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My name is Raymond H. Shuey. I am a member of the Avondale City Council,
and recently received my Master of Public Administration Degree from Arizona
State University's School of Public Affairs. Although I do not practice
public accounting, I am also a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.
This page is my personal contribution to sharing with you through innovative
World Wide Web technology, information about my community. (It is not funded
with public monies, does not utilize City staff, and is not a government
document). My dad is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania although he
has lived in Phoenix since relocating here with the Air Force around 1950.
My family and I have lived in Avondale since 1982, and are proud of
its diversity and growing role in the Metropolitan Phoenix area. We have
seen Avondale grow from a population of 8,000 to over 25,000--making it
one of the fastest growing communities of its size in Arizona. That growth
is due in part to the Interstate 10 (I-10) corridor from
Los Angeles to Phoenix. Four miles of the freeway and its frontage are
within the Avondale city limits. Click here
to see a detailed map of Avondale landmarks and neighborhoods, including
I-10's route through the City. The freeway provides our citizens with direct,
efficient access to the cultural and financial heart of the Metropolitan
Phoenix area. The following sections provide more information about our
community's location, the Interstate
10 corridor, our City government, our
climate and weather, local businesses with Web
sites, and local soils geology.
James Chisum maintains a set of Web pages about Avondale and its history
(click here to visit
his site) that include many beautiful pictures of early Avondale including
a 1907 picture of the community's general store. A metropolitan
Phoenix newspaper article published earlier this year also highlights
the history of one of the Avondale area's long time residents.
The Tri-City West Chamber of Commerce which serves the cities of Avondale,
Goodyear, and Litchfield Park also maintains a series of informative pages
about our three communities. Especially noteworthy is their comprehensive
list of upcoming community events over the next year. Their phone
number is (602) 932-2260.
Cultural enrichment and the arts is important to our community and to
our neighboring cities and towns. Through both public and private support,
the West Valley Fine Arts Council improves
the quality of life for both residents and visitors through an annual season
of art exhibits, concerts, and festivals. Their schedule
of events for the upcoming season is now available on the Web.
Our ideal location
Within a 15 minute drive:
Agua Fria High School, whose south
campus is located in Avondale and serves the West Valley. (Click on picture
to enlarge view.)
Estrella Mountain Community College,
which is within the Avondale city limits.
International Raceway, which is also within our City limits along with
the spectacular Sierra Estrella mountains that cradle it.
Garden Lakes, a beautiful planned area development in Avondale. (Click
on picture to enlarge view.)
One mile south of Garden Lakes is the new Crystal Gardens development which
includes an innovative approach to groundwater renewal, as explained on
the Project page
maintained by Integrated Water Technologies, Inc.
Internationally known Wigwam Resort
located in Litchfield Park. The Avondale Police Department provides public
safety for our friends and neighbors in the City of Litchfield Park through
an Intergovernmental Agreement between our two cities.
Airport, located one mile southwest of Avondale's Central Business
District in the City of Goodyear.
Wigwam Outlet Mall,
located just west of Avondale in the City of Goodyear.
Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion
in west Phoenix, known for featuring national performers. This beautiful
facility is only two miles outside our eastern City limits, between 83rd
Avenue and 79th Avenue. The live freeway camera shown below
is one mile south of the pavilion.
(formerly Westridge) Mall. Located one mile northeast of Blockbuster
Desert Sky Pavilion.
Within a short 25 minute drive on Interstate 10 directly from Avondale
into the heart of central Phoenix:
Within a 30 minute drive on 99th Avenue (our eastern City boundary) and
the connecting outer loop freeway:
Arrowhead Mall, one of the newest retail shopping malls in the metropolitan
area. Located in the City of Glendale, this mall includes many of the most
innovative stores in the nation.
Within a 40 minute drive on I-10 and the Red Mountain Freeway to the east
My commute into Phoenix
Thanks to the Arizona Department
of Transportation's Freeway Management System, you can see the status
of Interstate 10 from Avondale into the heart of the Valley of the Sun.
The live camera
shot is from the 79th Avenue park-and-ride lot entrance ramp. This camera
is located 2 1/2 miles beyond our eastern City boundary, which follows
99th Avenue from Indian School Road to Van Buren Street.
My commute from Dysart Road (2 miles west of the 115th Avenue Exit)
into the 59th Avenue Exit on Interstate 10 is typically uneventful and
efficient. To see the current traffic conditions there and on the rest
of I-10 through Phoenix, click here.
A portion of the time, I commute by bus to help reduce air pollution
and traffic congestion. Two express bus routes connect our community with
Desert Sky Mall and downtown Phoenix. For more information on their schedules,
click on either Route
560 or Route
561. To view a map of Southwest metropolitan Phoenix bus routes, click
Our local government
Avondale is governed by an elected Mayor and six Council members elected
at-large, as explained on the City's
official website. City administration is the responsibility of a professional
City Manager, who reports to the Mayor and City Council. To view an unofficial
list of some City public meetings, click here.
The Arizona Department of Commerce produced an on-line
brochure that provides a map of Avondale's general location in the
State along with 1996 and prior years data on our economy.
Our climate and weather
Avondale and the Valley of the Sun (metropolitan Phoenix) are located on
the northeastern edge of the Sonoran desert. Unlike the Mohave Desert in
California which has one brief rainy season in the winter, the Sonoran
desert has two--typically in December and August. In addition to some rainfall
from Pacific Ocean winter storms, it occasionally rains in Avondale during
the final weeks of the two month summer monsoon season. Those storms come
from the Gulf of Baja California in Mexico, to the south. Click here
for charts and graphs of current weather conditions in the Avondale area
of the Valley.
Local Businesses having Web pages (listed here for
illustrative purposes only, not intended as an endorsement of a particular
Area Soils Geology from Iowa State University
If your business is interested in relocating to a vibrant community
in the successful Phoenix area with easy access to cultural and financial
facilities, then I highly recommend that you write or call the following
address for additional information.
Economic Development Director
City of Avondale
525 North Central Avenue
Avondale, Arizona 85323
(602) 932-2205 Fax
If I can help you obtain additional information about Avondale or if
you are a citizen of our community, please feel free to click here
to send me a note. I would particularly appreciate receiving feedback from
other Avondale residents who read this page.
Last updated 20-Jun-98, Copyright © 1996 - 1998 by Raymond H.
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