1998 event, Sky Harbor reported a dusting of snow. The last measurable snowfall was recorded when 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) fell in central Phoenix on December 11, 1985. On December 30, 2010 and February 20, 2013, graupel [a soft hail] fell, although it was widely believed to be snow.”

Given all the sun in Phoenix, it follows that there simply isn’t a lot of rain there. This means that you and your Babe-Directory.com escort will have plenty of great weather without rain to spoil it. It does, however, mean that the climate of the area is relatively dry and dusty. In the past, some patients suffering from respiratory ailments were encouraged to move to places like Phoenix in order to treat their breathing problems, because of that very dry climate. Phoenix sees its wettest time during the summer, usually during the month of July. Total rainfall is only a couple of inches for the city for the year.

There are a variety of unusual animals to see in the Phoenix area which you won’t find in many other places. these include various big lizards called chuckwallas, wild pigs, bobcats, jaguars, mountain lions, roadrunners (and yes, coyotes), Gila monsters, and massive desert tortoises. There are plenty of poisonous snakes in the area, too, including sidewinders, diamondback rattlesnakes, and coral snakes. The aptly named California Kingsnake is also native to the area. According to Wikipedia, “The Greater Phoenix region is home to the only thriving feral population of rosy-faced lovebirds in the U.S. This bird is a popular birdcage pet, native to southwestern Africa. Feral birds were first observed living outdoors in 1987, probably escaped or released pets, and by 2010 the Greater Phoenix population had grown to about 950 birds. These lovebirds prefer older neighborhoods where they nest under untrimmed dead palm tree fronds.”

The housing bubble bursting in the two thousands affected the population of the Phoenix area somewhat, dropping it from its highest point of about 160,000 to more like 80,000, although these are estimates. The Phoenix area itself, though, has grown overall, and with the economic recovery, the city has gotten still bigger. The gender breakdown of Phoenix is fairly equal, with women and men making up about fifty percent each. Median household income is around 50,000. The area is more than 60% Caucasian, non-Hispanic and another 40% Hispanic. According to Wikipedia, “Phoenix's population has historically been predominantly white. From 1890 to 1970, over 90% of the citizens were white. In recent years, this percentage has dropped, reaching 65% In 2010. However, a significant portion of this decrease can be attributed to new guidelines put out by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1980, when a question regarding Hispanic origin was added to the census questionnaire. This has led to an increasing tendency for some groups to no longer self-identify as white, and instead categorize themselves as ‘other races’.] 20.6% of the population of the city was foreign born in 2010. Of the 1,342,803 residents over 5 years of age, 63.5% spoke only English, 30.6% spoke Spanish at home, 2.5% spoke another Indo-European language, 2.1% spoke Asian or Islander languages, with the remaining 1.4% speaking other languages. About 15.7% of non-English speakers reported speaking English less than ‘very well’. The largest national ancestries reported were Mexican (35.9%), German (15.3%), Irish (10.3%), English (9.4%), Black (6.5%), Italian (4.5%), French (2.7%), Polish (2.5%), American Indian (2.2%), and Scottish (2.0%).”

The Phoenix Economy At A Glance

The Phoenix metropolitan area has a gross domestic product of about 200 billion dollars, and this amount has increased over the last few years. Major industries in the Phoenix area include tourism, waste management, construction, professional services, wholesale and retail, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and real estate. There is also considerable economic opportunity in government services, while manufacturing ranks highly among Phoenix’s many industries because of factories that process foods and chemicals as well as those that make missiles, aircraft components, electronics, and computers.

Phoenix has enjoyed very good employment growth since the national recover started to take hold after the recession of the two thousands. Jobs have grown nicely over the last few years, and while there have been some downturns, the overall trend is good. Some of the best growth in economic opportunities has been seen in trade, transportation, utilities, business services, professional services, financial services, hospitality and leisure (such as the escort trade), education, and health services. Of all the employers in the Phoenix area, the biggest ones are retail sales, construction and extraction, production occupations, healthcare and technical occupations, financial operations and business, training, education, and library occupations, management occupations, transportation and materials handling, food preparation, and sales, not to mention office and administrative activities. There are multiple Fortune 500 employers in the city of Phoenix, including Avnet (an electronics manufacturer), PetSmart (a retailer), Republic Services (a waste hauler), and Freeport-McMoRan, a mining company. “Intel has one of their largest sites in the area,” reads Wikipedia, “employing about 12,000 employees, the second largest Intel location in the country; they are spending $5 billion to expand their semiconductor plant. American Express hosts their financial transactions, customer information, and their entire website in Phoenix. The city is also home to: the headquarters of U-HAUL International, a rental and moving supply company; Best Western, the world's largest family of hotels; Apollo Group, parent of the University of Phoenix; and utility company Pinnacle West. Choice Hotels International has its IT division and operations support center in the North Phoenix area. US Airways, now merged with American Airlines has a strong presence in Phoenix, with the corporate headquarters located in the city prior to the merger. US Air/American Airlines is the largest carrier at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Mesa Air Group, a regional airline group, is headquartered in Phoenix.”

Things to See and Do in Phoenix

If you enjoy the performing arts, or just art and culture in general, there is a tremendous amount of entertainment available in the Phoenix area for you to enjoy. These include the Arizona Theatre Company and Centre Dance Ensemble, the Herberger Theater Center, the Orpheum and Dorrance Theaters, Ballet Arizona and Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera, the Arizona Opera Company and Arizona Opera Center, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra at the Phoenix Symphony Hall. A lot of these entertainments can be found around the downtown area, but there are also concerts held at such venues as Comerica Theatre, Talking Stick Resort Arena, The Mesa Arts Center, the Crescent Ballroom, Celebrity Theatre, and Wells Fargo Arena. There is also the stadium at the University of Phoenix. A number of popular television shows have been filmed in Phoenix. These include the series “Medium” and the “The New Dick Van Dyke Show.”

If you like museums, you have your pick of them in and around Phoenix. These include the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona Capitol Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and Arizona Military Museum. There is also the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park and the Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum. Of these, the Phoenix Art Museum is particularly beautiful, as it was designed by the famous architect Alden Dow, a student of art deco master Frank Lloyd Wright. Incidentally, if you ever get a chance to read about the life and times of Frank Lloyd Wright, it was apparently no small challenge to be his student, so this is a pretty big deal. Wright himself moved to the area in the late 1930s and established a winter residence, not to mention his school of architecture’s primary campus. These buildings are themselves remarkable to see. The Phoenix area is thus a hub of architectural development and hosts several notable experts in the field.

According to Wikipedia, “The downtown Phoenix art scene has developed in the past decade. The Artlink organization and the galleries downtown have successfully launched a First Friday cross-Phoenix gallery opening. In April 2009, artist Janet Echelman inaugurated her monumental sculpture, Her Secret Is Patience, a civic icon suspended above the new Phoenix Civic Space Park, a two-city-block park in the middle of downtown. This netted sculpture makes the invisible patterns of desert wind visible to the human eye. During the day, the 100-foot (30 m)-tall sculpture hovers high above heads, treetops, and buildings, the sculpture creates what the artist calls "shadow drawings", which she says are inspired by Phoenix's cloud shadows. At night, the illumination changes color gradually through the seasons. Author Prof. Patrick Frank writes of the sculpture that ‘... most Arizonans look on the work with pride: this unique visual delight will forever mark the city of Phoenix just as the Eiffel Tower marks Paris.’”

As you can imagine, tourism is big business for Phoenix. Among the many attractions in the area are the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu (where the London Bridge is located), Meteor Crater, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns, and Sedona and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. What you might not expect in a desert climate like this is that one of the biggest draws to the area is actually the sport of golf. There are a couple of hundred golf courses in the Phoenix area. These include Agua Fria National Monument, Arcosanti, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Lost Dutchman State Park, Montezuma's Castle, Montezuma's Well, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Other options for entertainment in the area include the Phoenix Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Mountains Park, the Historic Heritage Square, Tovrea Castle, Hole in the Rock, Wrigley Mansion, and St. Mary’s Basilica.

If you like sports, in Phoenix you have the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Coyotes (a National Hockey League Team), the Arizona Rattlers, the Cactus League, and Phoenix International Raceway, a mile-long oval track with a unique design. At the track, NASCAR events take place, and these are hugely popular. There is also the Phoenix Marathon in the city, if you’re keen to move on foot instead of behind the heel. Phoenix and Sun Devil Stadium were home to Super Bowl Thirty in the late 1990s, when the Cowboys beat the Steelers. Years later, the University of Phoenix Stadium was the site of another big game day. There are plenty of parks in Phoenix, too, including Tonto National forest. Plenty of places to ride horses, bicycle, swim, camp, hike, and climb have been set aside. There is Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden, and a variety of water parks in and around the area (which will help you beat the heat when Phoenix is at its hottest.)

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