A Description of Tempe, Arizona

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The City of Tempe

Tempe is a city in the East Valley portion of the metropolitan Phoenix. Part of Maricopa County, it is bordered by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Scottsdale on the north, Mesa on the east, Chandler on the south, and Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west. The area was once the home of the Hohokam society. In 1865, Fort McDowell was developed around 25 miles northeast of present day downtown Tempe on the upper Salt River. This enabled new settlements to be built down the river.

As Hispanic workers and U.S. military service members moved into the area to grow food and animal feed for the fort, small settlements were founded. The first two permanent communities in the Valley were Hayden's Ferry and San Pablo. Shortly after, James McKinney and William Kirkland established the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company. It was used to provide water for wheat, barley, alfalfa, oats and cotton in the area.

In 1879, the name Tempe was adopted after the suggestion from pioneer Darrell Duppa who compared the area to the Vale of Tempe in Greece. In 1885, the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature built the Territorial Normal School in Tempe. It would later become Arizona State University. The 1887 Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad linked the town to the growing transportation system in the nation. After the Tempe Land and Improvement Company was founded to sell lots in the town, it became an economic center for the agricultural areas around it. In 1894, the City of Tempe was incorporated.

The city was a sundown town until the early 1960s. The first property to be sold to African Americans – Warren and Carol Livingston – occurred in 1965. in the 1900s and 2000s, Tempe has become a suburb of Phoenix. It is the center of commerce and education. In the 2019 census, there was a population of 195,805 people residing in the city.

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Arizona State University

Arizona State University was founded in 1885 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature. The public research university is one of the largest public universities in the U.S. by enrollment numbers. Governed by the Arizona Board of Regents, it has been classified with "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity" and is one of the members of the Universities Research Association. The university offers a number of campuses and locations such as:

  • Tempe Main Campus
  • West Campus
  • Polytechnic Campus
  • Downtown Phoenix Campus
  • ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
  • ASU Online
  • Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, in partnership with ASU
  • Thunderbird Campus
  • Barrett and O'Connor Center
  • ASU California Center

As of 2019, Arizona State University has a total enrollment of 74,878 students, 17 colleges and over 500 clubs and organizations.

Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts was opened in September 2007. The publicly owned performing and visual arts center can be found on West Rio Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. It features a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 3,500-square-foot-gallery, and a 200-seat studio theater.

The center was designed by Architekton of Tempe and Marton Myers Associates of Los Angeles. It includes five public art pieces: Entry Marquee and Fountain Reflections by Ned Kahn, Fireplace by trueNorth - Mayme Kratz and Mark Ryan, Lobby Carpet by Ramona Saskiestewa, and Aurora by Brower Hatcher. The Lakeside Room at the Center overlooks Tempe Town Lake and offers views of Papago Mountain and Camelback Mountain.

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