A street under construction near the Arizona State University campus.

The Arizona Boom

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.

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Colin Jordan, a software salesman, was a renter in the Bay Area. Now he and his wife pay only a bit more as owners of a four-bedroom house in Scottsdale.

Layers of scaffolding on a high-rise being built in downtown Tempe.

Cranes and high-rises being built fill the skyline of downtown Tempe near an old neighborhood in the area.

WebPT employees work in their Phoenix office that used to be a tortilla factory. Technology companies like WebPT are indicative of the metropolitan area's recent economic boom.

Ryan Chow works at his desk surrounded by bobbleheads and decorations.

A Nerf gun lays under desks.

WebPT co-founder Heidi Jannenga sits for a portrait in the company's Phoenix office.

Verrado is a master-planned community in Buckeye, Ariz., west of Phoenix, abutting the Sonoran Desert.

Homes at the planned community have many similarities.

Children's bikes and scooters mark the entrance to a home. Rather than young adults or empty-nesters, Verrado aims at buyers rearing children.

An old garage-sale sign is adrift in landscaping at the development, which occupies 8,800 acres.

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