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itself is the site of the ongoing “Coachella
Walls” mural project presenting the work of
artists who have painted murals throughout
the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Although Coachella is increasingly
positioning itself as the place to go for Mexican culture in the Coachella Valley, it’s also
a city poised for tremendous growth as it
embraces the arrival of ne w businesses.
The 70-year-old city is the valley’s third oldest, incorporated just eight years after Palm
Left: An artist rendering of Coachella’s
new Veteran’s Memorial park, which will
include an amphitheater and lawn areas for
special events, memorial fountain, “Supreme
Sacrifice Monument,” and “Hero Walk” that
will feature the names and stories of local
veterans engraved in travertine tile. Below: A
spicy shrimp appetizer called “cucarachas” is
one of many delicious Mexican-style seafood
dishes at Mariscos El Capitan.
“While much of the western half of the
Coachella Valley has already been developed
and faces challenges in terms of being built
out, Coachella is well positioned to become the
epicenter of future growth in the eastern half
of the valley,” says Mayor Steven Hernandez.
Coachella’s economy is entering a new
growth phase and it’s becoming more diversified. In the last year, business expansions
have created new jobs, particularly in the
Springs and 16 years after Indio. However,
Coachella offers businesses the valley’s young-est demographic and plenty of room to grow
within the Coachella Valley’s largest concentration of undeveloped land.
Consider: The median age in Coachella is
only 26 compared with 32. 7 in Indio; 46. 6 in La
Quinta; 51. 2 in Palm Desert and 52. 8 in Palm
Coachella is also where you find big families.
In fact, Coachella’s average household size is
4. 63 compared with 3. 1 in Indio; 2. 6 in La Quinta
and 2. 1 in Palm Desert.
And Coachella continues to grow. Local
officials believe their 45,407 residents will
soon surpass the Palm Springs’ population of
46,654, citing the latest estimates from the state
Department of Finance.
And although other valley cities have experienced decades of growth, Coachella officials
note that 70 percent of their land is undeveloped, and 45 percent of it has been entitled for