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Continuing coverage: The Zone

The Maricopa County Superior Court’s east building stands on a corner in downtown Phoenix, just under a mile away from where the homeless encampment known as "The Zone" once lined several blocks. Local business owners had sued the city, claiming that the encampment produced health and safety concerns that added up to a nuisance the city was responsible for managing. The judge ultimately agreed, ruling that the tents and other structures made of spare particle board, blankets and tarps must come down – and the people living in them had to move somewhere else.

From before the judge’s first order to clear the area to the aftermath of street cleaners scrubbing the asphalt on the final block, KJZZ has provided listeners with regular, in-depth coverage of The Zone’s disappearance. This entry showcases dozens of stories about The Zone that KJZZ produced in 2023, featuring on-the-ground reporting centers the voices of decision-makers and those most impacted by them.

The Zone audio compilation