Goodyear is a suburban community in the southwest portion of metropolitan Phoenix featuring more than 188 square miles of plains, rivers and the beautiful Estrella Mountains. With a rich, rewarding quality of life and tremendous community spirit, Goodyear was the recipient of two prestigious national awards in 2008: the All-America City and City Livability awards. Today, Goodyear is a city of relaxed sophistication – where you will feel at home right away.
Goodyear Arizona is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000 (with an increase of 245.2%). The July 1, 2014 MAG population estimate was 74,743.The city is home to the Goodyear Ballpark, where the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds of the MLB practice their spring training.
On June 6, 2008, Goodyear won the All-American City Award, sponsored by the National Civic League. The city is named after the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, when the company had farmland to grow cotton for their tires.
Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres (65 km2) of land by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to cultivate cotton for vehicle tire threads. World War II was important to Goodyear in the 1940s as the current Phoenix Goodyear Airport was built, but after the war, the economy suffered. Goodyear became a town on November 19, 1946. At the time, it had 151 homes and 250 apartments, a grocery store, a barber shop, beauty shop and a gas station.
In January 1965, a harness racing track opened. At the time, there was no Interstate 10 or any major roads from Phoenix to Goodyear for access to the track. It closed under two years later, but still stands, and has been abandoned ever since. It is located south of Interstate 10 and is clearly visible from the freeway.
The town became a city in 1985. In the same decade, the remaining 10,000 acres (40 km2) of the original farmland was sold for future development. The Phoenix Goodyear Airport received its current name in 1986.
Throughout the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, new homes and communities brought the population increasing rapidly. Goodyear continues to grow as more communities and homes are continuing to be built. Goodyear’s population is projected to be 358,000 by 2035.
Several school districts serve the city of Goodyear. Elementary school districts include Avondale Elementary School District, Liberty Elementary School District, Litchfield Elementary School District, and Mobile Elementary School District. High school districts include Agua Fria Union High School District and Buckeye Union High School District.
Located in Metro Phoenix, the country’s #2 workforce market, Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The city’s location, transportation assets, abundant land, and low cost environment combine to create strategic opportunities for business. Many national brand names operate in Goodyear including AeroTurbine, Lockheed-Martin, Lufthansa Airline, Cornell Cookson, Scholler Allibert, Sub-Zero / Wolf Appliances, Banner Health, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and others.
Abundant Land for Development Goodyear has 5,000 acres of strategically located land for industrial or office use, including shovel ready sites in master-planned business parks within 5 minutes of the I-10 freeway.
Transportation Assets Goodyear is strategically located near airports, freeways, and rail, giving companies access to national and international markets.
High Capacity Power & Fiber Goodyear has bulk power stations, multiple substations with 230 KV lines, and telecom infrastructure, including the National Fiber Network that are essential to business operations.
Business Incentives & Benefits Goodyear is known as a business friendly city and actively courts businesses. It offers attractive business incentives to reduce costs, including major property tax savings with qualifying programs such as Foreign Trade, Military Reuse and Redevelopment Zones.
Excellent Quality of Life Goodyear provides a high quality of life with its master-planned communities, excellent schools and health care, trail systems and entertainment options, including major league sports venues. Goodyear offers an abundance of attractions including over 100 restaurants, great shopping, theaters, over 20,000 acres of recreational parks, and approximately 47 miles of multi-use paved trails and equestrian multi-use unpaved trails. Shopping is abundant in Goodyear with everything from upscale boutiques to power shopping centers. Goodyear will be home to the future Estrella Falls Mall; it will be the largest indoor-shopping mall in the southwest valley over 1.1 million square feet of specialty shops, high end retailers and dining. The first phase is continuing to move forward with a Harkins Theatre, a 78,000 square-foot 16-screen megaplex theater, set to open in Spring 2016 featuring the largest Cine Capri screen in Arizona, Ultimate Lounger electronic reclining seats, extra-large curved wall-to-wall screens in all auditoriums, pristine digital projection and sound, and a gourmet concession stand.
Goodyear was founded back in 1917, but the majority of construction and population growth was after 1995. 22 communities that are completed and under construction have a total area of approximately 20,000 acres (31 sq mi). These communities, along with another 21 communities for future suburban development, will contain almost 200,000 homes, with only 25,000 built.
Goodyear, as well as other Arizona cities, got affected in the 2000s American housing bubble, reducing home values.
Estrella Mountain Ranch is the largest community in Goodyear, at 20,000 acres (31 sq mi) large. The community is home to about 10,000 residents. Palm Valley, located north of Interstate 10, is 9,000 acres (14 sq mi) large, with variously-sized homes. PebbleCreek is a community for active adult living, with 45 holes of championship golf, fitness centers, and restaurants.
Goodyear is known for its spring training sessions. The Cleveland Indians moved their spring training facility to Goodyear and rejoined the Cactus League in February 2009, after a 15-year absence. Before that, the Indians held spring training for many years in Tucson. On April 7, 2008, Goodyear’s city council unanimously approved a memorandum to fund a new $33 million baseball spring training complex for Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. This includes a 10,000-seat park, Goodyear Ballpark that opened in 2009. The Reds and the Indians will have separate offices, clubhouses and practice fields. The Indians, who had held their spring training in Tucson for many years until moving to Winter Haven in 1993, agreed to return their spring training location back to Arizona on December 21, 2006.
There is an airport, which is the Phoenix Goodyear Airport. (ICAO code: KGYR). The airport an 8,500 ft runway capable of handling 747s A380s, etc.
Union Pacific operates a railroad that goes through Goodyear. Rail lines provide Goodyear with access to 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States.
Interstate 10 goes through Goodyear, heading west to Buckeye and Los Angeles. I-10 heads east to Phoenix, Tucson, and the Southern states.
The city is also served by the western ends of several bus routes of the Valley Metro Bus.
Other roads and highways serve the area. Loop 303 starts as Cotton Lane then heads up north to Surprise and then to Interstate 17. Van Buren Street, McDowell, Indian School and Camelback Roads are major arterial roads leading from the extreme western Phoenix area to past Scottsdale, in the east. MC 85 (Maricopa County Highway 85) is a highway running from Arizona State Route 85 in Buckeye to central Phoenix. The highway passes the southern sections of Goodyear.
Interstate 10 was built through Goodyear in the late 20th-century. Between 2008 and 2012, the road had significant expansions. It was expanded from 2 lanes in each direction to 5 or 6 (including one HOV lane starting near Estrella Parkway going east).
Loop 303 improvement
The Arizona Department of Transportation is building a new interchange near the Interstate 10/Loop 303 junctions. The interchange is becoming a stack interchange from a diamond interchange. As a result, Loop 303 under Interstate 10 has been cleared, and Exit 124 on Interstate 10 has been shut down; the new interchange is under construction. The I-10 & Loop 303 interchange was completed in 2014.
South of Interstate 10, Loop 303 is being planned to extend to a future State Route 30.
State Route 801
Arizona State Route 801 is a proposed highway south of Interstate 10 that will relieve traffic congestion. It is planned to run between Arizona State Route 85 to Loop 202.
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