Cranes and high-rises being built fill the skyline of downtown Tempe.
A decade after the recession hit hard, Arizona's economy is a magnet for technology companies and for workers seeking an affordable middle class life. Photographed for The New York Times.
Scaffolding and construction in the urbanizing center of Tempe.
A street on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe is closed due to construction.
Colin Jordan, who recently moved with his wife from their one bedroom apartment in the San Francisco Bay Area to a four bedroom townhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, stands for a portrait in their Scottsdale townhouse.
WebPT employees work in their office that used to be a tortilla factory in Phoenix. Technology companies like WebPT are indicative of Phoenix's recent economic boom.
WebPT co-founder Heidi Jannenga sits for a portrait in their Phoenix office.
Ryan Chow works in an office filled with Nerf guns and personal trinkets.
Homes in Verrado, a master-planned community in Buckeye, Arizona, abut a patch of desert.
Left: Rather than young adults or empty-nesters, Verrado aims at buyers rearing children. Right: An old garage-sale sign adrift in landscaping at the development, which occupies 8,800 acres.
Exurban and suburban developments in Phoenix are known for their fabricated looks of uniformity.