Cover

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pp. 1-5

Title Page

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pp. 6-6

Copyright

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pp. 7-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

Pat Gober’s Metropolitan Phoenix: Place Making and Community Building in the Desert, the fourth volume in the Metropolitan Portraits Series, is one book I’ve really been waiting for. Like the three companion volumes on Portland, Boston, and San Diego, Metropolitan Phoenix seeks to portray...

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1. Desert Urbanization

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pp. 1-9

The mythical phoenix fire bird rising from the ashes of a previous civilization is an apt metaphor for modern Phoenix. The spiritual core of Phoenix is about starting over, wiping the slate clean, freedom from the familiar, and the excitement and challenge of migration...

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2. Building a Desert City

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pp. 11-52

Like all large and successful cities, Phoenix enjoys a splendid natural location that allows it to grow and prosper (Figure 3). It sits at the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert in the Basin and Range Physiographic Province of the western United States. Approximately 100 miles...

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3. An Ever-Changing Social Dynamic

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pp. 53-99

Phoenix is not a sentimental city, focused on past traditions, heroic leaders, or memorable events. It is an ever-changing, ever-growing fusion of newcomers and old timers, all with an eye toward the future. When the great western author Wallace Stegner likened Westerners to...

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4. You Can Never Get Hurt in Dirt

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pp. 101-137

The disorderliness of new land development in Phoenix has led to periodic efforts to manage growth, but Phoenix is not Portland when it comes to urban growth management. The people of Phoenix fashioned creative and effective public policy to manage their precious water supply during the twentieth century, but they...

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5. Not Another LA!

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pp. 139-167

Automobile travel goes hand in hand with Phoenix’s low-density built environment, but the relationship is not unidirectional, nor is it simple. Automobiles enable people and businesses to spread out, and the low-density built environment breeds further dependence on cars...

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6. Downtown Redevelopment: A Tale of Two Cities

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pp. 169-199

The overwhelming dominance of suburbanizing forces after World War II undercut the viability of historic city centers in metropolitan Phoenix. Retail was first to go, followed by industrial activities and personal services. By the early 1960s, many downtown buildings were taken over by marginal...

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7. Thinking Small and Living Big

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pp. 201-208

The story of modern Phoenix is about growth and dynamism, the uncertainty of the desert, place making, and community building in the face of continual turnover and rapid social change. Phoenix has never known a period of sustained economic decline. There have been brief times of hardships...

Notes

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pp. 209-224

Index

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pp. 225-232

Acknowledgments

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pp. 233-244