In all, 22 separate subdivisions were platted and developed in Willo by various entrepreneurs from the turn of the century up to the beginning of WWII. Eventually, with the growth of Phoenix over the last century, the individual subdivisions platted by early developers were forgotten and the area blended into one cohesive whole. Unfortunately, the amazing growth of the city resulted in the encroachment of commercial development on what were once quiet suburbs. In the 1980s, residents of Willo successfully lobbied for status as a special conservation district, achieving historic status and assuring that this beautiful part of Phoenix history will be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
Where is Willo located?
In downtown Phoenix, AZ, West of 1st Ave to 7th Ave. It is bounded by McDowell Road on the south, Thomas Road on the north. See map
Centrally located in the heart of Phoenix, and just a few minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Willo is at the core of the Valley’s freeway and public transportation networks. The Phoenix METRO light rail, the bus system, DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) and DEE (Downtown Evening Express) make it easy to get where you need to be.