Hey there fellow city dwellers, if you live in Midtown Phoenix, you want a copy of this book. It is filled with great archival photos, and you can plot the changes in your neighborhood dating back to the 1800's. Did you know that there used to be a horse racing track at 7th Avenue and Osborn? Or that Brophy Prep predates St. Francis Xavier Church by thirty years? You're going to want to take a trip down Central after traveling the pages of this historical guide. (If you enjoy this edition...you might want to check out further volumes in this series in the Arizona section of the bookstore...Legend City!...and Encanto, among others.)— Walt
At the turn of the 20th century, downtown Phoenix was the center of commerce and government of the young city. North of downtown, the homes of business and civic leaders, along with farms and ranches, lined Central Avenue, informally known as "Millionaires' Row." As the city grew, houses and agricultural operations eventually yielded to subdivisions, commercial buildings, and high-rises. While midtown Phoenix changed dramatically over the years, it has retained much of its historic character and is continuously evolving to meet the needs of the community.