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West Phoenix is a neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Maryvale is the predominant neighborhood of the near west side, from about 35th Avenue west to 83rd Avenue and from I-10 north to the boundary with the suburb of Glendale at Camelback Road. First developed in the 1950s and 1960s by developer John F. Long, these neighborhoods include inexpensive homes largely developed in the 1950s and 1960s.
Like many older inner-ring suburbs in the United States, the Maryvale district is suffering urban decline as the belt of growth has passed by, moving ever outward. Shopping in this area is provided by the Desert Sky Mall and Maryvale Mall, both of which are suffering from lack of tenants. (Maryvale Mall is now a middle school.)Cricket Wireless Pavilion, the city's most prominent outdoor concert venue, is located on the West Side. Because of the lower housing costs, Maryvale has attracted large numbers of families and immigrants from all over the world, notably from Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Since the 1980s, Maryvale had seen a significant growth in violent crime and gang membership. As with other maligned sections of Phoenix, many gangs took advantage of the area's open-air apartment complexes to set up enclosed drug markets that became extremely dangerous and difficult for police to monitor. Focused efforts made by the Phoenix Police Department to lower the crime rate in Maryvale, which had surpassed that of South Phoenix have been successful. The crime rate has significantly been reduced to record levels.
Phoenix police leaders and city officials laud the Maryvale Precinct's ability to reduce everything from violent to property crimes with concentrated community-based policing. Liaison officers direct special details focused on robbery, auto theft, burglary, prostitution, drugs and gang violence.
In 2008, the Maryvale violent-crime rate dropped more than 12 percent, police say. Property crime dropped 18.5 percent in the area between Camelback and Baseline roads, from 27th Avenue to the western city limits.
The shift in police philosophy included embedding Phoenix Gang Unit officers in the precinct, placing more sophisticated resources regularly in what one crime analysis described as "an area saturated with gang members."
The growing west side of Phoenix continues to spread outward. Newer suburbs west of the city limits are springing up, including Avondale, Goodyear and Buckeye. Further north, suburbs like Surprise, Peoria, El Mirage and the western end of Glendale are experiencing commercial and residential development.
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