Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Rephotographs - Light Rail


Months before the Valley Metro Light Rail opened for travel in December 2008, Ryan Heckel methodically photographed every undeveloped lot along its path with an interest in understanding the change and impact of its construction. Now, with over a million passengers per month in 2010, and planned expansion over the next two decades, we can expect to watch a continuously changing face of the Valley. Over the past two years, I have revisited a number of these sites, and made re-photographs from the original vantage points to show what change they have undergone.

Much like a desert river however, not all areas along its path experience prosperity - while some views have been filled with lush parks or large buildings, some remain unaltered. I am interested in how rephotography allows us to see and experience a place through time, and how these differences in growth, from minute to massive, might act as a synecdoche for the growth of Greater Phoenix.

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Contributor: Ryan Heckel
Title:
Description: A Phoenix-area map, marked with every empty lot photographed along the Light Rail path
Date: 5/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Apache Blvd & Tempe Canal Trail
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Apache Blvd & Tempe Canal Trail
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Residential, Retail, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Title: E Apache Blvd & Tempe Canal Trail
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Panorama, Public Space, Rephotography, Residential, Retail, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Apache Blvd & Loop 101
Description: Construction of a Light Rail stop at Apache Blvd, east of Loop 101.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Apache Blvd & Loop 101
Description: Students walk from the Park & Ride on Apache Blvd to take the Light Rail to ASU.
Date: 2/2010
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Apache Blvd & S Smith Rd
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Construction, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Apache Blvd & S Smith Rd
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Apache Blvd & S Cedar St
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Light Rail, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Apache Blvd & S Cedar St
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Apache Blvd & S Dorsey Lane
Description: A park-and-ride lot for the light rail is added, and a palm tree changed on Apache Blvd. and Dorsey Lane in Tempe.
Date: 4/2009
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Washington St & N 41st Pl
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Washington St & N 41st Pl
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Title: E Washington St & N 41st Pl
Description:
Date: 1/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Panorama, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: E Washington St & S 1st St
Description: Looking south over Washington at an under-construction lot and US Airways Center.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: E Washington St & S 1st St
Description: Two years later, a faded pavement marking is the only intact indicator of Ryan's view from 2008.
Date: 2/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Commercial, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N 1st Ave & E Polk St
Description: An undeveloped lot and ASU's University Center, photographed in 2008.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 1st Ave & E Polk St
Description: Looking east at ASU's University Center, and the restored A.E. England historic building to the north.
Date: 3/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N 1st Ave & W Fillmore St
Description: Looking east over Central Ave towards an ASU building before it opens for class in the Summer of 2008.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 1st Ave & W Fillmore St
Description: A man crosses the tracks towards Civic Space Park, and ASU's Cronkite School building in Downtown Phoenix.
Date: 3/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & W Fillmore St
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N Central Ave & W Fillmore St
Description:
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & W Fillmore St
Description: Looking north and south along Central Ave from Ryan Heckel's 2008 vantage point
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Panorama, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & E McKinley St
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N Central Ave & E McKinley St
Description:
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & E Roosevelt St
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N Central Ave & E Roosevelt St
Description:
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & E Roosevelt St
Description: Pedestrians cross Central Ave on Roosevelt during the monthly First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix, along side the 2008 view
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Panorama, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & E McDowell Rd
Description: An undeveloped lot photographed in 2008 during Light Rail construction in Downtown Phoenix.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N Central Ave & E McDowell Rd
Description: A busy stop outside The Old Spaghetti Factory on Central, where a number of people awaiting the train shouted across the street to ask what I was doing.
Date: 3/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N Central Ave & E Columbus Ave
Description: Advertising offering "Yes, life can be like that" adorns a fence during Light Rail construction in Phoenix, 2008.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N Central Ave & E Columbus Ave
Description: The fence and advertising have come down to reveal the same parking lot that was there two years ago.
Date: 4/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Light Rail, Mass Transit, People, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: W Camelback Road & N 18th Ave
Description: A completed park-and-ride lot for the light rail and an April afternoon lens-flare.
Date: 4/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 19th Ave & W Denton Lane
Description: Construction on the northern end of the light rail path on 19th Avenue in Phoenix.
Date: 4/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N 19th Ave & W Denton Ln
Description:
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Urban, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 19th Ave & W Denton Ln
Description:
Date: 3/2012
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Residential, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 19th Ave & W Missouri Ave
Description: Workers pass buckets during construction on the northern end of the light rail path on 19th Avenue in Phoenix.
Date: 4/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Ryan Heckel
Photographer: Ryan Heckel
Title: N 19th Ave & W Luke Ave
Description: Lot photographed by Ryan Heckel in 2008 during Light Rail construction.
Date: 4/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 19th Ave & W Luke Ave
Description: Rephotographed in 2010, the lot is now a Park & Ride at the north end stop of the Light Rail.
Date: 3/2010
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner
Title: N 19th Ave & W Montebello Ave
Description: A street light arm is retracted to make room for the overhead cables of the light rail at the north end of the path.
Date: 4/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Development, Light Rail, Mass Transit, Public Space, Rephotography, Transportation, Urban, All Images

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