Tempe, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tortilla Flat, and The Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"The East Valley is booming. Just twenty years ago, most of eastern metropolitan Phoenix was open space. Snowbirds, or winter visitors, as they are more politely called, flocked to the East Valley in cold weather. Farms flourished, and although small towns hinted that one day they would become urban centers, such amazing growth seemed light-years away. Cotton was king, but much of that is history now.
Today Tempe continues to be a pioneer community. The city is building one of the initial demonstration projects for a redeveloped Salt River, the Rio Salado project. Twice a year the town hosts a superb crafts festival along Mill Avenue. And, of course, it continues to be proud of its hometown school, ASU. Once known primarily for its wide streets—wide enough for an ox team to turn around—Mesa is a fast-growing city that is proud of its excellent schools and churches. Apache Junction itself is a sprawling conglomeration of commercial property and mobile homes set against the spectacular Superstition range."